Monday, January 31, 2011

raising rebels

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.  I Peter 1:3-4 NLT

Yesterday at church...I was visiting one in Michigan with my best friend...I was inspired by a group of teens who had "Rebel" written across each of their shirts.  One young lady shared that in today's society it is acceptable to drink, smoke, do drugs, and so much more, so the youth group are declaring themselves to be rebels against it and do what's right instead.
I loved their way of thinking...and the challenge put before me.  My boys are growing up in a world where right and wrong are according to one's opinion, not according to God's Word.  Our concept of rebellion should change...our concept of right/wrong has.
My new title/role in life...Jesus Freak raising two Rebels.
I love it.

"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God."  Ephesians 4:1 NLT

"So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better."  Colossians 1:9-10 NLT

L.E.N.S. photo challenge: the eyes have it

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from?  
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth."  
Psalm 121:1-2 

This week at Home Is Where You Start From the photo challenge is "The Eyes Have It".  Visit to see all the eye catching entries this week.

Friday, January 28, 2011

3 in 30: Wrap Up

It has been a great beginning to my 3 in 30 goal...setting and accomplishing...challenge!
I finished just as strong with my goals as I began and couldn't be happier that I am going into February with my chin up and 3 accomplished goals under my belt.
As I was helping the boys with their room yesterday, doing the umpteenth load of laundry of the week, doing dishes, planning meals...the daily tasks seemed endless.  Seems everytime I turn around there's something amiss somewhere I had just been moments before.  I sigh, make a choice to ignore it or repeat the task of staightening out the clutter, and thank God for those making these tasks worthwhile.     
For me the 3 in 30 goals are different than daily tasks.  My 3 in 30 goals are mine.  They are things that will not get done without my hand.  Nor will they get "messy" by someone else's hand.  My success or failure is at my own doing.  I feel encouragment in this.  I get to do something for me, so that I will be better at serving those around me.  Sometimes I have to take a moment and take care of myself so that I am better equipped to help and be there for others and their needs. 
How could cleaning out closets be good for me?
Having the closets organized freed up my mind to think about other people and things.  It relieved me of stress associated with opening up the closet doors.  I smile now when those doors open and the shelves are smiling back at me.  I like this.
Getting to the Y for exercise did more for me than just help me get in better gave me time to think.  A time to reflect and look ahead.  Most of the time it also gave me a few moments for worship as I listened to my MP3 player full of songs to lift my eyes to the One who saved me.  It wore me out, but at the same time, refreshed me from the inside out.
Purposefully using my spiritual gifts challenged me to get out of my routine and look for specific ways to put them into action.  It made me think about what gifts I have been given and why God might have given them to me.  It made me thankful that God thought of me to give me said gifts. 
Looking ahead to February's goals, I have so many in mind, it's been hard to choose just three.  Those at the top of my list:
1) Drink more water and continue getting to the Y 3x's a week.
2) Get together with a friend "just because" at least once a week.
3) Finally get all the photos in my photo box in an chronological order or not, just getting them in a book will do.
Here's to a new month with new goals!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday's Walk...oldies but goodies!

Working out at the Y last evening, I was going through the songs on my MP3 player trying to find upbeat and motivating songs to keep me going.  It was a stressful workout and I needed every little bit of encouragement I could get.  I really just wanted to give up and go home.  I found myself picking out songs from days gone by that I just absolutely love. 
This event inspired me for a Wednesday's Walk theme of 80's/early 90's Christian music...if you are too young to relate, I understand, but for fun you may want to listen along.  I was a teenager when I started listening to only Christian music...a great sacrifice at the time when 80's pop music was "it".  I don't regret it, but at the time it was a big decision.  
For me, music is timeless.  A song can take me right back to when I first heard it or when God used it to encourage me or draw my attention to give him all the glory He deserves.
Enjoy a few of the oldies, but goodies, I was able to find on YouTube...   

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

a warm(er) day

Sunday was a nice day to enjoy the outdoors again...

...and my hope for Spring grows a little with each passing day!

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

L.E.N.S. photo challenge: This Moment

"This moment" in time was during the boys' Upward basketball game.  Visit the L.E.N.S. photo challenge for more wonderful moments.

