Monday, June 23, 2008

Overheard Conversation

This was heard at church yesterday.

Tabitha:How old are you getting to be?

Brother Garnes:Ninety-six.

Tabitha:Oh, I thought you were one MILLION!

Brother Garnes:No, not yet.

I love his answer. He looks forward to spending eternity praising God, so one day he really will be a million.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ocean City, Maryland

We all loved the beach!

The girls were content to play in the sand,
Seth insisted on being by the water, even though it kept knocking him over.

Happy little girl... as long as she wasn't near the water, that is.

If he wasn't being knocked down by waves, he was playing ball or frisbee.

I'm even allowing a picture of myself to be seen.

Sunset we saw on the first night.

Our view from the hotel room patio.

We all got new water shoes. Clockwise from the top: Enoch, Tabitha, me, Seth and Patricia with her little pink bathing suit showing.

I took Tabitha and Seth to their first mini-golf game. Do you like the way Seth holds the club?

How they slept at night.

On the boardwalk.

Tabitha took this, I'm eating cotton candy.

We went on a pirate adventure. A one hour boat ride with lots of fun activities lead by the two pirates you see there. The kids had a blast. I was happy to be on a boat.

It was only a 3 day trip, but we had lots of fun. I can't wait to go again!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Jesus is coming again

Tonight when I was putting the kids to bed they asked for a Bible story. I thought it was too late, so I declined. Tabitha asked for just a quick one. I said, "Jesus is coming again. I love you. Goodnight."

With all the crazy weather we've been having I keep thinking of the Lord's second coming. I'm not a huge prophesy buff, but some verses in Revelation, speaking of the tribulation, seem to be pretty clear to me. I feel like the Lord is preparing the earth, so that when "crazier" things start happening it won't be totally unforeseen and maybe people will even be able to explain things scientifically.

The following portion is from Revelation chapter 16:

vs 8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and the power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
vs 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they did not repent to give Him glory.

Global warming, anyone?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

But Mom...

This morning I told the kids that we'll be going to the beach in two days. Squeals of excitement erupted. I told them we'll be staying in a hotel right on the beach.

Tabitha's response was priceless. "But mom..." then she started singing, "the wise man builds his house upon a rock, the wise man builds his house upon a rock..." Actions and everything.

I knew what she was getting at: "the foolish man builds his house upon the sand... and the house on the sand goes splat." I told her that we weren't moving there, but she was right.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Seth is three!

His birthday was waaaay back on May 23rd, but I'm finally getting to post some pictures.

Seth is definitely our most active child. He can bounce off the walls and spin circles around you all day long. When he's not around I feel like I'm on vacation. With that being said, he is also our most affectionate child. He loves to sleep on my arm and he gives the BEST hugs and kisses around. He kisses like the french, one on each cheek.

He loves anything that has to do with sports. Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer. As long as he's running around, he's happy. When we're at church, sometimes I take him out to the hallway, because he can't sit still. The second we get out the door he starts running up and down the hall pretending he's Superman.

I'm finally learning how he learns. Tabitha was always so independent. Even when she struggles, she refuses help. Seth doesn't refuse help, so I am trying very hard to let him struggle as he tries to pull up his pants or put on his shirt. He says, "I can't do it", but I just encourage him and he is able to finally get it done. Resisting to help can be so hard sometimes!

Seth now speaks in full complex sentences. People understand him when he tells them his name. As active as he is he sometimes appears in his own world. However, he is well aware of what's going on around him. He notices when someone needs a hug or if someone asks him a question he actually hears them.

I love him to pieces. Maybe in another month or so I'll get around to posting pictures from his party :) The following are all from his birthday.

He didn't know it at this point, but later in the day we were going to a real baseball game.

Chillin' with his sisters:

Traffic in front of us, as we drove to pick Enoch up from work:
Traffic behind us:
I don't think the kids noticed the traffic :)

At Enoch's work we parked our car and then took the Metro. Do you see Seth's subtle expression of excitement? I think this was his first "train" ride.

We got to the ballpark early, so we were able to watch the players practice from up close.
Washington Nationals:
This was our first time going to one of the Nats games. In the past we've gone to Baltimore Orioles.
Now we're at our seats. This is still before the game and the kids are bored. Notice Patricia crying:

Enoch with the Nationals sign in the background :)

My dad and Suzie joined us.
The girl who always insists on making silly faces in pictures:

Patricia was getting tired by this point, but she was a trooper.

We got our picture taken with the "running presidents" I think they're called. Oh, and the Geiko gecko.
After the game they had fireworks. That was the kids favorite part. We beat the Brewers 5-1!