Wednesday, June 20, 2012

st. john {instagram pics}

The hubs and I were planning on taking a trip somewhere for our five year anniversary.  But, when five years rolled around (last August), we couldn't get it together to really plan anything.  Baby girl was still only nine months old and we had other trips going on too.  So, this spring we finally planned a trip (well, Russ did most of the planning) to St. John which is where we went on our honeymoon and loved it.  We went back in May and had a really great time.  This was our first "real" vacation by ourselves since baby girl was born.  We have been on a few retreats and conferences without her but that's definitely not the same :)
I hope to do another post with pictures from my good camera but for now, I'm too lazy to go through all those so instagram pics will have to do.  

on the ferry boat from st. martin to st. john

finally in st. john

one spot where we did some snorkeling  

watching the sunset over dinner

one of my favorite pictures

trunk bay...popular spot on the island for pictures

on the ferry boat leaving st. john :(
Hope to share more pictures and stories soon!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

father's day

This Father's Day was not much different than last year's.  Just like last year, daddy was out of the country (well, this year on his way out of the country) to participate in another medical mission trip.  He is hopefully now safely in Cusco, Peru as I type this resting up from a full day and night of traveling.  The team left early yesterday (Father's Day) morning to begin the over 24 hours of travel.

Maybe if it was for any other reason, I would feel differently.  But, I know it is for all the right reasons.  I know he is simply being obedient to God's calling for his life, which continues to include short term medical missions.  I am so thankful for his servants heart to go even when at times, it can be bittersweet for him to leave.  This is only his "second" Father's Day and both times, he has been away from his little girl.  I could sense his sadness before he left but I know he knows this is what God would have for him.

Not that Father's Day is the only day or reason to celebrate such an amazing daddy.  I know I am continually reminded of how blessed I am for him and that he is my little girl's earthy father who loves her so very much. At times, I can definitely forget all my blessings and can easily throw myself a pity party (more often than I would like to admit) but I am also quickly reminded of all He has provided and that includes such a loving husband, father and friend whose first desire is to love and serve the Lord.

So, as Russ and the team are miles and oceans apart, I will continue to reflect on God's goodness.  This Father's Day, I celebrated with a thankful heart.  I pray I can have this thankful heart not just on Father's Day, but everyday.

May the God of peace...equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Hebrews 13:20-21

Thursday, June 14, 2012

pool day

One of the first things we did when Ella got her cast off (now 3 weeks ago) was get out the baby pool in our backyard for some pool/water time.  She loved her little pool last year so we were eager to let her play in it this summer.  Of course, she loved it.  She only wanted to stand up and play for awhile and then finally decided it was time to sit and play and splash.  It's funny to look back at last year's post and compare to now...all those cute little curls finally coming in.  Man, she sure was a bald little baby :))