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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Flashback....

Well school is back in full swing and summer is quickly fading away. You wouldn't know it by the heat and fires blazing around here though. We had a great summer full of firsts and also some old favorites.
Mountain biking in Boise Idaho
Spending time with Dan on his down days...
Season waterpark passes are a hit every summer and the kids are exhausted afterwards which is good for the mamas. 
Sweet Ryanne turning 12 in July...
Morgan traveling down south to help repair homes with her missions team was a summer highlight for her; she is already looking forward to joining the leadership team again in September and praying about next years trip.
Ryanne survived summer camp and came home so excited AND tired :)
We enjoyed a jeep excursion with Dan for his birthday...
We welcomed my new little niece and even snuck in a trip up to Sacramento to visit her. So tiny and sweet. Little Allison Avery
Had some one on one mom and daughter time throughout the summer...always a great time.
I love my little dog but won't take credit for my mom doing this to her...ha!
Hung out with friends in Oak Glen and enjoyed hiking and lunch...
The cousins came up from San Diego and we all stayed a couple of nights in Palm Springs and took them to the water fun!!!!
I love summer and all that goes with it but I'm not gonna lie, I also like getting back into routine and watching the girls learn new things in school etc. I'm looking forward to a great year...7th & 10th grade here we come!!! Be blessed this week. :)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dan's Day!!!

Wednesday was Dan's birthday so I surprised him with a boulder crawling tour in Big Bear....

One daughter came home from a trip and one left for a trip to summer camp so it was just me, Dan & Morgan on this adventure...
These tours are AMAZING because you basically get to drive these completely awesome jacked up jeeps and follow a leader over some crazy terrain and well, hope you stay alive ha!
Our guide was crazy as he would jump up on top of rocks and take our picture as we were driving by..he had WAYYYY to much energy. It was like a 4 1/2 hour long drive through the back country and it was beautiful the entire way.

I'm so glad we could get away for the day and bless Dan on his day. We love you honey and are so lucky to have you in our lives. Every adventure no matter how big or small is better with you by our side. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Morgan came home super late Monday night and we were so happy to see her sweet face and hear all of her stories....
Sadly Ryanne missed her sister by one day as we dropped Ryanne off at summer camp. I'm so thankful to finally have them both home under one roof together after almost a month. They were so home sick for each other.
In other news my brother and his wife had their first little girl on Sunday; Allison Avery is happy and healthy as is mama. I told him to snuggle her lots because in a blink of an eye she will be packing her suitcase to leave on some adventure or slinging her backpack over her shoulder and kissing you good bye as she heads off to camp for the week. Be blessed this week. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Ryanne it's your birthday! You are 12!! When did this happen? We celebrated with Dan down in Laguna Beach on Sunday. A little lunch....
A little sun, sand and water.....
"Mom stop taking pictures!"
Today we picked Ryanne up from her bible study and headed to lunch, then got our nails done.
You are a light sweet girl. Your heart is so genuine and in love with the Lord and your family. 
You are sweet and sassy and creative. You speak your mind but go out of your way to guard other peoples hearts. You love an adventure and I'm not kidding when I say you rescue every moth that flies into our home or bee that floats by you in the pool at the water never miss a beat kid! You want to grow up faster than we will let you but at the same time you want to be held and cuddled and swing from the trees out back. There is never a boring moment when you are in a room and you attract people like crazy with your sunny personality. When I asked you what you wanted to do tonight you said,"Mom I'm going to serve at the soup kitchen...I don't care if it's my birthday." So I dropped you off with your youth group and at the soup kitchen you are, loving on people and making sure they see Gods mercy and grace. I cannot wait to see how God uses you to care for the people that the world calls unlovable or has thrown aside. You don't see people's social status, color or financial value. You see them like our Lord sees them and that is a huge testimony to me and your daddy. We love you sweet girl! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Be blessed this year sweetie!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Prayer for Team...

I remember before we had kids someone saying to me,"You will never pray in your life like you pray after you have kids walking around on this planet." I could not fully comprehend that statement until after we had kids of course but even more so when they got older and started spreading their wings; learning to drive, leaving for week long camps, traveling far from home for missions trips etc.
Morgan left this morning for her missions trip and my heart seriously went with her. It's funny how when they are little you have some resemblance of control but it becomes abundantly clear that if you don't have faith in God knowing our exact days then you will very quickly. If you don't pray like your life depends on it, you soon will. If you have never seen half your heart walk out the door at 4am with backpack flung over their shoulder, a skip in their step and young hope alive and well in their hearts.....if you have kids you soon will. You quickly realize that this is what you are raising them to do, go into the world and make disciples of men. But it's such a BIG world and she's still like 3 right? Please be praying for Morgan and her team.  Here are a few specifics we are praying for: Health (a few of the kids including Morgan woke up fighting sickness)
Safety in their travels
That God would place people in their paths that need to know they are loved and valuable and children of God.
Protection in their building projects (I said,"Do you have to be on the roof Morgan? Really?")
For the group to be patient and have mercy for one another as they will be exhausted and hot and missing their own routines.
And specifically for Morgan we are praying that God confirms some things in her heart about missions and music so that she will have a direction and peace in her heart about where God wants her after graduation. She has been talking about serving in the mission field since she was 5. And she has a heart for all things music and serving in that capacity as well.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Road Trip!

