Thursday, December 23, 2010
"...according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Phillipians 1:20-21
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 1:6-7
The night before Brad's surgery to have his spleen removed, Blake went to Brad's house to join him and some other family members in prayer. When Blake came home, one of the first things he told me was that Brad said, "I have never been so close to the pearly gates and I couldn't be more excited!" Brad's salvation is real. We could have no greater joy than knowing that in the midst of this terrible time.
We anticipate being with our family during this season like never before as we savor the blessing of one another, celebrate the birth of the One who died so that we could have life, and love on Brad.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
The "big" kids table
Waiting patiently for dinner
This was Tristan's little party Lyn had at my parents...his 3rd party...he was a good boy this year:). We brought back some old birthday party games from our days like drop the clothes pin in the jar.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Something very important happened in our life recently and I couldn't help but comment on it in this particular setting. As you know, Jamie is pregnant. You especially know if you've seen her lately with a nice baby bump. She is in great spirits and back to her exceptional mother, wife, and friend self. Although, about a week or so after we found out about the pregnancy, Jamie fell VERY ill from pregnancy sickness. She wasn't eating well at times and struggled to be out of bed most of the time. This lasted for about four weeks before marked improvement. With a wife as hard working and home sustaining as her, this was nearly devastating to me. I know this shows how spoiled I am by her, but the thought of where our next meal would come from was a frequent thought of mine. Very quickly though, in the first few days of this near devastation, something happened that gave us hope....
We were lifted, helped, and preserved by our local friends and family. They (you) came to our rescue. Spontaneous acts of kindness and sacrifice poured into our lives and onto our doorstep. We hardly had to ask. Before we knew it, we were surrounded by support with meals and substitute child rearing. They sacrificed their time and energy to allow Jamie to rest, the new tiny baby to grow, and me to keep my job. Simply and truly, we couldn't have done it without them. I layed in bed every night thanking the Lord for the next timely helper. I believe this outpouring of support is a demonstration of the Body of Christ, His Church. It's humbling and inspiring to see the hand of God work in your life in a time of need.
You don't hear about these things in the daily barrage of news. But the sincerety, efficiency, and organization of this small, family preserving effort was very impressive to me. Better than any non-profit charity, government sponsored program, or even church committee could hope to enact.
The point of the post is for me to say thank you to all of you who helped and prayed for us. Again, it's a privilege to have all of you in our lives and testimony to the faithfulness of The Lord.
What I found on the kitchen floor!
The handful after running my fingers through her hair! I was too upset when I found the last chunk in the trashcan to take a pic but wish I would have for funny memories!
Breland, Beth, and Barrett
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sage and Havelyn on the spinning ride at Fall Fest. Note: Sage has become quite the dare devil lately. Just over a month ago, she was scared to swing and hardly wanted to go down a slide. At the Fall Fest, she boohooed when the rides stopped and now says "go higher" when she swings!
This was one afternoon the week of Halloween. She and I were hanging out on the front porch.
Getting ready to trick or treat at the Turners. Porter, Anna, and Sage.