Friday, May 23, 2008

The Presbytery Meeting!

What a week this has been...what a perfectly wonderful, amazing, exhilarating, blissful week! God has been so very good to us, and has showered us with so many of His blessings! We had the privilege of visiting with friends that we rarely see and meeting new friends as well! Presbytery was a success - all seemed to go as planned. Thank You Lord!

We had a great time getting to know the Lovett, Hector and Davis families, as well as Dr. Sproul Jr. and my mom’s friend, Mrs.
Kulikauskas. They stayed at our house during the week (and the Hectors and Davis' a bit longer, which was wonderful!!!!) and we enjoyed much sweet fellowship, laughter, feasting and chatting! There were a few interesting episodes: one included a boat and a snake (and the boat was filled with a few frightened girls – plus a few others - but we won't mention that). :-)

Then on Monday night we were able to go see "Prince Caspian" (you can read my dear fathers review HERE) with our friends, which was so exciting! Thankfully, nobody choked. :-D (Inside joke) And the joy on the ride home was...ahem...joyful! *grin*

Then on Wednesday night we were able to do our official "Star-Gazing" evening. The "older" kids camped out on the lawn (the road, unfortunately didn't end up working out...too much gravel...and it didn't go over to well with the Moms who had visions of headlights...ahem.), telling stories, watching the stars, and just having a marvelous time, that is until we were awoken (due to a forecasting of rainfall that evening) and finally went inside at around 12:30. :-)

I couldn't recapture the joy that this week has filled me with if I had hundreds of pages to write on, but I can tell you this: God is so very good.
Thank you, everyone that came, for taking the time to be with us. It was a wonderful week! God bless all, and please enjoy the photos!

In Christ Alone,


You can view the nearly complete photo albums here:

Presbytery Meeting

Davis Family Visit

P.S. You can see more photos from Presbytery on the following blogs (if anyone knows of more, please let me know!):

Some of the young ladies at Church huddled together for a group photo!

I love Tiff's and Jared's faces in this picture. TOO funny! :-D Anyhoo, they're serving food during the Friday night dinner. It was delicious, y'all!

William and Brown Sugar...attempting to dance? They were too cute! :-)

This picture makes me laugh. Us girls were posing for a photo and at the moment Tiff was getting the picture Mr. Ryken walked in front of the camera, so we made him get into the photo with us! :-D
L-R: Elissa, Melinda, Me and Red. And then Mr. Ryken, of course. :-)

Group Shot at Church. (Got to love the modern art behind :-D)

The adults enjoy dinner at the Sanford's house.

Guess who's hands are who's!! :-) I'll give you a clue! Here's who's hands are in the photo: Melissa, Caleb, Goose, Daisy and I. (This is after an entire afternoon of gardening, by the way.)

Lil' Cowboy, William, and Brown Sugar enjoying one another's company!

Tiff took the kids on a ride down the gravel road on the John Deere!

Melissa and Red...I think they're getting ready to go somewhere...not positive about that, though. :)

Melissa, Red and Tiff around the kitchen sink.

This Chicken coop in the making is being used as a play pen, it appears. Or something to that affect, anyway. :-D Brown Sugar and William enjoyed dancing around in it. :-D

Dad and Goose working on the Chicken Coop.

The Davis and McDonald kids.

Some of our group at the Arlee Theater, where we went to go see "Prince Caspian"

All of our group at the Arlee...well, except the photographer (Tiff) anyway. :)

Well, I would call this "Raising the garden tools in our garden" (or Iwo Jima) but I'm not too sure... If you had been working as hard as we were, you'd understand. :-D

The gardeners. :-) Caleb, Mel, Myself and Goose.

Everybody listens as Ashton picks up our phone when it rings and tells Melinda that he's Tom Cruise. I don't think she's convinced. :-)

Dr. Sproul Jr. tells the little one's a story on Sunday Morning before Church. You should've seen them, they were captivated!

Why did I put this photo up? Let me tell you. Just look at it for a long moment...see something out of place? That's right. A girl from the 1800's on a...cell phone??!! :-D My thought's exactly.

The Hector, Davis, McDonald and Pickle kids.

Mel and Red sing on the way to the Arlee Theater.

So Elissa and I both found this neat Knight in not-so-shining-armor and fought over him. It appears he didn't want to be either of our knight. He ignored us the whole time. :( He even let me hang on his arm and didn't even say a word. Talk about rude. :-)

We were shocked at the surprising resemblance between Jonathan Lovett and William. Aren't they cute?? Long lost twins?? :-D

William and Brown Sugar taking a breath of fresh air.

