Sunday, October 31, 2010

tinkerbell and captain hook


for most of the evening the fairy wings were hanging sideways off of her shoulders and the aluminum foil 'hook' served as a teething toy, but it was a successful halloween nonetheless!  these are the days when having kids provides you with enough joy and excitement to get you through all the meltdowns, 1AM wake-up calls, poop incidents, and vicious sibling rivalries that you know will inevitably come.  you guys have no idea how much i love these little people {well...if you have your own kids maybe you have a slight idea}

   happy halloween y'all!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

now what?

for some more thoughts about BLOOM:haiti click on the picture below...

Friday, October 8, 2010

pickin'

for 'family friday' we took the kids to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins...



 
...but i'm afraid there was more nose picking than pumpkin picking...


{you just can't pose a shot like this!}


oh well...we still had fun...
and even got a family portrait 
{seriously...look closely...we're all in there...}

Monday, October 4, 2010

marshmallows

ahhh...fall....  we've waited so long for you!  
goodbye longest summer ever.  hello cool, crisp autumn days!  last night joey and i pulled out our fire pit and enjoyed a much appreciated chilly evening out on the patio. days like these i am so thankful that we live out in the woods where the nights are starry and quiet.  

and what's a fire without marshmallows??  my perpetual sweet tooth strikes again!
as joey and i enjoyed some peaceful moments together i stared down into the crackling fire and for the first time in weeks i felt my entire being rest.  i was actually conscious of my breathing and my muscles relaxing.  i sat patiently with my marshmallow steadied in just the right spot next to the glowing embers.  
i exhibit uncharacteristic patience when roasting marshmallows.  
while some folks prefer the quick method of catching theirs on fire and then blowing it out for a charred little goody, i don't mind waiting for golden perfection.  
as i pondered my marshmallow roasting technique i heard God whisper to me... 
i'm happy to see you slow down.  
many of you know that i am not so good at pacing myself.  it's a lifelong lesson i am learning.  i know that i typically move too fast and have trouble slowing down but that doesn't keep me from revving back up over and over again and often running right into a wall...that usually hurts.  God is patient with me and i see the gradual result of his teaching in this area of my life.  
after helping to launch a new church, balancing life with 2 kids under 3, and moving forward with my non-profit {including our recent little jaunt to haiti!} the past month has left me weary.  i am heeding the warnings around me to slow down, take a breath...make sure i'm still making time for God to work IN me and not just THROUGH me. 

incidentally my quiet time led me here this morning...
come to me all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and i will give you rest.  accept my teachings and learn from me, because i am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives.  the teaching that i ask you to accept is easy, the load i give you to carry is light. ~matthew 11:28-30

praying this fall brings rest for your soul too...