Monthly Archives: April 2009

Need to get your family’s attention?

Just schedule a field trip to your local 4H High Ropes Camp.
They’ll all be laughing and gabbing it up for a while.

But they’ll start listening a little more closely as they get on their equipment.

And once they see where the course starts – WAY up in that tree, oh sweet mercy…
they’ll think about what a good and kind mama you are.

See Son? Just keep walking on those ropes.
You’ve just got 4 more challenges before you’ll be back on the ground.
See the ground?
It’s fun down here. No special equipment needed.

Just watch your brother.
He’s going across the Multi-Vine section.
It’s gonna be fun – walking on a little rope 30 feet up in the air while hanging on swinging vines.
Doesn’t he look excited?
I’m having lots of fun down here on the nice, SAFE ground.

Don’t worry though. We know it’s safe up there.
See? Just look at your dad.
I wouldn’t send him up there if it wasn’t safe.

And there are lots of real-life lessons up there – WAY up there in the trees.
Like taking a leap of faith…

See how Mrs. Lee Ann is watching you from above?
And she knows that you can do it?
But it’s still kind of hard for you to jump across to the other platform?
You’re gonna feel that way sometimes in life.
But you’ve just got to have faith and keep going.

And if you get in a spot and you need some help –
like your younger brother in this picture…

We’ll be there for you.
And God will be too.
He’s the One that you’ll want to listen to.
He’s the Almighty One and the best at rescuing people and stuff.

(I’m just trying to get pictures of people as they fly by on the zipline.
And sometimes I miss…

But you just keep on keeping on…
Run the race with endurance and keep walking on those ropes
and climbing that tower until you reach the end like your buddies here.

Because I’m thinking…

That God has some neat stuff in store for you (and your friends).

And you’re going to need to listen to Him so you don’t miss a thing.

It’s going to be SO worth it!

I love these guys

Tony likes to call them the B Brothers because their names are Billy and Baa-b.
They kind of remind me of the Odd Couple or something. They have a rather unlikely friendship.

Yet day after day, they seem to grow to love each other even more.
Baab seems to keep a little extra spunk in Billy’s step while
Billy keeps a watchful eye over Baab.

Watching them both just makes me happy.

Nice, isn’t it?

Look up

"I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life." Genesis 9:13-15

A Pink Dot on His Hand and a Lump in My Throat

As some of you guessed, we spent the Saturday before Easter at the Nashville Zoo, enjoying not only their animals, but also their Eggstravagazoo.

The weather was a bit chilly, but it made for a wonderful day of watching the animals and enjoying children wagging their Easter buckets all around the zoo.

It’s a very well-planned and executed event with children sorted into different age categories, plenty of eggs, and prizes for all the children.

We had already been walking around the zoo for about an hour before Jon’s age group. I was starting to tire out a bit so Tony and Jake took Jon up to the egg hunt while Joe and I parked ourselves at a picnic table and prepared to watch.

What I wasn’t really prepared for was the lump in my throat when I realized that Jon was the only one of my boys who was still young enough to hunt eggs. I looked at the parents with children in strollers, slings, and backpacks, and realized that season of my life has passed. And that the egg hunting season is probably fading as well.

How did this happen? Where has the time gone?

I still remember the Easter years ago when we took Joe to the big community egg hunt and Jake was in the stroller wearing the most soft baby blue outfit of all times. Then just a few years later Jake was the one hunting eggs while Joe was the helper and Jon was in the sling.

But now this one is driving and talking about college and all kinds of grown up stuff.

The other night he and Jake spent hours out in the garage working together on his Suzuki Samurai. And it was great to hear them laughing and working together. But it makes a mom a little misty. My boys are growing up and time just keeps on marching on.

So that Saturday at the zoo, I held that smallest hand with the little pink (I hunted Easter eggs) dot and wished that it wouldn’t wash away.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecc 3:1