Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wacky Weather

Can you believe it? Monday it was 95 degrees here. Today it is snowing. Monday when I got up at 6:30 it was already almost 70 degrees. Today it is 31 degrees. So far it is just a real light flurry. If it amounts to enough to take a picture I will post it later.

I've been watching the forecast all week so I knew it was coming, but really, it is the end of May. Of course our first year we had 3 inches of snow on Memorial Day weekend. So why not again this year. I am just ready for it to be summer.

And the wind, that's a whole other story. It has been so incredibly windy the past few days. Tuesday our valley was smoky, thus the name, Big Smoky Valley. I'm not sure where the fire is that is sending smoke our way but I guess fire season has begun!

So have a great day. I am going to build a fire in my woodstove that has already been cleaned out for the season, snuggle up with some hot cocoa and have a do nothing day. Well maybe not the last part, by Thursday I have a lot to do to get ready for Sunday, like pick the songs we will sing.

Blessings to you:)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Becca and DC

Becca came home beaming today. She was nominated to go to Washington DC in the Fall for a Junior Leadership conference. There were five kids in her class nominated to go. Yay Becca!

She has had a great week. Yesterday they had class elections and she will be the Treasurer (like mother -like daughter, we both love numbers:)

She is doing very well in swimming. She can now swim 4 lengths of the pool on the Butterfly without stopping. She just needs to work on her technique a little more and she'll be ready to compete. That is her favorite stroke. I don't know yet when she will have a meet, hopefully not when we're in CA.

She's nervous about starting Middle School next year but very excited at the opportunities she is being blessed with. We keep telling her that God will honor her for standing firm in her faith, now she is beginning to see that. It isn't the popular kids who are being recognized, but the ones who are genuine.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A long Time Coming

These are a little slow in getting posted but here are some pictures of the inside of the house after our friends from Washington were here and helped me paint. And pictures of the album Becca made for her birthday pictures.

The green is "Aloe Essence" and the white is "Sea Salt". The colors make the house seem fresh and updated. Much better than the original 70's tan paneling and the dark satined doors:)

Becca had a lot of fun making this album. I heloed her out with the layouts but she chose what she wanted and put in the pictures. We used Close to My Heart products. (Of course:)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Good new bad news

Well today warranted yet another visit to the Orthodontist in Fallon. Good news is Becca has her braces off and retainers in. She is now on a 10 week appointment schedule. Bad news, Grady is going to cost $5000, yes that's three zero's. Ouch! So, even though I made him appointments to get started this summer, I am thinking it will have to wait until next year's tax refund arrives. Bummer. I was really hoping to squeeze him in between Becca's treatments. She will have phase 2 when she is probably 13. Grady's treatment will only last 12 months but he will have to wear retainers pretty much forever:)

We'll have to do some creative budgeting to make it work out for ortho payments. We can only spread them out to 12 months, ugghh!

Other than that bit of news, things are pretty quiet. Busy, but quiet. We are looking forward to going to Staff conference the first week of June. It will be nice to have some time for us to be encouraged. No vacation after conference this year. We'll be heading to Washington the first week of August so we need to start saving up for that trip. With the price of gas continuing to rise, it's $3.82 as of today, that will be our biggest expense, both going to conference and to Washington.

Since we'll be here this year for the last week of school, Butch gets to speak at the Baccalaureate service for the Seniors. We haven't had the opportunity to be a part of it before so it will be nice to be around. I do know that it will be very different than the services we know from Washington. The evening begins with dinner, then the awards banquet and finishes with the service. Graduation is the next night. We have 14 Seniors this year. Not bad for our small town.

The kids are doing well. Spencer has now officially passed me up in height. I think he's 5'10". We haven't measured recently to get an exact height. When they did the baby math he was projected to be 6'4". He's only got six inches to go. Scary. He's only 13!

Becca is a bit apprehensive lately about going to middle school next year. We had briefly discussed home schooling and decided it wasn't what God wanted us to do at this time. Well, Becca is still trying to convince us.

Grady is well... Grady. Easy going, happy go lucky Grady. He is doing well. His grades slipped a bit this quarter but are now back to all A's except for science. It's a B. He doesn't even really have to try at this grades. His science final though is challenging him. He is supposed to collect 25 different bugs, identify them and pin them to a board. He doesn't want to do it and at this point, probably won't do it. He figured out how much it would hurt his grade and decided that it wouldn't affect it all that much. I told him he should ask for an alternate final but that would mean he would have to talk to his teacher. He'd rather take the zero.

Pray for our summer ministries. We'd like to do a Block Party again but have hit a few snags in planning. We will meet again in a few weeks and will hopefully make progress. Pray for wisdom and direction for this event. Last year we reached over 100 people and it brought a lot of kids to VBS that probably wouldn't have come. If it's God's will for us to do this type of event, I know He will give us the ideas and people to plan it.

Pray for Vacation Bible School as well. We have begun our fundraising, asking the people in the church to sponsor kids to come. It will cost $15 per kid and so far, we have 5 sponsored. Not bad for the first week. Our goal is 75. We also need the people in the church to step up and help out. It will take about 25 people to make it run smoothly. We have a youth group coming to help us out and Butch's mom is coming as well, but it is our desire to see most of the staff be those in our church. God is good and I know He will provide the staff that we need. Pray that people's hearts would be moved to get involved.

Lastly, contuine to pray for Nate, Tricia, and Gwyneth. Click the link on the left to find out more about their journey. They have come so far, but still have so far to go. The pictures they have posted are so precious, it's hard to believe that Gwyneth is 4 months old. And Tricia has had her new lungs for a month now. Time flies. Prasie God for His sovereign grace and provision.

Have a blessed week,