Sunday, April 20, 2014

{Happy Easter 2014}

 
 
 
"...And, behold, there was a great earthquake:
for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven,
and came and rolled back the stone from the door,
and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning,
and his raiment white as snow:
And for fear of him the keepers did shake,
and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said...Fear not ye:
for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said..."
Matthew 28: 2-6
 
 
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!
 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

{Ava}

 
Happy 6th Birthday,
Ava!!!!
 
 
We LOVE you SO much and hope you have a great day!
 
 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

{Brayden}

 
Happy 3rd Birthday,
Brayden!!!
 
 
Love you lots and hope you have a great day!
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

{Is The Jar Full?}

 
 
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large, empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top; rocks about 2" in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full?

They agreed that it was.
 
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them in to the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed. He asked his students if the jar was full?

They agreed that it was.
 
The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
 
"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your spouse, your health, your children - anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed. The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale! The pebbles represent things like your job, your house, your car, etc. The sand is everything else - the small stuff. If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly important. Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life.  Spend time with the people that you love. Play with your children.  There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, and fix the disposal. Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just pebbles and sand."
 
At the end of the professor's demonstration, one of the students took the jar (full of rocks, pebbles and sand) and added a full glass of water. The water was absorbed by the sand.

 Moral: Whatever your life is filled with, there will always be room left for more, if your priorities are straight.

Question:  Where is God and a personal relationship with Him on your priority list?
When He is truly first, all other priorities should fall into proper perspective. 


Friday, March 14, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

{Safety}

Dad came home late Monday night, and pulled into the house.
Normally, he goes straight to the building to park, so we kind of wondered what was going on, but we didn't really think about.
 
Then he came in and got the Shop Vac.
 
 
Come to find out (if you know dad, you realize that may have taken many questions to get all the facts!), on his way home, a tractor trailer crossed the center line of the road and smashed dad's side mirror! Of course, it ruined the other guys mirror too, but thankfully it wasn't much, much worse!
It could have been horrible! Dad said it happened so fast, there was no time to think or react at all.
 
 
It's been pretty warm here, so dad had is window part way down when all this happened.
A lot of the glass from the mirror, then went inside the truck.
Miraculously, dad wasn't hurt by any of the glass that came inside!
 
 
We're SO thankful for how God protected him!!
We pray all the time that God will keep him safe on the road, but you just don't really know how serious it is until something happens!
 
"...but safety is of the LORD."
Proverbs 21:31
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

{Karissa}

Happy 23rd Birthday!!
.
Your joyful, giving spirit blesses our home 
and touches all those around you!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

{Just chillin' here}

 
So, this week, it's been snowing...
 
 
 
...and snowing...
 
 
Wait, did I say "this week"?
 
I actually meant to say "TODAY, it's been snowing..."
 
 
...and snowing!
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So far we've gotten about 18 inches since last night and they're still calling for more.
 
 
Oh, and the 18 inches -
that's on top of the foot we already had, which is made up of many layers of snow and ice.  
 
Dad cleaned this off and used it this morning!
Imagine what the road he plowed must look like by now!!
 
Kelley just drove the car yesterday!  
 



This is the Lilac Bush!
 
We normally take down our trampoline in the fall, but for some reason this year, we just didn't get it done. Katrina and Kaleb have been shoveling all the snow off, so that it doesn't stretch out the mat and bust the net!
 
 
The IBA truck (tractor and trailer) came today with a load of inventory, and as Kaleb said, that truck got "majorly stuck." The poor driver hadn't even made it to the building to unload yet! Thankfully, dad was fairly close by and came home to help him. It took them 5 hours, though, to get the truck out and unloaded.
 
 Dad with chains to put on the tires, and Kaleb with shovels. 
 
 



Dad went to our landscaping neighbor and borrowed one of his dump trucks. They didn't want to back the tractor-trailer back down into the building, so they just put all the supplies from the big truck into the dump truck.




Getting it all into the building!
 
There is a little sign/sticker on the corner of the roof right there. That's 4 feet from the ground!
 
 
I just LOVE winter!!
 
 
 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

{Timmy}

 
 
Happy 8th Birthday,
Timmy!!!
Hope you have a great day!
Love you SO much!