Saturday, July 30, 2011

To the Daddies

our girls and their favorite man
I read this last night and had to share:

I have watched daughters talk to fathers.  When you come in to the room, they change.  Everything about them changes: their eyes, their mouths, their gestures, their body language.  Daughters are never lukewarm in the presence of their fathers.  They might take their mothers for granted, but not you.  They light up - or they cry.  They watch you intensely.  They hang on your words.  They hope for

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Maileen's Journey - July 28

July 2011
Can it be my Last chemo day???...Praying

Having my last chemo of Abraxane tomorrow (Thursday) morning.  
On August 2nd, I have my CT scan done to see if my liver is clear of cancer.  
We are praying that our conversation with my Oncologist in Augusta, on August 4th, will tell us good

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sandals Worth Buying

How adorable are these sandals?
I fell in love with them even more after learning their story:

If you happen to find yourself in Kampala, Uganda, make your way to the Old Taxi Park. From there,

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Back to Reality

picture quality is fantastic when you take a
camera from the freezing house to the toasty pool outside
We just got home from our family vacation, and I'm ready to go back.
This year we rented a beach house with The Husband's side of the family.  It's awesome when you can get seven kids and six adults together and not drive each other crazy.  It was a good time, and I'm only teasing about the crazy part.  I'm blessed to have such an awesome family - for reals.
Hope you and yours are enjoying the summer - is it really almost August already?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I Should Be A Better Mom

My girls are driving me crazy right now!

Grace, you should not even say that - children are a blessing from the Lord!

You've got that right, and those blessings are being ridiculous today.  Well maybe they're not being so ridiculous.  Maybe their daddy has been gone for eleven days.  Perhaps their mommy has been staying up WAY TOO LATE and getting up way too early this past week.  It also might be safe to say

Sunday, July 10, 2011

AZ - July 10

I love this picture!
Our group flew out of Phoenix today at 1:05pm (PDT).
They'll be flying into Atlanta at 7:45pm and then arriving home at 10:57pm.

Maileen's Journey - July 9

July 7, 2011
God has united us again...Marissa Nicolle's airplane and international flight adventure and loving that I have gotten to hold the family God blessed us with...;D

Saturday, July 9, 2011

AZ - July 9

Our group arrived safely in Phoenix last night.
Today they'll be resting, getting the vans cleaned, enjoying the pool, going out to dinner, and debriefing tonight.
Please pray that they would spend time reflecting on what God showed them this week and contemplating how these heart changes can influence living out His purpose for them not only in Arizona, but wherever God places them.
Thanks for praying faithfully!
Back to AZ 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

AZ - July 8

Thanks so much for continuing to pray for our group!
Wednesday evening, the church made Navajo Tacos for everyone.
Thursday afternoon, our group went into Gap to host a community cookout and a softball game.
Please pray for them today:

Maileen's Journey - July 7

Peter and Marissa - July 2011
FRI - 1:30am
Even with waiting for several hours as Peter and Marissa were being dragged through delays, it was so exciting to see them come up from the escalators that go up to baggage claim at the Atlanta Airport.

Marissa and I could not stop giggling and playing while we waited for the bags to get in. As much as Peter and I were willing to show our affections in public with our daughter in-between, I could tell

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

AZ - July 5 (II)

VBS, Pizza, and Laundry!
Tahnee    Krista    Tanner    Eric    Ben    Adam
Ben and Adam
Tanner    Ben    Eric

AZ - July 5

Everyone at Lake Powell
Our group is conducting their second day of VBS.  This afternoon they'll be heading into town to do

Oh You Know, Just Reading the Paper

Monday, July 4, 2011

Maileen's Journey - July 4

Marissa Nicolle
Please pray for Marissa Nicolle...she has had an allergic reaction to something and has broken out into hives that are itchy and have spread and are now getting filled with fluid. We have a very close friend taking her to Marissa Nicolle's doctor within the hour. While Peter works with the moving, at the is raining please pray for it to stop for the next two days...thank you. 
Back to Maileen's Journey

AZ - July 4

As of this morning - everyone who was sick is now up and running, but then two more got sick.  One is better while the other is still recuperating.
Thanks for keeping everyone in your prayers!
Continue praying for

Red White and Blue

Happy Fourth of July to you and yours -
have fun celebrating!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

AZ - July 3 (II)

Hidden Springs Bible Church
Everyone is doing fine and getting better.
The sickies are in a room set up with an a/c unit, eating and drinking.
If anyone gets very sick, they'll be taken to the hospital - 
and parents will be notified first.

They've rescheduled the cookout and softball game to Thursday because of the holiday.
Please pray for a great first day of VBS tomorrow morning.

Thanks again for praying consistently for our group!

AZ - July 3

Regan and Kristen
Regan    Josh    Kristen

Maileen's Journey - July 2

January 2009
The iron doors and windows get put on the storage building Sunday, and completed, so we can start moving out of the house...and that it is a nice organized and safe time of moving with friends.
It doesn't rain so the move can happen.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

AZ - July 2 (II)

VBS Prep
Krista   Rachel   Lindsey   Brian   Adam   Tanner   Rachel   Rachel
Maria   Miranda   Madison

AZ - July 2

Photo by: Ron Niebrugge
Thanks for continuing to pray for our group.  They'll be heading out to enjoy beautiful Lake

Friday, July 1, 2011

AZ - July 1 (II)

Krista and Tahnee
Rachel   Lindsey   Josh   Regan

AZ - July 1

Cody   Hottie   Rachel   Josh   Rachel
Our group stayed in Flagstaff last night and are getting their supplies this morning.
They'll be heading to the Reservation after lunch.
Pray for them as they drive, unpack, set up, and prepare for the week.
They'll be going into the community this afternoon to pass out VBS fliers.

My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad

Thanks for making me!
Speaking of daddies, I just have to give my own dad much love for, you know - being my dad!
Yes - I realize it's almost the 4th of July,
and I'm not very good at posting "on schedule" - remember Mother's Day?
All that aside - this is for you, Simon!

Dear Dad,