Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Food, food, and more food. I made a twenty pound turkey, a ten pound ham, fifteen pounds of mashed potatoes, corn casserole, green beans, four dozen rolls and persimmon pudding. Plus GG's noodles, and lots and lots of other wonderful dishes. No one left hungry!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I tried to take a picture of the plane when we first were able to catch a glimpse of it, but my camera couldn't focus on it. I can tell you that once it was spotted, the cheer from the crowd could probably be heard all the way back here. I knew I would be emotional during this all, but I was unprepared for how the sight of that glint in the sky would bring my heart into my throat.
Now Elijah takes a turn on Dan's shoulders to watch the soldiers file off the plane.
It was harder to pick Michael out of the procession than I thought it might be. All those buzzed heads under helmets look a lot alike. Plus, he's a might bit thinner than the last time we saw him. Once he got right in front of us we thought we recognized him and shouted his name. When we saw that smirky smile cross his face, we knew we had the right soldier.
After all the soldiers were off the plane and dropped their gear, they got into formation behind the hanger. We all went back inside and sat in the bleachers. Then these huge doors opened and they marched in to music and cheers. I still get chills remembering it.
Heroes returning from war.
After a short ceremony, we got to spend about fifteen minutes hugging on him.
I'm aggravated that I didn't take more pictures, but I guess I was so caught up in the moment that it kind of slipped my mind. It's just as well that we didn't get a family picture since I was a mess by this time!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
So we decided to take advantage of the beautiful autumn scenery at Walnut Point and take the kids' pictures there. It was really nice. We could take our time and take as many pictures as we wanted. I will spare you all 190 I took, but here are a few of my favorites.
Yes, Mom, I will get copies made for you.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
However, last week, when I was again feeling a grip of fear in my chest about "what if?"the Lord brought to mind a verse. I know the Lord brought it to mind, because I didn't even know that I knew it.
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
This verse reminds me that while I am quite helpless and certainly have control over nothing, my God is sovereign, and He is completely and totally in control. He knew the outcome of these elections long before the candidates decided to run. He sets up kings, and he deposes them. Nothing happens outside his perfect will.
We as a nation have not been faithful. Israel demanded a king, and God let them have their way. America may be in for the same lesson. I do not know.
But I do know this: even if this election does not end the way I want it to -- and I don't think it's going to -- it's OK. God is still God, he is still on his throne. We may be in for hard times ahead, but he is always faithful to his people. If we cry out to him, he will hear us.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14
So I prayed, and I voted, and I plan to turn in early tonight. I will find out the results in the morning, and will not lose sleep worrying about what is happening as the votes come in. It is in the Lord's hands, as are all things.
Sorry to anyone who just wanted to see pictures of the kids. I'll get some up soon, I promise!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wouldn't you know, just before the chopper arrived, the ambulance got a call and Dan had to leave. Fortunately, the call was actually in Paris' district and they were able to get back for the training.
Elijah in the paramedic's seat.
Mackenzie tries out the pilot's seat.
By this time, Eleanor was cold and tired, and the mosquitoes were threatening to carry her away, so Katie had taken her to the truck. After the kids got to see the inside of the helicopter we joined them and left the ambulance crew to their training.