Friday, July 31, 2009

Carlsbad Is... Getting as dirty as you possibly can and your mom not caring


um, yeah, eating seaweed is where we draw the line...

At least they clean up well :)

Carlsbad Is... Cousins

This year we had first generation & second generation cousins. So fun seeing everyone! Trevor took to playing with the little ones the most singing to them, letting them climb on him. So encouraging to see this side of Trev man.

Carlsbad Is...Discovering

*click picture for full size

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sanctified Sounding Fighting


Well we are back home from vacationing in Carlsbad, CA. We had such a wonderful time together as a family. Praise God no one got sick this year! Pictures will be up soon.

As most of you have experienced, road trips with kids can be challenging. I was so excited when I found this site, road trip bingo for kids. But then equally bummed when we hit the road and I realized I'd forgotten to print them out. Ha, maybe next year. Well thankfully we had our Sovereign Grace Kids CD, To Be Like Jesus. If you don't have it, get it! It far surpassed my expectations. The cd is meant for kids but don't let that fool you. I find myself singing the songs throughout the day. It not only provided an hours worth of songs that we all could enjoy but some humorous moments as well. Chris would start the cd and the demanding would begin, "No, not this one, I want Peace!", and another would shout, "NO, I WANT JOY!" and then the last would scream, "NO, I WANT TO BE LIKE JESUS!"

Wow! What wonderful desires, children! Almost brought a tear to my eye... if not for the tones :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Singing Fun

The other night Chris' twin requested that we learn this song. It was late. Real late. Hence me having no makeup on. ANYWAY, we couldn't sleep so we checked out the song, learned the song and also learned that imovie can record, nice :) It was a lot of fun! What you don't see are all the goofy outtakes that happened while trying to record.
So here ya go Scotty. Maybe if this church planting thing doesn't work out we can get a job singing in coffee shops :)

Hope everyone has a great week! We are taking our act on the road and hitting the beach :)

*song Terrified written by Jason Reeves

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Meaningful Decorating

I have always enjoyed having scripture around the house. I saw this sort of thing at a friends house and was eager to use the idea in my home as well. You can use any glass frame. This particular one below is from ikea because I needed it to be cheap :) Write on with a dry erase marker and wipe off when it's time for a new verse to meditate on!

I did the same sort of thing in taylor's room. I went with the cheap frame at Ikea and realized once I got home that since it's not glass you can't just write on/wipe off. But she's enjoyed using different colored paper and I bought some stickers from the $1 rack at Michael's for her to decorate her frames with.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Grace Church Announcement


Check out Grace Church's Sunday announcement here

I'm super excited that we've moved our start date up from September. And it's not just because I'm currently hosting this 50+ people church in my house every week :) Continue to pray for us as we gear up towards our "official" launch date. There's still a lot to get done!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

9 Years


I can't let 9 years of marriage go by without acknowledging what a blessed women I am. It has been amazing to watch the Love of my life grow as a loving, faithful, caring husband. A father who leads his children gently and makes them laugh like no one else. And finally as a church planter, who although is being stretched in ways like never before, has his eyes on His father who is leading Him through each and every step of the way. Even though you are incredibly busy you have never sacrificed pouring into our marriage and making time for us to grow together as a couple! What beautiful fruit we reap because of this.

I love you babe. You are my best friend. There is no one I'd rather be walking through this adventure with.

*picture was taken a few days before our engagement at a New Years Eve Party back in 99' : )

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Summer Sandwich

I love Trader Joe's. Living near a Trader Joe's was a must for me when looking at homes. People will often ask me what I get there. Oh the plethora of options :) Orange Chicken, hummus, tortillas & low-fat mexican cheese, organic frozen vegetables, specialty jams, peanut butter cups, the list goes on.

Well here's a delicious summer sandwich you can make using all Trader Joe's ingredients. I took pictures of each item in case you aren't familiar with the store.

First off you need some fresh tomatoes & basil leaves. Ok these you can get anywhere but it's a one stop shop for this dinner for me.

Pick up some roasted red peppers:

Some cheese. Here's my favorite:

Pile the above onto their Multi-grain Sourdough bread:

Butter the baby up and throw it onto the grill or griddle for a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich!

YUM!! I think I'm gonna go make myself one for lunch!

Friday, July 03, 2009

A Summer Morning

Who needs a pool when you've got these:

What day in the sun would be complete without these? I think otter pops have become apart of the food pyramid in our household :)