Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hey, this is fun riding on this broom!
IMG_1137


Silly girls
IMG_1138


I want to play, too....paleeeease!!!
IMG_1139


We have been crazy busy, but all is well! Chelsea has made her decision on where she is going to college. Yay! She is going to College X's summer program...which means she will go away to College X (don't want to say the name of college where she will go) for July and most of August taking courses and staying on campus. She will then come back home for Sept. through December and take courses at the community college. In January she will go back to College X in January and stay there. This has something to do with housing availability.
Chelsea is also busy getting ready for her Senior Prom that will be next week!

Ryan is getting along okay. We go back every 10 days or so for x-rays where they access how the healing is going. The spine doctor is such a nice guy but is very firm with Ryan explaining that surgery is not out of the question yet and the least little wrong thing(or move) could cause the need for surgery. Ryan has handled this whole thing really well, I will say!

I hope you all have a great day!!!!
IMG_1141

IMG_1143

IMG_1142

 

Friday, April 25, 2008



Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Does this count?

My friend Tammy in Colorado sent this to me . I had to share it with all of you, because I think it is adorable! It just reminds me so much of Ella, except the dolls would be replaced with her stuffed animal friends. Thanks Tammy!

Also, below is the link (click on the square) for a very special auction taking place. Please take a peek if you have not already seen it.


Photobucket

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The many expressions of our beautiful girl.....

IMG_1171

IMG_1172

IMG_1167

IMG_1169

IMG_1175

IMG_1174

IMG_1158

IMG_1159

IMG_1163

Ella is not an easy one to get a good picture from. As soon as the camera comes out, she starts making goofy faces. She is so full of life and has the most beautiful expressions on her face all through the day when she is talking to us. So, the best way to get a good picture of her, is to just talk with her so she forgets about the camera. Her beauty just radiates!

Isn't it a Blessing to have the beauty of nature in the background of our pictures now?!

 

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Colors of Us


This is our new bedtime/nap time favorite! I am often amazed at how in tuned to and aware that our little ones can be. Somethings that I expected in the later years are actually there already. One is how our girls would perceive the differences amongst our family. We all know what it feels like when we venture out into public...the looks, the comments, the questions. But I am truly surprised at Ella's awareness at the age of 3.


IMG_1128
Ella talks ALOT about her black hair, in such a way that it seems to me that she is aware that it is "different" from ours. Chelsea and I always tell her that we would LOVE to have her beautiful silky hair and we would!! And then there is the skin color, which she never really mentioned. We started reading this book and she just glued herself to it. What surprised me is her insistence that her skin is light brown not dark brown. We just read the book, we don't really dialouge with it, yet she takes it upon herself to discuss how light her skin is(emphasizing light)...almost in a defensive type of way. Now, this is indeed true in the winter months...but come spring, her skin turns a beautiful dark, golden brown color, that again most of us would LOVE to have! Her skin is so intriguing...it literally tends to darken with the season...we have only been able to go outside a couple of days so far(weather wise) and already her skin is several shades darker. I used to think it was the sun, but it really doesn't seem to be just that.
She is breathtakingly beautiful to us and we pray she grows up with the same self image that we have of her!
IMG_1125
I am waaaaay cool!


IMG_1122
sisterly love


collage
These two are not easy to keep up with, especially on these slide things, but I can do it!!!

**I just noticed someone's foot was in the top picture, but don't have time to change it. LOL!**
so, it is what it is!

 

Friday, April 18, 2008

Naptime

Ella: "Why do you always put Sophie to bed first?"

BaBa: "Because it is very easy to put Sophie to bed...it only takes a few minutes."

Ella: (very adamently) "I am very easy to put to bed, too!!!"

IMG_1105

BaBa: "Oh, your bedtime is very easy alright. First you MUST put your own PJ's on and they have to be ones you like and then you have to brush your own teeth. Next, we have to play a round of Match Game. After that, we read stories of your choice and then the placement of all of your animals begins. They all have to be lined up just so. Sometimes with covers on, sometimes not. Always a bit different, but exactly how you see fit for the day. If any are missing, we have to search the house for them. We can NOT turn lights out until "everyone" is situated just so. Then we have to sing some songs and rock for a bit. And then about 2 hours later, you fall asleep. Very easy indeed! : )
We do love our girl!!!!




IMG_1116

Have you ever seen a cuter face? How could such a cute little face be going through such puppy badness? LOL!

We obviously did not get the submissive one of the litter, which is good because that would not have been a good fit for this very active and noisy family. But Daisy is most determined and I am having a hard time finding a way to get across the idea of no biting and no jumping. We have tried the yelping and the walking away and the shaker can and the finger in the throat. Anyone else have any secret tips that they would like to share? We went through this same thing with Katie. Goldens just tend to be very mouthy dogs as part of their nature. So if any of you are dog lovers and have a trick I haven't tried...I would love to hear. Puppy Kindergarten starts next week!

I wish you all a very happy week-end with your families!!!

