Monday, June 29

Please Pray!

This morning, Tim received a call for a job interview tomorrow

- at 3:30

It is a local business with a large pay upgrade.
He is very excited about this opportunity!
Please pray for the Lord's will for him.
Thank You!

Wednesday, June 24

Update On Our Silliness

James now knows all of the animal sounds, and if we throw in a tricky one (like, "What does a giraffe say?") he'll answer 'Moooo'!

Peter and James are playing trains together, all of a sudden Peter breaks out with . . .
"Dad . . . I think we have a sleepy little boy here!!!"

We all l have colds now, so the medicine is constantly flowing out of our cabinet.
Mom: Do you know when the last time you had medicine was?
Peter: I think it was Friday, or something.

Mom: PETER! Stand by the door. . . I'm tired of telling you!!
Peter: Stop, Mom . . you are freaking me out!

James has FINALLY learned when to say 'Thank You' and when to say 'Please'! A HUGE milestone for him!

Peter: I'm going to color a picture for Michaela's mom
James: Maa
Peter: NO. . .not OUR mom, Michaela's mom
Peter: NOO, Baby Boy - it's for MICHAELA'S MOM!!!!

Monday, June 22

New Bed - New Position

The boys are officially in the same room!!!
They have bunk-beds, now, and Pete couldn't be more excited to sleep on the TOP BUNK! He's been talking about it for months! James gets to sleep on the bottom bunk, surrounded with pillows and guard rails.
The first night was interesting, trying to keep James in bed . . it took about an hour. Tim and I didn't hear anything after that, so we both assumed that he was still tucked in and sleeping. We woke to find James like this . . . . .

apparently he got out in the middle of the night and either couldn't find his way back, so this was the closest thing he could come up with, or he really enjoys this new position.

Play Day!

Today we had a play day with two little friends. My friend, Erin, is finishing up a cook book (wow!) and she needed some quiet time, so we got to watch her two boys for a couple hours. We had a total blast of fun!
Her oldest is close in age to Peter and her youngest one is a couple months older than James - so they all have a ton of fun when they all get to play together.
The kids wanted something to eat - right off the bat . . .so, we started our day with

a snack and some Wonder Pets!

The boys wanted to play with Trains all day, so that's exactly what they did. Boys are SO different than girls. Their energy levels are out of this world and they really need stimulated throughout the day . .so a large train track in the middle of the Living Room was the perfect solution! (apparently!)

Erin brought us all lunch from City Barbeque - or as my dad calls it; the 'Biker Bar'! It was awesome good!
After lunch, we parted ways for nap time and then met up at a local park. This was the first time my boys and I had been to this park. And, it was nice to know of another one that isn't too far away!
They had a dinosaur teeter-totter . . . a favorite of the boys!

The ducks at this park live by the motto, 'No guts, no glory' . . they would walk right up to you without even thinking twice. The boys loved it!
If you look really closely, you can see a Mommy duck and her little babies walking behind her.

The weather held out nicely and we were all able to enjoy the day outside . perfect!!

Friday, June 19

Final Day of Vaca

Well, we leave today - to head back home . . .the LONG, LONG journey home.

Here's some pictures of the boys in our 'Living Room' area in our hotel room. They loved to sit on this couch and watch cartoons. We had a lot of fun at this place!

Vacation ~ Day 5

Today was the saddest part of our 'vacation': Uncle Mike's funeral service.
This was the first service that I have been to, of a non-believer. It was sad and depressing. There was no hope. No joy. No Heavenly future for this young man.
I have been to many funerals in my life, and even though it is still a very sad event - there was a difference in everyone's grieving. When you know that the person who's life you are celebrating - was in God's hands, a child of the King - a living Servant of Christ - the service is beautiful. Full of hope. Full of Eternal Life. Full of love and celebration. There was none present today.
After the service, Tim and I realized more clearly - that it doesn't matter how well they do in school or how many sports they excel in or how many friends they have. If they know the love of Christ, in their heart, that is all that matters. Tim and I know that the future of our boys is in God's hands, and that He - and He alone - knows what they will become and who they will be when they are older. It is our God-given responsibility to help to train them in God's Word, to enrich their little lives in His Love. It's a large responsibility, but we are more than please to do so - for His service.

After the service, we all headed to Austin (about a two hour drive) to spend the remainder of the evening with David's brothers. One of the brothers (who's house we were going to) has a sheep farm. For those of you who know James well - his FAVORITE animal of ALL TIME is his 'Baa-Baa'! He owns so many of them. He has a Baa-Baa pillow, he has a Baa-Baa that he sleeps with, he has finger puppet Baa-Baa's . . . and the list goes on. He just about passed out from excitement when I showed him the hundreds of 'Baa-Baa's around the farm. He thought he was in Baa-Baa Heaven! We had a lot of fun - but, accidentally - forgot the camera for this momentous occasion. (Oops!)
Since it was such a long way away, the ride home seemed forever and ever. . both kids (and Grandma and Grandpa) fell asleep. Nighty-night!