Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Don's Birthday

Today (July 15th) is my husband's birthday. He is 30 years old...Smile! But we celebrated it on saturday so the family could be together (it's hard to get us all in the same room). So as a surprise to him, his parents, his younger brother and the kids and I all took him to Olive Garden for lunch. He opened a few gifts from the kids and I, at the table before we ate. The meal was delicious and his his parents, who had never been there before, loved it. I brought a small cake to eat there, but we ended up being so stuffed from the meal that we couldn't even think about desert! That's ok though, because now I can lite the candles on it tonight in honor of his actual birthday.

Also, as an extra special something, his parents took the kids for the remainder of the afternoon so that Don and I could to spend some quality time together just doing a little fun shopping here and there. We went to four stores and a coffee shop called Maas. I had origonally planned for us to catch the sunset on the beach in the evening, but it was raining all day so those plans didn't happen. But when you have kids, it's just fun to be alone together...you don't even need to go somewhere "special". Even Walmart ends up being pretty fun when you're not holding a grocery list and a calculater! Of course the coffee shop was special. For one, we wouldn't have even fit in that place with two kids! Just kidding...but it was pretty small. And then there was this pretty little garden spot, with benches, a brick path, and a white archway behind the shopping strip where the Maas shop was. You will see it in the pictures. I never knew it was back there. I'll probably take calista there some day and get some old-timey pictures. It would be so perfect for that!

So anyway, thank you Mom and Dad for taking the kids for a little while. It was nice to have that time together and we had a lot of fun! It reminded me of when we were dating.

Well here are the pics of the day....in the montage below! All my love to everyone far away...you are missed and loved. Enjoy the pictures...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

More pictures with the Harrison's

Here is a montage I put together in honor of the Harrisons. Just click the green arrow play button to view it. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

mood: sad

This week we have to say goodbye to some dear friends of ours, of three years, from our church: Bro. Malcolm and Mrs. Vikki.
Back in October of 2003 Bro. Malcolm surrendered to the call to preach. Then for three and a half years he attended Bible School through correspondence and was ordained by our Pastor in January of 2007. Since then he has visited four Baptist churches in America, and spoken to many more in search of the one the Lord would have him to pastor. Then about two weeks ago, he let us know that the Lord had led him to a church in Tennessee. So on saturday they will be loading up their final belongings and begining the eight hour drive to their new home. I have to tell you that these two weeks have not been easy for me at all. To put it lightly: I will miss them tremendously! Yes, that is putting it lightly! Both of them have become very special to our family, and Mrs. Vikki is like a second mother to me. I guess I can take comfort in the fact that TN is close enough for vacation and my husband and I love that area anyway: now I love it even more (smile)! So tonight (wednesday) will be the last time we see them at our church (until they visit). And then after church they will come over for coffee: something they have done dozens of times, but tonight is the last time. Well, needless to say, I am not looking forward to any final goodbyes. This is going to be so hard! I'm going to need prayer!

A friend is the one who knows all about you, and still likes you.