Monday, March 30, 2009

Dirt Road

If you continue down the road we live on you'll pass one house and then it will turn into this. A dirt road!

Our house sits on a gravel road. Back East they might call our road a dirt road, but they would be wrong because THIS is a dirt road.

Notice at the top of the picture there is a street sign for the dirt road. :)

I took this picture last week. Before we had any snow. In fact we hadn't had any rain in awhile so we thought this part of the road might be passable.

The kids and I took the 4-wheeler and the golf cart hoping to drive around and maybe see some game.

When we got to this point we sent Ezra up ahead to see if he thought the golf cart could make it across.

He came back with a verdict of "I don't think so, Mom."

So we turned around, went the other way past our house and looked at the cows. :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

It's Gonna What?!

That's what I said at the beginning of the week when I heard it might snow. I was really hoping it would pass over us but it didn't. Thankfully, we probably won't get more than an inch and a half. Tomorrow it's supposed to be 50. Can you say mud?

I'll admit I'm not crazy about getting snow at the end of March, but it could be worse.

And just the way God gave us warm days in January He can give us days of snow at the end of March.

It's His creation. I'll let Him decide what's best. And I'll do my part and count it all joy.

"The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein."

Psalm 24:1

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."

James 1:2-3

Friday, March 27, 2009

For Fun

Below are some pictures that I took and then, using photoshop, I added the verses.

I took this picture one morning from the front porch. I love how the sunlight is just beginning to peek over the horizon. It brought to memory this verse. I mess up every day so this verse encourages me that each day is a new day full of God's mercy and faithfulness.

I was lucky to get this picture of the butterfly in our yard last spring. Butterflies always remind me of this verse because the caterpillar becomes a new creature when it emerges from the cacoon; just like we become a new creature after salvation.

This picture shows the sun setting behind the house. I made this picture for Ezra. He likes this verse and wanted a reminder of it to hang in his room.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

3 Going on 16

Here's what Naomi looks like after she's gotten into mommy's makeup. This is her attempt at putting on eyeliner.

Don't rush things, Omi. That time will come soon enough.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Youth Night At Our House

Friday night we had our teen class from church over to our house for some fun and fellowship. The girls and I started out by making some cupcake pops that I found on a website called Bakerella.

First they shaped a mixture of cake and icing into a ball.

It was pretty gooey.

And made their hands quite messy.

After they shaped them into cupcake form (easier said than done), they dipped the bottom half in chocolate and poked in a lollipop stick. (Note to self: do this before the chocolate hardens)

After those set, the next step was to dip the top half in pink chocolate to look like icing.

Add some sprinkles and a m&m....

and voila!! Cupcake pops.

From left to right: Naomi, Stephanie, Bethany, and Cassidy

Meanwhile the boys (Levi, Ezra & Owen) were outside doing boy stuff. Things that had to do with bb guns and climbing trees.

Around supper time Bethany's friend Chelsea came. I made pizza and salad and of course had plenty of pop. Stephanie brought some brownies too. Yummy.

As the sun went down, Matt prepared our campfire. We roasted marshmallows and made smores.

These pictures were taken without a flash.

These were taken with the flash.

Daisy was chasing the sparks from the fire.

She was also ready to eat any marshmallows that fell on the ground. It didn't matter to her if they just came out of the fire. She'd gobble them right up.

Matt decided to keep her with him before she really hurt herself.

When we went back inside Matt gave a Bible challenge. He started out by having each of them squeeze out all the toothpaste from a small tube onto a paper plate.

He told them to get every little bit out.

And they squeezed and squeezed until they finally got all the toothpaste out.

After they achieved that, Matt read from the book of James about the tongue. He reminded them how powerful our tongues can be even though it's a very small part of our body. He encouraged them to be careful with the words we speak.

After sharing these and other things about the tongue, he told them he would give $20 to anyone that could put all the toothpaste back into their tube.

They tried and tried.

Some were very determined to get the toothpaste back in.

But, as you can figure, it's impossible.

Matt told them the tube was like our mouths and the toothpaste our words. Once our words come out you can't put them back into your mouth.

It was a good challenge for all of us. One I hope we remember.
We finished the night up with some crazy games - Signal, Spoons and the Pen Game.

I didn't get any pictures of the games....I was too involved. :)

"Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be."
James 3:5-10

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jumping Bean

It was a great day to jump on the trampoline or trampateen as Naomi likes to say.

I was enjoying watching her jump and taking lots of pictures.

It's a shame the net has to be there and mess up all the pictures.

But that didn't keep me from taking picture after picture,

after picture.

Then I had a breakthrough! Get under the net to take the pictures. Duh!!!

Much better.

So I started again to take picture after picture,

after picture,

(you guessed it) after picture,

(I can't stop myself!),

after picture,

( finger has a cramp.)

after picture,

until finally I stopped and took one more.

Look at that face. Can you blame me for taking so many pictures? I didn't think so.