Archive | June, 2010

Hot Air Balloon

30 Jun

When Andrew got ordained by Sandals Church to be a pastor, the small groups gave him (well, us) a gift:  a hot air balloon ride in Temecula.

Well, that was over a year ago and we finally did it.

Woke up at 3:30am on a Saturday (not so fun) to get to Temecula by 5:00.  We then sat around until 7:00 while we waited for good weather conditions to go up in the air.  When it all started, it was pretty worth it.

I know you can’t see anything in this picture.  Thats because… I’m in a cloud!

This was the only time I was a little freaked out.  Couldn’t see anything below or around us.  Fully in a cloud.  We got pretty high up at this point.  Whew!

We made it back to the ground safely. 

I liked being in the air.

Then we came back home and took a nap.  I like naps too.

Balls Everywhere

29 Jun

We spent Saturday afternoon with our good friends, the Pardees.  After watching USA’s final game in the world cup, we got in the pool.  Then Justin had the great idea of getting out the Chuck-E-Cheeze balls they had bought at a garage sale.

First, all the balls needed to be washed.

(and yes, I know what you are thinking… there were LOTS of ball jokes).

“Mike, thanks for washing my balls.” – that was one.

Once all the balls were in the pool, the boys jumped in.

“I love the sound of balls knocking together.”

“I like the feeling of being  surrounded by balls.”

All in all, I think there were about 2,000 balls in the pool.

Good, clean fun with balls.

Crazy Love

27 Jun

One of the summer reads I have committed to is Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

He is one of my favorite speakers and so far I am loving this book.

Have you read it?  What do you think?  Do you need to read it?

Creation Declares His Glory

26 Jun

So the other day I was sitting on my front porch and I noticed something…

this might look like nothing at first sight… but look close at all the plants.

Do you notice they are all leaning the same direction?  After sitting there for a while, I noticed that all the plants in our front yard were all facing the same direction – towards the sun.  Most of our yard is in the shade.

It amazes me that living structures, with no brain, have the instinctive nature to move towards that which gives them life.  How do they know?

As a scientist, I know someone could give me the details about the cycles of photosynthesis and how leaning towards the light optimizes a plant’s chances for thriving. 

But still…. how do they know to do it?  I don’t know exactly how,  but I know exactly who makes this happen.

This reminds me of a simple truth:

“Why do you worry…?  See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?   So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matt 6

If God can take care of these flowers, how much more can He care for me?

Still Working

25 Jun

Andrew and I are still working on our house.

We made last Friday another work day.  We sure were there all day long.

I re-caulked 2 showers and painted (with 2 coats) 2 bathrooms.

I was a mess.

We are just praying that our hard work will be worth it.  We believe God gave us this house and so we believe God will also send us good renters.


24 Jun

Um… I have one!

Well… its not actually mine.  It belongs to my school.

But they let me take it home over the summer!

My school bought a few iPads and they gave one to me and one other teacher so we could play with it over the summer and figure how to implement this technology into my classroom.

To be honest, so far I have mostly played games on it.

This is COGS, my new favorite addiction.

You have to move the square pieces to turn the wheels to move the specific wheels at the top.


Prego Journey Update

22 Jun

I struggled a bit with this title, cause I’m not really on the prego journey yet, but non-prego journey, or infertility journey sounded a little wierd. 

We are on the journey to get pregnant, so I am calling this the prego journey update.

I went on clomid at the start of the month to boost my estrogen levels.  This is so that my eggs will get nice and big.  Got a few ultrasounds to check things out.  Doc said my eggs looked good.  He sent me home with a shot to give myself to make sure my eggs would be released and exact instructions as to when Andrew and I would need some “alone time.”

So, armed with my shot I was all prepared to give myself, Andrew and I set off.

The night before I was to give myself the shot, I got to thinking… if I take the shot, how am I going to know if I am ovulating on my own or not?  The doctors never wanted to test that, they just wanted to give me the shot to make sure I DO ovulate.  So what if I don’t get pregnant this month?  Then I have to keep taking the shot every month until I get pregnant without ever knowing if my body is actually working on its own?

I decided at the last minute not to take it.  We still kept all the other instructions (wink) including my blood test which I did on Sunday.

My newest lab work is going to test my progesterone levels.  If they are high enough, that means I ovulated this month all on my own!

Have a couple more weeks before we get the results. 

So what if we don’t get pregnant this month?  Right now, I am just thinking I will cross that bridge when I get there.  Until then, “why worry about tomorrow?  For tomorrow will worry about itself.” – Matt 6:34. 

And besides how can “worrying add a single hour to [my] life?” – Matt 6:27

There is a lot packed into that chapter.  Do you need to read Matthew 6 today?