Monday, July 12, 2010

Fresh Strawberries

There are so many neat things to do in north GA, and we have just really been able to start enjoying them with the kids' ages.  One of the things we heard about was a strawberry farm where you are given a bucket to pick your own.  I thought that this would be a great place to take photographs of the children.  However, it was not the ideal place or situation because they would squish the strawberries as they picked them!  It was mostly on accident, at least I think, but their clothes and hands were covered in red!  So it was not quite the photo op that I had hoped it to be, but the children really did have a good time.  David was able to go with us, and he did most of the photographing.  Samuel and Emma walked up separate aisles, but then eventually shared one aisle together.  After we picked the strawberries and paid for them, they sat down to enjoy some of their spoils.  We stopped by the grocery store on the way home to buy vanilla ice cream so that David could make strawberry milkshakes (due to juicy, squashed strawberries it was the perfect combination!).  They were delicious!  We even made them for my family in Irwinton when we to visited them the following day.  David and I are enjoying watching our kids learn and explore new things.  Picking strawberries was so simple and cheap, but I think that the experience was well worth anything that money could buy!  The pictures below are the kids picking strawberries and our stop at the grocery store.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Continuing the process, but excited to be here!


This is a collage of David's graduation and commissioning. I wish that I had more photographs from his commissioning service held on June 16, but I was having some camera difficulties. I am so proud of his accomplishments! He finished school within 3 years, and was certified as a provisional member in the United Methodist Church. Now he must complete a 3 year period of many more interviews, meetings, and book readings before he can be certified as an Elder in Full Connection. We are excited to be in this part of the process! We have endured many difficult, as well as joyful times to arrive at this moment, and with God's help we look forward to the journey ahead. I am thrilled to be able to share this with you!

Friday, July 9, 2010

What have we been up too?

Well I did manage to get a couple of collages up over the past several months, but I haven't felt very motivated to write much. I would often think of things that I would like to blog about, but that is when it seems that I was never around a computer. So hopefully this will be a refreshing start. Just to catch up to speed (mostly so that I can have it for my own records), these are a few of the many changes that our family has been making:

>I found out the Monday before Christmas that I was expecting. This would have been around the same time that I would have found out the gender of the baby I miscarried. In late April, I found out that we are expecting another girl. This would have been around my due date. We are scheduled for a c-section August 27, a day before my miscarriage. I am writing this information to not dwell on the miscarriage, but to show the grace and mercy that God so kindly gave me. This whole pregnancy has been bittersweet; the timing has been impeccable! The pregnancy is going well and we are excited that the time is drawing near for the birth of our daughter. Samuel is so excited. He is constantly wanting to feel her kick or move. Just today he drew a picture that he wanted to show her. Emma on the other hand has made my growing belly feel like a play thing. She likes to rub it roughly or punch it...which neither feel great. I think that though it will be an adjustment, they will make great siblings to our new addition.

>Samuel is growing constantly. He has hit so many growth spurts lately, we can barely keep him full! He is very intuitive and seems to ask a million questions. Patience is the key with him. I usually do not mind answering him, and have grown fond of the way he pushes and stretches me to grow as a mother. The easy answer to most of his questions is "because I said so." However, that does not satisfy him nor myself. I want to teach him why, and I want him to know why I am saying "so". We are teaching him about God and how He works in our lives. This is not always easy to teach a 3 1/2 year old. Especially whenever our cat, Bella, died from a traffic accident. He tries to understand Heaven, and I believe that his perceptions of it right now are good enough. Samuel is so loving and compassionate. He is creative and has the most interesting conversations with his toys. His perception is often mind blowing because he is picking up on things that we had no clue he was even paying attention to. He is also very ordered and does not like change! I think that Emma is helping him to learn to cope with part of that. ;) Oh, and he loves Spider Man, and wants to talk in Spanish.

>Emma, wow! She is a spitfire! Emma has passion and zeal. She is so different from Samuel and it has been a privilege to watch them both grow. Emma loves life; she is her own comedian. She is silly, and loves to make people laugh. She is very expressive and often it is through her body language. She is crazy about Samuel and copies him often. Her language is developing well and she can talk in full sentences, but still will babble off into her own little world. She loves babies right now...feeding, changing, rocking, and strolling them all around the house. Emma will say her prayers at night and usually wants you to sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" or "Twinkle Little Star". Emma is learning to count and learning her colors. Her birthday is coming up soon, so I will post more then.

>David graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary!! Yay!! He did an excellent job the past three years in working hard for all of his classes. He graduated with excellent grades. It was a hard three years on all of us, but well worth it. We are so grateful to everyone who helped us through this time, whether financially, prayerfully, emotionally, or more! God provided in so many ways and we are thrilled to have walked through this part of our lives. I am so proud of David, and believe that God has many exciting journeys ahead for him.

>We have moved. We are now living in Dalton, where David is serving a full time Methodist church as a provisional member. We are so excited to see what God has in store for us here. The church is vibrant and very active in service, so we are looking forward to partnering that with solid discipleship. The church has been very warm and welcoming.

>And me? You will have to check back within a few days to see what I have been up too!