Friday, January 21, 2011

3 in 30: Encouraging Words

Well, personally, I cannot believe how fast January is going by and how busy I/we have been this month.  Keep on going, Winter...I am excited for Spring's arrival!
This week my heart has been blessed in the Word through Psalm 77...especially these verses:

Your ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
The waters saw you, God,
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed.
The clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder;
your arrows flashed back and forth.
Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
your lightning lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.
Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.
You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
Psalm 77:13-20
Just this morning as I read this passage again, verse 19 brought tears to my eyes..."Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen."  There are times when my path seems very lonely and I'm very lost as to what to do, but if I daily am trusting Him and diving into His Word I can trust that I'm on the right one even if His footprints aren't visible at the moment.  Steps in faith, they are necessary.

I also love the verse about God displaying his power among us!  Oh, that I would become more aware of the extraordinary power of my God and return praise for the things He has done, is doing, and will do in my life! 

As for my goals...
#1 I've worked out 3 times already this week...twice at home (due to schedule) and once at the Y...and have plans to be at the Y again over the weekend.  I get the same results either place, so I'm going to consider this "accomplished" this week.  Yay, me!

#2  Closets have been organized!  I dropped off two bags (13 gallon sized) of clothes at the Goodwill from my closet alone.  Hopefully, someone else will enjoy what no longer is needed by me.  I was bummed that 3 of my favorite sweaters had to be donated because the cleaners shrank them...perfectly fine sweaters, but just a 'small' now and not a 'medium'.  I knew better than to shy away from handwashing's my own fault.

#3  Again, using my spiritual gifts purposefully is a hard one to guage, but I am at peace in my heart that I am trying (and maybe suceeding) to put myself out there to be used by God in little ways to help/encourage other people.  On Wednesday night I was invited to share about my mission trips to Alaska with a church was a wonderful night.  God is so good!

Hope everyone is enjoying their January and making headway on their goals.  Remember, there are all sorts of accomplishing something toward our goals.  Sometimes, a step back to re-evaluate the way we view or are doing something is a step in the right direction!  Enjoy what God is teaching you on the pathway to your goal!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

simple thoughts

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”...tells me that no matter how difficult my burden is, without God, the yoke would be even harder and the burden heavier still.
John 14:1
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me."...reminds me to be actively working against the tendency to be troubled.
James 1:2
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,"...confirms that trials will come my way.  It says when, not if.
Psalm 34:12-14
"Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."...sums it up this way: doing evil comes naturally, but finding peace requires continual, intentional action on my part.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

L.E.N.S. photo challenge: learning spaces

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a funny thought

Ever wonder this...What if Jesus had a Facebook account?
I have been laughing at myself for a few weeks now...well, I've been doing that for many, many years actually...but, lately concerning this very thought I had in the shower one morning during the holidays.  Now, during the season when people were thinking about family/gifts/parties/presents and singing Christmas carols at the top of their lungs, why did this cross my mind?  I don't know for sure, but it was pretty comical.
What profile picture would He use?
Who would send the friend request...Him or me? 
How many friends would He have and how many would we have in common?
How many status updates would he post that said something like..."Became the personal Savior of Sally, Susie, and Joe tonight."  "Healed another cancer patient."  "Had a great time showing Janet my sense of humor today."
Would He ever comment on my wall..."Well done, good and faithful servant."
Viewing my photos, would he find them pleasing and appropriate content to share with others...would He pipe in with, "Made that rainbow just for you today.  Glad you noticed it."
Would He call me out when my status included whining and complaining?
Something tells me He wouldn't waste time on mindless games...
I'd like a private message from Him time to time...something just for me, advising me on exactly what to do.
Yes, all of these thoughts went rambling through my head one morning.  It was fun to think about such a thing.  But, He cares enough about me to keep me accountable in such things, too.  He wants to be seen through my life, even on FB. 
I know He's aware of everything...including my FB I live like it matters?
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all...So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.   Ephesians 4:1-5; 17-24

Thursday, January 13, 2011

3 in 30 Check In: Minor Technicalities

Having a great month...getting things accomplished and finding myself excited that the newness of 2011 hasn't worn off yet is so awesome.
Closets are all cleaned out but mine...getting to the last one of six feels great and I cannot wait to rummage through it.
As for making it to the Y three times...thanks to our ice and a minor back injury, that hasn't happened, but I have a chance tomorrow and Saturday to make it there at least twice this week.  So looking forward to it, even if I walk a little funny getting there.
And, there are plans in the making of a new endeavor for me to use a newly acquired skill to bless others.  Baby steps of hope in the right direction.
And, I've had a chance to think ahead to next month's goals...can't wait! 
Thank you, God, for a wonderful week!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wednesday's Walk: using our gifts

