Friday, July 31, 2009
"How often we think we fully understand God's purposes when we take the first steps forward into some new stage in life. We assume that if God is leading us to do X then He means to accomplish Y. We cannot second-guess the Lord; sometimes obedience leads us into difficulties and trials. We need to hold our own plans and expectations for the future with a light touch. Otherwise we will see frustrations as curses rather than bridges into the next stage of His guidance."
So good to remember that obedience doesn't mean we will have a perfect, comfortable life. How would that teach us patience, trust in our Savior or test our faith to see what we truly believe? I needed to hear that this morning.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I have enjoyed being your teacher and am so thankful that I was able to see you grow in so many ways and learn so many new things this year. What a gift to be able to rejoice with you in your accomplishments and encourage you to persevere through the challenges. I pray that God will give me wisdom in how to teach and challenge you so that you will grow in knowledge and understanding of our great God and His world around you. I am excited to see what the next year will bring.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
My first and last time I went hunting...the things you do when you're in love...we actually scared off all living creatures because we just sat there and talked and laughed the whole time...but I still say I went hunting.
Jason meeting my parents for the first time and celebrating his birthday...wow, my face hurts from just looking at all the smiling we did.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Looks like we need to have a little talk on what putting your toys away means.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Monday, July 06, 2009
My two part human/part fish boys who love the water and waves.
These are times that remind me that Hawaii is a great place to live...which I know most of you probably think that is a given. And yet most of the time I find all of the reasons why I would rather be living on the mainland. It's a great lesson to be stripped of a lot of comforts of life. Because of the expense of living here (and working in a ministry) we learn to make it without a lot of "stuff" and comforts. The distance from family and everyone we knew makes us rely on God more, our little family or on our church community. Living in a culture that is different than what I'm used to teaches me to appreciate other ways of living. But all of this also teaches me contentment no matter where we are because it will always seem greener somewhere else and we will always be longing for more because we are made for something bigger than this. So I'm glad for these times when I am reminded to love God and his plan for our lives because it is far greater than what I could have planned for us...or I can gripe and complain about the circumstances and waste time wishing it were different. So this night, God once again showed me that you can find joy in where you're at and trust him, trust him, trust him with the rest.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
After watching the parade for about 5 minutes Jude came up to me and said "mommy I want to go home." But once they started handing out popsicles and candy he decided it was okay to stay.
We then headed to our friends house for supper and I brought our red, white and blue cupcakes for dessert. As I put Ansley to bed the boys and Jason shot off a couple of fountain fireworks and some sparklers before they headed to the beach to watch the local fireworks show. I snapped a couple of pictures from our lanai but they had the best seat - down by the beach.