Thursday, September 25, 2008
Lydia rushed into the kitchen about ten minutes ago bursting to tell me something exciting! This was her story: "Mom! I have good news! I went to a casserole ( castle) and I met a prince and he said, " I want to marry you" and I said, " Hmm, your beautiful. I want to marry you too." so we got married in our casserole and now we spend together. Isn't that good news?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Daniel's "future telling" has stuck with me though. How often do we think that the things we hear and watch really don't affect us. I think that if we honestly look at our lives though we will see that what is put in, eventually is what comes out, whether it is how we think, talk etc.. I often have to take a look at my life when I find myself feeling far from the Lord. What am I filling my mind with? Movies? I can list on about one hand the movies I've seen that are truly profitable! Music about how " All we need is you and me". No wonder I feel depressed when "You and Me" doesn't make life peaches and cream! Am I getting my fill of God's truth? Am I filling my mind with the praises of God? He's the ONLY one who can make something beautiful from our lives! I pray that I will always be able to see when I have deceived myself into thinking I'm "okay" when really I am slowly drifting away from what He wants for me!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
As I hope everyone who knows me could tell you without thinking twice, I am so proud of my husband! I know that he will succeed at whatever he sets his hand at to do. Whether or not he feels like he is supposed to go on an become a police officer, stay a building contractor or do something else completely, I am so privileged to be his wife! We'll see what the Lord has in store for us!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Hooray for Doughboys!!!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Bethany discovered a creative new way to tie-dye your body. It's very simple. All you have to do is take the lids off of your sisters markers, drop them down your footie pajamas, then be good as gold so Mommy doesn't figure it out for some time!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It suddenly struck me today that this is September 10! A very obvious fact to some of you I'm sure, but it sticks out a little more to me. Tomorrow everyone will remember the terrible events that happened on 9\11 seven years ago, and just like everyone else, I have my own story of what that day was like for me! My story started on September 10 though.
Our good friends, the Thomas family, have been missionaries to Romania for years, and after one of their first years there they came home that summer and asked my parents if my sister and I could go back with them for a short time. Looking back now my parents cannot believe that they let their daughters ( only fifteen and thirteen!) go halfway around the world, but it was totally a God thing! We left on September tenth, happy and full of smiles, flew from Portland to Washington D.C. to Vienna to Romania. When we arrived their Romanian neighbor asked how we had gotten there since all the airports in America were closed. We kind of laughed thinking how naive this dear lady was to think that the airports in America could really be closed! We began to unpack, but were soon interrupted by a friend who had helped us unload rush back to tell us that indeed, things were not right in the states. We rushed to a friends house who had TV and watched in disbelief what all had transpired back home. From the very airport we had been at only hours before!
It was an amazing time of trusting the Lord. We didn't know if we would even be able to get home for a very long time! God was so gracious in providing His peace and provision in working out all the details perfectly for our trip to go just as planned. Our dad was able to come over after four weeks, spent two weeks with us there, then brought us home.
Our time there was so amazing. We were able to go back to the same area two years later and see the same friends and children. David was even able to go with us that time. My heart yearns to go back there. Sometimes it is interesting to think about why God would place some desires in our hearts that do not seem to correspond with what He has laid out for us. I know that His plan is still unfolding in my life, and only if it is to pray for those people, I am so thankful for the experience I had to know and love those wonderful people!!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
David and his best buddy Thomas
Last weekend was our youth council retreat. Every year it is so interesting to watch a new team come together and get started. We have so much potential in this new group. They are young, but eager to learn and very open to listening. Our girls had a great time. They love everyone so much! What a blessing it is to be a part of a group like this!!!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
There's really no explanation. That's just kind of how they are together!
The girls have just always gone with us. We'll see how that works in the future!
Tomorrow is our youth council retreat so it has had me thinking back over all my years of being involved with Bridgeport Youth Group. I know several people who are against youth groups in general and if you are one, I in no way mean to offend you, I'm just sharing my experiences!
I joined the youth council my second year going to youth group at fourteen, and have been involved ever since. It kind of gets in your blood! I learned and grown so much through being involved there. Just a plug for youth groups. I completely agree with not wanting to separate out the age groups and thinking that kids should be mingling with the old and young alike. But through my experience and so many others that I've seen, there is something very powerful about having your peers around you serving the Lord and seeking His will in every area in their lives. I really cannot speak for other groups, but at Bridgeport we are not about fun! We have it to be sure ( see above pictures!!), but only because when people are unselfishly loving and committed to those around them, serving and reaching out, your going to have a blast! We also are very committed to being involved with the whole church body!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Last night My baby sister Anna had her thirteenth birthday party at OUR house! Talk about fun!!! She has the sweetest friends ever! Bravo to these parents for raising their daughters to be respectful, sweet and considerate. They were so nice to my girls too! I love them!!!