Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Lazy Days of Summer

 A few weeks ago we headed to the coast for a lazy day in the sun and cool breezes of the Oregon Coast.
 It was 104 in Medford and smokey from all the fires around us.
 And we enjoyed a nice cool day on the coast without the gale force winds that can many times accompany a trip to the coast around here.
 And what would a trip to the coast be without a hike through a new section of the redwoods to explore.
 So many people had tried to climb this downed tree that it was rubbed smooth.  Caleb said it reminded him of a coconut tree
 Caleb giving a shot at using our camera
 Everyone decided that swimming in the Smith River would be a good idea.
 Cool clear water, you could see the bottom as though looking through glass.
 David hates having his belly button touched.  Gotta love this picture where Hannah sees a great opportunity to get his all elusive belly button!
 Caleb trying to swim up-stream.
 Then just choosing to float down stream!
 Hannah telling me how slippery the rock are!
 David and Caleb walked quite a ways upstream just to lay back in the water and float lazily down with the fast moving current
 Love how he looks caught at something.  We actually get this face a lot from Caleb!
 Oh the majestic size of the redwoods!
 Hannah and I taking a break on one of the beautiful redwood benches off the trail.  She thought they were pretty cool.
 We parked our stuff by this ready made driftwood fort for Hannah to play in.
 The beginning of Caleb's crab collection for the day.
 My little boy is turning into a young man before our very eyes.  God is doing a wonderful work in this young man.
 Caleb wanted to try out his brother's skim board
 There was a lot of trial and error before he got the hang of it.
 And lots of Mom reminding him that learning involves, failing at times, and we just have to get back up and try again instead of being embarrassed or shamed and giving up.
 David getting some surf fishing tips from the locals.
Hannah pretty much spent the whole time at the beach in her little fort, and loved every minute of it!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

This and That...

The kids went fishing with Dad today, and as you can see were successful.

Hannah was even successful at napping between the catches and waking up to get the net ready for each catch!

Caleb was successful in catching the most and the biggest fish!

David has been successful at playing well all day--fishing this morning, golfing this afternoon, and dessert with friends tonight.

I, on the other hand, had great plans for my quiet morning with no kids, and other than finishing the small basket of ironing, most of what I had to do today came to frustration and incompleteness.

All I can say is God was working on my get it done attitude and saying, take it easy!

So I will try this afternoon :)

You ever had one of those weeks where you got so much accomplished, you feel very in control.  Well that was my week.  Guess He is reminding me that He is in control and His timing is best.  Though I want to get so much done before we are called away to hold babies :) --guess I am doing my own nesting---  I need to recall that all is in His amazing hands and His grace will cover all my sort-comings and that it is through His hands that I accomplish anything at all.

So now for a few minuted of down time before heading out to jui jitsu and some reading while Caleb is working out :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Family Pictures

 During the 24 hours that we had all the kids home we were able to get some great pictures.
 Wish we could have had the guys in them!

 We missed you Michael and Ryan.
 But we got some great pictures anyways.
 Gotta love Hannah's attitude.

 My men!
 And what would a Jordan post be without running shoes!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Oh the beauty...

 ...of new life!!
 Danielle and our new grandson

 This was at 7 months
 Now only 17 days till the due date.
 Lord willing, Hannah and I will be leaving as soon as they call and say they are on the way to the hospital.
 They are about 12 hours drive away.
 Ryan is in the police academy and will only be able to take the day of delivery off.
 We will be there as Danielle's second hands, and Hannah will be official 'Puppy Sitter' and 'Nephew Holder'
 We are very excited to be welcoming this new family member....
 ....and I don't mind the grandma thing at all, much to Drew's chagrin.
Lord, we pray your blessing on these last days as we wait for the little one to show up.