While we are gone for 9 days, my good friend, Denise, has set up a blog for our adventures in the Dominican Republic. We aren’t quite sure how often she will be able to blog/post pictures while we are there, but we would love for you to check it out every few days to see if we’ve updated! Please click here now to check it out!
Archive for July, 2012
As we prepare to go to the Dominican Republic in 3 days, we have been praying together each night this week, as a family, for the many requests that surround our trip. I learned a few summers back, when reading A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World, how powerful prayer is. I don’t take it lightly, and when I’m thinking of someone, it’s a call for me to pray for them right then. I love my friend, Angela’s blog, about prayer here. If you wonder where our prayers “go”, please read it!
Anyway, last night, we prayed in the early evening. James prayed for team unity, Ella prayed for travel safety, Rilyn prayed that she would make friends there, and I prayed for the rice and beans we are bringing would be multiplied like the miracle Jesus did from the boy’s lunch of 2 fish and 5 loaves to feed 5,000.
During these summer nights, James has been watching a cartoon called Avatar with the kids each night before bed. It’s not every night, but it’s most, and they love watching it together. After we prayed, I told them it was time for them to get ready for bed.
Ella promptly said, “Ugh! That prayer stuff wasted our time!”
Now before you think what an ugly thing to say, we adults think the same thing all the time, we just have the social graces to know NOT to say it out loud.
Ella wanted to watch Avatar, and because we had prayed, she thought that took up all her TV time with daddy. (Which by the way, we were going to let them watch Avatar after they got ready for bed, but because of that comment, they didn’t.)
We immediately talked to Ella about her heart. Luke 6:45 ”The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” What did that comment reveal about her heart? She loves Avatar more than praying for our mission trip? She believes that prayer isn’t that important or powerful? She feels she deserves the “comfort” of watching TV? Now I know she is only 6 1/2, but these “adult” conversations lay the groundwork for future conversations when the stakes are a lot higher (teenage years!).
I can’t wait to talk to our girls about this trip in 2 weeks to show how powerful our prayer was!
Yesterday, we took a day off to have, what we are calling, the “1st annual adults only lake day!” Our good friends, the Moss’, took out their boat on Lake Travis so we could water ski, tube, wake board, and boat on in to Hula Hut for dinner! Such a fun afternoon with great friends!! Next Friday, all six of us, plus our kids, will be traveling to the Dominican Republic together!
|James wake boarding for the first time!|
|me water skiing|
|cool shot of James’ water skiing|
|James is so good at water skiing, he tells us when he is done skiing (instead of just falling).
He is giving us the thumbs up that he is done and drops the handle!
James asked Eddie to try and get him off the tube, so as Eddie drove the boat crazy, James flipped…and lost his bathing suit to his ankles!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to capture that shot because his trunks fell down as the bottom of the tube was facing the camera and conveniently covering James’ full moon!
|James mooning the house behind him|
|Pennybacker bridge on Lake Travis with my girls! Jen, Denise, and me!|
Asher has a thing for water in his face…he LOVES it!!
|I think I’ll stand right here…|
|so I can get dumped on!!!!|
And just for fun-grandma bought Asher and cousin Caden matching Jake costumes from Jake and the Neverland Pirates show. Cousin Caden’s birthday is coming up, and his party theme is from that show…grandma just couldn’t resist. Personally, I couldn’t even tell if that was a wig Asher was wearing!
We spent the 4th with family at my parent’s house for lunch and swimming.
After swimming, we drove to College Station where we could light fireworks! I wanted to have some fun with my camera, so we lit the sparklers!
|Rilyn, Ella, my mom, my dad|
Ella kept her fingers in her ears most of the time the fireworks were going off!
Asher wanted in on the sparklers too, so daddy helped him make an “A” for Asher!
James wanted to give me a message too!
After our fireworks, we drove over to George Bush Library to watch the BIG show!
I love watching my kids watch the fireworks!
Well, it happened! My first wedding shoot! To see more, click here!