Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
We rode our bikes along the river in the postcard river town of Augusta (also the home of George, Nick, & Rosemary Clooney for all of our non-Ohio readers).
It was a gorgeous, serene morning. So much so that baby girl Kirk fell asleep in her bike seat on the back of Aron's Schwinn; her little head bobbled all about the last of the ride as she slept sitting upright.
We had such an amazing time with so many of you who mean so much to us! Time was too short to see everyone, but we'll be back again in July for an entire week, so hopefully we can connect then!
Aron & I will be posting some picts throughout the week to highlight our Adventures in the Shire, as we like to call our home in Brown County!
Stay tuned, friends, more to come!
With much love!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Can't wait to share some cherished moments with you when we return. Until then, here are a few thoughts to ponder this Memorial Day:
Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored. ~Daniel Webster
For love of country they accepted death... ~James A. Garfield
All we have of freedom, all we use or know -This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.~Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899
Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic. ~John A. Logan
Since the fall of man, we have been shackled by snares of our own devices. From that moment foward freedom has always come at great cost. Our Great Warrior King has freed us by laying down his life, and many of his children have followed suite - in the name of freedom.
May each of us ponder this & allow utter gratitude to change the way we live.
All our love
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Taking after her mother, she's eating salad & loving it!
Leaving the ball.One last kiss before the clock strikes 6:00.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
There was NO WAY Aron or I would allow some stupid plastic baboon to harm our precious child - we would have went ape on it (pardon the pun)! Belle's fear was rational, but unnecessary - cause her daddy was in complete control. Not only did she miss out on the amazing people & experiences we were trying to give her, her joy was completely stolen.
Every few minutes, she would peer behind Aron or me to see if King Kong was still there, and he was, so back she darted to her position of defense. She was so preoccupied with her fear, she could not turn from its ugly, powerless face to see the beauty around her.Hmm...so I must confess that she gets this honestly. Sounds a whole lot like her mother! Whether its fear of cancerous moles, fear of death, fear of China, fear of gas prices, fear of demons, fear of failing a 2nd urine drug screen & being falsely labeled a heroine/codeine/morphine addict from poppy seed ingestion....I mean...random things one could/might be afraid of, just to name a few.
So, to state the obvious inference: Your daddy is bigger than any Planet of the Ape fear you may be experiencing - He has overcome them all. Let's not be so focused on its big, ugly face that we miss out on all the LIFE God is wanting us to experience now!
ps...aron is critiquing my post & has informed me the monkey species was actually a silver-back gorilla...my bad.
Let's try option #3,! I am a fairly healthy girl. I work out, I subsequently rehydrate my body, and my kidney's are happy organs because I drink lots of water!
So I ask the very rude nurse who is treating me like a criminal if I can just redo the test on the spot. She asked, "Did you drink a lot of water this morning?" I did. She tells me if it comes back too dilute again, they will not hire me!
So now, I have to drive 45 minutes to the Occ Health facility AGAIN tommorrow. But I'm freaking out...why, you ask, if I have nothing to hide? Well, yesterday at church, I went out to get coffee before service, as I usually do. On the coffee & refreshment table I see a delicious lemon-poppy seed muffin staring back at me. I hesitate before picking it up thinking, "What if I would have to redo my drug test; I haven't got the results back yet. Nahhh...what could possibly go wrong? I'm clean".
So I enjoy the muffin. Not only this, but I also had a salad tossed with poppy seed dressing yesterday! So, if this comes through on my drug screen tommorrow, I will truely look like a proven drugy nurse!
Because of this one issue of overhydration, I am no longer able to complete the orientation class tommorrow. They said they could not reschedule me until June!
You just cannot make this up!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
So, we ask you to join with us in praying for our family! Thank you so much!
ps...the two cutie pies are Sage & Noah
So here's where the shout out comes in: two women got together & decided they would watch our daughter & do it out of the goodness of their heart - then came to us with the offer. We didn't even have to ask! What an answer to prayer! God knows it kills me to leave her, but he's provided his very capable & loving daughters to help us out in this season!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Here are the rules:
1. Write your own Six-Word Memoir.
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want.
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post
4. Tag at least five more blogs with links.
5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.
Here we go...
Not that all in my life is perfect or ideal, but that because of His grace, I can live a full, restored life no matter what the circumstance. Walking with the One who created me, I experience life as it was intended to be lived - by Him & through Him - all things restored.
Okay - now we tag you! If you have a blog...go ahead tell the world of your memoir. If not or you don't feel comfortable posting on your own blog, leave a comment on this post with your memoir - if you feel so inspired. We'd love to see this piece of your heart! What an amazing way to see all that God is doing in the hearts of His children!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
At times like these, I feel like such a loser - "God must be so frustrated with me as I live in such defeat," my head perpetually tells my heart. But tonight a familiar voice spoke a much different message in response:
A clumsy Little Love clip-clops into the kitchen. "That's funny," I think without looking, wondering what it could be, "Belle's barefoot & none of her shoes have heels..." I look down to see Belle in my shoes (high heels, on the wrong feet mind you) attempting to walk around the house. So here's the message spoken to my heart at that moment: Sure you've got big shoes to fill. Yes you may be a little unsteady & less than proficient; you may trip and fall...but you know what, I am so proud you're trying so hard to be like me. I LOVE that you are trying - even if you feel foolish & don't see the fruit of your efforts. I love you more than you can understand.