The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hilton Head Beach

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Awake my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.

Psalm 57:7-11

Kids enjoying the cool crisp day at the beach
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

1 Cor. 13 4-8

May God arise, may his enemies be scattered...Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds, his name is the Lord and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling...Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our slavation. Selah... Psalm 68

...take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the SWORD of the Spirit which is the WORD of GOD... Ephesians 6:16-17

I will make you fishers of men... -Jesus

Everyone who calls upon the name of the LORD will be saved. Romans 10:13

Look to the cross of Christ.

We had Military Marriage Retreat this past weekend at Hilton Head. It was great to get away with the family and to get to know and encourage other military families. David did a great job teaching through the 5 Love Languages among other materials. Thanks to all of those who kept the weekend and families in your prayers. We continue to pray for these families, that God's love, truth, peace, joy, hope, power and very presence would permeate our homes.

Isaiah 61:1-2 "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to teh poor, He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor..."

This is JESUS and His Spirit working in and through His faithful ones. May we all be found faithful.

By His Grace alone,

The Arthurs <><

*on a side note, if anyone knows how to make phone pictures bigger on blogs:) let me know!! or to center the top blog picture. haha not the most computer/technologically savy one.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Isabella Grace!

Isabella turned 4 years old on Sunday!

wishing for a "real puppy dog"....
The Prince and I

The Lighting of the candles...

Serving the lovely Princess Myra

Reading "A Princess with a Purpose" a Princess Story book about the KING of KINGS and what a real Princess is made of...

Princess Stephanie, Princess Isabella, and Prince Isaac

Tracing our princess hands...learning "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" by GOD in my mommy's belly. Psalm 139 God has a purpose for my hands. I am made to Know, worship, and praise Him. To bring HIM glory. Matt. 5:16 These princess are very wise!

Beautiful Princess Myra enjoying her treats...

A Princess Tea Party for the girls and a class on being a gentlemen for the little guys.

Thanks to all that came out and sent happy bday wishes! She had a blast!

Solomon slept through some of the tea party, but woke up ready to
party with the best of them...even if that meant wearing a princess crown... Iz likes opening cards!
And ofcourse she was ALL about the presents!

Princess Emily The Gentlemen serving Princess Stephanie. Isabella set the menu. She wanted *cup cakes *cake * donuts and *goldfish with the tea

Princess Ashley and Princess Myra arrived

Princess Ava being escorted in...

Let the celebration begin! Princess Isabella escorted by Mighty Warrior David Isaac

The Gentlemen and
The Ladies

Princesses with a Purpose

Isabella coming down the stairs when she woke up Sunday morning!!

Saturday at the Farm - Happy Fall Harvest

Corn Maze - Family Fun

Isaac working on the map, getting guidance from daddy

On the tractor ride with friends - Ms. Jessica, Ava, and Olivia

Jumpy - a kids favorite (this farm is prepared!) Corn Cannon!

WHOA!!! WOW!!!!

Corn Pit - we are still finding corn kernels in our car!

Cow Train
Chillin in the back yard
Happy Saturday morning play time!

We had a busy and fun filled weekend. Isabella Grace had a good birthday and we enjoyed celebrating her 4 years of life! As always, thanking God for the many rich blessings.

By His Grace,

The Arthurs <><

Friday, October 14, 2011

Adventures in Parenting!

Izzie G turns 4 this Sunday, October 16th! She likes to help make waffles, this is Monday morning, Columbus Day.

Solomon eating a piece of WAFFLE! (his first words in the morning when he wakes up are usually "EAT...EAT..." and gives the sign languate motion for eating)
Isaac waiting, but in the mean time checking off that he made his bed and brushed his teeth!! He likes to get rewards!

Monday early evening, Isaac broke his arm on the play ground:( This is his permanent cast he got put on Tuesday morning (ER did temporary cast). He is STRONG and COURAGEOUS! Josh 1:9

Back to school on Wednesday! His teacher said he didn't complain once about his arm. Brave boy.It's helped him to SLOW down too and pay attention a bit better.

Isabella's first day of ballet Wednesday!

Solomon watching Praise Baby music video...not interested in anything else at the moment...

Thankful for good doctors and modern day medicine. Also thankful for family and friends who constantly support us physically and lift us up in prayer. Thanks to Terry and Liz who watched Izzie and Soli Monday night so David and I could take Isaac to the ER. And for the many constant prayers of friends and family. Thankful for a God who never leaves us nor forsakes us. To a God who "carries us to the heighths". Habakkuk 3

Daivd Isaac came home from the ER that night and starting singing songs to God on his own. He actually made up some new verses to the "Jesus-Jesus" song. If you know the chorus he added,

"Be GLAD in HIM, Glad in HIM, Glad in the morning, Glad in the noon-time, Glad in HIM, Glad in HIM, Glad when the sun goes down!"

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name! For the LORD is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100

Blessings to you and yours!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

David Isaac first day of Kindergarten!! August 2011

Isabella wanted to go with Isaac on his first day! Solomon slept in! :)
She loves her big brother!

Family visit to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum - an excellent museum show casing the Mighty Eighth from World War II. This Air force from Savannah was very instrumental in bringing an end to the war in Germany. The whole family enjoyed and we paid our respects to the fallen hero's at the many memorial stones in their memorial garden.

In the Memorial Garden with my hero.

Checking out a McDonnel F-4C Phantom

This F-4C was made in 1965 and retired in 1987. These aircrafts "achieved legendary status in Vietnam".

A Vietnam Memorial in the Memorial Garden

David and I celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary in September. Since David has been in the military we have been in different states or countries for our actual anniversary day. This September David was at NTC in California training, so some girlfriends and I celebrated together. :) We went to a festival at the Meinhardt Winery in Statesboro, GA. Thanks Faith and Stephanie!! (And to Emily and Hunter who watched the kids!!!)

Back at the Mighty Eighth Museum...this time with Mamaw Vickie and Grandma Westbrook from Louisianna. I was thankful for their visit the last week before David got home. It was a light at the end of the tunnel!!!

Mamaw Vickie, Grandma Westbrook with kiddos

Solomon - AKA BOY. He gets mad if you tell him his name is Solomon, he says, "NO, BOY!"

At the Lafayette Square in Savannah, GA. Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in the background.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist...the congregation established here in late 1700's

Savannah is known for it's Candy shops...thanks to Mamaw and Grandma we still have bags of it! :) We all had a lot of fun!!

Thanks for the memories Mamaw and Grandma! And thanks for getting me out to be a tourist!

Happy FALL to all and hope to have more visitors soon!