Friday, July 27, 2007
Yes, we've been a little bit but certainly not every day or even every week this year.
This summer has also been the summer of camps. Our children are going to more camps than ever before this year.
The Monday of ice skating camp, this is what I woke up to...
Imagine my grin at the irony of hats, gloves, scarves and coats in the Texas summer heat. (It's even hot when it rains here!)
They had so much fun. Hunter learned to skate without holding on to the wall. Alyssa learned to skate without holding on to the cones. Julia, well, she learned to go faster!
This is a really fun camp that we've done for two years now. The kids get to ice skate so much they don't beg to go for awhile afterwards.
Their favorite part of the week is when they empty the Zamboni and have a snowman building contest.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Pray for her family and the families of the other dancers during this time as many of them are experiencing attack as well.
Pray for the lost. Pray for soft hearts, ears to hear and eyes to see. Also remember to praise God for all He has done and will continue to do through these willing dancers.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
This is the Seay family. I was in youth group with Amy. She was always pretty, sweet, gentle and compassionate. Anyone who reads this and has lost touch with her will be interested in their current story and how to pray for them. You'll also want to admire their beautiful family!
Brian's sister, Jenn, is a friend of mine here in College Station. So until a few weeks ago, I really had very little idea what they were up to. Then Jenn announces that Brian has a blog and asks her readers to pray for them because they are in the process of adopting two foster children.
This is really an amazing story and you should read about it on Brian's blog.
Basically God has moved the heartstrings of a family in another state, who already have four children, to defy the American odds and adopt two more children. These children are preschool aged and desperately need a forever family.
The Seays have been told "no" because they have four children already. The world and CPS say that is enough. They have all the usual issues that a family of six could have...financial stretching, space stretching and time stretching...But they believe God has told them these children will fill a space in their family only God knew needed filling.
They will wait with raised hands and outstretched arms saying, "Pick us, we're willing, we're ready, we love them already," until God shuts the final door. Pray that doesn't happen. Pray things happen smoothly and quickly for the children's sake. Pray for favor with the system and caseworkers.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The lemur loved Alyssa...and Julia in its own way. We saw snakes and other scary reptiles but our favorite was the lemur!
Even though it was closed, we scared the few people who were there with our very loud noise makers celebrating the Fourth of July on our own.
Again, watching the girls in awe was one of the greatest memories.
Alyssa the brave rode her first roller coaster. Even though she was scared out of her mind, she calmly got on this train right when we got there, she mustered her courage and put this look of "I think I'm having fun" on her face before the ride started.
She deserves kudos for her bravery and courage. She was very proud of of being brave. Her head was in my lap as she tried to hold her tears back during the ride. She screamed in her high-pitched, shrill, little loud voice the entire ride! But still, she was very, very brave! (She may never ride another roller coaster no matter the size for the rest of her life.) It made both she and I a little dizzy so the quest for Tweety and Scooby continued in earnest.
We even saw a Grease-like show that some of us loved and others slept through. I'll give you a hint, the ones who loved it are pretending to be cheerleaders in this picture...other members of our family were tired. It had been a long day!
Our girly-girl vacation was so much fun. I love the big-kid phase lots too. I miss the baby-babies. I love the big girls. This family vacation was filled with good times.