Month: April 2012

Of creatures big and small

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I already shared how last week we went to visit my parents for a few days. Alot of our time was spent with their Angel and Caleb’s horses Gracie (red) and Buck (blond).

The horses have a huge field behind my parent’s house they call their own, but they can come up pretty close to the house.  When we got there Monday afternoon they came to see what was going on. The kids spent a little time with Papa feeding them some grass.

Gracie sometimes gets jealous when my dad pays attention to anyone or anything other than herself. So I was there to make sure Gracie got lots of loving too!

After some time with the horses we were on our way back to the house when the kids found a baby rabbit in the driveway. We’re pretty sure my parent’s golden retriever Cobo was playing with it because it’s back to legs were paralyzed. My parents put it in a box for the kids. (Oh dear.) I almost caved. Oh yes I did. Almost. But thankfully my husband is sane and said absolutely not are we bringing a wild rabbit into our house.

For the longest time my mom and I have been trying to convince my dad to open up a petting zoo. The live in a little tourist town and during the summer we think it would be a huge hit with families passing through.  Unfortunately the first member of the petting zoo died shortly after we left town. Or at least that’s the story I heard.

We were planning to go on a horse ride on Tuesday but it was so hot. So we decided to wait and go riding on Wednesday morning before we left for home. Unfortunately Grama Susie wasn’t able to be with us as she had to work.

Papa and the kids – on the way to the horses. Dad had already put them in their pen.

Watching Papa. He got them all saddled up and then did a little running/training with them in the pen to help them remember who was boss. It had been awhile since they’d been ridden.

It’s so cool to watch him work the horses. He broke both of them himself pretty quickly and they have turned into the sweetest, most gentle horses. It’s also pretty funny because when dad says jump they say how high. He just has to whistle and they will literally come running.

Caleb on Buck. He was so brave and he had a blast!

My view.

Papa and Caleb on Buck.

Angel and Mommy on Gracie.

Me and my girl!

Angel didn’t like it as much as Caleb. She said it was too bumpy!

The view. So beautiful!

After our ride Dad took the horses back to the pen to take their saddles back. When he was done they came running back up to the house. Guess they had fun with my two wild things!

Ryan and Barbara

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Today I wanted to tell you about some friends of ours. Many of you know them. But still I’m going to write.  And take you down memory lane. Because I’m angry and sad and writing brings me comfort. And I’m hoping that if you aren’t already, that you’ll join me in praying for them.

I used to work for my church. I was a ministry assistant to Pastor Paul. He was the Youth Pastor but then transitioned out of that role to become the Pastor of Small Group Ministry.  While he continued to oversee the Youth ministry, the Youth ministry assistant, Ryan, took over the bulk of the work for the Youth.  So the three of us were kind of a team, working together and encouraging and supporting each other.

Every week we would meet in Pastor Paul’s office. Pastor would always ask us how our walk with the Lord was going. Some weeks I hated it when he asked me that because I was really struggling. But he and Ryan’s encouragement and mentoring to me is a blessing I will forever be grateful for.  We also talked alot of life. We became great friends.

I remember the day like it was yesterday when Ryan told us about meeting the girl he was going to marry. Her name was Barbara and he met her at our town’s little ski hill where he worked pt as an instructor. His eyes sparkled as he told us about her and we knew that he was head over heels.

They were married in March of 2008. Pat and I were honored to be asked to be host and hostess for the reception. I remember sitting through the wedding ceremony and thinking about my own marriage and how God had blessed us so abundantly. In fact I wrote about it here.

(Quit reading if intimate personal details of a person’s life offends you.)

I’m almost positive that the night of Ryan and Barbara’s wedding was the night that we conceived Caleb. The reason I know this is because it was the only night we had sex since Angel came home.  Let’s just say one colicky baby plus one tired mama does not equal much lovin’ for the daddy. And for all those people who think that people get pregnant after adopting because they are relaxed, um no, that’s not really the case.

