Sunday, July 29, 2012


Can I get a big PHEW! from anyone that has done VBS this summer?
What a busy busy.
We had our VBS last week in the evenings.
What was really special was, for a small fee, church families could eat dinner at the church before VBS.  And the dinner was all prepared for us!  YES!  I didn't have to cook one dinner last week!

This year's theme was Super Heroes of the Bible.
Jacob was now leader age.  He and his buddies had fun coming up with superhero costumes.
(Note the cookies behind him.  I think he was sneaking one before dinner!)

 There was a penny contest between the red and blue teams.
It got crazy at the end of the week with kids and adults bringing in buckets of pennies!
The pennies were going to support missionaries in Papua New Guinea, who had recently been robbed of all they had....even the food in their refrigerator!

Can you tell Amarin is into this whole competition thing?

 Here's our penny counter.
Red team brought in the most pennies.  "Let's Go Red!"
But the blue team memorized the most verses.  "Eat Blue Dust!"

 Wacky Wednesday was fun.
 Backward and mismatched clothes,

 and a million ponies in Jenna's hair!

 The evenings ended with games.  Thankfully, even with all the crazy hot weather we've been having, there was only one night the kids didn't get their game time.  The rest of the evenings were cooler and breezy.

Friday was family night.  There was an inflatable slide, dunk tank, and pizza!
Pink Grandma and Pink Papa were able to join us, too, since they were visiting for the weekend.
Not sure what Laura thought of this!

 Here comes Char!  Good idea to remove all of those buttons...for the sake of the slide and your skin!

 Unfortunately, my camera battery ran out before I got any more pictures on Friday.
Amarin dunked both our preacher and another leader.  He was pumped!
This week...breathe.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Gotcha Day #3

Has it really been 3 years already that we met you?
Sometimes it seems like yesterday.
But then when we look at how much you have grown in confidence and ability, 
it seems like you've been here always!

Love you, Amarin!
And someday we WILL get back to visit Thailand.
Love that beautiful country of yours!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Mouse

This doesn't look like much of a picture, does it?
Just dry, burned up grass from our backyard.
It's one of those times I kick myself for not having my camera handy to capture the drama as it unfolds.
But see that light brown, loose dirt?
There lies a mole.  And his story is one to remember.  
Well, maybe the way he got there is more of the memory we want.

A couple weeks ago, we had friends over for dinner and a movie.
The boys and girls were downstairs playing while we adults chatted in the kitchen, preparing up pizza boxes.

Suddenly, the screams came upstairs, making us aware that there was a mouse (mole) in the basement!
Actually, he was in the window well outside.  Phew!
The kids scrambled outside as Jacob ran to find his BB gun.
Jamie unlocked it for him, and out went our big game hunter to save the day.

The scene was hilarious.  Jacob was standing, gun pointed down into the window well.
The kids were crowding around waiting to see what would happen.
I was wondering why no one was worried that our window was about to possibly be pelted with bbs.

Well, our big game hunter got him...twice.  Gross.
The kids squealed.  They were excited.  Weird.
They ran off to get a shovel to properly bury this little guy.

And as they're buried him, we heard singing.

" So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown."

Well, I guess he had a proper burial.  
R.I.P., little guy.
And we have one more story to look back on with friends and laugh.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

On August 1st...

I received a letter today from Franklin Graham...Billy Graham's son.
Well, it wasn't actually a personal letter, but it did show up in my email box!  :)

Franklin Graham is the CEO of Samaritan's Purse.  This organization provides worldwide, humanitarian relief in the name of Jesus Christ.  They help develop communities,  provide emergency relief and medical treatment, and most importantly, share the gospel with lost souls, giving them hope in the midst of despair.  Our family supports this Christian organization throughout the year as they do such awesome work in Jesus' name!  Visit their'll be amazed.

So, back to this letter.

I'm sure you've heard over the past few days about Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy, coming under fire for his support of "traditional" marriage.  Yeah.  What a horrible thing to support.  (insert your own sarcasm).  

Well, on August 1st, former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, is calling for a national Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.  If you happen to live by one of these yummy restaurants, do go in and support them, even if it's only in words. If you don't live near one the restaurants, send them an email. Franklin Graham sent a letter supporting this endeavor...hence, my "personal" email.  :)

"In the words of the bold, biblical prophet Daniel who refused to bow to the culture of his day: 'The people who know their God will display strength and take action' (Daniel 11:32, NASB)."
Franklin Graham 

You know, the subject of this post is almost comical.  Is our nation really in a time when we don't even know what marriage is?  Marriage was created thousands of years ago by a perfect God, between one man and one woman, period.  God did not waver on this. As a matter of fact, when multiple marriages and homos*xuality was present, God punished them or allowed great trials in their lives.  But today, there are those who think they can rewrite definition of the word and call marriage "traditional" instead of right.  And when those of us who voice our support of "traditional" marriage only, we're considered hateful, uncaring people. 

Can you imagine what our nation would be if we went back to believing in families?  Families that had one dad and one mom who loved one another.  Who remembered that they got married "for better or for worse."  Who remembered that this nation is resting upon the shoulders of children who need to be taught right from wrong...not whatever "feels" right to them.  Who actually walked through the doors of church each week, thankful that they have a God who loves them enough to teach them right from wrong.

"Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
Whoever is discerning, let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
And the righteous will walk in them,
But transgressors will stumble in them."
Hosea 14:9

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Couple Updates

I wanted to post updates on a couple things I had shared earlier on my blog.

First, thank you to those of you  who donated money for the children being helped at Bao Bei.
We raised $75.00, and it went toward medicines, diapers, wipes, creams, and thermometers.
We even had a old suitcase donated that can be left in China.

Second, remember sweet little Alea in China that needed a liver transplant ASAP?
I had been given the OK to locate a hospital nearby that could help her...but it wasn't necessary!
A liver became available to her right in China!
You can read about her amazing story

Wouldn't you just love to kiss those cheeks??