Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Back Home Again in Indiana

Well, we're in Indy now, on the last link of our family vacation. We've been in Michigan for the week visiting our friends, Jared and Elizabeth, and their four boys. We met Jared and Elizabeth 10 years ago in California when we all went to the Calvary Chapel Bible College. It's been a friendship that has stood the test of time. We try to see each other once a year, but last year passed us by, so it was good to get there finally! We did alot, had alot of fun...I'll be posting pictures soon.

Right now we're in Indy, currently sitting in my parents RV at my aunt and uncle's house. Mom is cooking breakfast..ah..this is the life! :) We had a campfire last night, although it was sprinkling. It was quite a under umbrellas, sitting around the campfire! Dad and the girls slept in a the barn! :) We're gonna hang out here for the day and then head back. I have a photo shoot in the morning, and then I'll head out to Midway to pick up some veggies. Shane and I joined a local CSA. ( We have planted a garden this year in our yard with some friends, but we aren't sure how much we'll harvest, so we decided to buy a local crop share. Plus, we like the idea of helping local small farms. We're excited about that. I'm getting the urge to start baking bread again and eating healthier. We've been eating "lighter", but not always "healthier", as far as whole foods.

Speaking of good food...:)...our friends in Michigan own Great Lakes Chocolate Company. They have the most amazing chocolate and they roast their own coffee beans. It's better than Starbucks..really. I'm not just saying that because they're our friends. Check it out. You can order online. The truffles are to die for! It was so nice to wake up every morning and have a fresh cup of coffee or a mocha brought to us by Jared. We almost stayed just for that reason! :) No, but it was great...they have the most "full-bodied" coffee we've ever had. And, did I mention the truffles....?...:)

Anyhow, it's been a great vacation...the kids got really dirty playing every day (my motto is: the dirtier they are at the end of the day, the more fun they've had!), Shane got to shoot guns and do some bird dog training, we got to go to Amish country up there, and even disect pig eyeballs! Yes, we know how to have fun! :) It will be good to get home and get back to church and normal life again, but we had a great time. Cari and I are having a big garage sale on Saturday at her house, so come on by if you're near Shelbyville!

Monday, May 19, 2008

My favorite Picture of the week

This is my favorite picture of the week. (taken in the Frankfort cemetery)

A good, simple statement, that says alot!

Great Website

We found this website through our good friends' blog-the Happy Mills. Lark News is a Christian Satire News Website. He writes these stories, because he thinks Christians need to be able to laugh at their "culture." Like a t-shirt they have for sale that says, "You suck. Which is why you need Jesus!" Believe me, I could be on here for hours! Here's a story about homeschoolers that just cracked me up. So, for a good laugh at our own expense, head on over to Lark News! I think you'll have fun. :)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

New Ministry Opportunity

I have been given the opportunity to serve with an organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. I find it an honor to use the gifts God has given me to help those who are hurting. Please pray for these families and do not go to this website until you have plenty of kleenexes in hand.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

I want this t-shirt!

Okay, I SO want to get this t-shirt for my kids. Sometimes I love sarcasm! :) You can order it HERE.

Good News for saving money on hamburger!

I was very excited (yes, excited. no, I don't get out much!) to read THIS ARTICLE on "Reducing the fat content of ground beef by draining and rinsing." I'm always trying to figure out ways to reduce my grocery budget, and I like to cook healthy. This website has some great information on it...well, except for the article on sewing your own sanitary pads. Call me extravagant and a frivolous spender, but some things are just worth buying at Wal-Mart! :)

Trampoline Fun!

Click HERE for more. This was taken a few weeks ago at my friend's house. That's my Lizzie on the right. This just cracks me up! :)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Angela's Kids

I was able to have the privilege of taking pictures of one of my dear friends and her children a few weeks ago. I went to her house, camera in hand, and just shot real life pictures! :) I love what we got that day. I can't choose my favorites! You can go HERE to my photo blog to see more of them...and I'll be posting more in the next few days.

My boy!

It's nice to get a good picture of MY kids once in awhile! :) Here's the latest of my beautiful blessing!