I was driving last week and I went down a road that I usually don’t go on anymore. And I saw a house that I spent a lot of time at as a child. The parents were friends with my parents and their 3 kids were the same ages as the three of us. Man, do I ever have some memories of that place.  And driving by, they all came flying right back at me. And I spent the rest of my drive re-living some major memories from my childhood. Fun!!  Lasagna for lunch after church, building boats in the basement,  playing baseball, hiding out in the treehouse.  Sunny afternoons in the sun porch, Planting  acorns in the driveway.  Making plans to be a missionary with my best friend, marrying him, and living on a houseboat.   The night that they moved away.

But I was also amazed by something as I viewed this house again. I couldn’t believe how small it was. When I was a kid, that house was huge!  HUGE!!  Or so it seemed to my child-eyes.  Main floor, upstairs, and a basement!  A dining room, and a sun porch. It seemed so big to me then. But now, I realized that it really wasn’t that huge house that I remembered.  Just a small little 2-storey home.  Funny how things seem different when we see them through child-eyes, isn’t it?

And then I got to thinking.  Do I still view God with my child-eyes?  With eyes so full of wonder, so amazed at His hugeness?  Even though I’m now a grown-up, is God still as big to me now as we was back when I was first getting to know Him?

I pray that I will never forget the hugeness of God.  Never stop being amazed by the wonders of Him.  Never not be quietly in awe of His Holiness.

Isaiah 6:3 ” Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.”


For Erin……

For some reason, I am unable to post a comment on Erin’s blog.   And I need to.  So I’m commenting here, and I hope she’ll find it.

Erin, thank you so much!  It must be my hormonal time of the month, because I got very teary while reading your post.  You made my whole day!

And Shannon, if it’s the picture during the awards that you’re talking about, well, …….maybe don’t post it!

And on another note, I’m so glad that Erin finally revealed what her baby is, because buying a baby gift is so much funner when you know. Otherwise you get lots of yellow and white and green stuff. Trust me, I know–Darian wore lots of those colors instead of blue. ‘Course with him, we didn’t know what he was.

Happy 3rd Birthday Mackenzie!

02-2007-004.jpg02-2007-002.jpgMackenzie turned 3 on Friday!  Where has the time gone?  Seems like just yesterday she was just a tiny little thing coming home from the hospital.

On Saturday, we had a “Mommy and Me” tea, with Kelly and Sara.  What fun!  The girls were so cute–sipping (gulping/slurping!) tea, nibbling on (cramming them in their mouths!) sandwiches.  Surprisingly, nothing was spilled or broken!  We have a ways to go in training these little girls to be ladies, but they’re only three, so we still have some time yet!

Making Cookies!

Mackenzie has been wanting to make cookies with Sara, so today Sara came over and we made chocolate chip cookies. The girls were so excited! They were very well stirred cookies! I think that was their favorite part. Then they enjoyed playing and coloring together, while the cookies baked. I love to see them playing, they’re going to have such fun growing up together!

After Mackenzie was born, I can remember thinking how nice it would be to have a friend with a little girl the same age, and praying for that. Well, that prayer was certainly answered! It is such fun doing the Mommy-Daughter things with Kelly and Sara, and I am so thankful for them both. Playdates for them and sipping tea and chatting for us, lunches out, shopping, we have such fun! Frenchy shopping doesn’t go so well, since we’re both going for the same size girly clothes, but we manage!

Yup, life is good, but it’s especially sweet when you and your little girl have another Mommy and little girl to be such great friends with! Kenzie and I love you both! Posted by Picasa

Our Own Superwoman!

So I had Kelly and Sara over for lunch today. (Okay, let me re-phrase that!) Kelly and Sara dropped in today just before lunch time, and they brought lunch with them for us all. And I must say my kids enjoyed it much more than the peanut butter sandwiches and the vegetable soup that they were going to have. Still, it sounds much better to say that I had them over for lunch, then that they brought lunch themselves! And, just so I don’t sound like a complete loser, I was going to invite them for lunch today, but time got away from me as I spent the morning cleaning, and going through my kitchen cupboards, getting rid of junk! So Kelly, thank you! I owe you lunch at my place someday that I actually cook!

We had a nice time this afternoon, sipping tea and talking, and I just want to share with you that Kelly is so touched about the album that we are puting together for her. She told me that no one has ever done an album for her before! She is so looking forward to seeing all these pages made with so much love for her and to seeing and hearing about other peoples feelings and reactions to her cancer, and how it has touched our own lives.

