Today we took the kids to the splash park. I love this place!! It is a gated slab of concrete with all of these different things that shoot and spray water. There is no pool for them to fall into when I am not looking and it is more fun than just a sprinkler in the front yard! Linley even got in on the action. She would try to grab the spray of water and then would kindof shiver when the water would hit her! She really liked it! We played for a little over an hour and were the only ones there until right at the end! We were all tired by then and decided to come home and rest!
Monthly Archives: June 2008
We had VBS last week at our church (Highland Drive Baptist). It was a blast! The boys loved it so much. The theme was Sonworld and the whole week was like we were at an amusement park. I worked with the first graders. What a sweet age! One of the things that impressed me the most was a thing called Operation Christmas Child. I had heard of it before but had never learned about it in depth. It starts with a simple shoe box and then you pack it with basic necessities, school supplies, and then some small toys. Then it is eventually makes it to a child in another country who never has even had a toy of his/her own! We included a letter and picture of the child sending it. Sometimes you get a letter back from the child that received it. We learned about this all week and on the last day each child at VBS got to pack a box. It was so sweet to see each child so carefully pick out the things that would go in their box! After they were packed each child hugged their box as if they were hugging the child who would receive it and we prayed for them. It was very touching! God is Good! All the time!! Here are a few pictures.
My first graders hugging and praying for their boxes.
Layne with his friend Maddison.
John-Isaac in opening assembly.
Closing program. There is just something about children singing and praising God that just touches you in a way nothing else can!
I cannot believe my baby is five months old!! Where is the time going? Didn’t I just bring her home from the hospital the other day? It sure seems like it. Yes, Linley is growing so fast. It seems as though she is doing something new everyday. She is really starting to get a playful side, and even starting to show a little bit of an attitude at times (I don’t know where she could get that from!). She started rolling over a couple of weeks ago and she is wanting to sit up so badly. Oh, if only they could stay little just a while longer. I am very thankful that I am with her every day and I don’t ever have to miss one little thing that she does. Even if it is just sleeping!
My mom brought Linley this Baby Huggems to the hospital. Layne asked me tonight if he could give her her baby doll. I really didn’t think that much about her showing any interrest in it yet, but I told Layne that he could give it to her. She laughed out loud when Layne showed it to her and she started reaching for it. She played with it for probably 15 minutes. She would just coo at it and then she figured out that its head and arm tasted pretty good too! I am so excited to actually have baby dolls in the house!!!
I think she was telling her baby a secret!
Linley giving her baby a big kiss!!
After our day in Little Rock we headed south to Monticello for my Grandad’s surprise birthday party. We had such a good time visiting with everyone. As kids we couldn’t wait to get down there and play with our cousins and now that we are all grown up and most of us have kids of our own it is so neat to see our kids running and playing and doing the same things we did. My Grandad is such an amazing person. He has beaten odds in his life so many times that would seem impossible to beat! He is a WWII veteran. The thing I always remember as a little girl was his helmet that sat by the fireplace in their living room. It had a hole on both sides. As he was fighting, a bullet went through, skimmed his head, and came out the other side. WOW! That is just one story. There are so many more. He has truly lived a fascinating life. We all had a great time. John-Isaac’s favorite thing was the cake! I think he had three pieces at least! Layne loved feeding the fish. The only bad thing that happened was John-Isaac put his hand down on a red wasp and got stung on his fingertip. Luckily he is not allergic. We gave him a little Benadryl and he had a good nap all the way home!
Feeding the fish.
John-Isaac out on Benadryl on the way home. Aren’t Boppy pillows wonderful!!!!!
Saturday was the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Heart Picnic at the Little Rock Zoo. Every year they invite all of their heart patients and their families back for a day of fun and celebration. It is always a day of reflection and thankfulness for me as I think about our stay at the hospital when John-Isaac was just 2 months old. It will be 6 years since his surgery this summer and we are so thankful that it was a one time surgery and he is fine. God is so good, all the time! The day went well even though it was very hot. We left a little early and took the kids to their favorite restaurant for dinner, The Purple Cow. They love it not because of the food but because for dessert they get purple ice cream!
This bald eagle was right at the fence of his pen. It was neat to see him up close.
John-Isaac with his purple ice cream at the Purple Cow.