Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Close of the Birthday Celebration

BIG yummy cake!

Victor is saying, "Oh yeah!" Celebrating with friends!
Lots of friends!

"Wait for it.....wait for it...."

Instructions being given,
"Happy birthday MUST be sung LOUDLY OUT of tune!"

Oh you should have heard the rendition; PAINFUL,
but so much FUN!
Elements such as these build fabulous memories!!

Blow 'em out, boys!

Go-Karts, anyone?

Andrew on the "slick track."  Driver must be 16.  Andrew has wanted to do this track since he was a little boy! Slip-sliding away!

And thus ends a four day birthday celebration for two incredible sons!


Monday, September 17, 2012

The Birthday Fun Continues....

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Trampoline House -- MAJOR workout for the serious jumper!

Catching some air!

And some more air!

Birthday Boy Number One!

Birthday Boy Number Two!

To be continued.... seriously.  
What can I say!?
Stay tuned!

Happy Birthday, Sons!

I have two sons born on the same day five years apart, so you can imagine birthdays are always packed with much fun and laughter!  Here is a glimpse into the beginning of our celebration: (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

 Heart shaped pancakes.
Great start to a great birthday!

"Real life" had to come in the form of  Chemistry class for the eldest two and math for my youngest.
But then, at the request of the boys,  we had lunch out at a wonderful Japanese restaurant, WARAJI ,  with Dad.
The birthday fellas!

Chopstick war!

Opening their birthday cards.


To be continued.....

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thank you, Mom...

Once a year I watch the entire series of "Anne of Green Gables,"  gifted to me by my mother. Without forethought, I seem to watch it in the autumn.  Today it seems is "Anne" day. 

As I watch it, with hands wrapped around a warm cup of coffee, my mind wanders back over the years, particularly my formative years.  I cannot help but think on all the things, both tangible and non-tangible,  my parents have gifted to me through the years. This afternoon my thoughts dwell especially on my mother, most likely because she and I share a love of "Anne."

I am grateful to my mother for so much --  from her wisdom, to her forgiveness and grace,  to the high-bar of character she placed within me at a young age, to the simple joys of movies shared.  She has been and continues to be a wondrous treasure to me.

Mom, thank you for sharing so much with me.... for walking down the road of life hand in hand with me, a fiery daughter you did not necessarily ask for .... but most of all, thank you for never giving up on me!

Love you so very much, Mom!

"Her children rise up and bless her....
a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised."  
Proverbs 31

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

It's a New Day.....It's a New Season!

My oh my, I am loving this season .... and not just because of the lovely weather!

I had hoped to have had a restful summer, but that just didn't unfold.  Instead it was an action-packed, intense summer.

But then...... (Don't you just love "but then"s?  I DO!)

If you will recall this entry:  "Conditioning" written in July, God said to me, "He restores my soul," and went on to share Psalm 23, putting emphasis on "He leads me beside quiet waters."

Well, two months later, I do believe I have come to the quiet waters He spoke of.  No money on earth is sufficient to purchase what He has so generously and so completely poured out upon me and my family.

In the coming days, I'll begin again to share tidbits of every day life. I have missed regular blogging to be sure, but when life comes at the pace and the intensity it did over the summer, time for blogging is one of the first things to be shelved - if you know what I'm sayin'!   It was because of the pace and the intensity of the summer months that we took a very spontaneous "recovery" vacation in August before school began! (See pictures HERE.)  So thankful God, with His ease, gifted us with the time away!

So I hope you will stay tuned and rejoin me back here from time to time.  Great things are already on the calendar, and I can hardly wait to share them!

Until next time, may you have a most blessed day!