Friday, January 31, 2014

Let it Snow

Skyler has been wanting snow for a long time, he hasn't seen it before. He was super excited this last Tuesday, when it was "finally snowing"! He didn't expect it to be as cold as it was, so the first time out we only lasted 15 min. He didn't put his gloves on, like I asked him to... "My hands are soooo Cold they are HOT!!!" not a happy camper. Ha. But, our second, third etc. trips outside were more successful. He also has recanted his statements of wanting to live in North or South Dakota..."that would be to Cold". So funny.  Here are some pictures.

This is before his hands froze

Next Morning

First Snow Angel

Even has a halo :0)

Trying to make a snowball

Beautiful Cold day

First Snowman

Hey we worked with what we had

Vern Loves Snow

Second Snow Angel


Still Happy about the snow

Yesterday 1/2 grass, 1/2 snow.. ha

Today poor snow man is melting

(don't worry it's a fake cry for the picture)

Last Sunday Ed and Megan (a couple in our Sunday school class) took Skyler for the afternoon. Thank you Ed and Megan. They fed Sunny (snake), played Tennis, and also did an art project. Scott and I were thinking play dough, macaroni necklace or something like that. But this is what Mr. Ed and Skyler worked on. Very pleasant surprise, we Love it!! It is already on the wall.

Roots = God
Tree = Scott & I
Cherries = Holy Spirit
(and things Mom & Dad give & do for me)
Sun = Skyler
(I want to shine and be with my parents)
"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mid January Sum of our Holidays and Fears

We had a sum-what relaxing and good Christmas and New Year. Traveling during the holidays is a strain on any family....we were thankful to not be traveling this Christmas and New Years.

We had a quick visit with Scott's parents right before Christmas. Then they were off to visit the rest of the family. Skyler and I were able to sing in both of our church's Christmas Eve services and Scott helped out on the tec team. The kids were all across the front and of coarse there was at least one dancing boy and one girl pulling her dress up over her head (thankfully she had bloomers on). Skyler learned all the songs and sang his little heart out. It was amazing that I could hear the kids singing even standing behind them about 10 feet and near the drums. More amazing were the joy peoples faces. It really ministers to me to see God's people rejoicing, singing and celebrating Him. Skyler really loved it and I hope we can make more memories like this one in the future.

Sky is an official Padawan
Thank you Jedi Master's: Jacob, David, Zander
and Jedi Knight Andrew

Vern Opened some presents too

Happy Day

Sky gave Nana a metal

Christmas party

This was the only time he
was frowning. I asked him to
just to get the classic pic.

Mrs. Megan B. had made all of these.
Sky loved them!

Mr. Snowman Bunny

Over Christmas break we watched our neighbors cat Nacho. He is so cute, as soon as we open the door you hear... Perrrr? Kind of like I'm glad some one is here, but who is it. Skyler loves to play with him, but still hasn't realized that dogs and cats have different rules when it come to playing. We had a great time playing with Nacho.

Nacho is getting used to Sky trying to hold him.
Poor Kitty!!

He liked Scott, followed him everywhere

Time to play

Watching for the toy


We also heard great news from Chip and Ginny who have started their adoption journey. They are adopting from China and their blog is
We met this couple at church in Richmond, VA. We love them and are so excited to see where God is leading them.

New Year's day, we had a visit from some friends, Sara and Daniel,  also from Richmond, VA. We got to catch up on when they lived overseas and their plans to return. So very excited for them and we will be praying everything will work out. Skyler warmed up to both of them and wanted to play games. We were able to break out a new game we  got at Christmas, Spot It, and some Wii games. We had a great visit with them and can't wait to hear about their new adventures.

This last weekend we had a group from Charlottesville, VA come down for Passion. They are from Juie & Kemper's church, another couple from church in RVA. We had a total of 12 extra people in our home. Skyler wasn't sure what to do with all the extra people. He was on his best behavior and received a lot of compliments. Scott went with them as a chaperon and was called Sir way more than he  Julie and I stayed with Sky and her little one Caroline. The visit was short but sweet. Scott, Sky and I went to Passion Church Sunday night. It was amazing, loud, colorful and Spirit Moving. Even though the arena was rocking, I could hear Sky "sing/screaming" that is what he called it. It was so off key, but so sweet at the same time. He was belting it out for God.

Caroline and Sky

Julie, Caroline and Nacho
or, lol

Caroline and Sky playing with Nacho

Sky and I goofing off before Passion Church


Our friend Ana made it to Passion City


Sky belting it leads me into "Fears", I put in the post name. Something I have been thinking about for a day or two. We all have some fears, some of us have more fears than others. I want to do everything the best I can. But I cannot let Fear of doing something wrong stop me from trying it in the first place. I don't know if this makes sense to any of yall or if this just makes sense in my analyzing mind. Am I doing everything I can to glorify God? Do I sing to Him, belting it, crying it, smiling it...or am I analyzing every note, harmony, and sound? Our spirit is to move/yearn towards God. Is it moving or still - paralyzed in fear? There is a time and a season for everything.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

How do we know what "time" it is for our life. Prayer with God. I am not saying that we will always know what season it is while we are going through it. At the same time you may never know if you don't take the time to slow down and listen, and pray to God.

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

When I stop and take the time to call out to Him, he does answer. Not always how, or when I want but he does answer. I cannot let Fear rule my life, I have to put it into Gods hands and leave it there. One of my youth leaders used to say "Let Go and Let God". Sometimes I just get in the way.