Thursday, August 27, 2009

Soccer Camp

Our church held it's first soccer camp the first week of August. Karis was actually a year too young, but they let her and some other 4 year olds do the camp anyway. She had a blast and is excited about playing soccer at the rec this year for the first time. Noah also had a great time running around and playing with the other kids. The camp was our first big outreach as a church, and we had a good turn out. Justin also got to share the gospel with the all the children and their parents the last night of camp.

Karis' first day of camp, minus shine guards.

She already has a great looking kick!

Karis and her coach.

Karis and Hannah going for the ball.

Karis already has drive to go for the ball, sorry Hannah!

Karis dribbling, or attempting to do so!

Playing a game with the coach.

Hannah, Noah, Karis, and Madeline sitting together the last night of camp.

Noah already working the charm on Madeline!

Noah and Madeline playing with the cones.

So cute, crazy boy!

ball head
Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Karis and Noah are growing up so fast, and it is such a joy to see all that God is teaching us and them.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sugar Anyone?

This is what I found when I got out of the shower before lunch today. Noah decided he couldn't wait until lunch!

No hiding his guilt, it is "all over his face!"

"Sugar anyone?"

This was a fun mess to clean up, it was caked to his face and the floor. Yes, you might asked the door was baby proofed, but the knob on the cabinet comes off easily.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Funny - Hope you Laugh BIG!

Hope you enjoy, and that Noah's laughter is contagious. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Love One Another

I have been overwhelmed lately by God's teaching me about loving one another. After going through the book of John on Sunday mornings and my own times with the Lord, along with our current series on the book of James, one theme keeps standing out, LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Why is it so hard for us to do that? What exactly does this look like in our lives and in the local church? Does is mean bringing meals to woman who have just had babies or someone is sick in their family? Does it mean watching someone's children so they can go to the doctor, get a hair cut, or run a much needed errand? Does is mean sharing our requests and praying for one another? YES, it means all of these and more! It means, "in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4). It means following Jesus' command in John 15:12-13 "love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." WOW! If we love God, we must also love our brother. Is my love for my church family selfish, desiring something in return, or is it pure and unselfish like Christ's love is? He laid down His life freely for sinners.

So many times in the past year, God has challenged me with this: "Are you loving your brothers and sisters in Christ?" Many times the answer is no, sometimes it is with wrong motives, and sometimes, only by His grace, I can honestly answer yes. Loving one another is a product of maturity in Christ, and if I really long to be more like Him, I will strive to understand and flesh out what this means.

A few things God has taught me is that, just as I teach Karis and Noah that they (people) are more important than toys or getting their way, I am learning that people are much more important than getting my "to do list" done everyday. If someone needs to talk, I need to be ready to listen. If someone needs my help, I need to be ready to try and do all I can to help them. If someone needs a sitter just to get some alone time, I need to be able to offer my services and pray that God will use each one of these instances to show my love and His love for that person. Our God gives us "sovereign interruptions" to our days sometimes. Sometimes they may seem like trials, but we should embrace them with joy and love for that person because that is what God commands us to do.

I am totally speaking to myself here, and am not there yet by any means. I know that sometimes writing out my thoughts and what God is teaching me helps me apply it better. Loving one another is such a grand command, and we can only do it with God help. Oh that He would help us love one another so that our church would display His glory to the world!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fun with Friends and Each Other!

As you can see, blogging has not been high on my list of things to do this summer. I think I have been in a rut, and it is no surprise that sometimes, I don't even look at the computer for days. I think my rut is finally over, so here are a few pictures of what the kids have been doing this summer.
Awhile back, we watched the Brooks' girls for date night. The kids had a lot of fun, especially eating Popsicles.

Noah, Karis, Madeline, and Hannah
Wednesday during lunch Justin came home and watched the kids so I could get a haircut. I came home to a HUGE mess, toys everywhere (I am not complaining just stating the facts). The kids had been going to the store and buying bedding amongst other things so they could make beds to sleep in in Noah's room. They used my Harris Teeter reusable bags to make their purchases, it was a sight.

Karis is her newly furnished bed, pretend napping.

Noah just waking up from his pretend nap, as you can see toys all around. I don't imagine either of them could really sleep if all those toys were in their beds.

Karis loving her brother.
I have soccer camp pictures coming and more fun things ahead. Most of our summer has been spent at the pool, but pictures aren't possible this year as Noah doesn't like floats and he has to watched constantly, he liked to jump in. Hope everyone is having a fun summer.

Bye Lisa, We will miss you!

A few weeks ago, we had a "sending off" church party for my friend Lisa. She is in Virginia now doing her training to go to Russia. I, as her friend, am so excited for her and encouraged to see how God has worked so carefully in her heart to give her a love for these people to know our Savior. I am also so excited about our church sending her off. What a blessing for our church to share in God's love for all the nations. I got to make the cake for the party. As Karis said, "here is the BIG green mass."