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Some Friday Randoms to end the week <3

Happy Friday to you!

We made it…and it has been a hot one here in the Midwest.

I had a fine time with this mess of cuteness yesterday…

and…

and…

Time…is…marching…on…too…fast

And this little yahoo has learned my name…

So.much.love.

I also want to wish a very Happy Birthday to this guy…

He told me he does three things when he first gets up in the morning and one was to read this.

I love it.

I have told you before about my summers spent in an airstream trailer touring the U.S. with my retired parents.

But one blissful summer, I got to be a young teenager in the home of my aunt and uncle and four cousins out on the dry side of the mountains of Washington State.

That extended time with my dad’s side of the family is held in a treasured place in my childhood memories as I got to be their fifth child…swimming, camping, watching game shows, tagging along with them to their activities whether church music rehearsals or picking asparagus.

Although they spent the majority of their lives on separate sides of the country, he reminds me so much of all the good parts of my own dad…

so have the best day ever, Uncle Theron…I love you <3

And with that I bid you a blessed weekend…stay cool…eat watermelon…hug your family and please come back for a visit on Monday <3

 

 

 

Happy Fourth <3

For us…

the Fourth of July is just way more than the birthday of this country.

Because ….

this guy…

was also born on the Fourth.

So we have taken advantage of the holiday to visit family…

in the Pacific NW <3

To celebrate…

this sweet lady’s birthday…

and…

play and…

play some more.

To stop and smell the roses…

or whatever these lovelies are called.

To

rest…

and

connect  and…

refresh our spirits and bodies and hearts <3

So Russ and I are enjoying a break and wish each of you a Happy Fourth and a great rest of the week.

I hope you will join me back here on the Journey next Monday for a little series that’s cooking in my head…

something we will call…

VBSWOTGABYOS.

Curious?

Stay tuned <3

 

 

Tho she be small…she be mighty <3

Well…

we have a girl child.

And, in the words of a dear friend…she’s a dandy <3

She has been welcomed royally by the band of brothers…

as well she should be…

for she bears the markings of a princess….

Caroline Marie arrived Tuesday with little fanfare and at a most civil hour of the day.

She is healthy

and beautiful

and adored.

We are blessed.

Thank you for your prayers and your love and your support.

All children are miracles, but this one truly came in answer to a little boy’s believing prayer.

And in his own joyful words…

as he scurried to get his “big brother” t-shirt on and head to the hospital to meet her…

“I have been waiting for this day all my life!!!!! This is the best day ever!!!!”

I couldn’t agree more, Graham….I couldn’t agree more  <3

Wisdom and folly Part 2 plus the weekend <3

Happy Monday…

I left you with a long one on Friday to chew on….so Part 2 on wisdom and folly will be short and then some fun highlights of the weekend…just to keep you tuned in…

and sorry….

no baby yet…we are still waiting…waiting…waiting…

So for the wisdom and folly part..

As I am reading these Proverbs and meditating on them, I am seeing that my unwise choices are really un-godly choices and thus, sin.

However, I also have within my nature the tendency to want to have clear cut guidelines for life choices. It makes it easier for me if things are black and white and I can shift into autopilot.

Just set my moral cruise control at the acceptable speed limit and ride this thing out.

But life isn’t like that.

Let’s use the application of staying focused on tasks as a “wise decision” for a quick example.

I want to be a good steward of time so I set about to doing a list of tasks that are all good and profitable for what God has called me to do.

But an interruptions comes along.

I have to stop and ask…is this a “distraction” or a “divine appointment”?

I need godly counsel throughout each day. I prayerfully set my course, but then when adjustments come…I must stop and ask for wisdom for the next thing. He alone knows what lies ahead and why I would need to press on or make a change in plans.

And now…here was the way we did Father’s Day Weekend 2017…

hit up a Farmer’s Market…

had some carbs…

and more carbs…

and just a wee bit more…

celebrated dad-ness with friends…

dined fine…

hung out with this one and helped her with some house stuff…

got some essentials for her new home…

ate more…because…that’s how we roll…

All in all…

best weekend ever…

Blessings on you as we start the week off <3

 

 

Summer Start 2017

As a creature of habit, Memorial Day is the official start of summer for me.

And this one started with a road trip…

across a good portion of God’s country to celebrate this one’s graduation…

our beautiful niece Regan.

After some food…

and fellowship…

we hopped in the car and started making our way back to our neck of the woods…

with a few stops as needed…

Next on the agenda was a special birthday extravaganza…

where one of us decided to make his grandsons happy by supporting the Cubbies…

and ended up making even the big boys smile.

We had cake…

played in the water…

laughed…

loved…

hugged our good-byes to the birthday bunch…

and headed home to unpack and regroup so we could go have brunch in St Louis with this one…

Thankfully Russ came to his senses and dressed appropriately…

so we could enjoy the beautiful weather and atmosphere at Busch Stadium…

And even though the Cardinals never did really show up for the game ….

all in all…

Best

Weekend

Ever <3