Happy Reformation Day!

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“This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.” ~ Martin Luther


Happy Birthday, Mom!

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We are so grateful for all the sacrifices you make on our behalf.

With Much Love, Stephen, Sarah, Michael, Allison, Hannah, Caleb, Joshua, Seth,     and Sam

A Road Trip and Father’s Day

We took a trip down to Tuscaloosa, Al this past Saturday to celebrate Father’s Day with our grandparents.

The back row entertainers!





Our grandmothers gorgeous hydrangeas!



We stopped by our favorite BBQ place for lunch.


Sammie couldn’t decide which pair of sunglasses to wear.



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…”the glory of children is their father.” Prov 17:6

Dad you have been such an encouragement and blessing to us.We love you very much and appreciate the sacrifices you make for us daily. Thank you for leading us and setting a Christ-like example for us. The Lord has blessed us so richly with the best dad we could ever have! We love you daddy! – Stephen, Sarah, Michael, Allison, Hannah, Caleb, Joshua, Seth, and Sam.

The Earth is the Lord’s


“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Ps 24:1






“What puny figures you and I are, by comparison with the whole planet on which we live! Yet what is this entire mighty planet by comparison with God! “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in” (Is 40:22). The world dwarfs us all, but God dwarfs the world. The world is his footstool, above which he sits secure. He is greater than the world and all that is in it, so that all the feverish activity of its bustling millions does no more to affect him than the chirping and jumping of grasshoppers in the summer sun does to affect us. Behold your God!” – Knowing God, J.I. Packer

How often I need to be reminded of my own smallness compared to God’s majestic presence. I have to say with the Psalmist “Such knowledge is to wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it”. Ps 139:6

What is something new you have learned this week?

An Outdoor Project!

We enjoy working in the outdoors and love to plan flower beds, garden,  and dream…;) We have been working on creating some beds around our house with mulch and different assorted plants. It’s been so nice to have (or almost:))a beautiful, peaceful place to sit and read, have quiet time ,or just to sit and listen to the birds and smell the honeysuckle. After the storm pretty much any area surrounding our house was covered in lumber that had been taken off our house or trees that had fallen during the storm. Needless to say, we are so happy to be able to try to restore are yard ,little by little, to a more esthetically pleasing place to live.



The roses are so pretty this time of the year

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One of three of our adorable kittens!




An eastern bluebird decided to use the birdhouse on our front  porch for a home.



Sam, Josh, and Seth loved “riding” the dump trailer down from emptying the mulch!



Our small garden plot is a wonderful place to be in the morning. In the background you can see the beginnings of what one day will be a barn, Lord willing.



“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jer 31:3


We have so many different kinds of birds that love our backyard and woods. It’s fun to observe and learn about them.

I’ll close with inspirational quote from a book that I’ve been reading and have found very encouraging.

“What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it- the fact that he knows me. I am graven on the palms of his hands. I am never out of his mind. All my knowledge of him depends on his sustained initiative in knowing me. I know him because he first knew me, and continues to know me. He knows me as a friend, one who loves me; and there is no moment when his eye is off me, or his attention distracted from me, and no moment, therefore, when his care falters.”- Knowing God, J.I. Packer

What has your spring been like?

Memories From Two Years Ago

It seems hard to believe that is has already been two years since the tornado that changed our lives and the lives of our friends forever. We want to remember God’s protection. As we look back to all that has happened over the past two years, we are reminded of God’s continual everlasting faithfulness and love that He has poured out upon our family. We want to rest in Him again for our safety and for the strength to carry out His perfect will.

Our house the day after the storm.

Our house the day after the storm.

We had our work cut out for us...literally

We had our work cut out for us.

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We did lots of wood spiltting that summer!

Loving being together!

We love being together! October 1, 2011


Somedays we forget To look around us Somedays we can’t see The joy that surrounds us. So caught up inside ourselves We take when we should give.
So for tonight we pray for what we know can be. And on this day we hope for what we still can’t see. It’s up to us to be the change and even though we all can still do more There’s so much to be thankful for. – words written by Carole Sager and David Foster

So treasure the moments. Treasure now. Embrace the life God’s sends each day because we never no what tomorrow may bring.

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“Boast not thyself of tommorow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Pr 27:1