Thursday, December 30, 2010

Twenty Ten

Two thousand ten has been a year of many changes for us. I was preparing to tell you all about them but when I finally put my fingers to the keys the words just would not come.

That has been the story of my blog life lately. Our lives are so full right now, but for some reason, known only to Christ, I cannot form the sentences to tell you about it.

We are daily falling head over heels in love with our Precious Lord. He is beyond anything we could imagine and is so very other than we expect.

He is stealing our hearts and consuming our minds.

He is gentle.
He is compassionate.
He is funny.
He is patient.
He is faithful.

He doesn't give us joy. He gives us Himself. And in giving us Himself, He gives us joy, because He is joy.
He is peace.
He is truth.
He is rest.
He is knowledge.
He is confidence.
He is love.

These are not things that can be had apart from Christ. They can only be had in Him. And as children of the Most High God we are in Him.

This truth is becoming our reality in a deep and profound way. It is changing our lives like never before.

I look forward to sharing more with you in the future. I hope that 2010 brought you more of Christ and that 2011 does the same. Our Lord is a vast ocean whose depths we can never entirely plumb. Let us not mistakenly think that we have need to 'move on' from Christ. He is the ALL. IN. ALL. Nothing is apart from Him for those of us who believe.

Christ Jesus, our LORD.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Popeye's Lost Tooth

Popeye lost his first tooth on Sunday, in the back of the van, on our way home from Jacksonville. He was thrilled.

Before he went to bed that night I asked him if he wanted to put his tooth under his pillow or if he wanted to just give it to me now and I would give him the money. (I know, not cool. But we tell our kids the aweful truth and then let them pretend) He said he wanted to put it under his pillow.

When he woke up the next morning I asked him if he found his money under his pillow. He said, "Yes, it was just a dollar."


How much does my SEVEN year old think a tiny little tooth is worth?

"Well, it was a small tooth." I said.

He just shrugged and grinned at me.

That tooth might not be worth much in my book, but that grin sure is.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Our Out of this Universe Vacation in Orlando

We spent three days in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios last week. R.C.'s parents, sister, brother in-law, and nephew flew down to be with us. The trip was actually our Christmas present from R.C.'s parents. It was wonderful!!!

The first picture is looking out our hotel window.

We got to meet some of our favorite Super Heroes.

And Popeye got his picture with Popeye! =)
We rode all available rides.

And snuggled when it got cold. Actually, the forecast for the week was in the upper 50s / lower 60s. However, it never got above the upper 40s / lower 50s. We weren't prepared. So Monday night R.C. and I made a run to Walgreens to pick up two dollar hats and gloves for everyone. Then on Tuesday we put on lots and lots of layers.
Jaws was very friendly. Here we are waiting in line at one of the Universal Studios attractions. Because we stayed at one of the Universal Hotels we were able to purchase the Express Pass and just have it attached to our room keys. All we had to do was let them scan our hotel room keys and we were able to get in to the express lane for most all the rides and shows. We never waited longer than 10 minutes for anything. It was wonderful!

Our precious nephew. We tried on some hats for size. And really got into character. I don't know where they get this idea that it's fun to try on hats and stuff. All bundled up and heading out on Tuesday. There was a big mirror in the elevator so I took a chance on snagging a picture of the group that I'm actually in (though I'm behind the camera). Aunt Molly. New Mommy. (She's fabulous at it) Molly and Jimmy are big Harry Potter fans. Island's of Adventure has a whole area devoted to all things Harry Potter. It was the busiest place in the park.
The obligatory picture in front of the Universal fountain. Princess was not happy about it.
Bobo took this picture of us.
And you can't have a Christmas Vacation without a picture in front of the huge Christmas Tree in the lobby of the hotel.
We had so much fun! Thank you so much, Ronny and Susan, for a great Christmas experience and the joy of getting to experience it with you!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Berry Christmas!

Our neighbor has a beautiful berry tree in his front yard. Yesterday I snagged the kids, two at a time, for some pictures. They were in goofy moods as usual.

We have a busy weekend and on Sunday we head to Orlando to meet RC's parent's and sister and family at Universal Studios. We are super excited! I'm taking both The Camera and the video camera.

We'll have lots to share when we return, but probably won't be back to the ol' blog till late next week.

See you then!