It’s been a busy week around here – thought I’d fill you in on what we’ve been up to.
Last week was filled with repairmen, carpet cleaning and house cleaning. Then on Friday night, Laura and I went to a Ladies Mini-Retreat at church. We had a potluck dinner on beautifully decorated tables and wonderful fellowship and teaching. Our speaker taught on the subject of anxiety and worry, which really turned out to be full of testimonies about what a great and big God we serve. The practical application of this was interwoven throughout the teaching – Bible reading and memorization. We were strongly encouraged to be reading daily and hiding God’s Word in our hearts by memorizing Scripture. She really made the point of the power of God’s Word – something that we tend to forget about all too easily (or I do anyway!). It was a rich time of encouragement and reminder of God’s love and care.
Saturday began with another trip to the movie theater to see Prince Caspian – this time with Jeff, Tommy, Sarah, Laura (again) and Matthew. I really like this movie and love the chivalry and message of our victory through Christ alone – not of our own power and strength.
Sunday was our annual Memorial Day Weekend Celebration and Birthday Party. This means that the extended family comes over for the first swim party of the year. We always celebrate my oldest two boys’ birthdays at this party since their birthdays are right around the corner. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed swimming, and chips and dips by the pool. Our dinner consisted of pizza, chicken nuggets and salad, with birthday cake and ice cream for dessert. It was a fun day/evening and a good time was had by all. Robert (#1 son) stayed late after everyone left and watched a movie with the Late Night Crew until about 3 am!
Today (after sleeping in a little bit – we were all recovering from our day in the sun yesterday and the late night), the big boys went in to work and Laura & I went to see the new Indiana Jones movie, leaving Jeff home to stay with the littles. It was really crowded at the theater and we ended up on the third row, but we survived (never mind the strange tilt of our heads we have had ever since 😉 ). The movie was enjoyable enough, in true Indiana Jones style, but we both kind of rolled our eyes at the “treasure” they uncovered (trying not to spoil anything for anyone!) – if you’ve seen it you’ll know what I mean. After a quick stop by the grocery store for a few items, we returned home to find everyone in swim suits, waiting to hit the pool. We swam for a little while, then grilled some hot dogs for dinner, which we have just finished eating. The big boys will be home soon and will be helping Jeff remove all of the Rubbermaid containers from both attics (all of our holiday boxes as well as clothing storage boxes). Tomorrow we have workmen coming for the whole day to install radiant barriers in the attics – we’re hoping this will help keep our house cooler through our hot Texas summers so that the air conditioner won’t have to run as much. (Maybe we’ll save enough on electricity to pay for gas and groceries as the price on both keeps zooming up!)
Having the clothing containers down will be good, since I’ve been needing to clean them out and send most of it to Goodwill anyway. I guess I have my plan for tomorrow already set!
I hope that you all had a wonderful Memorial Day and that you took some time to think about the price that was paid by so many for the freedoms that we now enjoy, and to say a prayer to the Lord for his continued favor and hand on our country, which we are growing to merit less and less in this present age.
“Whether American independence will be a blessing or a curse depends on how our people make use of what God has given us. If they are wise, they will be great and happy. If they are not, they will be miserable. Righteousness alone can exalt a nation (Proverbs 14:34). Reader! Whoever you are, remember this, and in your world practice goodness and encourage it in others.” – Patrick Henry