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.  1 Timothy 6:17-19
Lately, the desire to purposefully use my spiritual gifts has been first and foremost on my list of things to do for 2011.  As I read 1 Timothy 6 one day for my Bible time, verses 17-19 just leapt off the page at me.  I want to take hold of the life that is truly life.  I have been reminded's about hoping in God and being willing to share my gifts.
In case I didn't get the point in reading these verses, God used Alex to get the point across even more last night.  Alex went to brush his teeth and get his pajamas on before bed.  When he walked back out into the living room, the scent of his new cologne pleasantly surprised me.  I smiled and told him he smells pretty good for a guy just going to bed.  He sweetly commented back to me, "What's the use of getting a gift if you aren't going to use it?"  My eyes teared up and I assured him he was more correct in what he said than he could even possibly know.
In thinking about ways others have blessed me with their gifts, I remembered a poem that was written for me by a friend of mine when I graduated from college.  Her gift was in writing and her willingness to share it with and for me was my favorite gift of all of that I received.  She knew I was having a difficult time in leaving all my friends from college and moving away, so she gave me a gift that encouraged me to realize that although we'd be apart in miles, we'd always be close in heart.  It was just what I needed at the time.  She surrounded her poem with pictures taken throughout the year, framed it and highlighted this verse, Hebrews 6:10..."God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them."  The most precious gift we have to give someone has first been given to us by God.  When we use what we've been given to bless someone else, it's a way for God to show Himself glorious through us. 
Oh, for a life that reflects God first and, that is living!

"Janet Rose"
With confidence and grace she walks,
on her lips, a smile that chases sadness away.
Her hair; beautiful, strawberry blonde,
a golden crown ever so perfect each day.

A rose; is a beautiful, delicate flower,
that breathlessly captures the eye.
It closes up in darkness for protection,
but opens in light, silent as a sigh.

She is similar to the rose,
catching the eye of all who see.
those that choose to take notice,
see the light of GOD, evident and free.

In the darkness and sadness she closes up,
humanly protecting each fragile part.
The petals of the rose can easily tear,
as can the pieces of her delicate heart.

Roses stand out in midst of a garden,
brightly guiding those who depend.
As she does, known as the mother,
directing and leading each blooming friend.

After a rose has bloomed full beauty,
the heavenly scent still lingers all around.
The beauty of the flower is never forgotten,
nor is the spirit that was easily found.

She will never be forgotten here.
Her presence will live daily and true.
The beauty of this Janet Rose remains,
in the hearts of me and you.

written by Dawna Fetter
March 31, 1994

We are given gifts so they can be used.
No use having them if we aren't going to use them, indeed.

Monday, January 10, 2011

a fast ride


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Saturday, January 8, 2011

L.E.N.S. photo challenge: weather

A rainy day in Eagle River, Alaska...
The worship that took place this day in the pavillion made you forget how wet and cold you were.  It was awesome. 
Cannot wait to be back...only 193 more days. ♥
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3 in 30: January Goals

My goals for January are...
to get back into going to the Y at least 3 x's a week...I took a holiday vacation and miss my time there tremendously.

to restore order to all the closets...this has already started with the help of my mom who's been visiting this week.

to purposefully put to use my spiritual gifts...this one may be hard to guage, but am praying for God to open my eyes and heart to opportunities to serve others.

May God help us all as we strive to make reasonable goals and fulfill them this month!

Friday, January 7, 2011

a new kind of year

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.    
Isaiah 43:19

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
Revelation 21:4-6

I remember my affliction and my wandering, 
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
Lamentation 3:19-26

Finally, it came to me. The word for my 2011 is NEW!

I am not sure what all the year will entail, but I am excited to see what God's going to do in me, with me and through me!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

what will they say next?

