Thursday, January 15, 2009

Silly Times!

Yeah. Not much explanation. Just another one of my 100,000,001 reasons why I love being a mom!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winter Retreat 2009

First of all, I am very sorry for being so negligent about my blog lately!!! Our camera has been having some serious issues and lately has not worked at all. So alas, here I have been, wanting to post, but with nothing interesting to catch your eye! So I finally resorted (gasp!) to stealing some pictures from my friends so I could at least update you on the major happening in our lives the past week!

Last weekend was our youth winter retreat. For those of you who don't remember, David and I have worked with Bridgeport Youth Group ever since we graduated from it. This was my 10th winter retreat!

We have our retreat at Big Lake. This year we had six feet of snow which is actually quite a bit less compared to past years! This makes for great snow forts, snowball fights, snow capture the flag and especially a terrific sled run off of our three story A-frame lodge that is ( don't forget!) covered in snow!
This our favorite event of the year. Not only is it packed full of fun times, but you get to pull out all of the cool snow gear you've accumulated over the years!

Being a parent is always interesting during these times and it takes great wisdom to know what is best! Always in the past we have brought our children along ( '06~ Lydia at 7 months, '07~ Lydia 1 1/2, Bethany 2 months, '08~ Lydia 2 1/2, Bethany 1) but we decided this year to leave the big girls with Grandma and Boppa and only take little Havilah. I have a hard time leaving my girls, but they had a GREAT time! Havilah was a good little trooper! It was very helpful having four aunties and three uncles there though!

God is so amazing and has blessed us every year by really working in the hearts of so many kids, not to mention ourselves! Our friends Eli and Mandy come from Texas to speak to us and this year they brought along there friends Ryan and Ashley too. They are such an encouragement and the Lord speaks through them in amazing ways! If I wrote all that I wanted to, this post would be really, REALLY long and I doubt any of you would read it all. But please, take a minute to ponder this amazing sunset below, that we got to see in person in all it's radiant beauty. He's telling you He loves you!

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Our new daughter, Mary Louise! We brought her home with us December 30, 2008. She was 69 inches long, and 291 months old. She has been such a joy to have. She has beautiful blue eyes and a sweet smile.

When David's brother Jonathan went down to Shasta Bible college, one of his class mates was Mary Cunningham. In going down to visit Jonathan and Benjamin we got to know this wonderful young lady. She was also a fellow bridesmaid in Jonathan and Laura's wedding this past summer. She has since moved to Polk county and is working with Child Evangelism Fellowship here. This fall we found out that she was hoping to find some where else to live and the Lord really laid it on our heart to call her and offer her our spare bedroom/bathroom that was completely not used. We are so thrilled having her here. She is the kind of person that that whenever you are with her, you are blessed! We are so excited to have her as a part of our family for however long the Lord has planned.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Simple living!

This last month has been busy, yet wonderful! Our Christmas season was very different this year as we had no electricity for five days leading up to it. Our life felt like "Little house on the Prairie" days as we boiled water on the wood stove for laundry, showers and dishes, cooked on the stove ( even made Christmas candy!) and huddled around the stove by candlelight in the evenings playing games. Needless to say, we were very thankful for the stove!
Christmas was such a blessing. David's brother Jonathan and his sweet new wife, Laura stayed with us and celebrated Christmas morning with us. We had fun acting out the nativity story and the only real problem was the very friendly innkeeper ( Bethany) who was sure that Mary and Joseph could stay with her!
Now the snow as melted away, we have all the power we need and life is at full speed again. while I am very thankful for hot running water and my microwave, it was a real blessing to get to experience that time of stepping out of our usual lives and really enjoying just being together!