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

Monday, May 21, 2018

May Celebrations

Wow! What a month. I am finally sitting down to catch my breath. May has been so crazy busy. I don't think I realized how much goes on during graduation month ha!
We enjoyed some nice weather at the beginning of the month so we have been taking advantage of the Crafton College pool and swimming some laps. Here is my mermaid also known as our newest high school freshman. Dan looked at me the other day and said"How are we old enough to have a freshman in high school and one in college?" I said I have no idea.  

Trinity Church's Women's Ministry put on a Mother-Daughter tea for all the seniors  and their mamas. These three girls have been best friends for a while now and I truly enjoyed spending time with them and their moms at all the events. Such a sweet time. 






Graduation was a little emotional not gonna lie. Morgan made Honor Roll and also the Honor Society so she was very excited. She and her friend Abby will be going to college together. 

I really cannot say enough about Trinity and how they pour into the High School kids and love them and their families well. They hosted a dinner for all the graduates and their families where we were asked to write our kiddos a letter and get up and read it in front of everyone. Being asked to sum up your kids entire 17+ years on one page and then oh let's see emotional parents+reading a letter in front of people; how could this go wrong? 😂😂

We got through it with a few tears but overall it was just a blessed time of fellowship with the class of 2018 from Trinity. 

We have a large group of Seniors this year which is fun but also sad in a way. Lots of freshman coming up this next year so lots of changes. 

Excited to see what God has for these three girls over the next few years. 
We had the privilege of attending the Burn Center awards banquet out in Palm Springs this week as well. Really neat organization that puts on a camp here in our local mountains for kids who have been burned in fires and need that moral and emotional support as they heal.

Any excuse to get our families together is a good excuse. 😊 We hosted a graduation party at our house with a Build Your Own Sundae Bar....

It was so fun getting to see everyone and visit and although it was a bit crazy, Morgan felt loved and supported and so thank you to all who made your way out to our house for the day. 







The crazy part was when a bear who had been cruising the neighborhood in the middle of the night (wreaking havoc with our trash cans) and caught on our security camera around 1am the morning before decided to walk up while we were out back with the kids in the play fort. He was not a little guy and was just walking right up the path towards us. I'm sure my sister in law and myself freaking out and running was his clue he was not welcome. We and by we I mean the husbands were calm enough to grab the kids as we bolted inside. I called Fish and Game (who of course never showed up)😳 and informed them that Yogi was getting a little to comfortable walking up to people and small kids. So now we are on high alert and also keeping our dogs close and luckily we don't have small kids anymore. I am very thankful we happened to be down at the end of the property with the girls when the bear walked up because they had all been down there alone prior to that. Last week we had a rattlesnake on our side patio so I'm like REALLY!!!!

All the sweet cousins growing up so fast.
Thank you all who have sent Morgan cards of encouragement and gifts for graduation. She has been so blessed over the years to be supported by you in all she has done. She never takes that for granted and knows how lucky she is to have so much support. She is really excited about college and missions etc.
Be blessed friends. 


Friday, May 11, 2018

Senior Prom-2018

Man oh man have we been busy. I realized I hadn't posted pictures or updates in a while. Morgan took her last final for high school, graduates Monday and had prom this past week. We also had our mother-daughter tea senior tea this past weekend so it's been crazy busy. 

It's bitter sweet for sure watching your first born blossom and grow up. 



Next week we have graduation ceremony one night and then the next night is the graduation dinner at church where the parents are supposed to read a letter to their kids in front of everyone.
emotional parents+public speaking....how could this go wrong? 😳





It was fun following the kids around the park with my camera....easy kids to be around for sure.  😊



It's funny how all of a sudden you pray a lot more when your kids are in the process of leaving the country for missions over the summer, moving out for college and driving all over the place.
We are super excited one minute and then crying the next ha! Parenthood is crazy and nobody tells you about this part. Like Oh wait they are going to eventually grow up and leave?
More fun to come in the next couple of weeks.
Blessings friends!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mexico

So excited to share that our family is back from an amazing missions trip down to Mexico.  It was Dan's first time being able to go on a missions trip with Hands of Mercy and he was a driver of one of the vans. We had a total of 92 people and 9 vans. 
The border crossing this time was a little rough as 9 vans coming across at the same time sent off some red flags for immigration; I can't even imagine why. 😅 After a couple of hours, taking each van through x-ray and walking across the border to go through immigration, we made it and headed to Rancho Casita for our first night. 

I had been praying for two weeks that the rain would subside and we would have good, safe weather for our trip. It can be difficult working conditions down there let alone working in the pouring cold rain. The rain held off except for a couple times late at night which was fine because I was toasty in my sleeping bag by then.  We had three teams of about 30 people. We built three homes. 

I think the thing that blesses me most is watching all the kids and teenagers wanting to learn new skills and use them to bless a family they just met. Ryanne took on learning the roofing and she loved it! She also really jumped in and helped in the serving of the meals back at camp. 

