Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Except Matt won't let us eat off them.

Would you?

Thanks, mom! Once again, a priceless treasure to decorate our home. You are the best!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sound Bites

It seems like when we get busy, our life becomes a series of sound bites. Often little thought goes into what comes out of our mouths, which can be both good and bad, and it's the small sound bites while running to-and-fro that stick.

My prayer life takes on a sound bite type frequency, as well. It's the same - both good and bad. The good thing is that I am probably more in tune with God all day, little by little. The bad thing is that I know my day/week/month will suffer when I don't allow God a good chunk of my morning before my busy day gets started.

We've had lots of memorable sound bites around here lately. They stick in my head. Repeat themselves when I need a pick me up. Some of them repeat themselves just to annoy me.

Chance - Dad, you just sound like a dork when you say that! "dank" is NOT the same things as "jank". You don't even know what "jank" means! (He's right, we don't! We just finally caught on to the fact that "sic" is NOT a bad thing - it's a good thing! Go figure.)

A messenger from the Lord - Your ox has been stuck in the mud for weeks now! If you ask me, it's God's opinion that He gave you enough intelligence to figure it out and buy a smarter ox. (We RESTED the next Sunday :) Mostly, anyway.)

Colton - to the Dr. who is putting 3 stitches in the back of his head - At least now I know what the worst day of my life is! (She stopped stitching for a moment and giggled. Actually, she had to muffle giggles throughout the entire process, as Colton was spouting off left and right, but was hurting and being VERY serious - not trying to be funny!)

Chance - I don't want to go to your (Matt's) barber - it smells like old people there!

Jillian - I know it's hard. I know you want to quit. Waaa, waaaa, waaaa. Do you want to be skinny, or not?

Colton - molten rock underneath the center of the earth is magma. (He's been listening in while we study for Chance's science tests, apparently!)

Viktor Frankl (Nazi Concentration Camp Survivor, via Focus on the Family) - The man who has a "why" can live through almost any "how".

Beth Moore - Has God placed you in a position that seems to stir up every insecurity you have? Take it personally! He's stirring it up to scoop it out. He was crucified in weakness, but he lives by God's power. For we also are weak in Him, yet toward you we will live with Him by God's power. 2 Cor 13:4

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

You've Got A Friend In Me

Last weekend, we had a fun, fun time having Adrian and Elijah over for a couple nights. Darla was on a LONG overdue mommy vacation day, and we were set to allow the boys free reign of our 3 acres in hopes of tired boys and restful nights for all involved.

We succeeded on all fronts! The kids had a blast. Nerf gun wars, Legos, K-Nex, Pool, Ping Pong, Skateboarding, Scootering, etc, etc, etc. Whatever games their little minds made up, they were off and running.

We are so fortunate that our kids get along so well - you can really count on them to keep each other busy. It makes it nice to trade babysitting and sleepovers, and gives both families some much needed adult time every once in awhile.

That kind of friendship - between both the kids and the adults - doesn't happen very often. I'm so thankful that we have that with Darla's family!

Anyway, Saturday, Chance had a football game, so we all loaded up to go watch. Adrian kept Colton entertained, as Colton is never too fond of paying attention to the actual game. They had 55 gallon blue drums that they used to construct forts, battle grounds, and whatever else their imaginations came up with.

Elijah, on the other hand, was watching intently to every down. And, he knew that while Chance was doing a bunch of this:

he was probably getting thirsty!

So, every time-out or break, he was there, helping out his friend.

With either water or an encouraging word. Below, I'm positive that he's patting Chance on the shoulder pads and saying, "Good Job, Buddy!" Because that's what he said EVERY time Chance came out of the game. What a kid!

After the game, when Chance had to run back to the field for his forgotten helmet, his little buddy was right beside him. Sorry Darla - he had it on his head before I could get a word out, so I figured I might as well take a picture! At least I didn't let them share toothbrushes :)

Thanks for a fun weekend, boys!

And, thanks for being such great friends! Adrian, Colton had more fun at that game than any of the others combined. And Elijah, friends like you are hard to come by. You're the best!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Sensei - We're going to work on escape moves - 1, 2, and 3.

Colton - (nods)

Sensei - Can you do all of those by yourself?

Colton - I forgot them.

Sensei - Where did you forget them?

Colton - (shakes head) No, I forgot them.

Sensei - Right. Where did you leave them? At home?

Colton - (in a stage whisper) Not that kind of forgot - I mean I forgot to practice!

Friday, September 3, 2010

A great find!

Clicking around the blogworld today found me at the Hake's blog.

Dr. Hake saw both of our boys at various times during his tenure at our clinic in town.

As well, his daughter-in-law watched the boys for 2 years just after Colton was born, so we have a connection and great interest in their family.

They are on a long-term medical mission to the St. Martin de Porres Hospital in Cameroon.

It was great to browse through and catch up, and will be even better to keep up with their challenges and successes in the mission field.