Monday, July 30, 2007
We arrived at the cabin Sunday evening...We spent today settling in. We had 2 minor mishaps that we needed to tend to...The brake pads on the van were down to the nubs and badly needed to be replaced (we noticed the grinding only when we added the jet skis to the back). Secondly, one of the jet skis is out of commission...not sure why, but it's broke.
We have taken a few pontoon rides...Noah loves driving! Spent part of the day cleaning out the pontoon, and have enjoyed spending time with Dave's family (His parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle).
Tomorrow, we are planning on going to the stock car races in the evening and on Wednesday to the traditional ski show that we see every year (but really enjoy). Dave and I are both feeling more relaxed and are enjoying just being with one another...the sweetness that comes with rest and getting away.
Thank You Jesus for rest and relaxation and that you built them into our lives for a purpose.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Thank you Jesus for realizing that sometimes we have to struggle through things in order to grasp their importance and fully appreciate the end result more. Thank you too that you are always there to pull us out when we need it.
In more exciting news, Noah will have a girl cousin come November. Dave's brother and sister-in-law just found out that they are having a (probable) girl! She will be the first girl in this immediate Yenerich clan. Oodles of pink to go around I'm sure. Congrats Mike and Laura!
Jonelly...looking forward to seeing the new pad soon! Perhaps after vacation?
Mindy...good luck with the last week in lit...then back to having fun with the kiddos!
Ann...Hope your brain is not too full with all the info in Alpha...enjoy the rest of your time there and have a safe trip back!
To everyone else, hope you are having a fantastic Wednesday!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday: I headed home to Kankakee to help celebrate my dad's birthday. He is now 61 years young. :-) During the day, I met with my close friend Tiffany. We went to the State Park and walked a little bit. It was beautiful and serene. Tiffany actually was the catalyst that brought me to Christ oh so many years ago. We have both moved around a lot and are enjoying living closer right now. She is such an encourager and a great person to "process" with. Her husband Jon, is taking his first set of boards this Thursday, so after we met, we went back so that we could pray over him. It was good.
That evening my family went to Blue's Cafe to celebrate my dad. Holy Cow is that the greatest food ever. That place has been my favorite restaurant since my 11th birthday when I first ordered chicken fillet (the beginning of a lifelong love affair.) Afterwards, we watched the Illusionist...a really interesting and great movie.
Happy Birthday Dad!!
Tuesday: I drove back this morning, had a fun chat with Sara, took a nap, and am now getting ready to get back into the swing of things by going grocery shopping and cleaning. Go me.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Today, I helped Heather clean out her apartment in the morning. When I came back Dave had cleaned our house! I can't tell you how nice it was for ME to walk into a clean house after working! :-) It was really very kind of him.
The day has been on and off since. We keep getting phone calls from people requesting services/things...mostly because Dave is the president of the homeowners association...but he isn't home, so I couldn't help them. I went dress shopping for a dress for Emily's wedding. I had to take Noah with me...Boy was that a mistake! #1) Although he had just gotten up from a nap, he still seemed tired #2) He thought crawling under the changing room doors and taking off was the best game there was. (Me, trying to throw clothes on and chase after him was not so impressed with this game). Eventually I gave up and headed home. I've read a good book and had a good chat with my friend Sara, who always makes me laugh.
So all in all, it has been a typical day, filled with ups and downs...but the ups have far outweighed the downs. :-) (Have to go get my crying kid now)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
This picture doesn't give a really good idea what it looks like.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Lord, Help me to find my joy in You. Remind me Jesus that You are in control...that I need to be productive, but not worry. Thank you for all that you have blessed me with. Amen.
Monday, July 2, 2007
(Picture taken down out of respect for this child and his/her family.)
The picture is apparently taken in the Sudan and is of a young child crawling to a feeding station 1/2 mile away as a vulture looks on. It's sickening...I wanted to look away and pretend that it didn't exist...that it was somehow fake...but I know better.
This picture, like it did to Ann, has haunted me since I first saw it. I keep thinking, this could have been my son given different cirumstances. It's a kid...a helpless child. It makes me physically ill. I became very convicted about the way Dave and I lead our lives...and what possible ways we could continue to help out (We already have a compassion child)
Then, the mail came. In it there was a letter from World Vision. Interesting that it came today of all days. Could this be God telling us something? .
I wrote to our compassion international child today as a way to remind myself that the world exists beyond me. In looking for a verse to send to him, I came across 2 Corinthians 9:6-7:
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
For the record, I didn't send that verse...althoughI definitely felt God tugging on my heart strings today through all these different avenues. If you too are interested in getting involved, World Vision has a great venue for providing one-time donations or for sponsoring a child...as does Compassion International. In reality, it takes not going out to eat ONCE to sponsor a child for a month (~$30/month).
I don't know what ever became of that child...the outcome was probably bleak...However, as much as I would like to forget that suffering exists...I can't forget that picture. That picture is a stark reminder that famine does exist, terrible things are happening throughout the world, and, that my life is lavishly rich (no matter how much I sometimes disagree), and that we are called, as Christians, to help those who are less fortunate than us.
Jesus, thank you for the reminder that there is REAL pain and suffering out there. There are REAL needs. Help me to keep that in perspective. The feelings you have invoked in me today, let them bring change...don't allow me to forget because it hurts to see. I pray that you would show me how you want us to partner in this cause and that you would move others to
partner as well. Amen.