The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

Monday, October 25, 2010

October days...

Isabella wearing her birthday princess dress from daddy.

round two - cake and ice cream with some friends:)
Went to a farm on Izzie's big day. Here we are in a corn maze.

Cow train ride - we love the wide open spaces!

Pumpkins!! Thankful for our friends who joined us on our adventure...
On the homefront we are almost settled and await David's return. The kids are doing good. God has blessed us above and beyond with a church that is full of Life and is making a difference in the community and world. God is moving and there is an awakening it seems going on in the hearts of people here (& hear stories from places all over the world). At our church we had close to 270 people get baptized in the last few weeks. The Word of God was preached (passages in Acts) and people responded getting baptized in their Sunday clothes and all. Whatever your beliefs on baptism, it's exciting to see people step out of their comfort zone and make a bold confession that Christ is Lord. Praying that God would open the eyes of His people and give us His love, courage, strength, and peace as we seek His face & walk in His ways. Praying Psalm 24 too.
Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for our soldiers and for military families...especially for reintegrations going on all over the place. Also praying for our nation & leaders.
Grace and Peace to you -
The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. Psalm 33:5,8

Thursday, September 16, 2010

saying goodbyes and heading south

But first, here is a picture of big David with some soldiers. Please keep soldiers and families in your prayers. Especially families reintegrating. It can be an wonderful yet really tough time for families.
Hanging out at favorite pool at Va beach - last play date with cousin Payton

they either hugging or fighting
Grandma hanging with soli

last vist to Sugar Hill (grandparents already moved out- the family taking care of all the stuff that was left behind! more than they took with them)
Lil D and Izzie G
on porch at sugar hill - farewells
Saying goodbye to great Aunt Millie - she lives down street from sugar hill

Payton and Izzie doing a dance
The Grandparents hugs good bye
Dear friend Nikki came in town to help wtih all the move and family affairs!
joshie pooh and amanda joined us (they now live 2 minutes from grandparents which is so nice!)
Solomon had a long day.....the first of many!!
Pops had to come down one more time - he helped fist day of the movers
the big truck...showed up 3/4 full! needless to say, they didn't get it all in there...had to bring another truck and two delivery dates. fun stuff!
Ms. Vick flew in from LA to help clean house and drive David's truck down! She was a real trooper and life saver!!

kids huggin next door neighbors :) miss you!
Pwoc ladies - a dear group of women of faith - they prayed us out and gave us goodies as we left the base...
4th stop of the day - and just now leaving Va beach! Had to stop to get some wendy's frosties!
next stop - Chic filet - this place was not easy to find!! next time will map out ahead of time:)

chic -filet:) kids played at park for good hour. we took it easy. more icecream too. :)
new kitchen - arrived wednesday night at end of July, thursday got keys to our house, and friday the first load of movers arrived.

taking a break at the water park just down our street.
fun stuff!
Soli J

Mr. David Isaac
Lil miss Izzie Bella
our new bath!
Whats up?!

Lil man first day of Pre-K (wearing his favorite super man shirt!)
The Rent's came down for Labor Day weekend

The kids and I (and broken big toe!) River walk, Savannah
Thanks mom and dad for our family piano!

maybe on or all will grow up playing!!
some new friends playing at the mall :) (a neighbor friend and I went to take kids to indoor was closed so we had to improvise...this is their balloon dancing. Solomon was really into it you can tell)
woo hoo for fun times with friends!!!
Haven't posted anything in a while and then just posted 3 long ones!! Sorry about that family:)
Anyway, we are slowly but surely getting settled in Savannah. We have a wonderful church and neighborhood. We still miss Va beach - the beach, family, and friends, - the kids still talk about it too. But we are getting use to our new home and know God has a plan and purpose for us here. We are also excited to be in the place where David will be coming home to. The kids look at the helicopters military planes and ask, "Is daddy on that one??!!" I keep telling them - after Isabella's birthday party, then we will start looking for daddy's plane.
Soon, but still not soon enough, the kids and I will be running into his arms!! Until then, we keep focus and take it all one moment at a time!
God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble!
He carries us through!
God bless you and yours!

From Sugar Hill to The Chesapeake

My brave Grandparent's after they said goodbye to their home of 40 or so years. A home that my Grandpa built. A home in an area rich with family history. In the picture below - they are waiting at my sister, Amanda's home while their daugheter's and son get their new apartment moved in. (I brought some good ole peanuts for comfort food:))

picture of Grandad sitting in one of his spots at sugar hill house

The Sugar Hill front The Chesapeake
Momma Nancy dropped her parents off at Amanda's and went to drop the first loads at their new home
Aunt Cindy arriving later - she caught a ride in elevator with some of the movers
view from their balcony
Their new family area and kitchen
Aunt Cindy arriving
Uncle Bob bringing a load
Uncle Rich and Aunt Carol trying to figure out where to put some stuff

Momma Nancy unpacking
Pops doing his part:)
The lovely Mathew kids (such sweet big sisters!!) :)
taking a break with the ladies before we pick up and bring over the new home owners

Back at Amanda's house....Grandma and pa are having a delicious meal!! Tuna melts for lunch and then beef tips and rice for dinner!! Amanda was definitely the hostest with the mostest!!
Grandpa and I

Aunt Carol and mom stopping by to check on things..and take more stuff over
Sometime around dinner....Amanda gets the green light to bring the Grandparents over to their new home....From the van we are pulling up....

taking a breather...

Taking the elevator up....

knock knock....
Welcome to your new home (work in progress still..)
yay! what a blessing to share in this experience with family...:) I had a babysitter ALL DAY LONG so it was a nice break too!
Momma Nancy bought some new dishes for the new home
Grandma looking at her new office

Grandpa found his chair (good thing!) couldn't find the remote (bad thing!) :) ...the fellows doing what they do best while the ladies continue to work non stop ....haha j/k
putting bathroom stuff away
Home sweet home...made it in time for Jeapardy

Grandma's new spot to wave good-bye...
Though it was a sad day, it was also a blessed day spending time with family and comforting to know my Grandparents are in a place they will be better taken care of.
Praying that Grandma and Grandpa's time at the Chesapeake will be filled with the presence of God. They know this is their last home until God takes them to their real HOME in Heaven. Each day is a gift and there is purpose in it no matter how young or old. Don't waste your life chasing after the wind, but surrender to the God who formed and loves you.
Jeremiah 29:11-13
"May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord's face shine upon you and be gracious to you. My the Lord lift His countenance on you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-25