Saturday, April 7, 2018

White House Easter Egg Roll

Thanks to a good friend, we were given tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll! Being a Cali girl, I didn't know this has been a big tradition since 1878. Thousands of people put in for a lottery to win tickets to this event. It was fun to participate this year! 
 Here we are waiting in line to get in- it took over an hour to get in for our time slot. Everyone had fun chatting in line.
 On the South Lawn. I vote for this guy...good looks, smart, and most importantly he has a biblical worldview because he loves Jesus. 


 The egg roll.

 The Surgeon General read the Giving Tree and Oh, the Places You'll Go to the kids- what fun! 

 Family photo.


 As we left, the girls each received a package of goodies from the Egg Roll- each were filled with Peeps, Skittles, an egg dye kit, recipes for eggs, coloring book, and the 2018 White House Egg. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Happy Resurrection Day!

 This is definitely the most wonderful day to celebrate! I was telling the girls that it's better than Christmas because Jesus is victorious over sin and death, which is even better coming as a baby. The fact that He took the payment of the world's sin, suffered and died, and then rose victoriously gives us every reason to live. Without the hope of forgiveness and a future with Him, we are eternally lost. What joy this time of year brings as we focus on His power and love. As Jesse preached on Sunday, it motivates us to worship and tell others this good news. 
So Happy Resurrection Day!
 I love how these girls are each growing in their understanding of their own sin and need for a Savior.  What a responsibility it is to teach them, train them, and show them how to humbly ask for forgiveness when I fail. It's truly a beautiful part of our relationship- once we sin against one another, we can ask for forgiveness, and easily receive forgiveness because of how much we've been forgiven by God.
 We enjoyed celebrating with the Leaches. We had a lovely dinner and time at the park.
We are so thankful for Uncle David and Auntie "L". 
This year has been quite the year for them concerning some health conditions. We have been blessed to see God answer all the requests and have Auntie "L" fully recovered. They were such a testimony to all of trusting in God's plan throughout their stay in the hospital. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Egg Hunts Galore!

 Saturday morning we went to the TeamMates easter egg hunt, which we absolutely loved! That afternoon we had a second hunt at our house. Here's some photos from the festivities...
"Carrot" veggie platter
"Bunny" fruit platter
Carrot garden with Peeps Cake made by Maddie!
New deck! We had a lovely warm, sunny day Saturday. 
We're so thankful to have Trex put in. Our old deck was rotting through and even had holes in it. 
New herb garden.
And the neighborhood egg hunt begins! 
We had about 50 here for the traditional celebration. 
Pounding the chocolate!
 Cute girls!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring "Break"

Since we're ending school the last week of May, we continued doing school through this Spring Break week. We had a fun schedule with some school in the morning, a Spring cleaning job, and a fun activity each day.  
 We were thankful for warmer days and picnic lunches! Still needed our jackets!
 We tried out roller skating for the first time!
 Dentist appointments may not of been a highlight. Haha
 On a rainy afternoon, we painted.
 That evening we dyed Easter eggs. We tried a new design- we colored hot hard boiled eggs with crayons. The crayons melted and made a pretty swirl.

The girls made a cake that looks like a carrot garden with Peeps!
 Yard work! I made a few trips to Home Depot this week. One of my favorite things to do is be outside. This week I spent a couple days weeding, planting, and laying wood chips. Jesse power washed and worked so hard on the yard. He's quite a guy! He not only worked at the office, but worked his tail off in the yard.
There were some pretty competitive Hangman and Tic Tac Toe games. 
I didn't get any photos of it, but we've been doing those dozen Resurrection Eggs that countdown to Resurrection Day. It's been encouraging to set time aside to think about and talk with the kids about the sacrifice Jesus made so that we may be reconciled to Him. He lived a perfect life, which is the only acceptable sacrifice for our sin. He is such a loving and holy God- I thank Him for making a way for me to live at peace on earth and for all eternity with Him. Oh glorious day!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

All in a Week...

 Last week Jesse was teaching pastor's in Haiti. 
He loved his time there and the ministry in that country. 
 Here at home we had a tree taken down. It's so amazing to see how the men climb the tree and cut it down in smaller pieces from the top. 
 We had a wonderful snow day! The girls enjoyed maple syrup on their snow :)

 Maddie participated in a Geography Fair. She studied Argentina, wrote a report, made this poster board, and memorized a presentation for the judges. 
She got awarded 4th place! Yay! She worked really hard and overcame her fear of speaking to the judges. 
 Saturday was lumberjack day! We had some friends come help us split the entire oak tree!
 Hard at work!
 17 little kids ran around the yard! We were so thankful for beautiful weather!

 Hot dog grill master!

 Where did the wood go??? The guys made huge stacks of firewood near the house. We are so thankful for their friendship and help! What a fun day!