Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Song of the Month

I have decided that I want to post a song each month on our blog. Music speaks to my heart maybe more so than any other medium. As I listed to this particular song on Robin Marks "Revival in Belfast" CD it ministered to me and where I am at this moment of my life..... I pray that it will minister to you as well. Listen to it on his website! H O P E

Jesus, All For Jesus lyrics
Robin Mark

Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.
Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.
All of my ambitions, hopes and plans I surrender these into Your hands.
All of my ambitions, hopes and plans I surrender these into Your hands.
For it's only in Your will that I am free,
For it's only in Your will that I am free,
Jesus, all for Jesus,
All I am and have and ever hope to be.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Beach pictures

Hope & Ray Paul, Luke, Laura, Caleb, Jake (back)
Doyle & Marylyn Sarah & Bailey
Luke, Peyton, Cole, Jacob & Caleb
Hope & Ray (back)



Our house has room for parking four cars underneath the house and then you climb up to the next level that has 3 BR and 2-1/2 Baths. Then you climb up another flight of stairs to where the kitchen, LR and another bedroom/bath are located. It has a large deck (part covered and part sunny) and a small porch with a grill. We have surely gotten our exercise these two weeks. If you go up another flight of stairs there is another large deck (not covered and HOT)but good for our sun bathers. The boardwalk to the beach is right by the house and Paul set up his easy up at the beach and we just take the top off at night in case of storms. The weather has been perfect with only a small afternoon thunderstorm today.

Many of us are avid shell collectors and there has been buckets and bags full of shells. There was a large board for surf sailing here at the house and the older kids put it to good use.

We were quite anxious about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that was reported to be headed to Pensacola Beach.... the first morning we saw a few TAR BALLS and then one other day there were some minor sightings.... but God has blessed us with beautiful weather, sand, water and family fellowship.

On Friday the 11th Ray and I drove toward Texas and met Matt and Heather in Louisiana and picked up Cole - 10 and Peyton - 7 (until July 3rd) and brought the two smallest boys back with us for a time at the beach. Boys, boys, boys..... we went to see How to Train Your Dragon and it was so cute...LOVED IT. Hiccup was just like our JACOB....

We have eaten and eaten and eaten and believe me boys can eat. We have probably consumed several grains of sand with our food too.

Carrie Hope Shannon Hodges gave birth to her first child (a boy don't you know) while we were here... Carter Brian was born June 13th at 5:00am weighing in at 7lbs10oz and 21" long. We are so excited for them...

We are still waiting on word from Robbie & Renae Hale about their expected arrival.

Canada seems sooooo far away from the white sand of the emerald coast but on Friday we will drive back to Texas and visit with Matt and Heather a couple of days and then catch up with friends in Arlington. I will be picking up some items for VBS and then focus will change from holiday/vacation to getting to work. See you later........ Remember - we serve an awesome God.

PENSACOLA BEACH June 5-19, 2010

We have looked so forward to seeing our families and spending time at the beach. After a snowy drive to Edmonton for Dennis Rempel's wedding on May 22... we were closer than ever to our departure time. Ray included a trip to British Columbia for the National Leadership Board meeting May 30 - June 2 just prior to our drive to Calgary on the 3rd. Thank you to Wilson & Mary Win Nelson for the lodging and EARLY morning drive to the airport on the 4th. Thank you to Max Graber for the ride from the DFW airport and use of your car as we picked up our oldest grandson (Jacob 16) and headed to Florida. We drove as far as Lafayette, LA where we spent the night of the 4th. My sister, Marylyn and her husband, Doyle, and two of their grandchildren (Sarah - who will be 18 on the 23rd) and Bailey - who is 14) were driving down from Tennessee and our son, Paul and his wife, Laura and their boys Caleb - 14 and Luke - 12 were driving from Arlington, Texas on the 5th. We received a text message on Saturday morning that Luke was throwing up in the car on their drive.... I told Ray I was sure glad that we had brought Jake and not Luke when I heard Jacob throwing up in our hotel room.... the virus claimed Laura by the end of the day and on Sunday Ray had it also. Caleb started the whole mess the Wednesday before. I am so thankful that Paul and I and my sister's crew avoided catching the bug.