Sunday, July 30, 2006

Psalm 150:6

I wanted to share a picture of something very cool we saw while on a youth group camping trip this summer. As we were eating our breakfast, the sunlight came through this amazing spiderweb well above our heads. One of the kids noticed it and exclaimed, "There's a cross in the middle!" Sure enough, right in the center of the web was a cross, gleaming in the morning sun. It was breathtaking. It also gave us a great impromptu devotion about how all of creation does give praise to the Creator. Jesus said during his entry into Jerusalem that if the crowds had not proclaimed his praise, the rocks themselves would cry out. On this July morning, it was a spider.

I wish this picture did justice to what we actually saw, but you'll get the idea.

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." Psalm 150:6

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Happy BIrthday Michael!

Today is Michael's 17th birthday. We already had a party for him on Friday with friends and church family, but today is the actual day. Here are some pictures from his party:

Here is Michael finally getting to eat the BBQ sandwich he'd been begging for all day.

Michael was generously given many gifts of cash and Walmart cards to help him get the things he will need for school this year. A couple of his friends had fun with the gift cards and gave him ones with themes like Tinkerbell and Dora the Explorer.

Finally, here is the cake that a friend made for him. He loves the guitar, and even is working with a few friends to start a praise band at our church for the contemperary service.

Today we had a special breakfast. I made pancakes, even though I do not usually cook breadkfast during the week. Then Michael practiced with the praise band for a while, had lunch with friends and swam at his girlfriend's house. This evening his girlfriend came over to our house and we had pizza. Right now he is watching some guy movie with my husband that I think is about people with fast muscle cars helping police catch smugglers or some such thing. All I know for sure is that it is loud.

So, happy birthday, Michael. I hope you've had a good day. We are blessed to be able to celebrate with you!