Saturday, May 26, 2007
1 Praise the LORD!How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying his commands.2 Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.3 They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever.4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.5 Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.6 Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered.7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.8 They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.9 They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.
These verses are so encouraging to me! I, honestly have gone over and over in my head if there is something that we did wrong, like as if this were a punishment of some kind, I keep looking for a reason that all this has happened and many have said that I may not know the answer to that for years. Yes, and praise God, that He is the One in control! I have a renewed confidence that the Lord will care for me and my family, He will provide all our needs!
Praise the Lord!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Red and black bands to start off with of coarse, what else for such a huge Chiefs fan? I told him, my first kiss was a string bean boy with braces- my second kiss was YEARS later! Seriously! It made him smile that soon to be straight smile! I love it, I may miss it even! Maybe now he can work on that great personality more over the next few years, but watch out girls, in a few years-he'll knock your socks off! Did I mention his voice is starting to crack too? What a wonderful time of life! He's still the coolest 12 year old I know!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
He is almost ready to take a step out on his own too, he walks around all the furniture and has let go a few times, he gets so excited that he starts to flap his arms and he falls down! It's so cute, he is so proud of himself too. Don't you just love the footie pjs?!? They're a classic.
Ethan, loves to help give Zach his bath, all the kids do actually. Ethan loves to splash too, which works well for Zach! Any one of our kids could spend hours in a warm bath if we'd let them!
My twelve year old, Keith, decided he was sick of Hamburger Helper, even if it was only the one time a week that I make it, usually Wednesday night (it's fast right before church). He made sure that he made a point of telling me this, via, rude comments and sarcastic statements. Well, I had enough of this when he made a few embarrassing comments in front of others about my skills as a cook. I promptly made the judgement that he would be cooking his own meals for a week. The guidelines were as follows; a meat, a vegetable and a bread must be present and he could not use any of the foods I had planned for meals, and he could eat no leftovers that I cooked, and it had to be ready to eat by 5:00, our family dinner time.
The first night it took him a half hour to figure how to open a can of green beans with the can opener, he learned very quickly the hard work that planning and cooking meals is. By the end of the week, I had a very sincere apology and he was very happy to eat whatever was put in front of him!
Zachary has begun eating everything we eat, for the most part and one thing that we found he loves is Hamburger Helper (Beef Pasta), and as he was enjoyably eating this new found cuisine, I jokingly turned to Keith and said, "Zachary loves Hamburger Helper!", to which Keith responded, "He also likes to eat dirt!".
Did I mention it takes three boxes of Hamburger Helper and 3 pounds of beef to feed our family now?
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Joy and Grace, not as close in age, but they are just as close, they always have fun together.
It's always great when Mom comes to town!
He's not quite the right size to play on the blow-up toys, but he had fun with Zach, watching the other kids play!
This was one of things that really drew us to Western Hills Baptist Church, their great kids programs.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
They brought chips and other snack foods for our volunteers and even catered in lunch on Saturday for eveyone! Not only did they send food and supplies for the clean-up over, I think there were 10 Frito Lay employees there too, and not just the warehouse level guys, Rob's bosses all came out! Rob and I were truly moved, we felt such great support from them . This is one of those times we felt very blessed to be working for what we think is a really great company.
Thanks Frito Lay!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
We are being so well taken care of and feel so loved by all of our friends and family that have shown up, called, baked and done so much LAUNDRY! I cannot express what it means to us to have you all showing up, even for a half and hour, it gives us hope, a boost to keep going!
Our adjuster from our insurance came, just in case something was able to be claimed (nothing is), and he told me that turning this in he'd estimate $75,000, this amount was choked down and then he asked what we were going to do. Without a pause I told him, "pray and trust God". That is what the plan is, pray and trust God, He will provide, the amount of money and time to do this is so beyond us that we have trust that it will be taken care of.
Sometimes God gives us trials in our lives so that we can give witness to what God can do, He is faithful , so I am keeping my head up!
And this is the living room where Zach rolled over for the first time, right about where the cardboard box is sitting actually.
And this is our master suite, what's left at least. That raw sewage is a bear to get out! If I could blog a smell, let me tell you!
We were so excited to get a monogrammed shower curtain for our bathroom, it was such a little simple pleasure in the mornings.
As you can see this is where the sewage came from that flooded our master suite.
It amazes me all the little things we took for granted on a daily basis. Everyday there is something that you go to find and it's not there anymore, it's just washed away.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Even as I look at these pictures again and write this story I thank God that I still have my family.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Recently I found a bronze plaque that says, "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord", God has always been the center of our relationship and the foundation that our family is built on, we are drawn to this idea of a family heritage and learning and teaching life lessons through this process of building our home.
In our search for where this house would be and where we would settle, we happened upon Maple Hill (west of Topeka), unlikely as it seemed, we were drawn there and not knowing for sure the ministry opportunities that God has in store for us there we found a lot that seemed to be just where we should be. A perfect peace is over this place and we are confident in God.
We intend to use our own hand to build a lot of this home, but our experience only goes so far, we are in need of experts to help us along, it is important to us that we are a witness to each and every person that works on this house and that they know the reasons we are building this home. We have prayed over our floor plan, we have our little piece of Maple Hill, and we are ready to begin this journey!
Grace promptly told the pediatrician that her legs were getting fat and she didn't like it. I am so disappointed in this world that tells little girls that they must look just so to be beautiful! I have never told her anything but that she is perfect the way God made her. She eats what she wants when she wants and I don't want to ruin her healthy choices of eating by "fattening her up".
I have missed my hubby for months now and as the end is in sight, I am very excited to show you pictures of the beginning mess so you will be thoroughly impressed by the final pictures to come!
The profit on this "little" project will get us a little closer to our dream house we will build in Maple Hill!
This was the day to introduce the teams and individual players to music and they got to run through the streamers, through a line of cheering parents and players! Ethan really enjoyed this.
He plays soccer with the UPWARD soccer league at Western Hills Baptist Church, I have really loved the league, the kids learn a lot and it is non-competitive, so the kids all cheer for each other and all the parents cheer for both teams accomplishments, so every kid leaves feeling like a winner, that's the great part!