Starting back in November, I went through my Facebook status updates of 2010 and copied/pasted those that were my boys' words/actions into a new blog post. I've been waiting on this first Wednesday's Walk to post what they've said and done over the past year. It was such a great way to wind up my year...and they even managed some great ones in December, too, that made it in just as the year wrapped up. As for pictures that I've not posted to my blog before, I found a couple of my boys in simple everyday moments that make me smile.

The following conversation was overheard from the back of the car...Alex: I still can't believe I got colonge for Christmas.  Tim:  Where do you put cologne anyway?  Your armpits?  Alex: (belly laughing as hard as I was) Not in your armpits, Tim...on your neck.  Me: That would be deoderant, Tim.  Tim: Oh, yeah...deoderant.  Then not two minutes later...Alex:  Awesome!  Since I have cologne, I don't have to wash my neck anymore.  I always forget anyway. 12.27.10

Picking up a sweet potato, Alex said, "This thing looks like a naked mole rat." (I kind of agree with him).  12.21.10

Alex, holding a Purdy brand paintbrush in his hand earlier today, said "Purdy...some of those fancy talkers in Indiana say that for 'pretty'." I laughed until I cried.  11.18.10

This morning Alex said to me, "Mom, Numbers has a lot of numbers in it." I smiled.  11.9.10

Alex just fell off his RipStik and came inside to talk to me about it. He said he wanted to go back outside and ride some more but it was going to hurt. Next thing I know he's quietly singing "My Favorite Things" almost to himself. Upon finishing, he declares, "That made me feel better, a little." And off he went to ride again. ♥  10.13.10

Tonight after our last evening of mission conference and a quick trip to Kroger, Alex looked at me and said, "This has been fun. Spending this time alone's been cool." Then I got a high five and a hug...♥  10.6.10
Tim tonight on the way home from church, "I don't have to see Jesus to believe. I just believe." The joys of a childlike faith...  10.5.10
Seeing three chipmunks playing and gathering acorns out of the front yard, Alex declares, "Hey,'s Alvin, Simon, and Theodore!" I'll let you know if they randomly burst out in song. :)  10.1.10
Overheard Alex telling Nana about his dive and claiming, "I gave it all my gots!" Loving it!  9.4.10
Upon getting a regular sized drinks at Chick-fil-A Alex exclaimed to Tim, "Today, we are men!"  8.4.10
Me to Alex: Want to help me make chocolate chip cookie bars? Alex: I'll help you in a little bit. Me: In a little bit? Alex: Yeah, I'll help you eat them in a little bit. :)  7.16.10