Anyway. Thankfully we’ve continued to stay in touch even though we no longer work together. Princess and Prankster are also good friends with Ryan and Barbara and we’ve managed to schedule a few times to hang out. Barbara was one of the ladies at this shower for Princess, and Ryan preached the message at P & P’s wedding. Even though we don’t hang out as much as we’d like, we love them so much and are so thankful for them in our life!

We were thrilled with joy to learn earlier this year that Ryan and Barbara were expecting identical twin boys! Unfortunately they learned during one of the ultrasounds that the boys were having some problems. Barbara eventually had to go on bed rest and the boys were delivered on April 18th at 31-32 weeks.

I’m not going to share details about how they are all doing because Ryan has been able to share so eloquently on their blog.  All I would like to do – after making you go down memory lane with me – is ask you to please pray for this precious family.

I feel like a complete faith failure because honestly, lately I’ve been so angry when I think about this road they are on. Yes, I realize we live in a fallen world. Yes, I trust and believe in the promises of God’s Word. But still, for some reason, this has really rocked my faith. And I know that’s ok.  Because God can handle my anger and sadness and questions. And so I’ll just keep crying out to Him on their behalf.

I’m not going to tell you they have great faith. I’m not going to tell you they are trusting in God’s plan. While most days I’m sure they are, I’m also sure there are alot of days where the questions speak louder than anything.  And so I just tell you that these two people have inspired us and encouraged us over the years, and they continue to do so. But they are hurting and their precious baby boys really need our prayers right now.

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Can’t get enough

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On Monday of this week the kiddos and I took a road trip to my parent’s house. One of the things I’m most looking forward to this summer is many road trips there. Not only is it a great place to visit because of my parent’s, but being on the boat on the river is probably one of the my favorite places in the world. Throw in the horses, beautiful sunsets, fishing and two little people who always have a blast, and it’s the best place ever.

We slept on the boat Monday night but decided to go to the house Tuesday night. The kids usually sleep great on the boat but I guess since Mama was along this time, they felt the need to wake up in the middle of the night. It was pretty hot during the day, but in the evening it would cool down and it was absolutely beautiful. Thank you Jesus!

We seem to always forget about the playground at the campground. But not this time. Unfortunately the mosquitoes were brutal and so our playtime didn’t last long.

Me and the kiddos on the boat.

My mom and dad with kiddos.

Time for breakfast!! We usually eat on the boat but decided to be lazy splurge and go to the restaurant.

Caleb and his “lasso”.

Angel’s “mom quit taking my picture” face.

Taco Johns on the boat!

Best place ever.

A little bit random

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Yesterday was the first day in about 4-5 weeks that I’ve felt half way decent. It was great. I even felt a little motivated to clean my house. That is a miracle people. And then one of my amazing co-workers brought us supper and the most delicious dessert ever.

Unfortunately lately I’ve been eating alot of dessert. And I fell off the no soda wagon a few weeks ago. I’ve come to finally realize that my swollen stomach has nothing to do with my recent surgery. And it’s time to get serious. The frustrating and exhausting part of getting serious is having to start from scratch as far as exercise goes. I obviously won’t be running anytime soon but even walking I have to take it easy and slowly increase my miles. It will be a long road but hopefully in the next 4-6 weeks I can be running again.

On Monday the kids and I took a spontaneous trip to see my parents. We got home Wednesday afternoon and as I’m sure you know, it’s so good to be home. I’ll share lots of pictures with you tomorrow and more next week. I took alot of pictures.

And for your viewing pleasure, some random pictures from my phone.

Daddy and Caleb… “Aaahhhhhh.”

Angel driving Papa’s boat!


Angel on the boat. Yes. Yes that is a bunny in her lap. Stay tuned.

“I’m watching you.”

Nice. My son is choking his grandmother.

Guess who came to visit me in the hospital?! It’s Prince!

Me and my sister. We miss you Aunt Nellie!

Speaking of sister. She bought this tent for Caleb when she was here. He will sit in it all day to watch tv, read books or smear chap-stick all over his body. Ya know, kid stuff.

Angel at the park. Does she do a good head tilt or what!?

Let’s go fly a kite!

Me and hubs at Casting Crowns concert.