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.
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!
We celebrated Superbowl Sunday with friends that have turned into family!
Bethany and Elisha were gifted with Seahawks apparel from Grandpa Gene & Grandma Susan for the big day since they are big time Seahawks fans. Bethany has declared since she was small that the Seahawks were her team and Elisha really likes Russell Wilson and Derrick Coleman so he was ready to jump on board the cheering squad!
Excited fans ready to cheer the Seahawks to victory!
Celebrating Marshawn Lynch's touchdown with some skittles. The kids anxiously awaited this moment and wished for many more!
Elisha and one of his best friends. You can see Elisha's shirt much better in this photo.
The (semi) captive audience.
Couldn't forget about us!
This year, I really couldn't decide who to root for. In fantasy football Peyton Manning and Damarius Thomas were my quarterback and wide receiver and the Seahawks were my defense. They both did awesome for me, hence the reason I won our fantasy championship. I had a hard time choosing! In the end, though I was excited for the Seahawks, who have never won a Superbowl before tonight, I was sad for Peyton Manning, who after having such an awesome season, really had a hard night.
Today was definitely a fun day! We had extra kids over to spend the night Sunday night since Monday was a holiday (no school, yay!). Games and movies and pajamas last night and then sunny shining day today. All things considered, it was truly a great day.
They got creative on the poses today. While I did want this picture on the log, they chose how to do each shot.
Loved this bridge, but the sun in the eyes was hard on the kids and there was no other angle to get this picture unless I wanted to stand in the water.
This is the picture I chose for my 365 blog today. I love it!
The seagulls were so ornery, but Jewell managed to hand feed one of the geese anyway!
A little touch football...
Dusk came and ended our day out, but not before the kids got a chance to roll down the hill!