Sunday, March 29, 2009

Atlanta Mission Trip

Keith leaves today to take the students on their spring break mission trip.  They are going to work at the Atlanta Dream Center.  We have amazing students who have such a heart to serve and I am excited to see how God is going to use them this week as they live out their mission statement...

{Love God, Love Others, Go Tell}

You can follow their twitter updates here.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


I'm sure the snow this morning was annoying to most people, but to a little boy who lives in Florida and hasn't seen snow in three years, well, he was in heaven.

Alex decided to try and scrape as much snow together as possible to make a snowman.  It didn't matter that it wasn't going to be very big, it was a snowman!

Thursday, March 26, 2009


We spent the afternoon playing with my niece, Makayla.  She has grown so much since Christmas and is such a doll baby.  We met up with her brothers tonight and went roller skating (which happens to be Alex's new favorite thing.)
:: Makayla Lynn ::

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Alex and I are headed to Arkansas for a few days to visit family.  Our summers are always so crazy and with the adoption, we weren't sure when we will have a chance to get home to visit.

We looked around and found airline tickets for $29 each way!   Our puppy is small enough to fly, but the airline wants $100 each way for him.  We have never flown with Tucker before and I just didn't know how he would do stuffed under a seat for two hours.  And, the fact that his ticket is three times more than ours, well, it just didn't make sense to take him.

So, we left him.
And I miss him.

Jennifer, thank you so much for taking care of our puppy while we are away!

Monday, March 23, 2009


Well, he's off again.  I had to get up at 3:45 this morning to take Keith to the airport.  3:45 a.m.  

He is headed to Breckenridge with the senior class from The First Academy on their annual ski trip.  They will ski Tuesday-Thursday, ride snow mobiles on Friday, then fly back to Orlando Friday night.


Sunday, March 15, 2009


The space shuttle Discovery launched at 7:43 p.m. tonight from Cape Canaveral.  As much as I wanted to drive over to the beach and watch it launch, we just didn't have time.

Here are a few pictures we took from our front yard.

(If you look real close at the last picture, you will see a couple of white dots in the upper left corner.  Those are the rocket boosters after they detached from the orbiter.)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Grandparent's Day

Every year, Alex's school has a day dedicated to Grandparents and today was that day.

They invite their Grandparents to come hang out in their classroom and then the lower school put on a special program.  

Since we live so far away from our families, Alex invited Chad to be his special guest.  We are so blessed to have such amazing friends that would do just about anything for Alex.

Chad got his picture taken with Alex, picked out the picture that Alex drew of him, did some math problems, and answered a questionnaire.  After we were done in the classroom, we headed over to the gym and watched the children do their performance.  They did such a good job.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


There are only 50 days till summer vacation.
Here is Alex's third grade class at their 50's party celebrating the last 50 days of school.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


We started our adoption journey about six months ago.  And even though we still have a long way to go before we will officially be a family of four, in our hearts, we are there.  In fact, Keith took me and Alex to dinner Monday night and made the comment to Alex that it shouldn't take long for them to get the four of us in.  Alex, a little confused, quickly reminded him that there are only three of us, but I understood why Keith said it.  There are four of us, we just aren't all together yet.

I have been so amazed how, in six short months, the Lord given us such a love for a child we have never met.  I have never felt him kick, or move, or get the hiccups, but he still feels like such a part of our family already.

I don't know his story.  I don't know his name.  I don't even know if he has been born yet.  Which means, as we pray daily for this sweet baby, his mother may still be wrestling with the decision she will soon have to make.  I find myself thinking about and praying for his mother more and more with each passing day.  A woman I will be forever connected to.  I know there are many reasons a child is given up for adoption, I just don't feel like poverty should have to be one of them.

Since we started praying for our baby, Ethiopia, and Africa, we see constant reminders, and in the most unusual places.

We saw this rock while walking through Magic Kingdom last week.

We found this potato chip in of a bag of Baked Lay's from Subway.

Africa is definitely on our hearts, on our minds and in our prayers.  But to be honest, I was a little surprised to find it in my lunch.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Alex's head healed quick.  Real quick.  And apparently, too quick.

He got his staples removed yesterday and it was way worse than getting them in.  We were told to have them removed in seven days, but I think five would have been better.  The bad thing is there is just no way of knowing.  What should have been fairly painless, ended up being pretty painful.  The staples were a little scabbed over so instead of a little pinch, there was a lot of pulling and some bleeding.  Okay, I'll stop there.  You get the point.

We didn't realize it until we were at the doctor's office, but this was only the third time Alex has been to the doctor last 2 years.
3 times in 2 years.  Amazing.  
2 well child check-ups and 1 staple removal.  
Not bad.  Not bad at all.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


My sister-in-law came down to visit for a couple of days to celebrate her birthday.

Did you know that Disney World is offering a free day at a park on your birthday?
It is a pretty big deal if you think about it.  I mean, they're not known for just giving things away, they don't even have a 1-800 number.

When Kim found out, she signed up and made plans to come down so she could spend her birthday at one of her most favorite places.  She was telling me that her kids couldn't believe that she would go to Disney without them.  Her response, "It's not your birthday."  Ha!

So, we spent all day yesterday at Magic Kingdom.  When we got there, they gave her a button to wear that said 'Happy Birthday Kimberly!'  She proudly wore it all day, along with her sequins Minnie ears.  We had so much fun.  The crowds were low, the weather was beautiful, it was a great day.

I know you heard it several hundred times yesterday, but...

Happy Birthday Kimberly!  

:: a birthday kiss from Mickey Mouse ::

:: Alex and Kim in their silly hats ::

Sunday, March 1, 2009



Student Life Conference :: Disciple Now Weekend :: Amp'd Students Event
All wrapped up in 24 hours.


Our church hosted Student Life Friday night and Saturday.  Kristian Stanfill led worship and Francis Chan spoke.  The theme this year was LIVE LOVE.  We need to live the love of Christ everywhere we go, to everyone we meet.

:: Over 3,000 students worshiping at First Baptist Church Orlando ::

The Student Life theme {LIVE LOVE} and our student ministry theme {LOVE ORLANDO} came together this weekend in a big way.

One year ago, our students went on a mission trip to LA to work with the Dream Center.  One of the ministries they did while they were there was a ministry called Metro Kidz where they basically they went to different parks and neighborhoods and took church to the children in those communities.  Kind of like Vacation Bible School on wheels.

They loved it so much they wanted to start a ministry like that here. In Orlando.
They have given their dollars and their change for the last year with the dream of buying a box truck and starting a ministry like Metro Kidz here in Orlando.

The dream has become a reality.

In the last few months, a truck was bought, engine work was done, new brakes and tires were added, the side of the truck was cut out and a fold down stage was fabricated, body work and sanding were done, and the base coat completed.

Although the truck is not completely done, it is ready to hit the streets, which is exactly what it did on Saturday.

We went less than half a mile from the church to Hankins Park to tell people about Jesus and share His love with them in a practical way.

We had over 300 people show up for free food, games, and giveways.

:: Amp'd Students truck in Hankins Park ::

:: Some of our student playing basketball and flag football with the children ::

:: Derrick and AC before the dance contest.  Some of those kids could dance!  ::

:: Keith speaking to the children ::

We are so excited to see what God is doing in our community through our students.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that i have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
{Matthew 28:19-20}