Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday we worked in the yard and Matt spread the six yards of bark we had piled in our driveway. That evening we had our friends Katie and Ernie and Derk and Bethany (+ kids) for a grill out and a camp fire.
Saturday we took it easy again, and in the evening Matt and I had a date night to celebrate our anniversary - dinner at Rose's in East Grand Rapids.
Sunday we took the kids to John Ball Zoo, and the kids got a kick out seeing the animals, especially the tiger, monkeys, and the goats. In the evening, we took a bike ride to the new ice cream place in town, Scoop's, and we're happy to say it's a very nice 2 1/2 mile bike ride from our house. Ella enjoyed her first entire ice cream cone.
Today, we woke up early to watch Matt run in the Jenison Ambucs 5K (Chad, Yesenia, and Dad T. also ran). It was quite the feat to get the kids up and out of the house by 7:45 but we did it and the kids were excited to watch Daddy start and finish. He beat his previous time and made it in just under 22 minutes. We went straight to the Jenison parade after that and the kids caught and ate tons of candy. This was Ella's first parade and she was happy to figure out that people were throwing her candy. She quickly learned to open it and get it in her mouth really fast before Mom and Dad noticed. We went to Grandpa and Grandma A.'s for brunch and then came home and we ALL took three hours naps (heaven!). Our last activity of the weekend was Aunt Cara's 15th birthday party - more eating and playing outside for the kids.
Hope you all had wonderful holiday weekends too!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Anyway, I recently came across another line of apparel that strikes me funny in a weird way - Life is Crap. A few examples...
It seems like everywhere I look lately I see someone going something really hard, and after a while the pain and sadness can be overwhelming. My mom and I first saw the Life is Crap shirts in a catalog and we both burst out laughing because sometimes there is no other explanation for what we go through in this world. My sister-in-law recently had an appendectomy because her appendix suddenly burst...can you think of anything else so pointlessly crappy? (BTW, we're thinking of getting a shirt special ordered with an appendix on it...is it getting any funnier yet, Michelle, or still too soon?? Love you...)
Now, to be serious for a moment...
Life sometimes is crap. There's evil in the world. There's sin and darkness and pain. Of course, I also know the flip side that life really is good because we have Jesus and hope and grace. When times get dark though, I think it helps to acknowledge that sometimes things are just hard and ugly and unfair. When I'm working through a hard situation, it helps me to grieve everything that's wrong with this world first - to acknowledge that it isn't fair, it's isn't right, and it isn't what God intended. From there, I can move on to praying for the peace and the hope and the justice that life with Jesus brings.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (NIV)
In Memory of Maria
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
- Ella has been sick with a stomach bug since Thursday. Not cool. She's finally starting to look better today.
- Just found out my sister-in-law Kara will be coming back to town for about a month while Brett is gone doing training in various places. He will join her here for the July 4 weekend for a visit.
- Looking forward to a long weekend coming up with Matt off Friday through Monday. Four day weekends are rare in the car business, so we love them when we can get them!
- Planning on buying flowers and spreading bark this week. You know you're a grown-up when you actually look forward to such things.
- Today's our anniversary. 7 years!!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
We knew those boys could play basketball...who knew they could run too?
[A Mother's Day interview with Dylan, written down by Daddy and included in my card...]
Q: Mama helps me with...
A: My problems and taking care of my sister.
Q: Mommy's pretty because...
A: She's a lady!
Q: My favorite thing to do with Mama is...
A: Play baseball outside.
Q: Mama loves me and Ella because...
A: We're special.
Q: I love my Mama because...
A: She's a good Mama and just because.