Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Well- I was thinking of some "I've never's" the other day- and I realized I have lived a sheltered life up until 4 years ago. I'm not complaining- I'm just saying.
I was thinking of some things I would like to do- but don't know that I will ever put the effort into doing them. Like:
- ride in a limo- no big deal, just never done it
- go on a cruise
- climb a mountain- I've skkied a mountain- love that!! but never climbed one.
- run a race- don't like running too much- but anyway
- learn to play tennis (this one- I really want to do)
- learn sign language (I do plan to do this)
- learn a foreign language (Spanish maybe)
- see New York
- have coffee in Seattle
- get a tattoo (ok really- I have always wanted one. I know I will never get one- just a little fantasy going on)
Random- I know.
Friday, May 23, 2008
We are ready for a great weekend together- my husband the 'Grill Master' will fire it up- we have family get togethers and swimming.... it's going to be great. Take some time this Memorial Day weekend to just be together. Life is short- love your children and your families. Make memories.
Here's to you!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I know that by now most have heard about the tragic death of Steven Curtis Chapman's daughter. Please pray for this family. Pray for Steven's son who was involved in the accident- pray for him. It is going to be hard. I can't imagine what they are going through. I don't want to know what they are feeling. So pray for them- and go hug your children.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tomorrow is the last day of school for my girls. It means no more getting up at 6am- well at least for them! I still have to go to work. So for the next week they will get to stay at Mimi and grandaddys and sleep late and swim in the pool all day! It's a bittersweet day for me- it means one year older my girls are and I realize time is slipping by. They will spend some days here at the office with me this summer- I am so very fortunate that my job is the way it is. We look forward to lots of friends over and lots for time outside. Happy Summer!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
We went to see Narnia's Prince Caspian yesterday- and it was fantastic! I loved this movie. I assumed it would be good- we loved the first one- but it was great. GO SEE IT!! It is intense- my Josie was scared a few times- but it is amazing. I will see it again.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I am reading a beautiful book - 'Embrace Grace' by Liz Curtis Higgs. It's about accepting the forgiven life- the grace filled life that God has to offer. I ordered it in for a Women's conference we had and picked it up because the cover was pretty. The first thing I read was:
When the kindness and love
of God our Savior appeared,
He saved us,
not because of righteous things
we had done,
but because of His mercy.
That spoke to me on the spot. His mercy is greater than anything we have done. I know that God loves me- and I thank Him everyday for loving me. Sometimes when God does things in my life- I think-"God..... you have the wrong person- I am not great- I am a failure everyday! I don't deserve what you have done for me." But- it's not because I deserve the blessings He has bestowed upon me- it's because of His mercy- His grace. We are loved- we are forgiven.... simply by asking Him. I fight my flesh daily- but I know I can run to His word- and there I will find strength to make it through the day. How? Because...
God is our refuge
an ever-present help
Sunday, May 11, 2008
We attended the wedding of my good friend Ryan yesterday. Ryan's bride, Alissa, is deaf. I have known Ryan and Alissa since they were 10 years old. (makes me feel SOOO old) Their wedding yesterday was the sweetest and most moving ceremony I have ever seen. They had three people strategically placed that were signing- one just for Alissa, one for the bridesmaids and one for the congregation. When it was time for the vows- there was no sound. At first I thought that the equipment stopped working- but then realized that Ryan was mouthing his vows just to Alissa. She was reading his lips with tears streaming down her face and I thought- at that moment we were hearing exactly what she is hearing. Complete silence. But you know- as she looked into the face of the love of her life- reading his lips as he made his vow to her- she heard his voice. In her soul and in her heart. I cried like a baby! Sobbed a few times even. It was amazing. I will never forget it.
Congratulations Ryan and Alissa.
Congratulations Ryan and Alissa.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
We just returned from a few days at Disney World. We had an amazing time. Josie turned 11 while we were there- she said it was the best birthday ever! It was great to spend some time with my family- although there was no relaxing done- we ran the whole time! Here are a few pics- more coming when I get Jordan's camera- she is a great photographer.