August 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Our family has gone camping a few times this summer. I really like camping because, despite the effort to pack, set-up, tear down, and unpack, it is really relaxing. When we are camping the kids joyfully play, meals are easy to prepare, and the family is always together.

On a recent camping trip Matthew reminded me of a few truths and I wanted to share them…

The first is that nature is beautiful and it is hard to be at a campground, in the forest, near a lake and not be awed by God’s handiwork. Even so, a close look will reveal that nature, like everything else in this fallen world, is full of disease and sickness. Animals die, trees fall down and rot, bugs eat and kill the plants. One must realize that ALL of creation groans and aches for the return of Jesus. This world is a messy fallen place longing to be restored and redeemed by the King.

The second thing… Going up to the mountains is a great time to reflect on God, reflect on his word, and enjoy his creation. God really did form the mountains, grow the trees, and tell the lakes where to pool and his fingerprint is on all of creation. Still we must be ever mindful that there is one piece of creation that bears the image of God more than any other and that is man. We can reflect on God in the quiet and peace of a forest or mountain top or field but how much more can we reflect on God by being with, serving, and loving his image bearers?

When Matthew shared these thoughts I was especially convicted about loving God’s prize creation. It is so easy for me to want to get away from people in order to study and love God more. I would like to strike more of a balance in this area and love God by loving the people he created.

Here are some pictures of us camping. The first 4 were taken by my sister-in-law, Megan. She is just starting to get interested in photography and I really like her style and pictures.




Tyler and Michelle

All 6 of Us

Annelissa and Alatheia

Vanessa and Benjamin



Family Days

June 10, 2010 § 2 Comments

Now that Matthew is out of school for summer, we have had a few family days.

Last week, we went to Waterfront Village for the Rose festival. They offered free admission during the day and we were able to look at the ships that came in for the week. While we were there, we let the girls go on a ride by themselves. At first they were okay with it but then Alatheia got scared and cried which caused Annelissa to get upset. Here are a few pictures…


Earlier this week, we drove to Astoria for the day and walked on the path that runs along the Colombia River. Here are a few pictures from the walk…

Sermon- Come to Jesus

May 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

On Sunday, Matthew preached on Matthew 11:2-30. You can listen to the sermon, Come to Jesus, by clicking the link.

Tulip Farm

April 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

On Saturday, we took the kids to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. The farm was beautiful, consisting of acres of tulips and an area with some activities for kids. A bonus was that we went on free cookie day. Here are some pictures of the kids and the farm.


A Day at the Beach

March 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

Matthew has spring break this week. On Monday we went to Cannon Beach for the day. We thought that it was going to rain but decided to take the trip anyway… we made the right decision, it was a beautiful day with no wind and lots of sunshine. I packed a few things for the day, among which was a change of clothes for each of the kids.

Annelissa knew that I brought her new pants “in case” hers got wet at the beach. I think that she was determined to have to change because as soon as we got to the water she sat down and told us that it was okay because I brought extra pants for her.

Here are a few pictures from the day.

Matthew’s Sermon

March 10, 2010 § 2 Comments

Matthew preached at our church, The Gathering Community Church, on Sunday. Click the link to listen to his sermon titled Why Love Remains on 1 Corinthians 13.

Here is an excerpt from the manuscript:

…love is the appearance of the eternal in time. The manifestations of the glories that are to come are not found in prophecies, tongues, and words of knowledge, but in love. Love is the manifestation of heaven, because the love that exists in heaven and the love that exists in us, is the same thing. Spiritual gifts are not this way. Spiritual gifts are not the eternal in time. With a Spiritual gift, you don’t see the thing itself, you see a portrayal of it.

Family Update

February 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

February flew by this year and there has been a lot going on in our family. Here is the update along with some pictures.

The weather was nice most of February and we had more sunshine than we expected. Matthew helped the girls make an area in the backyard for a fort and Benjamin just liked being in the grass, eating sticks.

My parents had a little boy named Cyrus placed with them through the foster care system. Cyrus has been with my parents for 3 weeks now and they hope and plan to adopt him. We had the chance to  meet Cyrus and spend a few days with him at my parents house earlier this week. Annelissa and Alatheia had a great time playing with him and Matthew and I loved him too. Here is a picture of Cyrus playing in the pool with Annelissa and Alatheia and another of Matthew sitting with Annelissa and Cyrus.

My mother-in-law (Grandma Mimi) celebrated her birthday last week. We had a small dinner and Michelle made a cake for her. It was the first time that she was able to celebrate her birthday with all of her children and all of her grandchildren, plus her two daughters-in-law.

Annelissa got new glasses.

Benjamin started drinking milk from a cup a few days ago and he is taking to it well.

Tyler and Michelle are pregnant! Here is them announcing the news.