Wednesday, July 30, 2008
We had a big family day on Saturday, partly in celebration of his birthday and partly because he filled up his sheet again for using the potty. We went to the beach, came home for naps, went out to dinner, then walked around the River Walk. The beach was a blast, the kids enjoy it so much! We had dinner at Don Pablos, and dinner out with the kids is always an adventure :o) I had two free kids meal coupons, so the kids each got their own meals. But the only thing Samy was interested in eating was the sour cream and ketchup! She dug right into the sour cream with her fingers and used her french fry to get the ketchup (she wouldn't even eat the fry!). It was rather humorous.
Isaac got to choose his b-day dinner of chicken (and ketchup!), french fries, and tomatoes. But after seeing his cake earlier in the day, he wasn't so excited about his dinner and just wanted cake :o) So, here are some pictures of the beach, dinner, birthday and some other stuff. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
I am grateful for this season of much smaller trials than Habakkuk dealt with. God has done much in our hearts and lives and apparently He's not finished just yet :o) May we all end our list of things not being the way we think they should be with "YET I will rejoice in God my Savior!"
Thursday, July 10, 2008
A few weeks ago I took the kids to the beach with several other ladies from our church. Isaac has the time of his life and as soon as we were home he continually asked when we were going back. So I thought this might just be the bribe that would work for potty training. The adorable picture above is from just over a year ago (he's grown so much!) and Isaac is actually going potty, he just wouldn't do it without his diaper :o) Well, we have made some progress since the beach bribe began. We told Isaac if he filled his chart with smiley faces then we would go to the beach. So last Tuesday we set out for our celebratory trip! Though he's not even close to being a voluntary participant in using the potty, he's getting better! Here are some pictures from our day at the beach (and one of the kids and Grammy & Papaw watching the train go by across the street from our house).
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
For my 30th birthday Keith threw me a party with good friends and lots of fun! We played classic games like an egg toss, water balloon catch, and dart throwing. And also a couple "Survivor" style games. The games ended with an all out water fight with leftover balloons and water buckets. It was so much fun! It was so special to share my birthday festivities with my close friends and even more special to have my mom and dad here! Its been quite a few years since I got to spend my birthday with my parents, and I'm not sure I've ever seen them catch water balloons in a bucket on their heads :o) Thank you Mom and Dad for driving down and for being such a constant, faithful, dear part of my life! You mean so much to me!
Monday, July 7, 2008
Of all the days to have a birthday, I think the Fourth of July is the best! I turned 30 this year, which is so hard to believe, and my mom and dad made the trek from Tennessee to be with us. I got to start the day with cards and presents--I LOVE opening presents! We had fun playing outside, ate steak for dinner (which usually only happens when we're with my parents!), and then went to see some fireworks. The kids got to try cotton candy for the first time while we awaited the big show--Samy spit out the first bite and then decided she wanted more. It was such a fun day with my family!
While this was my 30th birthday in this world, this summer also marks my 10th birthday as a Christian! Certainly when I look back at my 30 years of life (what I can remember anyway) I see God's grace in so many ways, but when I see God's handiwork over the last 10 years I am even more amazed. When I think of my teen years and those early college days, it seem like another lifetime, and truly it was as now I am a new creation in Christ!! Praise and glory be to my precious Savior for how He has and is changing me to be more like Him everyday!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
James 2:14-17 "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, 'Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
What faith I have seen these last few months in our church! Not just those who are good friends with this family, but people they don't even know. People walking out their faith, caring for those in need because in our greatest need God cared for us by providing a Savior! You all inspire me--thank you for serving this family and more importantly for serving our God!