Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day Weekend

First, to Granddad and Pop-pop, as usual, your cards from the kiddos probably did not arrive on time. I really hope to grow in this area. Please forgive my tardiness in getting them out.

We moved into our big house on the corner a year ago this weekend. And was that work! Well, perhaps we'll begin a tradition of doing work on our house each Father's Day. Here's what our Father's Day Weekend 2008 has looked like...
Daddy cutting down all the plant life outside our garage and along one side of our house to put down 2400 pounds of soil to address our leaky basement by building up the grade. That involved three trips to Menards.

And this is what the kids did while Daddy did all this hard labor...

Then came phase two. On Saturday Daddy got to work with putting the soil down and then dig a trench to lay down corrugated pipe to help our drainage system. He dug a trench 60 feet long and 6-8 inches deep!

Then I went outside to check on my man as the kiddos were napping and found out my poor, pale husband forgot to slather on the sunscreen! So here he is applying some sunscreen mid-afternoon. You gotta love a man who can sweat! Saraina kept saying, "Daddy's dirty. Daddy's dirty." Yes, Saraina. Boy of all ages get dirty. REAL dirty!Lastly, Papa had to fill in the trench. That pretty much happened today, Father's Day after a quick storm blew in making the soil nice and muddy after church!

And here is Joshua "helping" in his "My Dad is the Man" t-shirt!

And here are some other random shots...


love, joshua, saraina, kadin, and #4

Silly faces from J and S

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Becoming a Wife That Prays

I read The Power of a Praying Wife four years ago. The only reason I know exactly when is because I wrote the dates in the book. Anyway, I was greatly helped by it then and the Lord has led me to pick it back up again and I have already been greatly affected.

You see, at our last care group meeting we split up into men and women (something we do often) and as I shared a struggle with the ladies they began asking me questions. One question (of many!) that greatly challenged me was, "Do you pray for William?"

CONVICTION... instantly!

Stormie says in her book that before she really began praying for her husband she would say those short, mindless prayers like, "Lord, protect him!" Well, I sure can relate.

So, I'm re-reading her book, one chapter a day for 30 days, and asking God to make me a wife that prays. If you feel led to hold me accountable or join me in this month-long adventure, email me or write comment. There is something powerfully helpful in accountability!

So far, I've read Ch. 1 (His Wife) and Ch. 2 (His Work) which focus on me praying for God change ME first and for God to bless his work and help me to encourage him in his work. Already I see a difference in my prayers! Looking forward to how God will bless this time for His glory!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Trying Out the New Camera

Due to the generosity of Granddad, we were able to get a new camera which we believe will meet (and exceed!) our fam needs. We are grateful and excited to capture even more memories!

And, just because we've got a cool camera, we thought we'd share some of our practice shots. Well, we're off to care group. Bye!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

What Do You Think?

We are clueless as to the sex of Baby #4. Of course, we are among that small fraction of couples that like to be surprised so it makes sense that we are clueless! (Though we've "sensed" the sex of each baby correctly each time.) At one point we were certain it was a girl. So certain, in fact, that we went out and purchased a cute little dress to bring her home in. Then William started thinking, "No, this baby's a boy for sure." I'm glad we kept the receipt.

And throughout these months we've been struggling with baby names. In fact, it seems to get harder and harder instead of easier to select THE name. Too many options and factors make my head spin. I like things simple and meaningful but not predictable or too common. Where does that come from!? Even as I type this I realize how ridiculous we can get in our name preferences.

The only thing William has said is, "If we have this baby on July 4th and it's a girl, her name is LIBERTY BELLE." Well, that's cute and all but... I'm not feeling the love on it. Just today someone suggested that if we have a boy on July 4th we could name him BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. Well, I'm not a fan of that one either.

We have selected a girl name that we have been throwing around for a couple of months which is growing on us... But the boy name... the one we have temporarily selected just doesn't seem to be loved by us. William and I keep forgetting what it is! That can't be a good thing!

So, what are your suggestions for baby names? And do you have any thoughts in regard to the sex of our Baby #4? Strangers always come up and say, "When's that boy due?!" I also like, "Yep, boy!" If only they knew that I seem to carry the same way each time.

Oh- and because I often get asked about us "being done" especially if we get "another girl for Saraina" the answer is probably not (though God is the One who opens the womb and creates each and every life). We felt God telling us early in our marriage that we'd have six kiddos (though we have a strong desire to adopt so perhaps the Lord would work it out for us to adopt two instead of going the route we've been taking!). But we're focusing on and enjoying our three toddlers and the one still incubating!