Saturday, April 28, 2007

Girl's Weekend

This last Thursday the girls (Hannah DeRoo, Hannah Sayers, Mary Riley, Ruth Rogers and I) went out to lunch after Thursday morning Bible Study. We went to Shenanigan's on the Ruston Way waterfront. I had never been to Shenanigan's before. It is a very upscale restaurant but the lunch prices are very reasonable. We all got sandwiches and dessert. Afterward we walked down Ruston Way and enjoyed the view of the water. We took lots of fun pictures as well. As we were heading back to the car Hannah Sayers suggested we have a girls sleepover Friday night. We all agreed that would be a lot of fun and Hannah DeRoo invited us all over to her house. It worked out great because Daisy was going to a friend's birthday party/sleepover the same night.

At the sleepover Gabriel was the entertainment! Hannah had country music playing and he danced around the room. We did face masks, ate yummy treats and watched a movie. We stayed up talking until about 2am. In the morning we all woke up at 7:30am with Gabriel. Ruth Rogers came over a little bit later and brought ingredients to make fruit smoothies. Hannah also made whole wheat waffles from scratch. We set her dining room table and enjoyed a very delightful breakfast. This morning was bright and sunny so after breakfast we all went out to the backyard and watched Gabriel play in his little house and push around a little potato bug. Hannah watered all her flowers. We had such a fun and relaxing time.

Here is a slideshow of our girl's afternoon out and the sleepover. Remember to pause my "finetune" music player under my "previous entries" so the sound from the video and the music don't overlap! :)

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Here is video of the little dancer! :)

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

As stars shine...

"Prayer comes spontaneously from those who abide in Jesus. Prayer is the natural outgushing of a soul in communion with Jesus. As the leaf and fruit come out of the vine branch without any conscious effort and simply because of its living union with the stem, so prayer buds and blossoms and fruits out of souls abiding in Jesus. As stars shine, so do abiders pray. They do not say to themselves, "it is time for us to get to our task and pray." No, they pray as wise men eat - namely, when the desire for it is upon them. They do not cry out as under bondage, "At this time I ought to be in prayer, but I do not feel like it. What a weariness it is!" They have a glad errand at the mercy seat and rejoice to go there. Hearts abiding in Christ send forth supplications as fires send out flames and sparks. Souls abiding in Jesus open the day with prayer; prayer surrounds them as an atmosphere all day long; at night they fall asleep praying. They are able to joyfully say, 'When I awake, I am still with Thee' (Psalm 139:18)." ~Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I Am Praying

"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest...for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls." ~Jesus
Matthew 11:28-29

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Sadly I had to take Eva-Karin to the airport this morning so she could fly back to LA. I have had such a wonderful time with her while she has been here. A week is just much too short! But I am not the only person who is going to miss her dearly. My cat decided that EK was her favorite person while she was here. Wherever EK was the cat had to be there as well. Here is a little video dedicated to EK and the cat! ;)

Remember to pause my "finetune" music player below my "previous entries"! :)

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Friday, April 13, 2007

A BBQ and Bonfire!

Last night we had a wonderful BBQ and campfire with my family, my in-laws and some friends from church. We sat around the fire visiting and enjoying the clear evening. My best friend Hannah brought her little son Gabriel and for the most part he stole the show! I have some video of the frisby being thrown around and of little Gabriel. I think you will find that his laughter is very contagious! :)
Remember to pause my "finetune" music player located below my "previous entries" column on the right side of my page or the sound from the player will overlap the video's sound. :)

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

An outing...

My cousin Eva-Karin is graduating from college this May and her mother (my Aunt Karin) requested that my mom take her senior portrait while she is here. Eva-Karin wanted to go someplace pretty while she was here so we decided Federation Forest up near Mt. Ranier is a beautiful place and at the same time my mom could take her pictures there. What we didn't really think about was the fact that up near Mt. Ranier it would be a lot colder than it is down here by the Sound. We drove through quaint little Buckley and Enumclaw and ate lunch before we headed up to Federation Forest. When we arrived it was most definitely beautiful, but absolutely freezing. And on top of that it was windy which did not make it feel any warmer! We decided this would not be a good place to take EK's pictures! But we did still take a short, half mile, meandering hike through some of the forest. It would have been fun to take a longer hike but none of us, especially EK from Southern California, were dressed for the cold temperature. After our little walk we decided to head back down towards the warmer Sound.

We went to Point Defiance Park instead which was not windy and most definitely warmer than Federation Forest. Mom got into her "zone" and began taking lots of beautiful pictures of EK. (She even took some fun ones of the both of us.) Daisy and I took turns helping out by holding the silver reflector. At one point my brothers-in-law Taraz and Rahmat rolled up on their bikes. They did not know we were there but just happened upon us. Tonight we are having a BBQ and a bonfire at my parent's house! Bring on the sunshine, I hope! :)

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

To be in heaven...

This is a quote from Charles Spurgeon read by our choir director at our Good Friday Service. When he read it I began to think of Gabe and my baby and the joy they must have now being in eternal fellowship with Jesus face to face. And yet we who are still here and who have trusted Christ as our Savior can have a taste of what that will be like.

"To be in heaven is to lean one's head upon the breast of Jesus. You have done it on earth? Then you know what heaven is. To be in heaven is to talk with Jesus, to sit at his feet, to let our heart beat against His heart. If you have had that on earth, you have had some of the grapes of heaven.
Cherish then, these fortastes, of whatever kind they may have been in your individual case. Differently constituted, you will all look at heaven in a different light. Keep your foretaste just as God has given it to you. He has given each of you some one; if you love it, it is more suitable for your own condition. Treasure it up; think much of it. Think more of your Master. For remember, it is 'Christ in you the hope of glory,' after all, that is your only foretaste of heaven; and the more fully prepared shall you be for the bliss of the joyous ones in the land of the happy."

Monday, April 09, 2007

Eva-Karin has arrived!!

My wonderful cousin Eva-Karin just flew in this morning from LA on her spring break. (She is the one on the left in this picture, the one on the right is her wonderful sister Mary Beth.) She will be here until this Saturday. My brother Ben came with me this morning to pick her up from the airport. She was very hungry when she arrived, she explained how breakfast for her was a Easter Nest (nest shaped Rice Crispy Treat with a Peep inside) my Gramma had made and some coffee. She wanted to go someplace that they don't have down in LA so we went to the Ram on Ruston Way, on the waterfront in Tacoma. On the way down I-5 towards Tacoma we hit a huge rain squall and I had to slow my speed way and down and make sure there was lots of space between me and the car ahead of me. The weather has been crazy today. One minute it will be sunny and so pretty and the next minute and dark ominous rain cloud will pass over and dump buckets of rain. This is typical April weather in Washington. I told Eva-Karin in an earlier e-mail message that if she didn't like the weather when she was here then just wait 5 minutes and it would change. I guess my prediction is coming true! :) Tonight we are just going to relax and probably rent a movie.

Sunday, April 01, 2007