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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Can't Make This Stuff Up...

 So you all know we have a little rescue dog named Chloe that has been with us for about a year now... well because of where we live and how our house is situated on the top of a hill backed up against open land...she takes off A LOT! I keep telling her she's going to be some coyotes lunch or a snack for a mountain lion but she can't help explore.
The other day she disappeared for about 20 minutes and when she came back she was carrying a stuffed animal. Now she's not only a silly looking rescue dog but a criminal ha!

If you are reading this and recognize this stuffed animal, we are happy to return it and heck, I'll even throw in a free dog! Two for the price of one! Ha!!!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Laguna Beach Day

Oh man did we need a family day; so when Dan got off Sunday morning  we jumped in the car and headed to Laguna Beach for some lunch, some family time and some fresh air.
We picked up Dans aunt and uncle and took them with us.
A nice lunch at Tommy Bahamas and we headed down to the beach....
Dans uncle had been wanting to show us this pretty cool castle built into the side  of the cliffs....


   
It was so good to all be together and just have that time near the ocean, loving on family, eating good food and of course stopping in active culture and getting shakes on the way home. You never got to Laguna without a stop into Active Culture. ;)
Blessings friends!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hands of Mercy

So last week Ryanne and I had the privilege of going with Trinity church and Hands of Mercy down to Mexico to build houses. We had like 92 people. This is a picture of our van pulling into the customs check.
It was a long day of travel as we were down below Ensenada but everyone was super patient with each other and stayed positive and focused on what we were going down to do.
We all bunked up in different spots around the camp but me and Ryanne stayed in a loft house which is exactly what we were building for the family. It gave us a real feel of living in the type of home we were helping to build.
Up early and ready for work day 1!
I love how God just wants to pour blessings on us and all along the way he confirmed in my heart that I want nothing more than to live fearlessly for Him and his kingdom. When we got to the camp and met the missionaries who were serving down there it turns out it was a friend I met 16 years ago on MOPS leadership and had lost touch with over the years. It was like a reunion to get to hang out with her and just spend time with her. Everyday I was like,"Thank you God for that treat and that one and that one!" ha!
This was the neighborhood we would work in each day. We were there for 4 days.
Our building site
The kids painted their hearts out...
Ryanne made it a point to take time and love on all the kids who came around the work site....
There was also time for down time each evening back at camp....
This is the loft in the house where me and Ryanne slept for four days. This is a space where an entire family will sleep. 
Day 2 and heading out to work site...
The ramp that crossed the creek to our shower....

The house is coming together.
Ryannes little buddy...


The family we were building for was so kind, they cooked all day and made us lunch.  This was a huge sacrifice for them and we were blessed by it.


The homes where we were do not have running water or electricity. Their kitchens and bathrooms are outside.

Back at camp each night we shared the cooking duties  and had a time of studying the word and worship. 
It was an experience for the kids to realize their bathrooms were make shift out houses with basically a hole in the ground.
Every time I leave the country to serve someone and love on them God blesses me more than I ever could give to people I meet on my journeys. I am always left in awe of Gods goodness regardless of what possessions we have or don't have. I love that people can live on dirt floors and literally have the clothes on their back but have the joy that only comes from the Lord. It affirms in me that "things" do not equal contentment or happiness, rather stepping out of our comfort zone and showing Christ's love in tangible ways to other people is what brings me joy. It was sad to leave but I am praying God opens the door for us to go back very soon.
Blessings friends.
                          

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Girl Time!

This season of having two daughters who are teenagers (Okay the little one is steps away) has been very interesting. The clothes swapping and exchanging is constant. The fighting over space in their bathroom is never ending. What's "fair" is still up for discussion in our house. (Insert eye roll)
About once a month we are trying to reel in emotions and decipher what is just "girl craziness" and what needs to be dealt with.
But the flip side is when we do get to sneak away and have just us girl time, it is very sweet. It reminds me of why saying no to most stuff so I'm not a crazy person and only yes to the best stuff is so important. I cherish the long conversations we have, sometimes about deep stuff that could be life changing some day. Just to get a peek into their hearts and see what God is doing there is so good. So encouraging in my own walk as a daughter of the king.  But mostly the inside jokes and ribbing we do to one another is what keeps me sane. I think we have all realized that life can be hard but it can also be an adventure full of twist and turns we didn't expect and as long as we remember where our foundation is and we stick together we can have joy in even the most mundane of days.
Be blessed friends. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sweet 16!!

Morgan turned 16 this past Friday. To say she is sweet 16 is an understatement for sure! She is super loving and kind and has a heart bigger than I can even begin to tell you about in this post. On her actual birthday she went to Disneyland with a few friends and had a blast.

Then on Saturday night we had Chipotle catered (her favorite place) and had a house full of friends over. 
Morgan and my mom made these cupcakes and they turned out really cute.

We could not be more excited getting the privilege of watching her grow up and see God working in her life.
We had all of her friends and family write her a note of love and a fun memory of her and gave it to her at the party. The kids all played dance party games and just goofed around.
I tried my hand at my first ice cream cake and I must say it was easier than I thought and really good!
Really fun group of kids and such a blessed time listening to them laugh and love on Morgan for her birthday. Happy birthday my sweet! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

20 Years!

It's our 20th wedding anniversary! We snuck away for a few days down to Laguna Beach and even though the rain seemed to follow us everywhere, that didn't stop us from walking everywhere and enjoying the ocean and our down time together.
I was thinking about how 20 years feels like a vapor of time. Just a blip really.
I wrote in my devotional today that we have had crazy bad times, crazy good times, we have had crazy joy and crazy sadness. We have two crazy teenage daughters and have had to many crazy pets to count.  But mostly we have a crazy good God who loves marriage and loves us!

 
 

 
The rain did let up here and there and when it did it was beautiful!
 
We love finding small cafes and just enjoying food and drink and conversation.
 


 

Happy Anniversary Dan! You are a joy to be married too. Thank you for your hard work ethic, your sweet heart as a dad to our girls and for your never wavering commitment to make our marriage better even when we live in a world that says everything is replaceable. Thank you for always wanting to be at your best for us and being man enough to know when you are off track.
To another 20 years of crazy joy and crazy adventures together!
Be blessed friends!