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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Steven Curtis Chapman concert!

One of (or if not my very) favorite Christian singer/ songwriter/ artists came to a local festival and my hubby and I went to see him, Steven Curtis Chapman! He has written many of my favorite songs, and one of his songs my hubby sang in our wedding!

I was very excited to see him in concert. I had seen him once about 15 years ago at Focus on the Family's 25th year anniversary celebration. This time he played by himself for almost and hour and a half! He was jet-lagged as he had come from China just 48 hours before. He had sung at a friends' funeral the day before, and so he was a little emotional and exhausted. I know I would be!
We stood the whole concert up in the front to be close to him. He sang several of my favorite songs, including "Dive" which he opened with, "The Great Adventure", "For the Sake of the Call", "Cinderella", "Love take me Over", "More than Conquerors" from his newer CD, and "I will be Here" which Joshua sang at our wedding. He talked some about his family, his history (when he sang a few older songs), and their choice to adopt. He talked about the ways that God has changed his life, and how moments can be meaningful. We all had a little "moment" in the concert when he played Cinderella and we danced and sang along. It was really neat!

I really enjoyed his concert and getting to know him a little more. I also read his recently published book, Between Heaven and the Real World, in the weeks following the concert. I had read some of the stories before in his book, "Speechless" which I read years ago, and in his wife Mary Beth's book Choosing the See. I loved that a little boy from Peducah, Kentucky dreamed big, but never big enough to play in concert at Carnegie Hall! He is most humble, and gives glory to God for his success, another thing I appreciated about him. He was just wonderful!
This is some of the verses that he sang about...

Romans 8: 1-4
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:31-39
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Family Fourth of July 2017

We had another wonderful Independence Day holiday with Joshua's family this year. We love getting together and being squished into Joshua's sister's house for a few days! I love seeing the kids playing with their cousins, along with all of the other familiar 4th of July traditions.
 The first night we were together, we went to the drive-in and saw "Despicable Me 3." It was pretty silly! The kids liked being in the back of the two vans together, and the little girls were in their jammies so they could jump into their beds when it was finished!
 We watched the parade in our favorite small mountain town. loved the big wheeled bike...
 Our friend and their 3 legged dog walked in the parade this year instead of their usual family band float...
Our family waiting for the parade to begin...
 During the water fights, I saw these two guys with bald eagle hats, I thought they were funny!
 The four big kids were waiting for the water fights to start...
 In the evening, after dinner we snapped some family photos on the porch...
 Love those faces!
 Then while waiting for the fireworks, the kids played baseball, and we played the game, "Bean Boozled," where everyone got a jellybean that may have been either yummy or yucky. It was pretty fun to watch, I did not play. I didn't need to be sick! The fireworks were fabulous!

We were sad to go home the next day. We always love our family time, it goes by too quickly! It's hard to believe that this was a month ago, the summer is flying by!

Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Ephesians 3:12
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Disney Vacation 2017 (Part 2)

For the first part of our Disney trip, you can find that post here. 

We took a "day off" from our Disney experience trip on Sunday. Joshua's aunt, uncle and grandmother live just an hour from Orlando. We drove there that morning, went to their church, went out to lunch and played games with them. We had pizza for dinner with them, and really enjoyed a day of rest. It was a joy to be at his aunt & uncle's house, see their plants, yard and just be together. They had a brand new game of "Ticket to Ride" and we taught them how to play it. It was a great day!

For our final Disney day, we went to Animal Kingdom, which both of the little girls really wanted to do. It was really neat! We did not go into Avatar, as we are not really interested in that. 
 Love the entrances!
 Inside Animal Kingdom, we liked the big tree, "The Tree of Life" which had cool carvings in it!
 We saw a tiger walking in the water. We also saw kangaroos, water buffalo (and sang the Veggie Tales song!) and lots of birds. We did not get a FastPass for the Kilimanjaro Safari, and waited over and hour to get onto that. It was a big truck with open sides, and you could see the animals in the distance. We saw elephants (my favorite!), ostrich, giraffes, okapi, rhinos (white and black), egrets and many more.

 We saw Russell from the movie "Up!"

We enjoyed the Lion King show, the costumes were amazing! There were people dressed up as all kinds of animals. The monkeys were very acrobatic, and had several minutes of tumbling that they did. There was also a lady dressed as a bird that flew using ropes, while she turned over and around. It was quite impressive! We joked that Olympic gymnasts could do that when they retire. 
 From most of the park, you could see "Mount Everest" which was a ride. We did ride the roller coaster, which was kinda scary! Part of it was in the dark and went backwards! We did several other rides there too, including a dinosaur ride. But our Bethany (age 8) started running a fever that day, and was just plain worn out. After lunch we took her to First Aid (again!) and she got some Tylenol, which helped her perk up for a little while. We ended up leaving the park earlier than we wanted because she wasn't feeling well. She was a trooper! We had dinner, and she crashed for 3 hours! Joshua took the big kids back to Disney World, where they go to ride "Pirates of the Caribbean," which we didn't have the chance to ride the first day. They all loved it, and got to see the nightly light show again!
Another thing that we enjoyed at Animal Kingdom was the "Under the Sea" exhibit. Outside there were fake seagulls that said "Mine, mine, mine!" like in "Finding Nemo". Inside we were just in time for a dolphin show, and got to see dolphins remembering different objects from window to window. We got a cute picture of them smiling at the end!

The next morning, we checked out of our condo, had lunch, shopped a little more, and went to the airport. Bethany didn't feel 100% until 2 days after we came home. We were not sure if she was exhausted or really had a little bug. We were all very tired, and glad to sleep in our own beds late that night! It was such a great trip, filled with lots of good memories. I'm thankful that we were able to go and have a real vacation. It was nice to be just the 6 of us almost every day. The kids were troopers despite their tired feet, long days, and being so done at the end of the day. But some evenings, when the rest of us were so tired, Caleb and Mallory went down to the pool!

We were home for 4 days before we went to the mountains for the Independence Day holiday with Joshua's family, but that's another post. It has been a wonderful summer so far!

Psalm 107:35
He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs;

Genesis 1:25
God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 2:19-20
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
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