Ben is 9!

Our son, Ben, turned 9 years old today!


He woke up this morning with croup and was not feeling well so his original birthday plans had to be delayed.
His Daddy took him to the mall this afternoon to play at the arcade and watch a movie. They had good 'father-son' time.
This evening, two of Ben's friends, Joel and Michael, came for dinner and play time! They all greatly enjoyed the punching bag Ben received.

Joel, Ben, and Michael

Ben enjoying the punching bag for practicing his karate he
received for his birthday.

'Balloon Warriors' - Joel, Ben, Michael

Impressive kick, Ben!

We thank God for Ben and the blessing he is.

Help him always seek first You and Your kingdom. Make him a man after Your own heart. Thank you for blessing us with him as our son. Amen.

Proverbs 4: 20My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.
22For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

More Eden Pictures

Weekend at Eden

We just spent one night at Eden Nature Park. It was nice to be up in the mountains and cooler. We had a great time.

Jerard stayed home with Lola Arlene. The stress of to much change sets off seizures for him.

We hiked the 4K trail. Surprisingly, James walked most of it himself! We thought we'd be carrying him more than we did!

Swimming in the cold pool in the rain!

God's Love

God has really been impressing on my heart how much he loves me - how much he loves each of us.....

Eph. 3: 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith--that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,...

"It is important to recapture the element of delight in creation.
Imagine the ectasy, the veritable orgy of joy, wonder, and delight, when
God makes a person in His own image!
When God made you!
The Father gave you as a gift to Himself...." (B. Manning)

Selah - pause and think about that!

Do any of us really appreciate the wonderful gift we each are? How awesome it is to be made in the image of God? His incomprehensible love for us?

"O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o'er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o'er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
'Tis an ocean full of blessing, 'tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, 'tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!"

Fan Repair

Fans are a necessary item here. They also tend not to last long.
Bert has become our 'suki' for fixing fans!

It's great to have the repair guy come right to our house and repair things in the walkway of the house.

('suki' means 'favoured vendor')