Anthony Hector and Joy P. watch the boats on the lake.

"Us" on the boat! We had way too much fun!

Tiff..."waiting' for my deary...!" :-)

Mr. and Mrs. Ryken at the baseball game with their adorable baby, Sara!

Melissa and William. And I was going to say something about the...person behind her, but I shall refrain from doing so. :-)

I know. That's what I was thinking too. No comment.:-)
(by the way, that's Jeremy, Jared and Garrison personified. Oh and the dog too.)

Mr. Price amongst the dancers. :-)

Red and Ben dancing!

Dr. Sproul Jr. and William at the baseball game!

Elissa and I see each other for the first time in 2 years at the baseball game!!!

Dad and William!!

A portion of the Sanford family watching the game!

Watching the game....will the Peoria chiefs win?? Um. No. :(

Kenan and Kaliste Lovett chatting with Amy P.

Mrs. Lovett and Hannah.

Mr. Riggenbach, Amy Patterson, Lily Riggenbach and Mel! :-)

Some of "the guys" talking.

Some more of "the guys" playing a game of football, I believe.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Presbytery is over. :(
But last night we were able to head over and see "Prince Caspian" with the Davis, Riggenbach, Sanford, Pickle and Candler families. It was a wonderfully amazing time of fellowship and fun! More to come on that soon.
Also coming is a big long post of photos (and commentary) from the Presbytery Meeting. So until then....

In Christ Alone,


Monday, May 12, 2008

Well, preparations for Presbytery are's getting quite exciting, and we're all getting the start of the jitters. :-) *excited grin*

To update you a bit on the happenings here....

Last Monday we had the Candler family over and got some fun photos...but somehow or other they got deleted off of the camera (you can imagine I wasn't too excited about that). :( But I suppose we'll have to do without. It was a lovely visit anyway, Candlers!!

Then last Saturday we attended a Paintball game at the Candler's house, which was LOADS of fun!! Sierra, Lenna, Suzanne and I went down to the creek (after sliding in the mud on accident and then stepping in it...ick!) and waded for a bit. We could see the boys playing Paintball across the way which was quite interesting!
A bit later on the guys let us in to play a round with them...a round in which we (as in us 4 girls) didn't carry guns or anything (something I don't think I'd ever do), we just wore masks. And we were on the team with a few guys against the team with a ton, and the point was to get us across the "way" before all of the guys on our team were taken down. And girls were not allowed to be shot at. If you shot a girl, you automatically lost. It was quite exciting, and our team actually won (remember, the teams were something like 3 guys against 9). :-)

Anyway, Tiff took sooooo many photos and I wanted to post them all, so I put them on a Picasa Slideshow, if y'all are interested. :-) Enjoy and God bless!!!

In Christ Alone,


Saturday, May 10, 2008

~Mother's Day~

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." - Washington Irving


No Love like a Mother's Love
By Jill Lemming

There is no love, like a mother's love,
no stronger bond on earth...
like the precious bond that comes from God,
to a mother, when she gives birth.

A mother's love is forever strong,
never changing for all time...
and when her children need her most
a mother's love will shine.

God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one...
for all the tears and heartache,
and for the special work they've done.

When her days on earth are over,
a mother's love lives on...
through many generations,
with God's blessings on each one.

Be thankful for our mothers,
for they love with a higher love...
from the power God has given,
and the strength from up above.

~My Mother~

I have the most wonderful mother in the world. Never have I seen anyone like her. She has raised my siblings and I with such love and devotion, giving herself up to her sacred calling. She has been a helpmeet to my father, and a tireless teacher, organizer and friend to all.
I remember last year when we all came down with the flu. My dear, precious mother brought me blankets, water, fed me broth, sat beside me keeping me company and showed overwhelming love to me. I think that as we grow older we learn to appreciate our Mother's much they do for us, and how much they love us. What would we do without mothers?
I can truly rise up and call my Mother blessed.

Happy Mother's Day, my dear Mother. God bless you. I love you.

In Christ Alone,


Mom and I making "Stuffed Grape Leaves" for our Lebanese Feast!

An "older" photo of Mom and "the girls" in Virginia.

Mom and I...1996, I believe.

Mom and I...1991.

Melissa, Emma, Grace and Mom, a few years ago in the Bahamas.

Grace and Mom on the beach in the Bahamas.

Father and Mother in Virginia.

Mom and William.

"Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “ Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” - Proverbs 31:28-29