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Exercise


I have really been trying to make time for exercise the last few months. One of my favorite classes that I take twice a week is called "Yogalaties", which is half Yoga and half Pilates. I LOVE it!! Since I have neglected a regular exercise routine the last few years, I felt like every time that I reached too far or reached in a different direction, that I was pulling a muscle. Talk about feeling old! So this class that I take is wonderful...you really feel like you are getting such a deep stretch for those muscles we don't use all of the time. I feel like my balance has become so much better since doing this, too! I also like this class, because even though you are tired at the end of it, it is relaxing and goes at a pace that doesn't make you feel like you can't keep up. The instructor plays a beach sound effects tape in the background...just lots of fun!



My friend talked me into taking a Latin aerobics class. We started that last night...talk about funny! She has us doing Salsa dancing with a fast aerobic type of rhythm. Oh, my goodness!! We had fun, but talk about feeling uncoordinated!!
Boy did we have a good laugh during that class....when we had enough breath left to laugh. hee hee!!




I liked these pictures of the girls, because their outfits are almost the same exact shade as the new grass coming in!! These outfits were only $6.94( for both pieces) in Wal-mart!

Thanks, my friends, for all of the prayer for Ryan! He is doing okay. Sore and slow moving, but alright. He started back to school yesterday with a few arrangements. he has to have someone carry his stuff for him, because he can not carry or lift anything. Also, he is dismissed from classes early so as not to get caught in the rush of the hallways. We go to see the spine specialist tomorrow and hope to hear things are going in the right direction as far as healing.

Have a great day, everyone!!!

 

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dull Moment??

Hey, does anyone remember what it is like to have a dull moment? We are certainly lacking them around here these days!

I am sorry I have not been visiting your blogs this week, but it has been a little hectic here...more so than usual. Ryan had another bad biking accident a few days ago and it resulted in numerous spinal injuries. I got a call at work the night it happened and they told me that I needed to call home for a family emergency. That took a few years off my life! Dave tells me that Ryan had an accident and he was on his way to the ER with him. Now, Dave always downplays things and always wants my opinion on things, so the fact that he knew it was bad enough to not even check with me...well, that frightened me!
Dave was in the ER with him all night into the morning, while I stayed home with the girls. He kept calling every hour or so to update me on what tests were being done and so on. At about 3 a.m., he called to tell me they had done the CT scan and found 3 fractures in his neck. They were transporting him to another hospital with a trauma team. Lost another year or two there!


At the second hospital, they did more testing and found a few fractures in his middle back area as well. Lots of pain/bruising in his ribcage, but nothing broken there. They admitted him and we waited to hear from the spine surgical team. The wonderful news is that they did not suggest surgery. He is now home with the neck brace for the next few months. He has to wear it 24/7 and is frustrated by that. Yes, he should realize how lucky he is to be spared spinal surgery, but he is 14. We will go back to the spine specialist next week and see if things are going how they should. The idea is to keep the neck immobilized, so as not to cause further damage.
It has been a long week, but we are praising God that He spared Ryan in many ways with this accident!!

IMG_1065
Yesterday, we had a BEAUTIFUL weather day out here and we got out in between appointments to enjoy some of it. Ella was soooo happy to have a "bubble weather" day! And I was thrilled to be able to take some outside pictures!


IMG_1066

IMG_1069

IMG_1073

IMG_1064

IMG_1072

IMG_1086

IMG_1084

IMG_1094



IMG_1080
I hope everyone is well and I will try to visit you all very soon!!!

 

Monday, April 7, 2008

Very Powerful Message


Rick Warren (REMEMBER HE WROTE " PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE" )
You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having "wealth" from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, "Purpose Driven Life" author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California.





In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:


People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven. One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body -- but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity.


This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity. We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense. Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one. The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort. God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy. We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.


This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer. I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore. Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life . No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.


You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems. If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness,"which is my problem, my issues, my pain." But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others. We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her. It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.


You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life. Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy. It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease. So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72 First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.


Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church. Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation. Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.


We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity? Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)? When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do. That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.


Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.

Painful moments, TRUST GOD.

Every moment, THANK GOD.










 

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Manicures and Spring Fever

collage
Having a big sister is the best! I am going to miss her sooooo much when she goes away to college! Mommy doesn't have time for manicures.



IMG_1032

IMG_1028

IMG_1029


I have Spring fever!! Everyday I ask the clouds to move over and make room for the sun to shine and I ask the sun to be a little warmer so I can go out and play bubbles and ride bikes and plant some flowers. Mommy says soon....but it seems to be taking so long!!
collage
Here I am creating some indoor skates, so that I can roller skate inside.


IMG_1036
And if I am really bored, Sophie and me can do a little operation on Pup!!

 
Welcome to our blog! We are happy for you to be a part of our "Day by Day" and to share how God is working in our lives. To read earlier posts, scroll down to the very bottom of the page and you can click on 'older posts'. Remember...we love to hear from YOU as well!