Friday, April 11, 2014

Pinewood Derby

There were traffic lights,

and a stop sign,

some dipsticks,

engine heaters,

and grease swabs too!

You can't have a race with out a few spare tires,

and traffic cones are a must!

All "parts" of our first annual NCS Pinewood Derby!

There was a cool race track,

and a whole load of super cool derby cars!

Some to race, and some to eat!

Everybody got "fueled up"...

...and ready to race!

But not without a "Pit Pass!"

There were racers here,

racers there,

racers, racers,


We got our instructions,

started our "engines,"

and cheered for a win!

It was a "fast track finish" for these top five...

... but the jolly good time was a win for all!

I'd say our first derby was a smashing success!

And we can't wait for the next!

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Lighthouse

My girls love to sing.... like ALL.THE.TIME.  They sing pop, Disney, country, Gospel, rap.... you name it, they sing it.  It amazes me that they know the lyrics to so many.  It doesn't matter.  We're in the car, I change the station, they start singing the song.  I remember being able to do that.  Those days are long gone for me.  Even now, Rebecca is in the kitchen singing this little number.

So.... I've been struggling.  I've been having one of those seasons where I wrestle with doubt, feel like I'm failing, feel like He's silent, questioning things.  You ever have those???

We bought some new tunes last week.  Rend Collective's new album.  It's fabulous.  I am partial to their kind of praise.  Anyway, as we drove in the driveway late this afternoon, Caroline punched the CD player to number three... her favorite.  And we sat and sang in the driveway...

He'll use any way He can to remind us of His unconditional love for His children.  

And I'm so grateful.

My Lighthouse

In my wrestling and in my doubts
In my failures You won't walk out
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

In the silence, You won't let go
In my questions, Your truth will hold
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

My Lighthouse, my lighthouse
Shining in the darkness, I will follow You
My Lighthouse, my Lighthouse
I will trust the promise,
You will carry me safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore

I won't fear what tomorrow brings
With each morning I'll rise and sing
My God's love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
You are the peace in my troubled sea

Fire before us, You're the brightest
You will lead us through the storms

(Rend Collective "The Art of Celebration")

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Handmade Hope

For about a year, I felt the Lord poking my soul to use my "sewing" gifts for Him.  I thought that was going to look like an Etsy Shop and a bit of extra cash for our family's extra-curicular activities... and to beef up my fabric stash.

I tossed around some ideas and nothing really ever stuck.  I knew I was not the kind of modern day sewest who enjoyed taking orders and mass producing items for profit.  

I just like to make things!

Through a course of events and some prep work for my Missions Class at school, the light bulb finally came on.  In studying Genesis, I saw the first sign of pride and self-glory.


God created us to be creators.  After all, he gave Adam the privilege to create when he asked him to name the animals.  (What a cool job, by the way.  Can you imagine getting to name all the animals?  I wonder if he thought, "You know, that looks just like an e-l-e-p-h-a-n-t.  I think I'll name it that!")

Anyway, it was in reading about the serpent's conversation with Eve, that the light bulb came on.  She wanted to be like God.  She wanted the glory for herself.  I went to Him again,

"Okay God.  How can I truly do this for Y-O-U?"

And Handmade Hope was born.

Handmade Hope is a non-profit sewing class for girls ages 12-18.  We meet once a week for sewing instruction and fellowship.  

Through much prayer and very specific requests, God provided the place, the materials, the volunteers, and, most importantly, the girls. 

We have been sewing now for about 6 weeks and are having a splendid time!  My heart has never felt so full.  THIS is exactly why He poked my soul. 

I love how He brings about His plans and purposes.

And there is nothing sweeter than sitting in the center of His will.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Psalm 104

It's my favorite time of day.... the evening-time just before the sun slips down to sleep.  The last of it's light provides color through the trees more brilliant than anything I have ever seen captured in man's art.  It's breathtaking.

I like to sit on my little front porch.  Tonight it required a quilt and a willingness to endure the bite of the crisp, cold air with bare feet and short sleeves.  I didn't really mind.

Our "chubby" snowman is now a little nub of ice on the front lawn.  Our neighbor's across the street, in the shade, is still two little nubs of ice.  Remnants of a winter storm where every single flake was intricately designed and dropped to the earth at His command.  

My neighbors hound dog howls at the passing sirens as the birds squawk the last of their song before morning.  Cars whiz (too fast!) up our little street carrying college kids back to their dorm rooms as the weekend draws to a close and everyone readys for a new week.

Everything quiets again.

I opened His Word and read again this Hymn to the Creator.  

Verse 13b.... The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.

Am I?

My sweetheart left earlier this afternoon to run a quick errand.  Before he left I noticed that he had on his hunter's orange vest and some sort of "call" around his neck.  I rolled my eyes and said, "An errand?"

He's been a bit under the weather the past few days and I knew He was itching to get out in His Creation.  "I'm just gonna walk the creekbank," he says.

Like the Psalmist, he is good at noticing.  He is good at celebrating the gift of His Creation.  

And I am grateful for the nudge of His Word.

Too dark to read anymore and toes too cold, I got up to come inside.  Something startled me in the tree... owl!

Yes.  I'm grateful for the nudge. 

 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works.  Psalm 104:31

104 Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak,
Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
3 He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot;He walks upon the wings of the wind;
4 He makes the winds His messengers,Flaming fire His ministers.

He established the earth upon its foundations,
So that it will not totter forever and ever.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled,
At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
To the place which You established for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass over,
So that they will not return to cover the earth.

10 He sends forth springs in the valleys;
They flow between the mountains;
11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
They lift up their voices among the branches.
13 He waters the mountains from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.

14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the labor of man,
So that he may bring forth food from the earth,
15 And wine which makes man’s heart glad,
So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And food which sustains man’s heart.
16 The trees of the Lord drink their fill,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds build their nests,
And the stork, whose home is the fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim.
19 He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of its setting.
20 You appoint darkness and it becomes night,
In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about.
21 The young lions roar after their preyAnd seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises they withdraw
And lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes forth to his work
And to his labor until evening.

24 O Lord, how many are Your works!In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions.
25 There is the sea, great and broad,
In which are swarms without number,
Animals both small and great.
26 There the ships move along,
And Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.

27 They all wait for You
To give them their food in due season.
28 You give to them, they gather it up;
You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are dismayed;
You take away their spirit, they expire
And return to their dust.
30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works;
32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth
And let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.Praise the Lord!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Do you wanna build a snowman?

(Press play if you wanna hear the song we've been singing for the past 48 hours.)



We only have each other
It's just you and me
What are we gonna do?
Do you wanna build a Snowman?

War Eagle!