Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Air Show.

Today was a fun day.
We got the opportunity to watch the Air Show after the Air Force Graduation.
It was a neat experience, the kids really enjoyed it.
We also got to hang out with friends and BBQ at the church while waiting for the show to start.
As school is coming to an end for Jason the moments with our friends are more and more cherished.
 I feel so blessed for this season of life.

Proud to be an American!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Violet's 2nd B-Day.

We had the joy of celebrating Violet's 2nd Birthday today with friends.
One of my favorites things to do is decorate and create a pretty party.
I really enjoy small little details.
And the fellowship that comes with it.
Laughter, visiting, yummy food, CAKE!

Violet got a little embarrassed when we all sang to her.
She really enjoyed her party otherwise:)
We are blessed to have you in our life Violet.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Little Miss...

Violet is almost two. 
 This girl is a little character with a whole lot of personality.
She is definitely very good at expressing to us how she is feeling.  
Whether it's "shhhing us" cause her baby is sleeping, crossing her arms cause she is un happy,  dancing cause its her favorite thing to do, or being a loving cuddle bug.
She is entering her terrible I mean terrific TWO's and I couldn't be more thankful.


Expressing herself.

Snuggle bug.

2 weeks shy of her { Terrific Twos }

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Reunited in Colorado.

I had the opportunity to shoot a sweet family here in Colorado.
This families' father and husband has been serving our country in Afghanistan for the past year.
Praise God for men, women, and famlies who sacrifice so much for our freedom.
It was a heart filling shoot to see the joy this family had just being together.

Freedom isn't free.

Friday, May 4, 2012

A four year old.

A four year old child,
Mysteriously wild.
A stream to jump in,
 and get his shoes soaking wet.
A stick to poke at things,
and pretend to play a drum set.
Oh Ryden how I love you so,
you always seem to put on quite the show.

How he felt when he realized jumping in the stream 
and not over the stream would result in wet muddy shoes.

Boys get over things quickly.  
On to better things like running barefoot and playing with sticks.

And his newest interest, playing the drums.
He says he is saving his quarters for a drum set.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Only time will tell.

Only four more weeks of school left for my hubby and our move out date is on the 31st of May. 
 I am open to where God wants to lead us but I am not gonna lie it would be nice to live close to my loved ones.
I really miss hanging out with my family and friends. 
I m not much of a person who likes to talk on the phone.
I like hanging out in person:)
Its either gonna be I am gonna have to learn to talk more on the phone or I wont have to because we will be close to home.
Only time will tell I guess.

I loved spending time with my parents this past week.
Its always good to re- connect.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

An Aspen, beautiful on the outside rotten on the inside.

As summer approaches and the sun visits our days on a more regular basis we tend to our yard and plants everyday.   The other day while outside watering our yard "the mayor" of our street pops over.  My husband and I call him the mayor because he is so neighborly to everyone on the block.  He makes his rounds having friendly conversations with all the neighbors, taking interest in their lives, and calling them by first name.  I guess he is just being a good neighbor to everyone as the bible tells us to do.  Anyways the major stops by just to talk and then points out something interesting about one of our trees. " You know your aspen looks like it might be rotting." says the mayor.  I think to myself what how can that be?  It is so beautiful right now, full of bright green leaves, growing by the minute.  He then says " Aspens often rot from the inside and if you look at the very top of the aspen there is one tiny branch that has no leaves on it.  That is a sign it is rotten and if you don't cut it down it will spread to all the other trees, you better get it checked out."   Ever since that day I look and ponder on that tiny branch at the very top of the beautiful tree.  It is so weird because before he pointed it out I just admired the beauty of that tree, never once noticing the bare branch at the top that could be a sign of rot.

You know sometimes our lives can be like that Aspen, appearing to be so beautiful and full.  When really on the inside there is something rotten that can quickly spread to others; sin.  It can be gossip for instance, we hear of a trouble or trial another person may be going through and then talk about it to a friend.  Yes we may actually be concerned for that person but instead of praying about it with a fellow friend we just talk about it "gossip about it."  How can our words and thoughts be used by the Lord if we haven't given those words to him through prayer.  They become words the enemy rides on spreading from one person to the next.  The only way to cut the ROT out of our lives is by lifting up every situation to the Lord in prayer.  I was so struck by this Aspen tree and the significance that touched me through it.  1 Corinthians 5:6 reads " Your boasting about this is terrible.  Don't you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?" I feel as though it was God's way of showing me that it is my responsibility to lift up every worry of mine or others to him.  If something bad is going on in my life or someone else's don't just talk about it,  pray about it.  He already knows what is going on he just wants us to ask him, bring it to his table.  My children will often whine when they need help with something or are struggling.  I know that they need my help but I just want them to use their words and ask me.  It is the same thing God wants, he wants us to ask and how do we ask but through prayer.  Isaiah 44:22 says  "I have swept away your sins like a cloud.  I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.  Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free."  He has already paid the price and the more I read his word and spend time in prayer the more he reveals himself to me in the simple things such as a rotten yet still beautiful Aspen tree.  I do not want to hide my sins appearing to be beautiful on the outside I want to be beautiful on the inside as well.   Yes we are all human and sometimes sin works its way into our hearts but that doesn't mean we can't recognize it and cut it out so it doesn't infect others.  Job 31:33 says " Have I tried to hide my sins like other people do, concealing my guilt in my heart?" Yes more than likely I have tried to hide my sins but I just have to admit them to God because he is a forgiving God and already knows what I have done.  I want Gods truth, grace, love, and beauty to be inside me.  I am proclaiming HIM to be the infectious part of my life.  I WILL live through his ways because they are the only ways. Today is a new day and I am going to be a "Healthy Aspen", beautiful on the inside and out!

Psalm 83: 13-15 "O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind! As fire burns a forest and a flame sets mountains ablaze, chase them with your fierce storm; terrify them with your tempest."