Monday, July 27, 2009

Lessons

God has a way of teaching us, that sometimes we don't like. I have been teaching a class at church on the Book of Exodus and learning about the power that God demonstrated to and for His people, but also about how quickly they forgot His amazing strength.
It is so important to know who He is so that we are not swayed by our emotions but by what we know to be true.
What I know is this: God is good and in control, even when it hurts and I don't understand. His strength is made perfect in our weakness, and our weakness has to show before His strength can shine. He gives a peace that passes all understanding, that we can know even in the midst of storms.
This weekend we took our three oldest kids to NYC along with Dianne and Gerriette (the two Dutch girls who have been staying with us).
Just as we arrived on the Island of the Statue of Liberty I got a message that a friend of ours was killed by a pick-up truck while out walking. She was a homeschool Mom whom I have admired for her testimony, and looked to as an example for quite some time.
We lifted her family up to the LORD and went on our day with a little bit more somber feeling.
A reminder of how precious each day is.
Later that Day, it was David who got a message that his cousin had taken two of his kids out water skiing and the daughter had fallen overboard and couldn't be found. There are no words to descirbe how heavy our hearts were and still are for them.
Two days later they finally found Ashley and learned that she had died instantly from hitting her head on the boat.
So we will face two funerals this week, and as we do - despite the incredible pain, we can give thanks that these two special people are now with the Lord they loved.
We will remember that God gives grace - He is a very present help in time of need - He will never leave us or forsake us - His mercies are new every morning - His ways are not our ways, they are much higher.
Isaiah 26: 3-4
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The Former Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) and Chicago

We made a very quick trip into Chicago this week.
We left around 10am on Wednesday and returned at 10pm on Thursday, but we packed a lot into that short trip.

I think we all agreed that the Sears Tower (which has been renamed the Willis Tower, but I think it will take a while for that name to catch on) was the "high"light of the day. Mak thoroughly enjoyed learning about the architect and architecture. Kayte liked pushing the limits, always going under the railing to get a closer look.The new "Ledge" - a 4' deep glass walk out was a bit intimidating at first but so much fun!

Below is a picture Mak took with the camera flat on the glass looking down. The views were spectacular! 103 floor up, and the whole floor was windows, talk about a panoramic view!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Niagara Falls

We took the kids and Dianne to see Niagara Falls last weekend and had a wonderful time.
he pictures speak for themselves!

Another Holiday E.R. Experience.

I was trying to think of all the times we've had a family member end up in the Emergency Room on a holiday, and I am sure I have forgotten plenty, but here's a partial list:
  • Christmas - T.J. (18 months old) arm out of socket - being taken to open gifts.
  • 4th of July - Keri - stitches in head.
  • Memorial Day - T.J. broken wrist
  • Labor Day - Chatham - stitches in face from a dog bite.
  • Columbus day weekend - Chatham stitches in head from riding a bike down a hill (I was in the hospital at the time because I had just delievered Kayte)
  • Mother's Day - Will (nephew) - stitches in forehead from hitting a stool at church.
  • 4th of July - Mak, poison ivy that led to staph infection...see below:


My fun kids

My fun kids
In their favorite tree