Sunday, November 30, 2008
We have shared some awesome
memories. I think the most awesome ones of all
have been the birth of our sons.
How blessed I am to have a friend like you.
I wanted to share this with you and with
Here is your mom and I.
You are in your mom's belly and Conner
is in mine. At this point we had been friends and worked together for 5 years. We were both
very excited for you boys to get here.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
of everyone on Thanksgiving.
Someone gave Callie some sugar.
"Callie, move! I want a picture of just Bamma and Papa!"
"Knock it off Callie. Can we just get one picture where you are just smiling normally? PLEASE!"
Thank you Callie.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I thought this was beautiful. Especially the part that is highlighted.
Advent All Year
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:7 (NIV)
The word “advent” means “to come.” So the advent season we are entering is a time of preparing for Christ to come. Figuratively, we are to see ourselves in the place of those who sought the newborn Savior: the shepherds, the wise men, Mary and Joseph, Simeon and Anna. This season becomes a time to turn our hearts towards the practice of seeking Him. And indeed, during this festive time on the calendar, many hearts are turned, and many intentions renewed. This is part of the excitement of Christmas!
In the gospels, Jesus refers to the Church as His bride. He speaks of a day when He will come for the Church and there will be a wedding ceremony like no one has ever seen! In the midst of a struggling economy, failing marriages, and brokenness everywhere I look, that is a vision that motivates me beyond my circumstances. And yet, is it a vision that is kept within the confines of Christmas? Or can we look for Jesus to come all year?
When Jesus used the marriage analogy to describe His relationship with His people, He knew that His listeners would attach certain cultural perceptions about marriage to this word picture. In Biblical times, it was common for an engaged couple to spend a year apart. The bride would spend time with her mother and other women she respected, learning to run a household and getting prepared, becoming a student of the desires and expectations of her groom. She took this time very seriously as she readied her heart and life for what was to come. The groom also spent time preparing. He would spend his time making a home for them to live in, the place he would bring his bride to with pride. Both parties had a pivotal role to play.
What a beautiful picture this is for the Church and her Bridegroom! Christ has, as promised, gone to prepare a place for us. While we are apart, we can trust that He is working to build something beautiful. But we have an equally important role to play. While we are apart, we must learn what it takes to be His bride. We must study Him, learning how to keep His house in a way that pleases Him. This is not merely a suggestion, but an expectation. We can’t lose that expectation in the shuffle of changing times and cultures! We know that He keeps His promises, so we can trust that He is building our house for us. Don’t we want to be a bride who is prepared?
Though traditionally the season of advent is hemmed in between the dates of Thanksgiving and New Year’s, let’s not leave it there. Let’s make this season merely the beginning of our preparation for what is to come. We can commit this time that we are apart from our Bridegroom to prepare for Him, to anticipate His return, and to focus not only on when He came, but when he is coming again.
Dear Lord, thank You for coming and thank You for the promise that You will return. Lord, I want to prepare for You as Your bride, learning about You and drawing close to You. Thank You for preparing a place for me and finding me worthy to be Your bride. I want to make my whole life a season of advent—a time of anxiously anticipating what is to come. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We started off our day at church.
We helped package 864 hot meals.
We then went into Buckeye and delivered the meals.
We are truly blessed.
After that we went to Papa's and Bamma's for some yummy food.
It is all about the presentation people.
Papa's famous shrimp and crab salad.
Thank you God for all of your many blessings.
For our freedom
For our family
For our friends
We are so thankful.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I have a praise report on our refrigerator!
The repair guy is here and said it is the
The only thing covered under warranty.
Everytime I say compressor
I think of VeggieTales and hear
Madame Blueberry saying. . .
Come on VeggieTale fans.
You know you hear it too. . .
So we will be moving all of our food, from our
20 some year old
refrigerator that works perfectly, back into our
4 year old
refrigerator with a brand new
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
My digital camera is no longer with us.
Our TV stopped working a couple of weeks ago.
There was not any sound.
I was ok with that, I am not a big fan of TV.
Jim was able to somehow fix it.
Last week our dishwasher started to make very odd sounds.
I am not ok with that, I am a BIG fan of my dishwasher.
Yesterday our refrigerator stopped working properly.
We have one in the garage we moved everything to.
I am grateful for that.
What is going on??????
Does anyone know a dishwasher and refrigerator repairman?
Monday, November 17, 2008
It was just shy of 5 years old.
It has been many places with us.
It was kind of old and not very cool.
But it took great pictures.
It fell off the top of the stroller on the way to the park.
It has ridden there many times.
I can use Jim's camera.
But it's pictures come out a little grainy.
I can use my cell phone camera.
But I have to figure out how to download pictures off of it.
I will miss my trusty sidekick.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
He has a quota for a certain number
of hours he can remain within the
city limits and stay happy.
So every so often he goes out into
the desert and does something.
I am not sure what exactly.
Conner has a quota for a certain
number of hours he must have with
his daddy and be happy.
So this week was not so great until
Thursday afternoon when Jim went
outside the city limits and Conner
got to hang out with his daddy.
Note Conner's toilet paper roll binoculars.
Friday, November 14, 2008
of the past and present.
Today I want to tell you about
This is Martika
We know her as Tika.
We love her.
She goes to our church and has watched our kids.
She will be entering the military when she graduates from high school in June of 2010. She is beautiful. The most awesome thing I can tell you about Tika is that she
Loves the Lord!
This is her date to her high school military ball. His name is Pvt. Joe Whipple. He is leaving the 22nd or 24th of this month for a long stay in Korea with the US Army.
He is 19. Please add him to your prayers.
Thank you Joe and thanks in advance to Tika!
We love you!!!!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Another hero in my family. . .
This is my cousin
His mom is my Aunt Joanne.
My dad's little sister.
She is very proud of her son.
As she should be.
Because he is a HERO
He has just finished boot camp
and is currently stationed in Kentucky.
He is hoping to be stationed in Ft. Carlson in Colorado.
Thank you Josh!
Please say a prayer right now for Josh.
We claim your promises of Psalms 91 for Josh
We trust you, for you alone are our refuge and our safety.
We pray a hedge of protection around Josh
We dispatch your Angels to surround him where ever he may go.
God, you have not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power and of love and a sound mind.
So we also pray for his family, especially his mom Joanne.
Give her the peace that surpasses all understanding.
To read Psalms 91 go here. . . http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalms%2091;&version=51;;
We have some of our very own.
Our own daddy served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Belleau Wood during
He is our own true HERO.
This is my dad, Milt Woodward. He served in the Army and was in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Carne Asada on Sunday.
Dinner was good.
Conversation was great.
The kids had a blast.
Especially when the wind kicked up.
All of a sudden we heard screaming from the backyard.
I saw Conner running for his life!
So I sent Callie out with the camera.