Our Journey Home

Monday, August 31, 2009

Splish, splash! It's a homegroup bash!

Our homegroup got to spend a fun Sunday afternoon together! Michael and Andrea Cash graciously offered to host a pool party at their neighborhood pool. We got to swim, have good coversations with great friends, and eat some delicious homemade ice cream and cookies! Yum!

Wubs, doing a little cookie jig. wink!

Snack time!

Girl talk with Andrea, Shonna, Lorri, and Laura!

Peyton demonstrates her dive for Wubs and Bella.

Bella loved the homemade ice cream!( Ice cream and 'kinkles'. She loves sprinkles!) This is a picture of her eating her second helping!

Mommy and Bella.

Daddy and Patrick chatting in the shade.

Wubs and Luke ride the 'boat' together.

We are so thankful that the Lord was brought our homegroup families together. We are excited to grow in Christ with our dear friends!

"Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else and not your own lips."- Proverbs 27:2

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wubs' Soccer Team

We had a much happier little soccer girl this week! She still prefered the practice time to the actual game time, but hooray- there were no tears! Earlier in the week, I was asking Wubs what she liked best about soccer in an attempt to get her excited about the upcoming 'soccer day'. She told me she liked kicking the ball, and after a few moments of thoughtful consideration, she added, "But you know what I'd really like, mama? To hold those things that you shake and say 'Yeah! Yeah friends!'." Wubs, our very own soccer cheerleader! Wink!

As we were leaving the soccer game, I was trying to hold Wubs' hand in the parking lot. She kept pulling her hand away, so I explained
that I needed to hold her hand to keep her safe from all the cars trying to drive away from soccer practice. Wubs said, "But mommy, when you hold my hand, I can't eat my snack from the Streakers!" (Wubs was trying to eat a snack from one of the team parents. The Strikers team, that is.) Coach Scott overheard our conversation and he said, "That would make for some pretty interesting uniforms, wouldn't it?" David and I laughed and laughed!

This is Daddy's first week back at school. Wubs decided to make him some pencils to take to class. We love you Daddy!

"But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did."- 1 John 2:5-6

Monday, August 17, 2009

Our 'little soccer girl'

Wubs had her very first soccer practice on Saturday, and she was so excited to be a 'little soccer girl'. Wubs loved wearing her new socks with shin guards, and daddy even bought her a brand new ball for practice. Once we arrived on the field, Wubs was given her team jersey and she was all ready to learn about playing soccer! David even helped the coach by leading a small group in ball handling drills. After a thirty minute practice, it was time for the first big game. Wubs ran over to get a drink of water and give mommy a high five! Yup, things were looking good for this first organized sport experience for Wubs.

Then it was time for the children to take their places on the field so the game could begin. It was about that time that Wubs began to melt into a little puddle of tears. Maybe the tears were due to the roaring cheers from the crowd, the little scamper of her teammate's feet, or the black paint she did not want smeared under her eyes. Whatever it was that upset her, there was no going back. Wubs was done. She wanted off that field.

So Daddy sat on the sideline with Wubs, explaining the game and encouraging her to try again. Wubs patiently waited for her juice box and snack at the end of the game, but she didn't join the team on the field again.

We'll try again next Saturday! Now that Wubs has a few new friends, it might be a little less painful. wink!

"As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead."- James 2:26

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Sweetest Surprise

On Wednesday nights, the girls come to church with me. They go to their little discipleship classes while I fulfill some of my nursery responsibilities. We are always eager to get home because we get to see daddy!

Last night, we got home from church, greeted Daddy with our usual shower of sugars and snugs, and then we all ate a late dinner together. After putting the girls to bed, David and I listened to the last few minutes of Focus on the Family on the radio, and then we watched a little television. I noticed our bedroom door was pulled closed, but I guess I didn't think too much of it. It wasn't until we were going to bed, and I opened the door that I saw....

our new bed!

My precious husband has been 'sneaking' away on the weekends to buy wood, cut it, stain it, and create this beautiful new bed for our anniversary! I thought David had been getting 'called in to work' a lot lately, but he was really working on our bed at a friend's house. He also picked out this entire bedding set all by himself. I couldn't help but cry at this incredibly sweet surprise. (Later, I also laughed about all the 'stories' he has been telling me over the last few weeks so he could slip away to work on this secret project. One Sunday afternoon he told me he was going to get a haircut and four hours later he came home with no haircut. wink!)

The girls also love the new bed! They were very excited to come climb in with us! (And I cried all over again this morning... God is just so good to me. )

The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
-Genesis 2:18*
* I am so incredibly thankful that God chose me to be David's wife!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Best Friends

After the rain let up on Sunday afternoon, I asked the girls if they would like to go play in the 'big puddle'. (There is a low spot at the end of a road in our neighborhood and we like to look for the 'big puddle' whenever we go for a walk.) Even though the girls have played in the puddle before, they were thrilled with the idea! We got two kitchen spoons and we were off to have fun. Wubs ran up ahead of me because she was so excited, and Bella wasn't far behind! wink!

"Puddle! Puddle!"- squeals Bella all the way down the street.

Wubs was using her spoon to go 'fishing for rocks'. Here is one of the little rocks she 'caught'!

When we got home, the girls were wet and splattered with dirty puddle water, so they hopped right into the tubby. I always get Bella out of the bathtub first to dry her and dress her while Wubs gets a little extra time to play in the water. This time, as I was reaching to get Bella, Wubs said, "No mommy. Don't make her get out. She's my best friend!" Oh, how that blessed my heart!

"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."-Romans 12:10