We are a busy family who juggle work, ministry, and our family on a regular basis, but God gives us the strength. Our desire is to serve the Lord with all our hearts and see our children grow up with a close relationship with Him. Our two children Elisha (11) and Bethany (10) keep us on our toes, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
It's my kiddos this past Sunday morning and the kids' worship team singing Smellin' Coffee by Veggietales for all the moms in the audience. Then they went and gave out flowers and coffee cup (and scented) candles to all their mommies. Awwwww....
Elisha and Bethany are on the right side of the screen. Elisha is in yellow and Bethany in blue.
Sorry for the extra 15 seconds or so in the beginning... you just never know when those sound guys are going to start up the music! And yeah, feel free to click off it at the end too. There's probably about 45 extra seconds on there as well.
Here she is, performing solo for the first time in last week's VBS fundraiser/Talent Show. She was so nervous in the beginning, can you tell?
I wanna say this is the longest song she has ever done as well, but maybe when they play with the band she's played longer. Still if she squeaked along then no one was the wiser (except maybe her band teacher) because the other kids are there to cover you up.
I still think she did great for the first time! She's way braver than I ever was at her age!
Well, his birthday has come and gone and a few weeks have passed now, but I still wanted to get this post completed. It sat in the drafts for a while, waiting for his dad and I to put the finishing touches on his 12 year old letter.
Yep, that's right, he's twelve now. Crazy how that just sneaks up on you. He mentioned not too long ago that he can't wait to learn to drive. Yeah... I better not blink because it'll be here before I'm ready.
We love you son! Thank you for being the amazing young man you are. Even when adolescence creeps up on us and you just can't control your tongue, you surprise me with sincere apologies and hugs. When many of your friends seem to just be naturally rude, you do care about how things are said and do not like it when it seems that you are misunderstood. Your passion can be a good thing, if utilized properly.
It's neat to see the man you are becoming, you have a bright future son. And whether your future is to play in the NBA, or be a cop, or in the ministry we pray that you'll always follow God's leading and His perfect will and plan for your life. Also the fact that you love Jesus and are truly doing your best to follow Him makes us incredibly proud. Many kids think they know it all when they grow up in the church, especially being a pastor's kid, and you keep wanting to learn, even spending time in the Bible by yourself. That in itself is extremely awesome.
Well, obviously not Christmas, cuz' it's about a month and half too late for that, but I think you get the general idea.
We don't live where it snows. at. all. And no, this wasn't a freak storm that other parts of the nation are getting, we actually had to drive to see it. Kinda like visiting the ocean in the summer time. :0)
It was interesting getting there though! We rode with another family who had less snow experience than Yohn and I (we both grew up and learned to drive in the snow). It was raining when we left so I knew that meant possible good snow where we were heading, everyone else was not so optimistic.
Driving up the other family's van (there were three families total on this trip) got a flat tire and they had to purchase a new one. It took twenty to thirty minutes in the rain to change the tire, a little driving around to find a Costco to replace the tire, then hanging around Costco for an hour waiting for the replacement tire to get put on the van.
And then we were off! Off to a stop on the way up to put chains on the vans. No one had ever put chains on before, not even Yohn or I, and in order to save $60 for the installation fee it took another forty five minutes to put the chains on. Did I forget to mention it was still raining?
After chain installation, all we still saw was rain as far as the eyes could see. I tried to assure everyone that they wouldn't have us put chains on for just rain but no one believed me for another ten minutes or so when rain gave way to sleet and sleet gave way to big fluffy snow flakes pouring out of the sky!
It snowed the entire time we spent on the mountain, never relenting once. But it was beautiful and the kids really had a blast. However, it was deep and you got stuck if you weren't careful.
Someone smarter than us shoveled a path to a great sledding area so that's where we spent the next few hours. Snowball fights and sledding were the highlights of the trip. The big fluffy snow kept us well supplied with fresh snow for the snowballs and nice soft snow for the sledding.
Despite that fact that I don't miss the cold, I certainly do miss the beauty of the snow.
A few hours and it was time to go. We spent more time driving than actual play, but because of the circumstances of the day it couldn't be helped. When we stopped to eat the kids balked at the idea that it might be time to go home. But we realized after trying to pass out food that was getting snow flakes in it that it was not only hard to eat without your food getting soaked, but that we were also soaked as the big fluffy snow is also really wet!