Thursday, September 25, 2008
While we are far from living the perfect Christian life, I am thankful that our kids are seeing God at work in our lives and the people around us and are hearing God's word on a consisten basis. Praise the Lord!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
So, last night James stayed up very late because he took a late nap due to school. He got a litte bit delirious and all of a sudden started walking. He had gotten to where he was taking 2-3 steps and actually choosing to walk more often before last night, but last night, he just all of a sudden decided he was ready. He was walking back and forth from Steph to me to Dave and he just kept doing it. He was being silly sometimes and purposefully falling, but overall he was walking really well.
He has also gotten really into pointing to things and "talking" about them. When we drive now, he spends a good part of his time pointing at things outside the car and babbling about them. It's really cute. He also now says "ba" when he sees a balloon.
Here's a video of James walking last night.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
An added bonus is that Elizabeth loves to play it. Her favorite thing to do is the running. You are supposed to put the wii remote in your pocket and run in place. Elizabeth didn't have pockets so she had us put the remote in her apron and then she ran around the living room. She carried her puppy, Rowdy, with her while she ran.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Stephanie wearing the 3-D glasses and Elizabeth
James using the chalk
Stephanie and James
Elizabeth making a river so she could be a fish in it and we could go fishing for her.
Stephanie, James, and Elizabeth Elizabeth - that blue chalk got all over EVERYTHINGStephanie & James
One of the questions was "what is a recent situation where God has give you happiness" or something like that. Now, I'm an optimistic person and overall my life is good, so I'm generally happy. But, one thing I thought about is something kind of new so I thought I'd share it. My answer was "spending time with Steph." There are lots of other instances where I've been happy recently, but I have been having so much fun with my new friend, Stephanie.
Stephanie and I met a little over 8 weeks ago at church. It was her first time and so we talked for a few minutes. From the first day, God gave me a heart for her. If you've ever experienced that, you know that it can't really be explained. I just, out of the blue, loved this girl that I barely knew. It's been so neat to see our friendship develop. God has knit our hearts together and I am truly blessed to have her in my life. She's a college student, so her schedule is pretty flexible and we've been spending a lot of time together. Dave has appreciated it too, b/c he has been REALLY busy at work lately and he knows that's hard for me. So, when he is having to work or go out of town, I've been spending more time with Steph, which makes it easier for Dave.
It has been such a blessing to have Steph in our lives - loving on her, watching her love on our kids, hanging out, doing puzzles together, helping her answer some questions she has about her Christian walk, Dave's been teaching her guitar, and just having fun together.
Dave said this weekend, "I think your life is fuller since Stephanie's been it and therefore it makes all our lives fuller." And I agree.
What a great God we serve to give us friends that touch our heart, help us learn, help us grow closer to God, and make us happy.
Monday, September 8, 2008
We had a little lunch for them yesterday with my brother and sister-in-law and my parents' best friends - Richard & Lynn. It was very nice. We all said a few words about what their marriage means to us, since all of us have been greatly impacted by it.
So, here's what I said, then followed by what Dave said.
Dear Mama & Daddy,
Wow, 40 years. What an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations!
I wonder if 40 years ago you had any idea where you would be today. Living in San Antonio, 2 PhDs, both working for the federal government, the owners of several houses and only 1 “trailer” that you don’t have to live in, an elder couple in a 10,000 member church, 4 kids who love the Lord, 2 grandkids and God willing more on the way, and happier with your marriage than maybe you ever thought possible.
You have accomplished a lot. Gained a lot of worldly knowledge along the way – formal & informal. But, where would we all be if you had decided that that knowledge made more sense than God’s wisdom? If you hadn’t been committed to the institution of marriage? If you had decided that God didn’t want you to suffer during the tough times?
So, thank you for choosing God’s way. Thank you for choosing to stick it out even when one or both of you didn’t want to. Thank you for trusting God’s plan over your own.
Thank you for knowing that his wisdom is far more important than worldly knowledge.
