Monday, August 31, 2009

it's a fire fen-gin!

Sunday afternoon we celebrated our friend Connor's 1st birthday (Zoey and him were born on the same day!) We played on the moon bounce, ate ice cream from a real live Fire Engine and got to see Cameron's new playground (that was Isaac's favorite!) We had so much fun, even though I am bummed I never got a picture of the birthday boy! Happy Birthday Connor!

Smog or Pollution?

Exerpt from "Pure Joy" by Alicia Britt Chole

A murky, gray, haze lurks over the city.
The locals call it “smog.” Visitors know it is pollution.
Some optimistically wait for the sun to come out and the winds to change. Others guess correctly that the sun has been blocked out and unless choices change, the “smog” will endure.
We smile at such obvious rewriting of reality, but we need to smile cautiously. Most of us have a keen ability to edit reality and excuse ourselves from responsibility.
We call slander, “sharing.”
Toying with temptation is dismissed as, “harmless curiosity.”
Lack of discipline is justified under the label of “temperament.”
Self is dressed up and renamed “focused.”
How easy it is to deceive ourselves and accept poison in our lives.
Sin is similar to pollution. It is man-made through the power of choice. Unless dealt with aggressively, sin gathers, deepens, and obscures Truth. Calling it “smog” will not make it going away. Only when we acknowledge sin for the pollution it really is in our lives can the clean up effort begin.
God Himself stands ready to champion that clean up effort. His assistance arrives the very moment we move from denial to repentance.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

**a year in review***

Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet Zo-Zo.
This year has gone by so fast and we've enjoyed every second. I was looking at my blog posts from when she was born and I loved reading this one. God is so faithful and we are extremely blessed beyond measure for the children God has given us. Now, as Isaac has informed us, we are going to start focusing on his "airplane" birthday that will be approaching in March!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In His Steps...

Every night for about a month, Isaac and I have been going thru a kid's devotional by Charles Sheldon, which is "In His Steps" retold for children. After the story is over, we have some questions we have to answer that bring the message home. Here is how tonight's questions went...

Me: Have you ever had a problem that seemed too big for God?
Isaac: Yes, I had a very big boo-boo on my knee for my birf-day.
Me: Did you ask God for help?
Isaac: Yes, and he healed it and make it all better.
Me: Can you think of a time when you were scared?
Isaac: I had a scary dream and I didn't know what to do.
Me: How did Jesus make you brave?
Isaac: My God is very big, He is strong AND mighty, there is nothing my God cannot do.
Me: Have there ever been times that you didn't want to share?
Isaac: Yes, I don't like when Zoey touches my trucks.
Me: What does Jesus want us to do?
Isaac: Jesus wants us to share, but not the monster truck, just the garbage truck.

it's going to be a good day

Psalms 5:3
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD;
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Ever since our High School prom our Junior year, Angela has been talking to me about going back to Genitti's Hole-in-the-Wall Dinner Theater. I thought it would be so much fun to surprise her there for her 30th birthday with some of her closest friends. It was so much fun to celebrate Angela, while seeing a lot of friends we haven't been able to catch up with in awhile. Happy 30th Ang!
Angela's 30th Bday Bash from lori bunk on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

and in all things...session 2

Things I am thankful for on August 20, 2009:
  1. Philippians 4:19
  2. My free sample of Mighty Leaf Tea (Organic Spring Jasmine) I received in the mail today... so good!
  3. Meghan introducing me to Elevation's B90X... I started today and read thru Genesis 29!
  4. My 4 uninterrupted hours at Panera today working on time sensitive stuff (thank you dad and mom!)
  5. Meijer's return policy
  6. My daughter's smile and my son's laugh
  7. Extra-Strength Tylenol
  8. Teenagers who step up
  9. A God who is never mistaken
  10. The friendly WOW consultant that gave me some amo for my chat with comcast tomorrow

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Night Swimming

We've decided that night swimming is SO MUCH FUN!

the big 35!

My Dad and Mom celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary yesterday (well, they actually "celebrated" Zoey's dedication/birthday, but it was their anniversary). I don't think that large anniversary numbers really catch your attention until you have been married a couple of years... then you are AMAZED! Nina and I asked my mom yesterday the secret of their happy marriage and my mom quickly said "selflessness." As their daughter I can absolutely say that is true of them.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Zoey Loren Day!

Today we celebrated Zoey's Dedication and her 1st birthday.
Thank you so much to all of our friends and family who made the day so special!

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