Then I heard the Voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said,"Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Fun at Grandma and Grandpa's

We had a wonderful weekend visiting Grandma and Grandpa. There was an assortment of activities including:
bike ridding,

bird watching, tree identification,

reading and just hanging out with family.
The most standout memory for the trip was definitely our time at Build-a-Bear. Although there were no bears built, the kids were overjoyed with their selections. Josiah picked a Triceratops that he named Dino-Mite. Elise picked a pink Cheetah and named her Princess Aruzia.
They took great care filling the huggies.....

Giving them baths.....

Combing their hair.....

And hugging them up and down! Thank you Grandma for such a fun date!

On Sunday Michael was the guest speaker for Trinity's Confirmation luncheon. The whole family was there, so we snatched a quick picture. Don't we look good?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

He Has Risen....He Has Risen Indeed!

This year's Easter celebrations have been shared with many friends and family. What a blessing it is to be surrounded by such a great group of people who love and trust and believe in the same Lord Jesus Christ as us! May we share his name and life with all people...

Our dear friend Anne called up and asked if we would like to partake in an activity that she remembered her grandfather doing with her when she was little. Always up for adventure and celebration, our response was YES! Here is the account of our efforts of this new skill...Decorating Blown Eggs.

The first skill to master is the appropriate size hole to 1. blow into the egg through in order to get the yolk and whites out appropriate sized hole #2. When either hole was inadequately small, this would be the appearance of the blower:

If the blower, in frustration, tried to enlarge either hole too much...the dismal result would be as follows:

Josiah took a try and did quite well. Out of a baker's dozen he completed 2...
Elise and I did one (together)
and Michael and Anne got the awards for stamina as they successfully finished the rest.

We all enjoyed dyeing them together:

And here is the outcome of the hard labors:

Unfortunately we still have one unsolved problem: How does one get the needle and thread through the little holes to turn these hollow shells into decorative ornaments?

On Maunday Thursday, we drove down to Grandma and Grandpa's house and enjoyed a party with all of their friends and special guests Uncle Charlie and Aunt Barb. The next morning we continued south to visit our family's great friends. Lou, Christy, Destiny, Moses, Hannah and Chaco were great hosts! We played all over the city and had much fun continuing friendships. Destiny was a love, so caring and ready to help with all the kiddos, they really look up to her.

Moses and Josiah acted as though a day had not past since their last playtime together. Superheroes and PowerRangers were in full action.

Elise enjoyed all the delights of having a girlfriend her age, and Hannah was always sweet and ready to take part in everything.
We all enjoyed an egg hunt at the YMCA, but the true excitement came when finding the baskets that were hidden around the house in precarious places. After that the children hunted for the eggs that were meticulously set about the house.

We also praised the Risen Lord together on Sunday at their church. It was a great church that is so fitting for their family. We got to visit with past friends from Fairchild, the Shiftlets, in the bible study that we attended. Josiah especially liked that he was picked as a volunteer to help lead the "Shake a friend's hand, shake a hand next to you" song. Elise loved the candy in the little egg and basket she received from her teacher!

Happy Easter!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A moment to share precious moments...

Last post: January 6, could that really be true? Unfortunately my computer does have a better grasp on time than I do, so I must admit that it has been a while since the last post. Feeling the urge to share the events in our lives, I will gasp no more, but will rather get to the pictures that encompass some of the life lived lately.

First we have Elise's doll station. For a few months before Christmas she had located this toy in a magazine, and every time we recieved the magazine she would say She cherishes it, and the 10 babies that usually cram on to it for bath time.
We have seen our fair share of cold weather here this year, but a new experience for me and the children was the outdoor ice skateing rink. The boys lasted a lot longer than us girls...

After one good ground cover of snow, the kids and I made some snowsculptures...they are supposed to be self-sculptures of what the kids think they look like. I am not sure if Josiah truly envisions himself with a mustache....or if that is in the future.

Biscuit also enjoys the snow, this last time it snowed I had let her outside and forgot about her. After about 2 hours and 2+ inches of additional snow, I went to go get my puppy....she was chomping onto a freshly fallen tree branch and had 2+ inches of snow on her coat. She couldn't have been more happy.

We enjoyed making our Valentine's day cokies and eating them. For dinner that night we had Fondue, you can see by the kids faces how much it was enjoyed!

Well, that is all for today's documentation. I have a date with my

love and our laundry! Till next time:)