Tuesday, April 27, 2010


"Only one life, so soon it will pass. Only what's done for Christ will last."

These are a couple lines from a song my cousins, aunt, and uncle used to sing years ago when they traveled during the summer singing at different churches. I heard them do this song many times but, I hate to say, it didn't really mean much to me at the time. But this week this song has gone through my mind over and over.

Early Sunday morning a tragedy struck the home of a young couple (Heidi and Nick) from our church. I had her in youth group for a short time when I worked with youth. I knew her older brother better since I worked with him for a longer time. Heidi heard an intruder in her house and told Nick. He armed himself with his shotgun and they headed downstairs. Nick was confronted by the intruder and a struggle over the gun started. The gun went off during the struggle hitting and killing Heidi. The gun went off a 2nd time hitting Nick in the leg. Heidi was only 25 and her husband is 27. To say that this has rocked our church is an understatement. Both Heidi and Nick's parents are dearly loved at our church and have attended for years.

This has made me think about how I'm living my own life. None of us are guaranteed a long life. If something were to happen to me tomorrow, would people say that they saw Jesus in me? Would my children remember the fun times we spent together or the times I got upset with them? Would they know how I pray for them and how my heart breaks when they are sad or hurt? Would my family know how dearly I love them? When I see my Savior face-to-face will He say "Well done, my good and faithful servant"? What am I doing daily to live for Jesus?

These are just some of the questions I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about. And these are the quesions that are causing an ongoing change in the way I live my life. No more mediocrity. I want to do all things to the glory of God.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

my attempt at photography

I only have a "point and shoot" camera....although I'm drooling over a sweet, awesome Canon Rebel or 40D camera. Someday......but until then, I'm trying to master photography with my "little white camera" as it is affectionately known. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

the hunt is on!

This morning after church, the kids had an Easter egg hunt in our own yard. There was a bit of a twist though......Eli just had to search for his Easter eggs and little Easter present that were hidden in the yard.
Of course, he found the present first!

Then the "carrot" filled with jelly beans.

Then the eggs.

Some he had to work for a bit more than others.

Everytime he saw one, he was point and say "THERE IT IS!" So adorable!

For the 3 older ones, Jeff had set up a scavenger hunt for them. They started out with a clue....

which led them inside AND outside the house...........

across the street to the mailbox.....

inside the remote opener for the garage......

inside the trees...........

and finally............


the prize!

coloring eggs...and Easter tradition

Coloring eggs is something my kids look forward to every year before Easter...and every year I am amazed at how creative they get with combining colors for their eggs. They take such ownership over them. Gone are the days of just dunking the eggs in 1 color and calling it good. This year I picked up some dye that came with little "paint rollers" which was a huge hit. Enjoy these pictures of their masterpieces....which we can start eating tomorrow according to Abby.

You can just feel Noah's concentration in this picture....tongue out and all.