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There and back again...

Once again, blessed to be at the lakes with family. This time my family. The weather didn't all together cooperate, but it was great for crafting once again. My mom gave me the funky colored yarn and we made a quick trip into town to find the red to complete it.

One for baby... a matching red hat...still in progress. I've been wanting to make something different than potholders and regular square shapes for a while now. My challenge has always been in reading patterns. It worked out quite well-finally. :) This pattern I found for free online at Maggie's Crochet

There were a few days with hours of sunshine... so we could enjoy the water...

And no week at the lakes would be complete without a fish-fry... yum, yum!

I'm starting to get worn down... all this go, go, go is getting to me. Starting to not sleep as well through the night, and I think my emotions are getting the better of me during the day when I'm sleepy. I'm like a little kid who needs my naps. :) Definitely feeling overwhelmed by the house and all the BIG and little projects that are left. Baby is kicking a lot more these days. D, felt baby kick for the first time day. I've been feeling E for quite some time now, but it was nice to finally share that with him.
Discovered this past week that I'm extremely grateful to all those who are sharing their maternity clothes with me. Went shopping to find a maternity swimsuit... and while I was at it, picked up 2 other items that were needed. Wow, does it add up fast! SO, thank you, thank you, thank you to all of those who have graciously given or bought me something. You are a huge blessing!

Ten days later...

A peek from the lakes...

He's going to be such a good daddy...

A project... to replace an old, tattered clothes pin bag. An experiment that was successful.

The next one...

This was started Sunday evening and finishing touches today. Check one more off the list. It's a good thing, cause it's getting harder and harder to get myself up and off the ground. :)

A devotional for the day...

"God's Benefit"

July 4, 2009

And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called seas. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:9-10

On the occasion of the anniversary of the United State's birth, it's right that we stop and show our appreciation for what God has done.

That's the way it was over 100 years ago when the great preacher, Dwight Moody, was reading the 103rd Psalm. He came to the verse, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits."

Having read that Scripture to his audience, Moody stopped short, and with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face said, "You can't remember all o' God's benefits, of course. But that doesn't mean you should forget 'em all, either. Remember some of them."

Well, today, I can't list all of the benefits you and I have received through this wonderful land God has entrusted to us.

On the other hand, we dare not forget all those benefits either. That's why I'd like to encourage you to thank the Lord for the barbecue grill you might use today, as well as the abundance of food you'll cook on it.

Thank You, Lord, for the freedom we enjoy and the responsibility to use it properly.

Most of all, thank the Lord for always being there for us and offering us salvation through His Son's sacrifice.

Moody had it right. "We can't remember all of God's benefits. But that doesn't mean we should forget 'em, either." Take a little time out from the fireworks of today and give the Lord a little thanks.

From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
Lutheran Hour Ministries

THE PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, You have given us so much. As we come together today to celebrate the birth of the United States, we thank You for the gift of the freedom we have in this land and the spiritual gift of freedom we have through Your Son. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

A bit behind...

I have a feeling that this summer is going to take a toll on my blogging. So as of now, don't expect much but monthly updates. :)
Lots has happened in the last month.
My dad came up for a visit and helped out with two stinky projects- finishing the trim work in our bedroom and the shelving in the laundry room.
The trim work and the 4 awesome saw horses that my dad made for us. They have already come in very handy. We also organized and cleaned out the garden shed. A huge highlight for me.

During this week was VBS at our church (view pics here). So it was a full, fun, hectic week. We had VBS from Sunday to Thursday evening. Then on Friday morning, bright and early (6:45am) we took off for our trip to Cedar Rapids and the Creation Museum. Packing has always been my least favorite thing and I struggle to be timely at it. But this time it was rather easy and I managed quite well. I suppose its about time I've figured out how to pack for myself, cause I'm going to need to pack for someone else here real soon ;).

The trip to Cedar Rapids went extremely well too. Seeing the town first hand was incredible... they have markers all over the downtown area near the river showing just how high the water got. There are still so many neighborhoods in ruins and abandoned. There is soooooooo much work still to be done. Our crew spent a whole week at 2 places and still weren't able to get everything done at those two places. That town was hit hard. Everyone had a story about that day. It was kind of neat cause we were there for the one year anniversary celebration. Got to see D's sister-B and brother in law- house and family. Fun to be on their turf for a while. They sent us home with baby stuff too.

Creation Museum was fantastic. Well laid out.. I had seen a lot of it from videos, but there were still somethings that really made more sense somehow in that setting. We signed up for the magazine for 3 yrs. So I'm excited to start receiving it now. It was super hot down there so I didn't spend much time outside viewing the botanical garden or mini-zoo.

A great crew overall that went- it made the trip so enjoyable. More pics of the trip can be viewed here.

Camp was great! J (the youth I took up) had a great time as well, made some new friends and over all just seemed to fit right into camp. It was a good week of intentionally practicing guitar- for a whole week.... my fingers were sore. :) Learned how to do some alternate tuning and new strum patterns which I have the hardest time getting. :) And it was a nice week for me, able to find time to rest- take some naps, have lots of time in God's word, and be with friends.

The weather here has been nice. My garden is producing... beans, peas, chives, maybe a few carrots and only a select few of the corn sprouted. There were some heavy rains while we were gone, I think that might have washed away the seeds. Overall, this garden planting was just an experiment, so next year I can expand. I would love strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, and potatoes as well.

And now we've got a little over a week at home before the next wave of activity comes. So maybe some time for a few projects, if we can figure out which ones to do. Still not decided on how to do the wood floors... maybe kitchen cabinets will have to be next.

So other than that, we had an ultrasound and got to see our little baby growing. Everything looks fantastic... it's amazing to see the heart pumping away, the face, arms and legs... blows me away... cause i'm not doing anything to make this child... it's out of my hands. God is doing a beautiful job... We did find out the sex, but I'll keep that to myself for now. So baby E is it for now. :) It is so cool to feel movements now, and yesterday I could even see my belly move a bit while lying down. Fun times... until next time.

"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:24

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