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We are a family of fifteen: eight already with Jesus and seven in desperate need of Him. This is the story God is writing in our lives. Proverbs 16:9

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Two Boys, Two Personalities

One thing I love about the life I have been given is the opportunity every day to get to know the little people in my home. It's not like getting to know another adult. I already know most everything about their lives- being their mom- but what I don't know and am learning is who God has made them to be. There are definitely things they do that are reminiscent of Micah or me... good things and not so good things! I am realizing that I share my life with boys being seasoned for a time I will not see. We like to talk about what they want to be when they grow up, but more importantly, how they will fit into God's story.

Andrew has grown into quite a conversationalist. His questions lately are things like, "What color is the wind?" and "Where does the sun go when it sets?" He is very curious and eager to figure things out. We talk about the wind and how it is invisible, but we still know it exists. He immediately related the lesson to God, which was where I was going with the whole thing, but he arrived at the conclusion himself! We recently had a conversation during a walk where Andrew declared that Mommy must know everything about God because she is an adult. He was shocked to find out that just because I am an adult, I don't know everything! I did assure him that God shows us enough of Himself in ways we can understand that we believe in Him. It has been fun-- and at times humbling-- to realize that he is at the age where he is putting things together. Micah loves having a philosopher in the house!

He just finished his second Awana book and was recognized at a ceremony at church this past Wednesday night.

Elijah, however, brings a different conversation to the table. Right now, he in convinced that the steeple on our church is a rocket ship. He is sure he can figure out how to get into it and blast off into space if he just asks the right person about it. We recently took the boys to eat on the waterfront near downtown. Elijah rounded a corner and ran right into a wall! He immediately looked up at me and the other people around and declared "that wall kinda moved!" I took a picture of him one night after he got himself ready to leave the house. He was really proud as he emerged from his closet in his tie and in his fancy, black shoes!

And here he and Andrew are with the "Rocket Ship".

One of the funniest things they do together is answer pages over the intercom system in stores. We will be shopping along when an employee will be paged over the intercom and both my boys, in unison, shout "I'll be right there!!!" It has certainlycaused us to get a lot of smiles from clerks and sales persons all over Louisville.

On a side note, I just want to acknowledge all the concern expressed for Micah's family and for Preston. God is healing him from such a devastating accident and for that we are so thankful. We are also thankful for the work He is doing in his family and even those who know- and know of- him. Please continue to join us in praying for him.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dustin's Graduation Festivities

What a weekend! Micah's parents, Dustin, Mary, and Caleb, and Dustin's parents and grandparents came to KY for Dustin's graduation. We had a wonderful time with them. It made for full days and lots of dirty dishes! I love it though. I am always reminded of the admonition to be hospitable and share the things God has given us with others. Elijah- well... not so convinced this is the way to go; especially when it comes to sharing toys with Caleb! It was great practice for him and I think the three boys were good buddies by the end of their trip.
The boys were looking sharp!
After graduation, we had lunch at Huber Farms. I wanted to get some pictures there, but God had different plans. We had a huge storm and had to stay inside the building. Maybe next time!
On Friday evening, we had the whole crowd over for appetizers and fellowship. At one point, I suggested, being the contentious host that I am, that we all play a game. "Four on a Couch"came to mind, even though we hadn't played that one in SEVEN YEARS or so! After I had suggested it, I was not certain it was the best choice... but it was a blast! It's fun when you get a group together that would never be in the position to interact in this particular way and see how each personality adds to the action.
Here are the winners: the Men!
This is what Caleb thought of the action:
I love this picture of Micah's parents with the boys right before they left.
On the last day Mary and Dustin were here, we took all the kiddos to the park at the waterfront.

This summer will mark our eighth year here in Louisville. We love it when family and friends are able to visit.