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Thursday, August 17, 2017

My siblings visit!

My dad has been sick this summer, partly as a result of a neck surgery that he had in the end of May. He was sick with the flu, and then pneumonia. He had a blood clot behind his knee and some in his lungs. He was sleeping more and using his oxygen more. One of the perks of living in the same town as my parents is that when my siblings come to visit them, I get to see them too!

My oldest brother and his family made a vacation out of their trip from Texas. It was great to see him and his wife and two youngest kids. My sister also came from the same state, and my other older brother came from Arizona. It was nice to have 4 of us all together! My younger brother had already planned a trip the following week, and we missed him! I did get to see him when he came later. We had lots of fun hanging out, talking a lot, playing a few games, going on walks and seeing the kids together too. We went to a nature center here in town, I hadn't been there since they moved a few months ago. We also went to a new water feature in town, went out for ice cream a few times and ate very well!
 My daughter loved being with her almost 4-year-old cousin!
 I even double french-braided each one of their hair so they could match!
 My nephew liked the touching tank at the nature where the shrimp cleaned his hands!

 Love my older brother's shirt!
 We also took an afternoon and went to a fun park in our town that had a new water feature! The kids loved it, and we all got really wet! The water felt good in our town's heat!
 Uncle Tim cuddling a cold Anna!
 My niece and I... love her!
 My daughter read her cousin a story!
 The four youngest girl cousins had a tea party!
 Cousins playing cards together...
 Me and my three siblings who were here together!
My younger brother and his wife visited too!

I love being together with my family, having them here was one of the highlights of my summer! 

1 Chronicles 16:43
Then all the people left, each for their own home, and David returned home to bless his family.

Psalm 122:8
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”

Acts 10:2
He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

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.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Disney vacation 2017 (Part 1)

Last month, we were able to take a "dream" vacation, at least for us anyway! We had a few old passes, got a big tax refund and decided to take our kids to Disney World in Florida! We didn't tell them until two days before, and it was so hard to keep the secret, especially when we wanted them to walk to get into shape!

We drove to Denver on a Monday, and flew out on the red eye late that night... but we didn't sleep much. Our youngest, Bethany who is 8 slept the most on the plane. My hubby and some of the kids took 1/2 hour naps, but I didn't sleep at all. When we arrived in Orlando, it was 6 a.m. We went to breakfast and then were able to check into our condo, thankfully! The kids went in the pool while I got settled. We went shopping and bought some breakfast food, lunch makings, snacks and enough for a few dinners. Then we crashed! We were glad we took a day to rest up before we went to Disney!

Finally, on Disney day #1, we went to the Magic Kingdom park. It was so much fun! The kids LOVED seeing the characters, riding the rides, looking in the gift shops, and the parades. We had snacks with us that day, and we did eat in the park, which was good. We had anticipated that we would pack lunches, but we didn't have a cooler, or have a good way to store sandwiches or fruit. I had a backpack and we used most of the things in it. I had combed blogs and pins from Pinterest to get ideas of what to bring. The main thing we should have had more of was WATER. We weren't prepared for the heat, sun and humidity. We didn't drink nearly enough water. I ended up getting overheated and dehydrated, and went to the First Aid. I got several gatorades and waters, got thoroughly checked out, and rested. I was fine in about an hour out of the sun and heat. Believe me, going to First Aid in Disney World is not fun! And I missed out on riding Splash Mountain with my family! We did enjoy many classic other rides, such as "It's a Small World," "Space Mountain", the tea cups, the Tiki Room, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the Magic Carpet Ride, etc.,

 The beginning of the first day, we were so excited and happy...

 I was so excited to go into the castle, as I had never done that before. We met several princesses, including my FAVORITE, Cinderella! She was so pretty, kind and sweet. We got lots of signatures in our autograph book, but she was the highlight of my day!
 My girls loved meeting Ariel from"The Little Mermaid", she was beautiful too!

 Riding "It's a Small World," sorry about the song you'll never forget, kids...
 It started raining while we were waiting in line to see "Buzz Lightyear," who signs things with a stamp. We met Alice from "Alice in Wonderland" too!
 The light show at the end of the night was very cool! My tech-savvy hubby was fascinated with the projection onto the castle, where it was coming from, how they did it all! We did get rained on bit, wore our ponchos and I was glad that I learned to go into the shops on "Main Street", which all link together. We bought Mickey ears (Minnie/ Cinderella/ Stitch) for each of us there, and a backpack for Rebekah (she reimbursed us) for college. We slept really well that night!

On Disney day #2, we went to one of the water parks called "Typhoon Lagoon". It had lots of water slides, a huge lazy river, a huge wave pool, and more. It was a more low-key, relaxing day that we enjoyed a lot. It felt so good to cool off in the water!
 On Disney Day #3, we went to Epcot Center in the morning, ate lunch there (in France-- YUM!!), then we went to Hollywood Studios. We saw LOTS of characters that day, including MICKEY and Minnie!! We were so happy to see them! Minnie even kissed us!

We met Goofy with them too!
 Taking the typical telephone booth photos in Canada...
 In Hollywood Studios, we met BayMax from "Big Hero 6"...
 ...and "Sadness" and "Joy" from "Inside Out", they were so cute! Bethany told Joy that her middle name was Joy and she gave her a huge hug, it was so sweet!
 Mallory and I met Chip and Dale... they were cute too! We also met Baloo the bear, Belle from "Beauty and the Beast," Pluto (Bethany loved him!), Jake (Neverland Pirates), Sofia (Sofia the First), Mary Poppins, Princess Tiana (Princess and the Frog), Pinocchio, Daisy and Donald Duck, and saw Captain Hook.
We met Kylo Ren in Hollywood Studios too, he was very intimidating, got right in our faces and scared us all a little bit! Joshua liked the Star Wars memorabilia in the stores, and said he had a small figure just like the Darth Vader in the picture.
 We also saw Storm Troopers, a group with Captain Phasma (briefly), black troopers, saw Boba Fett, saw Jawas, met BB-8, and Chewbacca. He gave a great hug, and was so tall! (I know, he's a Wookiee!) It was too much fun to meet the characters, and we loved how they acted like the characters from the shows. Pinocchio was a little boy!

It was so much walking, we enjoyed all of the rides there too, including Toy Story Mania, met a Car from the new Cars3 movie "Cruz Ramirez".  We saw Woody and Buzz Lightyear there too. We didn't go in too many shops there, it was so crowded. The girls and I waited for Joshua, Caleb and Rebekah as they went on "Tower of Terror," then we really enjoyed the show "Fantasmic" at the end of the day. There were so many times when we were there that we said, "I can't believe we are really here!"

 I will add the second part of our trip in another post, as this one is getting long! Thanks for reading this far!

Luke 18:15-17
People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Genesis 18:19
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

Psalm 112:2
Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Psalm 127:3
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
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