Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today's Thoughts

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Psalm 34:8

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Special Sunday

I recently went to Justin's home church for the day. They were having a special series of Revival services.

Evangelist Paul Shwanke preached great sermons!

After service and a very yummy lunch Justin's parents treated the family and I to some ice cream!

Justin and I

The Ice cream shoppe is on a farm!

We also visited a park near the ice cream place.

We were checking it out as a potential wedding photo site. Justin here is discussing the finer points of posing.

I almost got it!! :)

Didn't this one come out sooo nice?

There is also this lovely covered bridge!

The rest of the day went very well!

I am happy to tell you all that Justin and I finally had the meeting with my parents and his!!! Soon we will be talking to my Pastor and then we can confirm the date we have chosen. (yes we have one picked out!!!)

We would greatly appreciate your prayers for us as we plan our wedding!!

God Bless,

Friday, August 27, 2010

Family Trip 2010- Village and Submarines

Lunch stops were at a famous fast food restaurant during our three day vacation

Dreaming of....

A Mocha Frappe!!!

Katey at the hotel playing with her Shark

Stephie playing with her dolphin

Caleb enjoying the hotel!

Dinner at a little "snack shack" by the river


pretty view

Awww... so cute!

See the water behind us? This little Snack Shack has a gorgeous view of the river, and a lovely breeze!

On our last day we visited an "Olde Village" mostly shops that sold novelty items, clothing, toys, kitchenware and so on!

Some of the Village's local residents have the tendency to bathe in public!


There were alot of ducks down there.

Well, that pretty much sums that up for you. :)

Talk about bear hugs...

Local security tends to be one the "huggable" side

Every stuffed toy animal lovers dreams in one shop!


Talk about taking your smelling system for a joy ride!

A few patriotic souls

I think Collin has the "mood" for the hat!

Awww, you guys look great!

Some cowboys and cow girl.

more cowpokes. :)

The Navy Base

Some antique submarines.

Duck and Cover!!!!

My sister tries out the controls

near torpedoes

Going onto the Nautilus submarine

it is very neat being inside the sub, although the manikins are a bit creepy.

Well, that wraps up our trip!!!

More posts on wedding planning soon.

God bless,

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!!!!

Happy Birthday to you MOM!!!

Every Smile makes you a day younger, and we LOVE your smiles!
We hope your day is extra special!!!

Love all your children!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

So What is it Like to be Engaged?

Well, its different! :)

We have been engaged for about 2 months now, and I am loving it.
Not only do I have a very beautiful engagement ring, I have a very sweet and godly Fiance to go with it!!

It is nice to not be just the old "Boyfriend/Girlfriend" but to be Fiances. I like that word, it sounds so... sophisticated!! LOL

We knew at the outset that our courtship was headed toward marriage, but it is neat that other people realize it too! I'll never forget the gasp from the congregation when Pastor announced the engagement. :)

And planning a Wedding, whats that like??

I'll be glad when I don't have to plan any more!! LOL. We haven't done much other then gather ideas and check things out, but as exciting as planning is, I will still be happy when its over.
(I'll be married obviously... that might help!!! LOL)

I can't help but think it is possible that within a little under a year's time I will be married.
I'll miss my family, I'm practically second Mommy here.

My last fall here, kinda hard to believe.

My life will change drastically within a year!!
I will have a husband, home and new ministries. It will be a grand adventure, no doubt about that!

I am thankful that we are engaged.
Our relationship has grown even more special.
I get to call his parents "Dad and Mom" already, that is so nice.
Justin was a little shy about it but calls my parents " Dad and Mom" too now, and is not shy anymore.

Thankyou so much for all your prayers!!

God bless,

Monday, August 16, 2010

Family Trip 2010- the Aquarium

Welcome to the Aquarium!!

The "Cow Nose Ray" touch pool. If you look close you can see a ray under my hand!!!
(yes I touched them!!!)

it's a slimy grainy feel.

Really fun too!

The Sea Lion show!!!

Beluga whales



That was fun!!

More sea lions!

Hmmm, what do you see?

Ahh! I see the frog too!
On to the penguin exhibit

Odd, I have never seen a penguin like that before....

There they are!

These little guys are fast and hard to get pictures of.

Oh! almost!


A Fish. Pretty one too

A Diver Suit. Scary one too.
I can't believe people wore those helmets. They are HEAVY!!

"Making" clay pots at the ancient ships exhibit.

Jeremiah experiencing ancient sea cooking.

Pretty glass fishies

Looking into the jungle tank

Stephie picking her favorite fish.

Ever touched a shark?? I did!! They feel sand-papery

No, we did NOT touch those!!!

Oh look! We found Nemo!!

bright orange colors

"in" the lobster tank.

She is so pretty!

But he is so fierce!!

Shark eggs are really tiny.

Momma shark is a totally different story!!!!

The rays

Jeremiah's new friend

A real turtle

Where's Nemo???

Taking a rest. (avoiding the camera in Caleb's case)

It sure felt nice to sit for a minute!!

Time to say goodbye to the whale,

But not before visiting the gift shop!!!

Hm, pretty!

And thus concludes our trip to the Aquarium.

Next up is a collection of little things we did- like shopping and visiting the naval sub base... this will end the trip posts.

God bless,