Isaiah 40: 11

"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to
his heart; he gently leads those that have young."
Isaiah 40:11

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Reunited



First shot together! 

I will spare you a description or pictures of my pitiful blubbering farewell and just show you the happy times Kent and I had. Thank you to all of you who helped make this possible. I hope you are recovering!=}  Enjoy this small taste of our fun trip.



Naomi Faye enjoying a snooze after a long flight

Our neato pool. 

Kent giving the baby a little dip

Cool evening shot on Waikiki beach

Naomi's typical beach hangout

Attractive picture of us after snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. Notice the lovely mask marks.=}

The Parrot Whisperer

Exploring a cool hotel with an indoor waterfall

In Hawaii jobless people are very creative in their money making ventures. This particular man ran over and plopped these birds on my baby and then asked for the camera. He then said that he would accept our $10 donation. What do you think? Is this worth 10 bucks?

Kent waited 10 years for another one of these Mai Tai's
 We went to this outdoor restaurant on the beach at The Royal Hawaiin Hotel on our Honeymoon.  It was so much fun to revisit after all these years. Beautiful.
My sweet hubby

Aloha and Mahalo

Friday, May 22, 2009

Enjoying My Kiddos

Since my children are soon to be temporarily orphaned I decided I ought to do something out of the ordinary last night. So we ate our dinner outside on the grass. After that we started a little fire and roasted some marshmallows. Eli is getting quite the knack. His was perfectly golden all around.


                                    Yes, that is Zeke with a long pointy object. 


                                                      Joe, having a grand ol' time!


                                                 Gideon picking the perfect 'mallow.



Moriah pondering the flavor of her 'mallow!



After all of the sugar and a movie and a surprise visit from Stu and a speaker phone story from Daddy we had a big slumber party in Mommy and Daddy's room. Everyone except the baby and I slept in until 8.
 Sometimes it's fun to do something totally different. Try it sometime. You will be pleasantly surprised.
 Next post will be after Hawaii. Hurrah!!!!!!!!!!! See ya then.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spoiled Rotten


For many years we have had the great blessing of friends and family giving of their time and energy to show us love. We are so grateful. 
However, these past weeks since Kent's departure we have been overwhelmed by everyone's kind generosity. WOW! 
I have kept a list of all those who have been so helpful. Then worried that I would leave someone off if I mentioned specific peoples names. That would be tragic. So you will all have to receive a generic thank you from us. You know who you are.
For delicious meals, desserts, prayers, childcare, fellowship, front doors with deadbolts=}, computers with cameras for skyping, lawn care, phone calls, e-mails, blog and facebook comments, etc. we do thank you. Not to mention all the logistics required for meal and other deliveries such as fighting traffic, using gas, car swapping, sacrificing time with your own families or busy schedules or even nap times we thank you. Also for the numerous things that I don't even know about. Thank you. Thank you also to those of you who have offered to help that I have not even gotten back too. I am keeping you in the back of my mind.
You have all helped to ease the difficulty of being without husband and father. We are forever grateful. 
Now I have the pleasure of a Saturday morning departure to see my hubby in a tropical paradise to celebrate 10 years of wedded bliss. I am indeed feeling spoiled rotten.
I have spent the last several days pondering how a husbands departure can seem so bleak and terrible when it first occurs. Then God can use these things to show us how big He is. What a comfort. What a Savior. He uses His people too in a remarkable way to bring hope and joy to those who are having difficulties.
Bless you ALL for thinking of and caring for us!
Kent, Bree, Eli, Gideon, Moriah, Joey, Zeke, and Naomi

Monday, May 11, 2009

P.S.

I forgot to mention. 12 days until Hawaii. Can't wait.

Random Pics(Mostly of Naomi)

Hope everyone had a happy mother's day
Aunt Nicky made this little dress and apron for Moriah. It is getting some use again.
                                                                 Zeke a.k.a Wild Man

                                                                Growing sooooo big!
                                                         Hope you all have a great day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

What a difference a "door" makes!





These are before and after pics of the old and new front doors to our house. I think that it is quite the improvement. Just had to share.

Monday, May 4, 2009

HOORAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I I woke up this morning to airplane tickets in my inbox. I'm going to Hawaii!!!!!!!! Kent and I are meeting in the middle of the Pacific. This will be our 10th anniversary and my 30th birthday presents. We had always joked about Hawaii for our 10th but I never thought it would actually happen. In fact a few months ago we were looking at B&B's in Sequim. Not bad for a step up. This makes the countdown not quite so painful. I'll see Kent in 19 days. WooHoo. I

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saving Some Moolah

Kjerste encouraged us to post some money saving tips. While I will not have little pictures to describe my thoughts I hope I can pass along something useful. 
#1-Get rid of your Brita!(if you live in Washington anyway) O.K. I know that it may be very sentimental for some of us but for someone who has lived in California and Africa where the water is virtually undrinkable because of it's hardness we are rather blessed here. How much do those filters cost? A whole lot! I was very dependent on the Brita until I put it a way and rediscovered tap water. Try it and if you hate it go back but I will never return.
#2- I am sorry if some of these sound obvious but stop buying pre-cut food. A little bag of cut up lettuce can run up to $5. You can buy six romaine heads at Costco in the $2 range. Don't get me wrong I have bought bagged salad before in a pinch. But, cut your own. That goes for fruit too. My favorite thing right now is to make my own cheese sticks. I think you pay between $11 and $14 dollars for a bag of individually packaged mozzarella, Jack or Cheddar cheese. I just buy a block of cheddar the $3.99  Kirkland Signature Brand. Cut it up into sticks and put it in a Ziploc. It tastes just the same and I don't find those wrappers all over the house and yard. I also don't have to unwrap them for the little ones they can just grab a stick and go. Less garbage too!
That's all I have time for today. Looking forward to hearing what you all have to pass along. Thanks to Kjerste for the idea! Bree

Friday, May 1, 2009

HEARTWARMING

Every once in a while my children surprise me. Or more like God smiles upon me just to tell me  to keep up the hard work. Sometimes I wonder if anything is getting through. Ya know what I mean. Thankfully there are rewards from time to time however infrequent that make you smile and say, "This is all worth it!" So keep up the hard work mommies. I will if you will!
They did not have to sit together. They were not instructed to sit together. They chose to on their own. That sure does a mommy good.