Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
And just now...first thing this morning she's sitting at the table telling me to "not talk to her". Hmmmm
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thanks for taking the time to come! I know it means a LOT to the kids and I really, really appreciate it! It'll be happening again on May 28th, so get that on your 2010 calendars!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
They're a few of a very small number of people that I could say that I would let them come into my home on my laundry day (or not even doing anything day...like that ever happens...) and I wouldn't feel like I need to apologize for my mess, or my Cinderella look. I so appreciate that friendship, even though we don't get together nearly as often as we should.
They have come to our side and helped us out so many times and I just feel like there isn't anything I can give in return....so if you guys ever need babysitting ;)....
Anywho, just a little shout out to Billy and Beth, thanks a million!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Danissa and Breanna yesterday....
Danissa and Breannas first day of 1st grade.... Danissa and Breanna on the first day of Kindergarten...Danissa was upset and crying and wanted nothing to do with pictures.... Danissa and Breanna on the first day of Kinderprep 3 years ago. My how they have grown!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Our interim pastor started a new series yesterday with this title. The three weeks that he will spend on the series are titled:
Sept 13 -"The Heart and Soul of Parenting "
Sept 20 -"Childing"
Sept 27 -"Clanning"
(the latter two- he admits are words he made up but fit the title perfectly- thus he used them anyway...)
I encourage anyone who is interested to go to the WFMC website ( http://www.wenfmc.org/ ) and listen to the downloadable sermon from this Sunday.
P.S. Every Sunday for the next 11 weeks (the first one was yesterday...) we are hosting a great "Sunday School" type class called The Marriage Journey, taught by Dr. Mitch Whitman PhD. He is an awesome speaker and has a great class outline for the next 3 months. It's open to the public and it's at 10:30 in the gym. I'm not sure how many people were there on Sunday from other churches, and how many were from our church but I would estimate about 120 people showed up yesterday. I think it will be a neat 12 week course, so if you'd like to come, let me know and I"ll save you a spot!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Mike has to take a hike to the lodge every time Ethan has to poop because he can use the urinal in the bathroom next to their campsite, but won't use the stall because it has a spider on the ceiling.
And when they went for a hike in an area that the they use for trail rides, Ethan saw hoof prints in the dirt and said "WOW! Buffalo tracks! No wait...it's Reindeer!", which he firmly believes and won't be swayed by the idea that it could be horses....
Sounds like they are having a great time and Ethan is fully in his element. I'm really excited for them and can't wait to post pictures that Mike brings home...
Friday, September 11, 2009
Ethan comes into the kitchen from the dining room and says
"Eww! Someone tooted over there so I am NOT going over there!"
Danissa replies "It's just the eggs Ethan"
So then Ethan says "Ewww!!! Someone tooted on the eggs!!!"
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
And the final result is: THE SAME KITCHEN WE HAD IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! Only...the counter tops are 3/4 an inch higher and the dishwasher is white ;) LOL
HUGE thank you to Mike Babst for volunteering his time to come and save us!!! He really went above and beyond...not just temporarily fixing the problem, but coming up with a perminent fix which will help all future owners of this home to come...
Friday, September 4, 2009
Nine-year-old Jack Myers stood waist-deep in the Columbia River with nose pinched, eyes shut and heart open to receive Jesus. Seconds before his baptismal dunking, two wayward fish — traditional signs of a living faith — zipped past his legs.
“Hard to miss the symbolism,” said a smiling Mike Henry, Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Wenatchee’s Free Methodist Church and officiate last Sunday for the congregation’s annual river baptism service. “Those fish came out of nowhere.”
But that’s the way faith often works, said several adults in a group of 13 baptismal candidates — ages 6 to 60 — who publicly professed their commitment to Jesus and his teachings before a crowd of nearly 200 church and family members. “You don’t expect it and — whoosh — there it is,” said candidate Blaine Davidson.
