Monday, May 25, 2009

Alex received the Student Ambassador award at school.
He and nine others in his grade were chosen by the teachers and faculty because they display the following qualities: a good friend, sticks up for others, shows respect to those in authority, honest and truthful, and displays a Christ-like attitude.

One of their main responsibilities will be helping new students.  They will call the new 4th grade students this summer and build a relationship with them to help them transition better in the fall. They will also buddy up with the students who start in the middle of the year and befriend them and walk through the school day with them for a couple of weeks to help them.  Among some other things that they will do throughout the school year, they will even give up one recess a month to meet together.  ONE RECESS A MONTH!  In case it has been a long time since you were in elementary school, missing recess is a BIG deal.

Another thing Alex has been chosen to be part of this year is the 4th grade Safety Patrol. Everyday after school, he will help the students in car line get to their car safely. He has already started practicing his "Have A Nice Day".  He is soooo excited about being part of the patrol.  Oh, and he gets to wear a cool florescent yellow sash.  Saa-weet!

We are so proud of Alex and so thankful that the Lord has given him two unique opportunities this fall to serve his school and his classmates.  We look like Jesus when we are serving others.  It is hard to be focused on ourselves when we are focusing on others.
"But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
{Matthew 20:26-28}

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Beach Baptisms

Yesterday after church, Keith, Alex and I, along with several of our friends, piled in our car and headed to Cocoa Beach.

The beach was so crowded, but we expected that, since we were meeting several hundred people.

Well, not just people.
Family.  Our church family.  Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

We all meet twice a year out at the beach for a special baptism service.
Beach baptisms are one of my favorite things that our church does.

It is just so amazing to stand on the beach and just stare out at the ocean.
There is just no way to deny, in that instance, how big our God is.  

Then, to look over and see hundreds of people, wearing the same blue shirt, lined up ready to profess Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of their life.  To watch, as one by one, they brave the angry Atlantic, to follow the Lord in believers baptism.

So amazing!  So exciting!
There is just nothing else like it.
 
::  Alex and one of his friends from school  ::

::  the line of people ready to get baptized  ::

::  Keith getting ready to help a dad with his teenage son  ::

::  our pastors are in place and ready to get started  ::

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Letter From Alex

This week at school, Alex wrote me this sweet letter for Mother's Day.
I think my mom is the best in the southwest.  My mom's name is Jackie.

One thing I love about my mom is I crave her cooking.  My mom can make delicious bread.   She also can make a mean chili.  I think she is the best cook in the world.  When I eat my mom's food I always say yummy.

Another reason I love my mom so much is because she is fun.  I always go to Disney World with her.  We also go roller skating sometimes.

Those are the reasons I love my mom so much.  She is the best!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Three Months.

Today we hit the three month mark.
Three months of waiting.  Waiting for our referral.

We are patiently waiting, fully aware that we may not have even hit the half way point.

But we are ready.   Very ready.

Ready to see his face.
Ready to hear his story.
Ready to be a family of four.

So, that's it.  We're just waiting.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING?

The last couple of weeks have been abnormally crazy, even for us.

I'm sad to say that our blog is not the only thing that has been neglected around here.  The laundry is stacked up, the house needs to be cleaned, and I believe a trip to the grocery store is in order.  

Here are a few reasons for all the neglect...

REASON #1
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Keith and I were in Destin, Florida a couple of weeks ago for Metro Youth Pastor's Conference.  We had such a wonderful week.  We spent time with about 50 youth pastors and their wives.  It was so nice to be around people who do what we do and understand how ministry affects everyday life.

REASON #2
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I'm gonna wait. 
I'm gonna wait to read it.

That is what I've been saying for the last year.
I wanted to save it for our trip to Africa.  I have been told it is amazing and once you start reading it you can't stop.

But, I made a mistake.
I opened it.

On the way home from the beach, Keith returned phone calls and I got bored.
And basically, that is the last thing I remember because for the next two and a half days, all I did was read this book.  I didn't go anywhere without it.

Oh, and if you haven't read 'Redeeming Love', you have to.  You must!  It is amazing!

REASON #3
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I was busy turning Alex into Benjamin Franklin for the 3rd Grade Wax Museum.
All the students were a different historical character.  The 'museum' was opened for 15 minutes as parents walked through to check them out.  They did so good.  It was so cute watching them all try so hard to be still and not crack a smile.  Not an easy task for a bunch of nine year olds.

REASON #4
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We had about 14 friends over for dinner Tuesday night to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Any holiday that gives us an excuse to eat Mexican food is a holiday worth celebrating, right?  It was fun.  We are truly blessed with amazing friends.

As much as I want to close my eyes and imagine that I am still here...
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...I won't, because as I have found out (the hard way), the house won't clean itself, the laundry won't wash itself, and well, I don't think my family can take one more night of cereal for dinner.  No more excuses, er, I mean reasons.