- About a month ago, we celebrated 14 years of marriage! My parents kept the boys overnight and gave us a night at the Westin Hotel at the Galleria in Dallas! We had Mi Cocina for dinner, walked the mall, had Haagen Daz for dessert, and actaully had a quiet evening together for a change! Wonderful! For my anniversary, Jerry got me a new camera. I cannot tell you how excited I am about it, although I still haven't learned how to use all of its features. The pictures in this post are a few we took while trying to figure out the new camera.
Just goofing off with the new camera...this is Drew on our way to a July 4th cookout.
- I cannot tell you how excited I am for school to be starting next week. I am soooo tired of hearing the kids bicker and get on each other's nerves! I am also tired of hearing the words, "I'm bored." At least with tons of school work to do, they won't have a valid reason to say they're bored. Not that they won't still try it...
- The Jr. High Grammar class I was so excited about teaching at our local homeschool co-op didn't make. I was so disappointed I had a hard time gathering my things and getting out of there without crying in front of everyone. But I know that there were many people praying that just the right students would sign up, so the fact that I didn't get enough to keep the class tells me God has something else for me to be doing instead. I'm choosing to trust that his plan is better than mine, because, you know, it is.
One of the sillier features of the new camera - templates to put the pictures in - right on the camera screen! Crazy.
- I am working through a Kay Arthur Bible study right now called, Lord, I Want to Know You. It is a study on the names of God, and it has been amazing!! I am so thankful that I had already done the lesson on El Elyon before the co-op registration. It is so amazing to me to try to understand fully what it means that God is Most High, fully in control of everything that happens. I am not sure my human brain can fully comprehend it all, but to know that even when Satan attacks, he has to ask God's permission first - well that's comforting to me! That means that God has a purpose and plan to use each of those hard times for my betterment. His plan will happen no matter what because he is sovereign over heaven and earth, angels and demons, the good and the bad. Wow.
Jerry took this one...I know it is a horrible picture as far as pictures go, but the effect of having the outside blurry and the focus only on Aaron's head is cool. I'm sure there's a technical name for this effect...
- It's amazing just how cool 86 degrees feels after 40 days in a row of temperatures over 100 degrees. Saturday we actually had rain (!!!) and the temperature stayed so low - sitting in the house under the ceiling fan actually felt cold that day!
This picture doesn't show any special camera feature, but I love seeing Andrew really able to join in with what his brothers are doing now. And I love that his brothers humor him and let him join the fun!
- Jerry and the boys have another allergy treatment this week. We all hate these treatments so much, but also cannot deny that they have made a world of difference for our overall health. With a treatment on Thursday, we are on much stricter eating now through September 9. It's no fun, but we also thought it was important to get another treatment in before the fall baseball season gets in full swing so that the kids aren't suffering after each practice and game. The summer clinics they did, although fun and very educational for them, were horrible for their allergies. With no rain, the dust has been unbearable. Mix that with the tree pollen and the ragweed, and they coughed and sniffed after each night at the ballpark. Actually, all of us except for Andrew did! Remind me on Friday when both my older boys are throwing up and miserable that it is worth it, okay?