"Well, that's five minutes of my life I'll never get back..." is not something I expected to hear from my six year old after sitting in a minor traffic jam. So funny!  7.13.10
Alex just challenged me to a reading contest...who can read through the book of James first. I love that boy!  7.11.10
Overheard from the backseat...Tim: Aw, man! Sugar just beat me at a staring contest. Alex: Of course he did, Tim. Sugar's a stuffed animal.  7.2.10
Two boys, same task...washing their bikes. Alex works quietly, efficiently. Tim hums and gets distracted by soap bubbles in the bucket. I ♥ my boys!  6.29.10
Listening to Tim sing in the it!  6.25.10
Tim said tonight after prayers, thanking God for his Daddy, that since there's a Mother's Day, a Father's Day and a Grandparent's Day he wished there was a Kid's Day, too.  6.20.10
Tim made this "Toy Story 3" T-shirt this morning all on his own accord and then proudly wore it all day long...and loved getting the attention it drew him. He can't wait for the movie to come out next month.  5.26.10
Tim was playing Survivor with Handy Manny and all his tools before bed last night...Manny was the host and Felipe outlasted, outwitted and out played all the other tools. :)  5.19.10
After reading about Isaac and Rebekah and how God answered the servant's prayer to lead him to the right girl, the boys and I talked about beginning now to pray for the girls they would one day marry. Alex said that he'll pray, but at around 13 he'll make a poster that says, "I need a girl that loves God.", to find his wife.  5.12.10
Listening to VeggieTales "Promised Land" on the way to school one morning, Tim wonders aloud..."If they were tired of eating manna, why didn't they eat part of themselves? They are vegetables after all." Still cracks me up, thinking about it now.  5.10.10
Leaving the parking lot of the Y eariler this afternoon, having just joined, Alex says, "Mom, let's celebrate with an ice cream cone at the Dairy Queen!" And we did just that. :)  5.5.10
Alex and I cleaned out the fishpond and filled it with dirt because Alex wanted to make it into a flower garden...looked great until it rained. It now holds more water than it did when it was a fishpond. Go figure. :)  4.24.10
Tim, looking at the newly established island around the trees, asked, "Mom, are you sure you put weed killer on there? It looks like you put weed grower on instead."  4.23.10
My boys make me laugh...Alex helping me at the food pantry, "Look,'s a lifetime supply of marshmallows!" and tonight Tim picks a weed and says, "Well, it kind of looks like a want to feel it? It's bumpy. Maybe it's an ant's microphone." ♥  4.21.10
Alex's reaction to losing his top front tooth..."Holy mackerel, that's a big hole!"  4.15.10
At the pastor's 3rd point during my cousin's wedding, Alex leans over and asks, "Can't they just kiss and leave?"  4.3.10
I'm a mom to boys who now have a dirt bike...Alex wonders how long it will take to learn to do wheelies. Oh, the joy of having boys.  3.26.10
Upon exiting his shower Tim told me, "You should've been in there. It was a blast!" and from the sounds heard coming from behind the curtain, I so totally believe him.  3.21.10
Heard today: "I want to climb somewhere high.", "I was just about to try something new.", and (while panting from running to find me) "I'm just warning you, but..." - gotta love my boys!  3.19.10
Caught Alex bopping his head to the piano music in church this morning. Upon looking at him, he grinned and whispered, "Catchy tune!" I ♥ it!  3.7.10
Last night while watching Survivor, Tim wanted to know, "Why does Rootbeer always wear that funny colored shirt?" (meaning Rupert of course). He corrected himself when he heard Jeff say his name a couple of seconds later, but it was soooo funny!  3.5.10
Still laughing about what Tim told me tonight at dinner, "Even though Dad makes more money than you, you're still my favorite."  3.2.10

Watching the USA hockey game against Finland...Tim just asked why they go so fast. How cute!  2.26.10
We were playing monkey in the middle w/a frisbee today and Tim tried to hold me back from getting to the frisbee by attaching himself to my legs, but then quickly crawled to the frisbee before I could run to it once my legs were free. Laughing, he told me, "Mom, you run slower than I can crawl." Nice.  1.29.10

Overheard Tim say while playing with his Lego people, "Call 911! A man got attacked by a shark and he has alot of hurtness!" 1.24.10

Hearing Alex saying "He shoots...he scores!" while practicing basketball during his recess makes me feel like I'm back in Indiana again. 1.13.10

Joke: Why do you know what Dick and Jane are going to do next? Answer: Because they are such an easy read. Alex's response: I don't know who Dick and Jane are, but...okay.  1.12.10

Tim is excited about his first loose tooth...Alex wants to take a cruise to for myself, I'm thankful for all I've accomplished so far today and hope the ball keeps rolling along smoothly.  1.5.10

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 in review...part 2

July...Panama City Beach

...and I ♥ Alaska!
August...Braves game

...and Bible Memory Camp!

September...Hilton Head, SC schoolroom

...beginning piano lessons

...and camping trip to Raccoon Caverns in TN.

October...climbing Stone Mountain @ the Reservoir
...and Key Largo, FL!

November...trip to the Keys continued to Key West

...and a trip home to IN for Thanksgiving (our playhouse from the late 70's).

December...Atlanta Christmas parade
...hiking @ Cochran Mill

...and a very white and merry Christmas Day!

2010 in Review

January...snow days

...and Upward Basketball games!

February...MORE snow days

...a trip to Arizona (to warm up)

...only to then visit Canada while staying with my friends in MI.

March...trip to Pensacola, FL and a day trip to Mobile, AL (toured USS Drum and USS Alabama)

...and T-Ball games.

April...and a field trip to Yellow River Game Ranch.

...and a camping trip complete with fishing and swimming!

May...Tim's Kindergarten Graduation

...and a trip to Jekyll Island, GA.

June...Road Trip out West: Colorado

...Utah (so much to do in this state, I want to go back)

...rolling hills of Wyoming

...Crazy Horse Memorial

...Mount Rushmore

...Badlands of South Dakota

...first time to California (flying into LA to get to GA)

...and beginning Karate lessons.