I, personally, just want to say that I am honored to be able to take part in something so wonderful for such an amazing woman!! Our own Superwoman!!

“Too Big to Miss”

I was in the Christian Bookstore in New Minas a few weeks ago, and since they’re closing out, there were lots of great deals. I found a bin of their demo CD’s for $5.00 each. That was exciting enough, but when I got digging, I found 2 Mark Lowry CD’s that I didn’t already have. And that was very exciting for me! I really enjoy Mark Lowry. If you’re not familiar with him, he sings with the Gaither’s, but he’s also a Christian comedian. And I have to say that he is hilarious! His singing voice is just amazing, and he sings some really wonderful songs. (There’ll probably be more posts from me about his songs, because there’s a few that have really touched me.)

So this song is called “Too Big to Miss”, and I have to admit that the first few times I heard it, I really didn’t pay much attention to it. I usually pick up on the music, tempo, etc. first, and that is often the way that I judge whether or not I like a song until I have a chance to really listen to the words. And this is not the kind of song that I would normally listen to. It’s mostly a very upbeat speaking song, with a short sung chorus at the end. Well, I really listened to it one day (it’s now Travis’s favorite song, so we now listen to it all the time in the truck!) It’s a speaking song about the story of David and Goliath, and since Mark is also a children’s author, it’s really geared toward kids. It talks about how David told his brothers that he was going to hit that giant with his his slingshot, and his brother’s response was “Listen little David, you ain’t thinkin straight, that giant’s up there ‘s too big to hit, and your body he will mutilate!” David’s response? “Listen big brother, I’ve seen worse than this, that giant up there ain’t too big to hit, that giant’s too big to miss!”

The singing bit at the end goes like this:
“That giant up there ain’t too big to hit, that giant’s too big to miss. So whenever a giant gets in your way, you just remember this. That the God who invented giants is big enough to whip ’em all. And a stone hurled from the hand of the Lord will make any giant fall.

As most everyone who reads this knows, my friend Kelly is facing a huge giant in her life right now. We’ve all faced giants, but I know that for myself, nothing I’ve ever faced can even come close to fighting cancer. That’s a great big mean nasty giant (to put it in “Giant” terminology). Isn’t it wonderful to know that God is even bigger than that–He’s bigger than anything we can possibly face! And that God has the power to conquer anything–even cancer. Kelly, I think of you every time we listen to that song (which is a lot, thanks to Travis!) We love you and we’re praying that your giant will be “too big to miss”!

Our Weekend!

We packed up and left early Saturday morning to go camping in Pictou, with Adam and Candace–Adam works with Ray and we’ve been talking all summer about going camping together. I have to admit that this was the first time that Ray and I have gone camping together. We’ve been planning to every year that we’ve been married but we’ve just never done it. We were going to just go kidless but when Adam decided to take his son, we thought it would be fun for Josh if we took Darian, someone for him to play with, as they’re very close in age. Also, since Darian had been away at camp all week, he needed some time with Mom and Dad alone.
Some of the fun was taken out of the weekend when we got the news that Dave, a co-worker of Ray’s and Adam’s, had passed away that morning. It was such a shock and added a serious note to the weekend. He will be so missed.

Pictou is a great little town. Ray was thrilled to be able to go to the Grohmann Knife Factory. ( Ray collects knives and has always wanted to go there!) Unfortunately, the tours of the factory are only Monday-Friday, so we missed out on that one! We did get to visit the store, though. Apparently we’ll be going back sometime, as Ray found the knife that “he would just love to get for Christmas”!

He wasn’t thrilled with getting our picture taken as the fisherman and lobster, but hey, when you’re a tourist, ….right? We also went to a great craft market, where I found a very neat idea for a baby shower gift–anybody expecting??!! I can’t wait to make it!!

Camping is so much fun–so nice to spend time in the great outdoors! My air mattress deflated in the night, but since Ray and Darian didn’t have one to begin with, I guess I can’t complain! Why does food taste so much better when it’s cooked outdoors? Why couldn’t I stop eating all weekend?!! Why do we always pack way more than we’ll ever need? These are just a few of the questions that I pondered over the weekend!

Nice to get away, and nice to get back home again. Travis and Mackenzie spent Saturday and Sunday with Grammy and Grampy.

So did Ray and I enjoy our first camping trip together?? All I can say is, we’d better keep all the camping stuff together in the garage, because we’re heading out again on Friday night, this time with all 3 kids!! Posted by Picasa