Wednesday, June 29, 2011

[two eighty three]

[two eighty three]

Still my soul be still
And do not fear
Though winds of change may rage tomorrow
God is at your side
No longer dread
The fires of unexpected sorrow
God You are my God
And I will trust in You and not be shaken
Lord of peace, renew
A steadfast spirit within me
To rest in You alone
Still my soul be still
Do not be moved
By lesser lights and fleeting shadows
Hold on to His ways
With shield of faith
Against temptations flaming arrows
Still my soul be still
Do not forsake
The truth you learned in the beginning
Wait upon the Lord
And hope will rise
As stars appear when day is dimming
~Keith and Kristyn Getty

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
-Great is Thy Faithfulness


Last week when we were at my friends house, Alyssa said something that made me think. "Call it sheltered if you will, but it's a good thing."
And then I thought about what she said. Shelter is a good thing. Houses, clothing, hats, they all shelter us from something. How much more so the parents that shelter us from evil? Why is it that houses which shelter us from cold, wind, and rain are good things while parents that shelter us from bad influences are control freaks? Why is it that clothing that shields us from sun and thorns are good things while parents that shield us from the evil in the world are bad? Why is it that hats that protect our tender faces from the glaring heat of the day are good while parents that protect our innocence are bad? Why does our culture continually put young children out in the cold, the wind, the rain, and thorns of the world? We don't have to experience these things constantly to know that they exist.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

[more pics from last week]

In the caves. So scarey!!

So here are some more photos from last week. All unedited cause I'm lazy that way. I think I'm going to write a book completed on the four loves soon... just not right now, haha. Cause I'm lazy that way. ;) Also I just started Three by Ted Dekker... Alyssa lent it to me last week. Whoo. 

Still catching up. Otherwise I'd probably stick around and say more than this.


Waiting outside the gates at theater in the park. We were
the third in line, fortunately!

The sun sinking as the play started.

Wearing the bro's hat at the creek yesterday.

[two eighty one]
This is my thumb. It's straight. Apparently that's weird. Haha :)

[two eighty two]

Monday, June 27, 2011

[our five days with Bre and Lyssa]

Wednesday morning: Babysat the W. boys.

Wednesday afternoon: Went on a walk in the park, got lost and
walked for what seemed like waaaay longer than 4.6 miles :)

[two seventy seven]

The boys kept picking flowers and putting them in Bre's hair :)

[two seventy eight]
No pictures on 6.23.11. But we had fun nonetheless: Picnic in the park,
singing lessons, making grass whistles and probably being really obnoxious
with them, playing tag and volleyball, etc.

Friday afternoon: in the caves. This was when we crawled out through a gate.

Ooooh..... creeeeepyyyy...

Light on the blinds Friday evening.

[two seventy nine]
Saturday morning: walked to the school and ran around the track. Found
amaaazing wildflowers and picked a bouquet. Came back afterwards to
take pictures and get some for our hair.

Wink wink...

Saturday evening: Waiting outside the gates for Les Miserables at Theater in the Park.

Pre show dance :)

Les Mis was UH mazing. It has always been a favorite of mine, and to see it live was
honestly a dream come true. Warning: It is in my estimation a PG13 production; Broadway
has a reputation of  being crude, and lives up to that reputation.

This was our favorite character... well, besides Jean Valjean, Javert, Eponine, Gavroche, Fantine... you get the picture :)
P.S. We surprised Iris with a sleepover at her place for her birthday. We sang happy birthday at the theater
and then all crashed at her place after the play :)

[two eighty]
Sunday morning: Karie's dead things collection, slacklining, knockout, singing, ddr, foozeball.

Sheba the praying Mantis.

We had a dilemma about this kind of picture: Someone is always at a bad angle. So we solved it
by having Nathaniel hang on his belly on a swing above us so that he could be *directly* above us
and nobody would be at a bad angle! Unfortunately when you're laying on the ground, you're looking
*straight* into the sun. Hence the closed eyes :)

That's better!

Sunday afternoon: Home fellowship, more flowers in the hair, more slacklining, yummy dinner, packing up,
and finally catching a ride home with Justin after many sad, sad goodbyes. He said, "I never get a goodbye like this
when I'm leaving!" haha..


Letting Fuzzikins go :(

It's Fuzzikins!! AKA His Fuzziness.

A hummingbird moth.

These two stray dogs were so cute and friendly!! Momma and puppy having a wrestling match :)

The guys played basketball, so I... took pictures. Of course :)

Sam and her Drew sign :)

[two seventy six]

Havin fun with chalk :)

Cute little guy we met at the park.