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Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Monday, August 21, 2017

Wrapping up Summer....

We have had an amazing summer! Even though we took our family vacation back in June, we still got to do a lot of fun things together and share some down time. For Dan's birthday we went with friends to Glen Ivy and had a total relaxation day.

The girls were less than thrilled when they spotted me purchasing back to school supplies ha!
Some things I have been up to: I bought this used filing cabinet at a local thrift shop and gave it a face lift to use in our guest room to store school supplies.
Primed it....
Gave it some color and so on....
My husband gotta love him for putting up with my "projects" but we drove by a house in our neighborhood and this had a "free" sign on it and so I brought it home, cleaned it up and primed it and now I'm working on giving it a new coat of paint. The next day I was wandering through an antique store in town and found one in way worse condition for almost $400! Score!
This summer we discovered resortpass.com and enjoyed heading to Palm Springs a few times to enjoy the pools and just unplug and relax.



We are loving that Necter is serving dairy free ice cream and have visited many many times for date day or to treat the girls.

What's summer at our house without an urgent care visit? No worries, not broken and no stitches...just badly sprained.

It's also not summer in CA unless we see this from our property at least once or twice...

You may remember that back in December our septic tank needed to be dug up and replaced and along with it went our yard and walkway. We took some time, thought it through and decided to just go ahead with some major home improvements while everything was torn up. So out with the old dated door....



Thanks to Dan and our friend John, our new red doors!

This was our yard in April...old brick on the house and paint peeling. No yard or walkway..





New walkway, paint on the house and out with all the brick siding and new brick on the garage. We also got the front yard all landscaped...

Old falling apart brick and walkway

New concrete and paint. We are finishing the planters and also have the front porch closed in this week. More pictures to follow. It's been exciting seeing it all come together. We've lived here 13 years and have never really done anything to the house so it's been fun. Blessings friends!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Many Faces of Ellie...

Morgans little pup is now 10 months old and so hilarious! We LOVE this dog....here are just a few of her many expressions that have us cracking up daily.

"What's you's eatin' there mama?"

"Yes I am the baby but make no mistake, I am in charge here."

"Do not! I repeat do NOT look at that chewed up shoe ...look at my cute face."

"That was not me! Don't even try and blame it on me."

"Wait! Did you hear that noise mama? Shhhh..be very, very quiet."

"What it's Monday again?"
"The cat did it."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Happenings....

Thanks to all who sponsored and have been praying for Morgan and her team. They are well into their trip and doing great! Other than Morgan getting stung by a bee for the first time and having a really swollen finger she seems to be in good spirits.

Morgan and her team have been working on the roof of The Hope House and also leading vacation bible school. Please continue to pray for safety, that they stay healthy and most importantly, that people come to know the saving love of Jesus because these kids are being a light in their lives and planting seeds. We miss her so much but are excited to hear what God is doing. 

While she's been gone I have been in charge of her puppy....After walking into the room yesterday and seeing this; I'm wondering who is in charge at this point. How that little short stack even got way up there is still beyond me.
Today is Ryanne's 13th Birthday. She was a little down because Morgan was going to be gone so we put together a surprise scavenger hunt that included picking up friends. getting pedicures and Starbucks and then...
Renting a cabana at a hotel in Palm Springs for the day...Unicorn included ha! 
We wrapped up the day with dinner and dessert with Grandma and Ta-Da! You have a great day and one blessed 13 year old. 
Ryanne I love you and pray you always feel loved and encouraged. I could say so many things about you but one thing that tickles me as we raise you is how I am NEVER bored when you are around. I'm either laughing, crying or banging my head against the wall ha! You have a heart bigger than your entire body. You love little kids and old people and you treasure loving on those who have less. You go to the homeless shelter and love on and feed people who need to see Christ's light shine like no one else I know. You are this little petite bundle of life that is just waiting to bust out and be used by God to impact this world and I cannot wait to see how our God who made you so perfect in His image uses you to do just that. Happy Birthday sweet girl! 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Vacation Photo Overload...




We were fortunate enough to just have gone on a two week family vacation.
We completely disconnected from our internet, phones, T.V. etc. it really was good for us all to "just be" and refresh. 

First stop; a city that is near and dear to us...Houston Texas.

We spent two days with our friends and travel buddies John & Tammy finding fun places to eat and taking in an Astros baseball game.

We love Texas in general but Houston is really a fun and safe city full of great people, great food and never a shortage of things to do.

After two days we were ready to head to Galveston to catch our cruise....


The Liberty of the Seas had plenty to do including water slides that hung over the  edge of the ship...yikes!
Next stop; Honduras. This is the view from our room..
Roatan was so green and beautiful! 

We got off the ship and boarded a small boat to Little French Key...
The water was in the high 80's and so blue you had to remind yourself  it wasn't a swimming pool...

This day was full of trying new foods, snorkeling out to a sunken ship and  getting to hold a monkey....
We realize as our girls get older that these down times as a family are going to get farther between...so we don't take them for granted.
I gave the little sucker back to the zoo keeper after it bit me...😳



Next stop; the port of Costa Maya is a port in Mexico above Belize....

We walked a few blocks through town and hopped into a shuttle bus that would take us into the jungle where we would hike to some Mayan ruins. This is the "before the heat and humidity about killed me" shot ha! I should have taken an "after" photo. 
The biggest reason I love to travel is because it makes me feel very small in the whole scheme of things. You realize so much is out there and when you see something like ancient ruins you can imagine people carrying these huge stones, slaving away to build them and the archaeologists who discovered them...I'm a nerd and I'm okay with that. 
Our fearless leaders John & Dan...

It was really cool because on the hike we saw a bunch of baby monkeys and their mamas playing in the trees and putting on a show for us...
We then drove about 30 miles further into the jungle which appeared to lead to an endless nothing...
But of course there is a hut with real Mexican food and cold drinks...
And a 30 mile fresh water lagoon in the middle of nowhere....mind blown!
The water was crystal clear and warm...I chose this spot for the rest of the day...


This little peanut was just hanging out in a hammock while her mom sold fresh pineapple on the road side. It was by far the sweetest pineapple I have ever had. I think they called it honey pineapple?



Our last stop was Cozumel. This is our second time to  Cozumel and it did not disappoint.  

It was another day full of snorkeling, fun food and relaxing. Morgan and Tammy  got massages on the beach....
My girls were teasing me but I love hammocks and this shot summed up our Caribbean vacation; relax and restore.
If I can convince Dan, someday I will be living in Cozumel ha! I love the island and the people there. 
A few more fun days back on the ship complete with ice skating and fun dinners....

We were greeted by a tropical storm as we got back to Galveston...but never fear. We found fun stuff to do for our last two days in vacation which included trying some good food and also a fun vintage style bowling alley where we killed the kids in a few games ha!
A panoramic view from the roof of our hotel The Magnolia....
Very weary travelers waiting to head home. We loved our adventures together and cannot wait for the next one. Be blessed friends.