Sunday, May 21, 2006

Ella Mae

We had a special church service over the long weekend were our family and Matt's family dedicated my little cousin Ella Mae to the church. Micah and I had were honored to be asked to be her God parents along with one of Carrie and Matt’s good friends Dawn. Ella was very peaceful during the whole thing and never cried once, not even after the Rev. poured water all down the front of her by mistake.

Part of Micah’s responsibilities of being the “God father” was the wearing of the special baptism hat. This is a very heavy hat made out of solid wood but I married a very strong man who hung in there and was able to carry out the responsibility…

Ok your right Micah didn’t have to wear this “special hat” and your right it’s not even a real hat. It’s the top of the baptism bowl but Micah did think it was a great party hat and tried it on!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Newsboys

Micah and I had the chance to go and see the Newsboys over the long weekend at Harbor Station. We had such a fun filled day traveling to St. John with my Mom and Dad. While in the city we enjoyed a delicious supper at the beautiful Reversing Falls Restaurant. Micah and my dad enjoyed steak, while I had sea food casserole and mom had baked fish. I took full advantage of this restaurant and even splurged for dessert, blue berry cheese cake, it was fantastic!

Now that we were all really stuff and feeling some what uncomfortable it was time for the show. We got to see a lot of our good friends, old campers and friends that we don’t get to see that often there. We found our seats, then found new seats and got ready for the concert to start.

Micah and Dad both enjoyed using the binoculars!

I happened to get this shot of Micah while he was watching one of the drummers play!

After two opening bands and intermissions the Newsboys finally took the stage. The concert was really great. They were focused on worshiping God and not on being worshiped by the crowd. The lead singer (Peter) gave a great sermon on living for God. It was great to hear such a powerful message by a guy who was looked up to there by many youth group teenagers, young adults, parents and pastors. Peter spook very clearly about being “saved” and asking God into your heart is great but it’s the Power that Jesus has to “transform” us to become a new creation in Christ by shedding off our old sinful behavior that really shows that we are Christians. He talked about the power that music, TV, media, movies and friends have on us and that we need to very careful about what we let into our lives through our eyes and ears. This topic has been one that a lot of our friends have been talking about. Its one that a lot of Christians are now waking up to and saying YES we need to be different and we need to walk away from “worldly” things and get back to the thing that is the MOST important….The word of GOD!!! I feel in my spirit that the message that Peter spoke is going to have an affect on many of the people who were there. I know that it hit home with Micah and I!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Sis is in Town

My sister Shiloh is in Monkey Town for a visit. She is actually here blogging with us, we are teaching her the tricks of the trade! It's always a blast hanging out with my sister! Here you can see that she blasted my nose with some tasty butterscoth pudding that Katie made! We will be unveilling my sister's blog address as she gets a laptop and starts to make posts. Love ya sis!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Enjoying the Sun!

We woke up on this bright sunny Monday and decided that it would be a great day to test out our new BBQ at Centennial Park. We called around to our friends and made plans to meet there after everyone was done working for supper. The new grill worked great as we enjoyed sausages, hotdogs, vegetable skewers, garlic and parmesan potatoes, and a delicious Greek salad that Renee made.

While Micah did all the Barbequing the rest of us played a game of Frisbee. It was great fun playing with two people (Renee and Phil) who are both pro-ultimate Frisbee players. Harry, Genieve and I all learned some new moves, which will come in handy for playing with them!

After supper we enjoyed some freezer banana pops! Which were a new creation that was a big hit and tasted delicious! Once those were gone everyone exercised their supper off with more Frisbee and hackie sack.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

A Time for Everything

"A time to mourn and a time to dance."
"A time to keep and a time to throw away."
Ecclesiastes 3

Well, I write to you today with mixed emotions. I am overwhelmed with joy at the Lord's provision for us, and I am saddened by the loss of a good friend.

About two weeks ago, I nervously took my little Honda Civic (better known as the Farts mobile for the sticker on the back window) for it's yearly inspection. Inspection time for my car is usually like going to the dentist when you know you have a few cavities. You know it's not going to be pretty, but you hope the bill isn't too much. Fix a brake here, patch some rust there. I was hoping to get one more year out of her, but it was not to be. The car doctors said that she only had 14 days to live. My heart sank as I thought about our 7 years together. She was a good car. Taking me everywhere I needed to go and anything I wanted to bring with me. It took me through the snow covered valleys of Antigonish in frightening Storms to see my love. It carried all my belongings around as I moved from place to place in University. It carried more drums and musical instruments around than any car I know (I once fit a full drum kit, 2 large guitar amps, two guitars and three people in the car!!! Danny and TC, you know what I'm talking about!). It lived a long and useful life, 17 human years! That's like 100 car years, something like dog years. Needless to say, I was a little sad to see it go!

Katie and I immediately started our search for a replacement vehicle. We looked at used cars which seemed pretty expensive and then checked out all the local car shops. The Japanese cars were very impressive, but also carried a heafty price tag. We also looked at GM cars and soon matched up our budget with a little Chevrolet Aveo5. It's one of the cheapest small cars available. I was clearly looking for the quality of Honda in my next car, but the Lord seemed to be guiding us to the Chev. We prayed about it a lot and at one point we almost gave up because even with all the deals that GM wanted to give us, leasing a new car seemed impossible for us in our situation. Sunday came and different people prayed that God would provide a functional car for us so that we can do his work. Our pastor even put his big hands on my shoulders and prayed in faith that God would provide. Well, that evening, God brought two people to our house that gave us the exact amount of money that we needed to finance the car! It was amazing!!! Praise the Lord! Thank you Jesus! The next week, we marched back to the lot and began the process of signing papers and stuff. Marco was a huge help and explained everything we needed to know. He passed all my tests and if anyone needs a car, he is an honest salesman (at Lounsburry)! Thanks Marco!

We are very humbled and very joyful. God's blessing is almost too much to understand sometimes. One name for God that I know from songs is Jehovah Jireh (Pronounced Ji-rah). Katie and I decided to name our new car "Jirah". It was a sad goodbye, but like King Solomon says: "A time to keep and a time to throw away". The baton has been passed.........

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Pandrew Gardens

Well, you know what they say..........."Rain in spring makes things in May" *confused look*, ah yes, "Aprilish showers makes snow peas in August", something to that effect anyway. IT'S GARDEN TIME! So Phil and Genieve live right on the way home from my work and while we were hanging out the other day, Phil and I decided to make a garden in his backyard! In case you didn't know, I am a snow pea freak!! I don't eat them all year because they are so expensive, but come garden time, I get really hyper and start thinking about 6 foot tall vines with my little green friends growing on them. In our little garden Phil and I will be planting peas, carrots, tomatoes and squash. We got the name from combining Peterson and Anderson (which we believe comes from Andrew's son).

First off, we marked out the territory....

Then we started the tilling, without a tiller.....

We found a few worms, so we saved them in a box for a fishing trip!

We finished up and agreed to plant some seeds in a few days!

Overall, we felt pretty manly digging in the dirt and stuff and our beau-ti-ful wifes cheered us on from the balcony! There you have it guys, if you want to capture that young lady's heart, just go get out there and some plant peas..........then invite me over in late July. Happy Planting!!

*mumbling to myself* April flarrots bring May's carrots?