The river-dunk baptism, a biblical standard and local church tradition for at least 10 years, allows for a larger crowd and more informal presentation in a natural setting, says the pastor. “It makes everyone feel good — through song, prayer and witnessing of these renewed commitments.”
The service was held in 95-degree weather in the swimming area at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park in East Wenatchee while weekend swimmers — sunning in bikinis, floating on inner tubes — looked on.
Serving more than 1,800 members each week in two services and youth ministry gatherings, the Free Methodist Church also offers at least two additional baptisms spaced through the year in the church’s more formal baptismal font indoors.
In the week prior to the river baptism, Henry prepped baptism candidates for the ceremony by asking them to ponder questions about their faith and personal relationship with God.
“We aren’t looking for this to be an emotional decision,” said Henry, a few days before the riverside service. “We want people to think this through and be in the right frame of mind. At the river, no matter how jubilant we get, there’ll be no spontaneous baptisms.”
On Sunday, Henry introduced the candidates to a beaming crowd.
“This is a profession of faith and a public declaration of our love for Jesus Christ,” said Henry in a pre-baptism address under one of the park’s shady picnic shelters, 100 yards from the swim area. “Through the actions of these devoted, we can perhaps renew our own commitment to faith and the Lord in our lives.”
Henry paused, casting his gaze down the line of candidates. “Make no mistake, this is a powerful and profound thing we are doing.”
Davidson, 31, told the gathered about his “dark journey, lower and lower, to reach the point where everything that could go wrong in a man’s life did just that. I hit rock bottom. I was lost.”
That was nine months ago. At his lowest point, the Wenatchee man said, he realized that earthly support and encouragement wouldn’t be enough. With the help of a mentor and guide — church member Steve Bishop — Davidson said he “surfaced from the darkness to reach a place I could receive revelation. I gave everything over to God and haven’t been the same since.”
The river baptism, said Davidson, is his public declaration “that I claim victory with Jesus in my life.” The candidate said he was excited about entering the river and renewing his commitment. “I’m ecstatic,” he said. “I could stand on the highest hill and shout to God and everyone here that I’m ready to be reborn.”
Amber Davis of Wenatchee said she’d been baptized as a child but now felt the need to renew publicly her faith and commitment to Jesus. “I was in a gray area and not where I should have been spiritually,” said the 29-year-old. “This (the river baptism) is a good step towards being closer to the Lord.”
Davis’ two sons — Akira Lindsey, 9, and Taber Lindsey, 6 — were also baptized alongside her in the river ceremony.
As for Jack Myers, the 9-year-old with the fish swimming past his legs, the river baptism allowed him to emerge with new thoughts about his relationship with Jesus. “I guess I feel different,” said Jack. “I feel I should act differently, maybe do more God-like things.”
Jack, son of soon-to-be missionaries Devin and Bridget Myers of Wenatchee, wasn’t sure he could live up to the demands of baptism and the subsequent blessings, said his dad. “He was worried that even though he was baptized, he might still be mean to his brother,” said Devin. “But I explained that baptism would bring him closer to God, sure, but that he’d still be human — and humans aren’t always perfect.”
The Myers family ship out in December for two years of missionary work in Nigeria.
That leaves, perhaps, the most important question of the day: Was the water cold?
“Yes,” said Jack, who had just changed into dry clothes. “But it was just right. It felt good.”
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Tonight, they were just giggling to no end, so I snuck in to see what was up and this is how I found them. Just making faces at each other, holding hands, and cracking up. And people wonder why I have a hard time separating their bedrooms.... ;)
setting the stage:
Chezney gets into the tub while I'm cleaning up Cohen after a poop so he can get in, too.
Chezney: "Oh hot!"
Cohen: "I not hot...I cold."
Chezney: "I'm hot."
Cohen: (realizing she's in the water) "OH!"
Chezney: "What'er ya doin' Cohen?"
Cohen: "I poopy."
Chezney: "Oh...I sorry."
*Cohen now gets into the tub
Chezney: "Hot Cohen?"
I just love watching them grow in language and listening them talk to each other....it's just so sweet!