We just got back from a road trip! Loaded up the Mountain bikes and headed up to Boise Idaho. We drove about 10 hours to Salt Lake City and stayed the night and so far we were all still getting along after being in the car all day.
We walked around, ate some great food and then off to bed to finish off the drive to Boise...
The hotel in Salt Lake City had a HUGE Scrabble fun!

Boise has a zoo downtown by the river and for $3 you could hand feed the be that close and hand feed them? BUCKET LIST!!

Me and my sweet at the zoo...
We rented a house in downtown Boise so that we could ride to our favorite coffee shop and  places to eat. We were also just a couple of blocks from the River trail and all the single track mountain bike trails that we rode every morning. But the best part were the nightly wrestling matches that took place...mind you in the summer time it is light up there until about 10:30pm so Dan was getting them wound up as I'm "trying" to unwind and fall asleep ha! 
We stopped in Twin Falls to take a walk around and take in the beauty of Idaho. 
We really love it up there because you can be out your door and in minutes kayaking up the river or racing down an amazing mountain bike trail. Lots of outdoor space.
This really is a fun city. A great college town with super nice people and really ridiculously clean for being a big city. 
By day 5 we had worn the girls out so me and Dan headed out on a long trek exploring a new trail on our own. Let's just say it may have been a little advanced as far as the downhill part but I decided to error on the side of caution, carry my bike part way down and NOT break a leg this summer! You're welcome family. Okay I realize I'm bias here but my husband looks really cute...
We took a couple hours and toured the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Dan said we all belonged here in the women's ward..ya' we look tough. 

We left these two shady ones there.....
So it's hard for you to see but this is a flooded cup holder and the reason it is flooded with ice tea is because my husband thought it was funny to keep messing with my straw. Eventually he punctured the bottom of my cup and we didn't realize it until I picked it up to take a drink and it flooded my lap and his cell phone in the cup holder. Sigh.....boys!
We need to name our riding club....
Sadly after 9 days it was time to head back to the reality of work etc. But I discovered something on this trip and I'm gonna let you in on my little secret. Come in close....ready? I am NOT 19 anymore! I know right! My mind is in denial but my body? Nope it's like you are 42! Do you hear me? 42!!!! On the way through Las Vegas Morgan asked if we could stop and ride this one rollercoaster and I was like,"Pfff. ya! I am the queen of rollercoasters. I love them. I look them in the face and they shudder with fear. I would never turn down a chance for fun so what are we waiting for?"

 Dan and Ryanne decided it wasn't for them and stayed on the ground to take pictures. As we neared the front of the line I see this sign that reads"Caution: 292 foot drop at 90 miles an hour" high is that exactly? Like high or just eh' high? So after being DOUBLE strapped in I pretty much figured it was HIGH and FAST. Let's just put it this way; I thought my body was falling apart, like my clothes were being ripped off. My skin was pulling off of my face and I couldn't even scream. I saw my life flash before my eyes and it was not pretty ha! I can almost guarantee the guy in front of me got sick of hearing me plead to Jesus for my life. If he wasn't saved before the ride he is now! My mom asked me if I would do it again and I said,"Well if everyone else was because I wouldn't want to miss out on the fun." I have problems. Many, many problems. I'm not right in the head. Although I did get a free face lift from the drop so Yay to that! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Be blessed friends! 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

So Thankful and of course some mayhem..

We are thanking God today and all of you who have prayed for Morgan over the past few months. Today we got her blood work back and her RA factor was negative and after just three months of eating gluten and dairy free and getting some help with supplements her counts went from 640 to 80! She is clear of any auto immune disease and her body is bouncing back and she is feeling good.  We will continue to keep an eye on her and keep with the diet and vitamins. 
You know how you look at your pets or kids for that matter and think to yourself,"Man they are so cute. They really could do nothing wrong today." Ya I love that feeling but usually in our house it is followed with a WHAT THE WHAT???
I mean look at that sweet face...
Then I come home to this...
Yup that is a brand new pack of like 30 count toilet paper!!
And if the animals inside aren't bad enough; we were woken up by a visitor the other morning around 2am who was clearly bent on getting some food. They were sorely disappointed when they picked the recycle can and not the trash ha! Whether it was the black bear that cruises through here on occasion or raccoons it took off as soon as the dogs started barking...guess they are trying to redeem themselves from their naughtiness....
Then there is this little animal that has been hanging around the house ha! Hope everyone has a great week and thank you again for asking about Morgan, texting to check in and for praying. God is good and we will praise Him! Be blessed!