I thought I'd take a break from writing to post some pictures of what our family has been up to recently. Enjoy:)
This is an "old" picture from December, when Evan thought it would be fun to try on some colorful shades while shopping.
In mid-January we were excited to go skiing with friends for the first time in over a year.
It was a beautiful day, and we all enjoyed ourselves. I'm sorry I didn't get more pictures.
Here's a few pictures of times with friends this year.
Notice our Red, White, & Blue sunglasses:)
This is another "old" picture from December, but I still wanted to share it.
We all enjoyed attending the wedding and reception of some dear friends in January. It looks like Evan thought the gifts were for him:)
Fun times with our favorite little girl.
In ealry February we celebrated my birthday as a family, and had a wonderful day together.
(Pictures above is a photo of my Birthday resolution I made for my parents)
Mom and Dad gave me the most beautiful roses.
Evan decorated the dining room....
And set the table beautifully.
The streamers made a star shape above our heads. Only an artist would think of such a creative way to do streamers.
I was also surprised to see this beautiful rose plant arrive from my sister.
It was so sweet of her to remember my birthday.
I guess you can tell my favorite colors are red and pink:)
Just after my birthday, God answered my prayers and blessed us with over 8 inches of snow.
It was so beautiful, and it came down so quickly it was hard to believe we were still in Oregon.
Evan went a little overboard in his excitement, and came out in the snow with shorts and a t shirt.
Actually he was trying to act like a Californian. I still can't believe he actually did this. I love snow, but the most I will do is go barefoot in it for 5 minutes. (Which is nearly torture)
Of course, when snow comes you can't help yourself, and you just have to build a snowman.
The finished snowman/ woman with it's creators. Just after this picture we jumped in our van and drove 2 hours to WA for a conference. It was so fun, and adventurous to drive in the snow, and although it took us 2 hours instead of 1, it was still worth the drive, and we all enjoyed every minute of our time in the snow.
We can tend to go a little overboard with valentine's day.
Evan got up early, and made a delicious breakfast of Scones, (heart shaped) eggs inside toast(heart shaped) fruit salad, coffee, Fresh Rasberries, and numerous delightful candies. He also set the table very nicely, and folded the napkins beautifully. It was a wonderful breakfast.
Mom really looked good in them.
And so did Evan.
Notice how we all had red on. We all seemed to get into the spirit of valentine's day this year, it was so much fun. After our little excursion, we returned home, and Evan and I took the rental car for a drive, (around our driveway:) and then I made pizza for dinner (heart shaped:) It was a wonderful valentine's day, and we all enjoyed spending it together.
And to top of the events of the past month, I was very excited to be the proud owner of this new pair of glasses. After about an hour of trying on different frames, I had selected about 20 frames as favorites, and finally narrowed it down to these. They have the solid frame I was looking for, style on the sides, and they aren't dark black which is something I was trying to avoid. I'm so pleased with them. Isn't God good to provide for our basic needs and to even bless us beyond all that we could even imagine.
It's been a very good season of reevaluating and reconfirming my beliefs in God, and growing in my relationship with Him. He has shown me just how selfish I am, and how little I'm really willing to give up to His control. Oh, for a deeper trust in Him! I can get so easily focused on what I could be doing, that I forget what I'm supposed to be doing. It is so difficult to cultivate a heart of genuine gratefulness for each situation God puts me in. So often I feel like I could plan things out better than God, and I begin to murmur against His ways. And that's when I realize how my perspective must change. God's ways (no matter how hard) are always best, and no matter how often we may fail, He is the one that gives us the courage to keep going, and that's what counts.
Anyhow, that's just a little tidbit, of what I've been learning recently.
I'm sorry for making this such a long post, but I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
I'd love to hear how things have been going for you, and what you've been learning recently.
Here's a passage that has been very encouraging to me recently.
|11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.|
|12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand ispower and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.|
|13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.|
|14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee." 1 Chronicles 29: 11-14|