Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Here's Camden "holding" his brother. Josiah seems to get immense joy out of sliding away from whomever is holding him at the moment.

Josiah will be six months old tomorrow. Camden is 2.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Just living life

The past few days have been so busy. Between church, deacon's meetings, youth activities and other family events....we've been running and running and...well you get the point.

Tonight Camden and I went on a date! One of our teen girls was in a band concert at her school, so Camden and Mommy went to see her. Afterwards we went to McDonald's for an ice cream cone.

I'm going to upload some new pictures for all to see! Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Doing dishes

Camden is so much fun. He says and does the funniest things. Tonight he wanted to help me wash the dishes. Oh boy!
I pulled our step ladder up to the sink and gave him a dish cloth. Boy, did he go to town. At the end of it all, we were both soaked! The floor even got a bath from the water that was poured, dripped, spilled and splattered.
I'm glad he likes to help me (er...think he's helping me) and I hope that he continues to enjoy doing chores with me.

Monday, March 13, 2006


Log this as reason number 924 NOT to have a pet: bodily refuse. Yes, I've mentioned it before, it's a biggie to me.

Today we went to Livonia to visit Joel's Aunt Michal. Michal and her family have a dog. As we were walking outside, Camden stepped in Beauty's Bodily Refuse (heretofore referred to as BBR). Well, BBR stuck to the bottom of Camden's shoe. Camden's shoes have little ridges that make it nearly IMPOSSIBLE to remove BBR from them. So, Aunt Michal used a butter knife to expertly remove as much BBR from the shoes as she could. YUCKY!!

I will be throwing those shoes in the washer tonight. Poor washer doesn't know what's coming!

Friday, March 10, 2006

A homecoming of sorts.

Earlier this week we took 7 teens on a college trip. We visited Northland first, then we headed to Maranatha. None of the teens had ever visited either college, so they were looking at things with a fresh perspective.

I am a Maranatha grad. I'm proud of that fact (I worked long and hard for my degree!!!) Maranatha has made some positive changes and some huge capital was good to see.

I've only lived two places as an adult....Watertown, Wisconsin and Michigan. Going back to Watertown was great. I have so many friends there...and I'm comfortable there. Watertown is where I met Joel, where I developed into who I truly am and where so many memories were made.

To Jen...I know you're eager to be done. I remember the feeling of departmental chapel and knowing I was almost finished!! Hang on to the next semester and a half. You'll never be at this place in your life again. I actually miss those days, though I wouldn't change life now for anything.

To've got a ways to go. Make the most of this time. Meet lots of people, create lots of memories and learn lots of lessons. I am excited for what I see God doing in you....don't become complacent and lose opportunities!

To anyone else who reads this: I am thankful for what God has allowed me to do. I am thankful for Maranatha and the changes in my life that occurred there. Visiting campus made me smile. It was almost like going home.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Living History

Today we drove to Perry, Michigan to watch the MACS State Basketball Championship. Two guys from our youth group were on the team from Faith Christian. Joel and I (along with the boys) have been to many games in the past 2 1/2 years. It has been fun to watch this team develop!

The Patriots from Faith Christian School in Clinton Township, Michigan have never been to a Boy's Championship for basketball. In fact, they've never even made it out of the first round of the tournament. Their goal was to get to the finals. They woke up this morning as contenders for a title, with one game left to play.

I have loved watching these guys play together. 3 of the starters are seniors and have finished their high school basketball careers. They've grown up together and will soon say goodbye to all they have known and branch out to what lies ahead. This morning they woke up as a basketball team, hoping to make history.

Tonight they will go to sleep as champions. Rest well, boys.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Good Friends

Matt and Rachael came over last night to hang out and play games. They brought Gavin...Emily and Jadon went to Grandma's.

Anyway, we spent the evening teaching them how to play the Settlers of Catan. It's a great game, but I could never explain it on a blog.
The point of this post is this...I love my friends. I know that we all have those that we just feel so comfortable around. The friends that you don't have to dress up to see, that have seen the dust on your TV, and are just fun! When we were in NH on vacation we spent an evening with Jeff, Val and Quinn. Another evening of comfortable - just being us - no presuppositions. I love those times. You sit around eating and no one cares how much or how little. You can speak your mind and they listen....and don't necessarily agree on the basis of friendship. A true friend will tell you when they disagree with you...for your friendship needs the dynamic of two different people..not puppets being pulled by a string.

God has seen fit to give Joel and I some great friends, for which I am thankful.

Friday, March 03, 2006

A few reasons...excuses....

Apparently I am in the minority when it comes to pet ownership. I have compiled a partial list of reasons (or as Jim declares, excuses) that Joel and I do not want a pet.

1. Hair - no matter how much you clean, vacuum, and dust....the hair is there.
2. Bodily refuse - I have two children. I don't need any more "stuff" to clean
up,scoop, disinfect and deoderize.
3. Cost - that's another mouth to feed and their food isn't cheap. Besides, it
4. Wet dog smell. Been there, done that.
5. I too grew up with Jim's pets. Don't want any of them. Don't have great
memories with them.
6. Vet bills aren't covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
7. Vacations - either take the animal with you or find someone dumb enough to care
for it for you. No thanks. Like the time mom had Abby groomed right before
vacation and they put dumb bows in her hair and painted her paws. DUMB!!!!!
8. I don't like animals. I cannot care for something that I do not like.

Just doesn't make sense

Recently there was a young couple murdered in their New Baltimore, Michigan home (20 minutes or so from us.) They seemed like a nice couple, according to all of their neighbors. The woman was 10 weeks pregnant.

The couple that killed them is being charged with the deaths of the couple AND THE UNBORN BABY! I am thrilled with that fact. However....abortion is still legal. This is a complete double standard. How can the state charge someone with murder and then turn around and call abortion a medical procedure???

Just a thought.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

No thanks!

I don't have pets. I don't want pets. I don't care if my kids ever want pets, we're not getting one. I have multiple reasons for this, but the latest is this:

Reason # 847 (number chosen at random, of course)
Dogs can have digestive issues. One of our church families has a dog that has been having problems with his digestion. It makes a BIG BIG mess. 'Nuff said.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A nail biter...

Last night we drove to Springfield Christian Academy. This was the site for the MACS semi-final game between Faith Christian School and Bridgeport Baptist Academy. Faith has never made it past the first round of the tournament, so this was a pretty big deal. They were actually the number one seed, so they skipped right past that first round and defeated Springfield last Friday night for the rights to play Bridgeport.

I've been to nearly all of Faith's games. We have two guys from our youth group on the team and it's fun to watch them play. Last night was the closest game I have seen them play. I was a nervous wreck! Bridgeport was a great team and Faith squeaked out a four points.

This Saturday they will play for the state championship....a game they've never even been to in all of school history. I can't wait, and I'm already nervous for them.

Go get 'em, Patriots!