Because Dan is way taller than me and of course stronger, he spent most of his time helping construct the roof and walls while I kept my feet on the ground working on installing windows and siding. 

Someone recently said that if you are going on a mission trip thinking you are going to go down and do something else to make someone else better or their life; you might just be missing the point of God working in you so that you are in a better place and have a stronger walk with Him. I could not agree with this more. People will say, "Oh I bet this is so rewarding for you." It is but probably not for the reasons you might think. Giving something that is material to someone does not make their lives better. It might make the struggle to survive easier but it won't bring them joy. I know so many people who have so much and are so miserable. But to go when you are called is where the reward is. The reward for me is in the obedience. Getting to love on others who need a little hand is just the icing on the cake. 

Morgan is leaving for college this summer and is  really feeling the tug to go into full time ministry. She's not sure if that's youth ministry or missions or both. But this past trip she got to teach and she was in heaven!








We have a favorite taco stand we stop at at least once and what's better than fellowship over tacos and cokes? 

I made some new friends and got to spend some good time with old friends. I learned some new building skills and am already looking forward to the next time I can go down and serve. Thank you Dan, Morgan & Ryanne for having the heart to serve and for also serving along side me. This trip will be forever one of my favorite family memories.
Blessings friends

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sickness, frozen pipes and non existent room reservation...

Dan and I celebrated 21 years of marriage at the beginning of February and we had plans to go to the beach for the weekend but Dan ended up getting sick so we had to put it on hold....Then this past weekend we were excited to get up and go but our pipes had frozen solid and we had no water not to mention waiting to see if they would thaw with no problems....

To top it off we find out the hotel we normally go to and love charged us but did not reserve our room and they were sold out...I was like,"Okay God I am not going to get frustrated right now but I really want to go out of town with my husband." 😅

I called a place we had never been, Casa Laguna and told them our last minute dilemma and they were so great. They upgraded us to a nicer room than we would have reserved and were just really thoughtful. Our room had this patio with a beautiful view of the garden and ocean.

It was cool outside but sunny so we walked and talked and ate and walked some more and ate even more ha! We have our favorite cafe's down there and spots to walk to on the beach so it was very relaxing. I was thinking how it doesn't feel like 21 years on one hand but on the other it really does. Like how can we be old enough to be married 21 years? But then I love that we can talk a ton and also just sit and be quiet and still and it's not weird. It's just comfortable in a good way. 

Great views that never get old. 

I was reading today how Billy Graham was married to his wife Ruth for 63 years and how people would question her decision to not pursue her dreams when she and Billy met and got married because she wanted to stay home with their kids and also support his ministry. I love how God took that obedience and love for her husband and grew her ministry and outreach and how together they served and loved on so many people. Like the world tells you to look out for number one but really that is the polar opposite of why we are here. I want to be married for 63 years. I want to be Dan's biggest fan and cheerleader. I want to be "others" centered so God can use us in our marriage. To not only grow old together but to grow wiser together. This is a quote I love and want to put on my wall;
The most loving thing we can do for others is to love God more than we love them. For if we love God most, we will love others best.-John Piper-
Isn't this true for our marriages?
Be blessed friends. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy February

I'm a little late on the post but Morgan turned 17 last weekend! It went like this; baby. blink. 17! Her friends snuck over the night before and decorated her car and filled it with balloons. 

Morgan you are so fun to be around and so sweet. You love your friends, your family, and you just love life and are so grateful for everything. 

I made cupcakes as requested ha! And that night after a long day of lunch and shopping my mom made her orange chicken for dinner. 
Morgan babysits like a crazy person to pay for her car and also her upcoming mission trip. The kids love her and it has really grown a heart in Morgan geared towards kids and ministry. 
It's been fun watching you grow in the high school youth group and see your friendships evolve. You are a little light in people's lives and you don't even realize how far that reaches. 
This is going to be a super big year for you as you head to the Dominican Republic this summer to serve and move into your first dorm and have your first roommates. We can't wait for this new season in your life sweet girl. You are a rare gem of a kid and we count ourselves so blessed that God put you in our family. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Chapter....

Well I've been busting at the seams to share and now I finally can; Dan tested  and was offered  the job as Deputy Chief of Colton Fire department! This is a sweet new season in our lives and we are super excited. It has been a blessing and we have learned so much being part of the San Bernardino Fire family for over 20 years but this is really the direction we felt God leading us so here's to a new adventure!!!
Dan was introduced and pinned today and everyone was so kind and so welcoming...
Dan's career has been a crazy life in the fire service but I'm excited to have him on a regular  schedule and home on weekends...that alone will be a huge adjustment for our family. Not living on shift work and crazy fire season schedules will be so great! We've been married almost 21 years so seeing each other everyday will be a big change as well since he was a paramedic on shift work when we met we really don't know any different. 
Looking forward to being part of the Colton family and getting to know everyone. Blessings friends!