“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours.”
~Rich Mullins

Sep 28, 2010

Family Camp

Yep...family camp was last weekend! It was an absolutely amazing time; I think it was one of the best camp's ever. I was very convicted in some areas, and spent some time in tears, but it was great.

We also had an awesome time doing music. I have something like 500 pictures and videos that I will try to make into a slideshow and post on here.

For now, I am thanking God for men like our pastor and the pastor of Legacy who will speak the truth even when it is not comfortable. You can read my summary of Pastor Y's sermon on my sermon summaries page.

Sep 7, 2010

Our Ode to the Tyler/Perry Courtship

The people at Heritage are terrified;
Tyler, our friend, has been "Perry-fied."

David can no longer discuss paintball,
'cause Tyler thinks "Perry" - that's all!

Mrs. K has said with a moan,

"I have a feeling that I've been dethroned."

Mrs. D is worried about Tyler's weight;
she's contemplating sending brownies by a crate!

Maggie says, with a roll of her eyes,
"Emily's obsessed, and she's had a good cry."

Tyler used to be politically alert,
but his pictures reveal he's now a flirt.

Lisa & Tyler used to talk music,
now Lisa's decided he's utterly lovesick.

When long distance courtship jacks up the bill,
the guys at the phone office get a big thrill.

Tyler's boyish passion for water guns passed
to David - who got what he wanted, at last.

His beloved dulcimer is literally "Dusty,"
and his musical skills are getting rusty!

Will he still be team captian of Capture-the-Flag...

or will he be packing his Oregon bag?!?!?

We're only just kidding - you know that, you two;
We're excited, we love you, and are praying for you!!!!

My 17th Birthday!!

Yesterday was my 17th birthday, and I had an awesome day! We got up early and did all the chores before our friends, the K's, came over. Around 8:15, we left the valley and headed up north toward Prescott. Arriving at Lynx Lake around 11:30, we all jumped out of the car...glad to stretch our legs! (Let me just say that the car ride up was a little noisy...considering we had five teenage girls in the car I was in!) As we walked around the corner and came upon the lake, everyone caught their breath. The water was surrounded with forest and the clouds above were reflecting!! The pictures don't really do the beauty justice...

We rented paddle boats at first, but upon finding out how difficult they were to manage, we exchanged them for canoes. After about 1 1/2 hours on the lake, Kailey, Macie, Brooke, and I all went up and left Anna, Sabrina, Hope, and Jessie in the canoes. We started getting lunch ready (my dad grilled amazing hamburgers!), and from up at the grill, we could hear the girls on the lake screaming and laughing. By the time they came in, they were soaked from head to toe from splashing eachother with the canoe oars (immature.......or not?!?).
There were many amazing creatures, including this HUGE tarantula-like spider that had everyone ooing and aahing and taking pictures.
Anna, Brooke and I hiked all the way around the lake (over 2 miles) and then when we were partway around, we saw all the other girls coming towards us. We decided to try and hide from them and so we ran straight up this steep hill....and, to our shock, came out on the main highway! Sliding back down a little ways, we all laid on our backs on the face of the hill. But then, Brooke started sliding, and she grabbed my foot, which made me start sliding! We decided to abandon that plan, so we scrambled up onto the road and ran towards the parking lot. We ducked and dodged and almost got past them, but then they saw us, finally, and threw water on us!!! It was fun.
This is Brooke and I...
Then, after already hiking, canoeing, hunting for snakes, skipping rocks, fishing for crawdads, and more, we had to hike another half way around the lake because at the other end, there was a lot more shade. We were all getting really tired, and I had a blister on my ankle, but we kept laughing and making jokes the whole time. My mom came with us this time, and she took some pictures of us along the trail.
We like this one cause of the reflections in the water
It went back and forth between sunny and overcast. The high was around 82 degrees, and it was just GORGEOUS!!!

Don't ask me what Jessie, Sabrina, and Macie are doing...I don't know :)
When we made it to the other side, there was a really cool little sand bar and we all gratefully took off our shoes and buried our toes in the sand. It was an amazing feeling! Our feet hurt, and we were so glad to get our shoes off and the sand felt really good on them. We also waded in the water which was freezing cold by now! (This was around 6:00 pm)
On the sand bar, we contemplated trying to build a standing pyramid.......
...and after much trial and error, we succeeded!....
...but decided that kneeling ones were much easier!!!

As it got dark, we all gathered around, and Mr. K and my dad did a really neat Bible study. They were reading Psalms and found the verse about how God's thoughts towards us are more than the sand in the world. And, since we were sitting on sand, we all tried to count the grains and got nowhere. Pretty amazing!
After that, we sang praise songs for a long time. It was so powerful with the sun setting over the lake, and all of the wildlife sounds getting quieter and quieter and us all singing. It made it really hard to leave, but we were really tired.
I am so grateful that God has brought the K's into our life right now. They have been a blessing to our family, and I am really looking forward to getting to know them better!!!

Sep 1, 2010

Do you notice anything?!?!?!?

Sooooo.....who will be the first to notice what is different in this picture?!?!? For those of my friends who know...you can't tell!!!
I had a GREAT birthday party last Saturday (combined with two of my other friends)! Thanks to the R family for hosting it! We took lots of pictures, and got each other soaking wet.
At one point, all of the girls went to go to our house to turn our horses out. We all started walking (or running) and Mom was going to come in a couple minutes with the van. When we got to the alley behind the R's house, the boys came running at us armed with buckets/water guns/etc. Some of us jumped in the car, some started running, and only one got wet! Then, we kidnapped the boys and took them home with us. There was 17 teenagers and 1 adult in our mini van!!! CRAZY!! When we went to leave our house, all the girls snuck into the garage and tried to jump in the truck and ditch the guys, but they stood right behind us so we couldn't back out :( So...we had to take them with us!
We had a total blast.....and can't wait for revenge at Family Camp :) :) :) JK!!...or not. ha ha ha...(evil, sinister laugh!)


I can hardly believe it!!!

No...I'm just kidding..but I have to tease my friends, Tyler & Perry, who both posted posts titled "Courtship" and both started with something similiar to "I can't believe it!"

Congrats, both of you! I am sooo excited to watch how God will play this out in your lives. I will probably calling you when I (Lord willing) start courting some day!!! You know how you have friends that you are "equal" with and then friends who you look up to? You both have been friends that I have been able to look up to throughout the years I have known you.

I'm praying for you and am thrilled for you both!