Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Lydia, State Fair & "Girls"

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!"

Luke 13:34

Lydia sat in the high chair for the first time Tuesday! She liked it much better than the seat, as you can see...

Maybe not...

Playing with her toys

Want it?

Eden & Lydia


Daddy went and picked up our things from the State Fair on Tuesday. Since I can't get the slideshow to upload I'm going to tell you what each person won.

Hannah's Buttermilk Rolls placed 1st!

My 2 pictures (Seth with Daddy Flexing; Lexi in Sun Rays) received 2nd (Seth) and 3rd (rays).

Since I didn't have to time to upload the rest here's the list:

Alexis: 3rd on her Clay Ballerina Bear


Seth: 3rd on his Clay Bridge


Daddy calls his 40-some chickens his "girls." He goes "Hi girls, hi girls," in this high-pitch, only-daddy-can-do-it greeting and all the hens come clustering over to the fence (or wherever he is) to say hello to him!

With his "Girls!" :)

Willingly Jesus',

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Princess

"The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed."
Genesis 2:8
Eden's birthday was on Monday, September 29 but since we were at the Fair that day we celebrated it Saturday night. We were going to have our cousins come over but they couldn't come. To try and help Eden forget she wasn't having her cousins over we dressed her up as a princess for her birthday (make-up, outfit and everything! Her outfit was from a friend who had given it to her for her 3rd or 4th birthday) and treated her as such. She turned 5 years old!

The princess and her royal dining table!
Her dinner consisted of tacos, Mexican rice, chips & salsa and more!

The princess and her funfetti cake!

Opening her royal gifts!

Singing "Happy Birthday."

After we sang "Happy Birthday" and ate her cake we watched Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. We were a little hesitant to let her watch it (even though she picked it) because mommy thinks she gets nightmares from whenever we got to a scary part I would start talking to her and put a blanket around us two so she wouldn't be focused on the movie.


We had our Great Grandma (we call her G.G) over last night for dinner. After dinner we played music for her (she loves hearing her great-grandchildren and granchildren sing or play instruments) and then, as she was about to leave, Alexis and Eden did a dance for her which is below.

Aren't those dresses pretty? They belong to some friends of ours and we have yet to remember to give them back....hopefully we can soon (even though we enjoy them!). The CD Player wasn't skipping on purpose; there must have been a scratch on the CD.

Willingly Jesus',


P.S - On the State Fair Slideshow: The computer gave me problems on uploading it so I can't get it on here for you to see. Sorry!

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Creation

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

2 Corinthians 5:17

This afternoon, instead of doing school, Alexis, Caleb, Seth and I (Kimber) went out to help daddy who was burning some brush and branches. Daddy and I (I operated a tractor and daddy cut the trees down) cut most of our pine trees down in our front yard area - especially near the road, last year. One of daddy's many, wonderful visions is to have the whole front of our 11 acres of property cleared, with some oak trees about 10-15 feet apart, while daffodils and other perennials would cover the cleared, forest floor in-between. Isn't that such a beautiful picture??!!! Anyways, we started clearing out the front of our house last year and then it kinda' stopped and we started it again this year. It's a lot of hard work but the beautiful Fall weather and the end result makes it worth it (especially when you're seeing what it would look like years down the road). While we were macheting volunteer trees scattered here and there I was thinking back to the early days of America. I have a hard enough time clearing less than 1/8 of an acre of property in 4 hours (with 4 other people) and yet men and women, in the pioneer days, sacrificed sweat and blood and cleared hundreds upon hundreds of acres just for their crops and homes. And many times, after all that excruciating work, there would be a fire or infestation of plant-eating insects and their crops that would provide them much-needed food and money for 1 year would be gone in a matter of minutes and once again they'd have to go out in the fields and plant and hoe - and hopefully harvest...but you never know. Here I am feeling tired for really doing no work at all. What I consider "hard work" would be a breeze for them back in those pioneering days. Mankind was created to work but our flesh says no because work is hard and sometimes there's no reward at all (most of the time there is at the end). As we walked through our many trails today (once we decided to stop working) and I saw the sun peering through the lofty trees, scarcely reaching the forest my heart burst with thanksgiving to Jesus. It was so beautiful...breathtaking!!! His creation is so majestic! It took daddy lots of time and sacrifice to clear those trails but once you get to the reward of walking those leaf-scattered trails and look at the many different shapes and designs of the things around you, you just have to know there's a God (Romans 1:20) and that he made these things for His glory and for our enjoyment! That's why I love my Creator and the country. When you're surrounded by leafy trees and blooming flowers in the country it shows you the touch of the Master's Hand. How can man say it was an explosion that caused these things? (Genesis 1:1)

Willingly Jesus',