Thank you for teaching me about Jesus.
Thank you for teaching me to be committed to the institute of marriage, not just to Dave.
Thank you for teaching me that fights are going to happen in marriage, but through God’s power and by His grace, they can be resolved and you can be closer because of it.
Thank you for loving each other more than you loved Evan and me. Thank you for giving us the security that comes from knowing that.
Thank you for teaching me God’s plan and the importance of sex. Why it should be withheld before marriage and NEVER withheld within.
Thank you for loving me unconditionally amongst all the hustle, bustle, and craziness of our lives.
Mama – Thank you for showing me what it looks like to have a strong personality but to willingly submit to your husband.
Thank you for having a passion for Jesus like no one else I know.
Daddy – Thank you for loving me so that I didn’t have to seek that love in unhealthy relationships.
Thank you for modeling what a Christ-like husband looks like, so I knew what to look for when it came time to choosing mine.
Thank you, both, for showing me a marriage that isn’t perfect, but is amazing, because you love and trust God and each other.
Thank you for leaving Evan, Amy, Dave, and me, and our children the legacy of a godly marriage.
Thank you most of all for loving Jesus first, each other second, and us kids third.
I love you both.
Happy 40th Anniversary.
And, here's what Dave said:
Dear John and Judy,
I sit here at the keyboard with Page’s ode to your marriage still resounding in my ears. I agree with all of her statements, and cannot begin to think I could add any real meat to it. She is the detail person in our marriage, and I am the right-brainer. If we were parts of a painting, Page would be the razor edged perfection in the details of the treeline, and I would stand behind her, a random mixture of colors which give the treeline its context. One without the other is incomplete, mere points of friendly debate between connoisseurs of abstract art.
So, instead of adding to the list, I will try to paint of picture of what I have witnessed in your marriage these last few years, in keeping with the nature God has given me.
I find few families who cherish their time together as much as you do. Page has continued your legacy, and she has helped me understand that my family has first priority, even when work or church feels more important.
Your openness and candidness about the successes and failures you have experienced together have given me a foothold in marriage; I have a better idea how tall the mountain is, where and when to set my safety lines, how steep the crags and cliffs can be, and how beautiful and majestic is the grassy plateau at 7000 feet.
Your love for the Lord has given me courage to believe what He says about marriage. The biblical viewpoint of love and marriage is completely and wholly opposed to what our culture says about these topics.
Seeing the result of his work in your marriage picture gives me confidence that my canvas will one day hold a similar masterpiece. He is truly the author and finisher of our faith, and I see this verse personified in your lives.
I love you both, and am sincerely thankful for the wonderful masterpiece of marriage the Savior has constructed in you.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
So, Elizabeth has started trying to keep him awake by talking to him or playing with him.
Tonight, she was trying to keep him awake and she said, "Keep an eye cracked, James." We do not know where she got that from, but Dave and I were laughing hysterically.
So, next time you're out driving around - remember to keep an eye cracked. :)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This wall has "The Last Corps Trip" on it. I know it's not Biblically sound, but it's one of my favorite poems. I still get a lump in my throat when I read it.Each "doorway" has one of the students that died. Tim Kerlee was a friend of my roommate. Bonfire fall was an emotional time for all of us, but especially the ones who knew the 12 that died.This is the marker that sits where the centerpole of bonfire sat before it fell. It has the date and time that it fell.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Our friend Nova came over and helped us. He is a very hard worker and really helped us a lot.Elizabeth hanging out on the frame. Nova's wife and our friend Karen came over with their little boy Aidan. Aidan helped keeps James and Elizabeth entertained.
Elizabeth pushing Aidan on the swing.
Stache seemed to like this little spot. Too bad it's now filled with a sandbox.
Our friend Stephanie came over and helped too.
Thankfully she knows about rock walls because my mom and I didn't know where to put the rocks, but Steph got it all figured out.
Aidan and Elizabeth sitting up on the deck.
James and Aidan sitting in the tractor.