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It's Friday!
Yesterday we spent the day at the beach with a few dozen people from our church family enjoying beautiful sunshine, blue skies, and a lovely breeze. Conversations - both thoughtful and hysterical - and a chance to get to know some sisters I only see for a few minutes between services. Sunset, firepit, good food ... it was a wonderful way to spend a summer day!
And now it is Friday. A whole weekend ahead filled with fun and simple things.
A bridal shower for one of my girls who will soon be a WIFE!
A leadership meeting to hear about the new direction of our youth group due to the Lord providing a new youth pastor to lead us in the years to come.
Family night so we can spend time together before Dennis and the older boys leave for summer camp.
Meals, naps, movies, outside play, reading great books, talking, laughing, worship on Sunday ...
it is going to be a great weekend!

Last week, our G3 showed up with a gift bag. Inside were three brightly-colored T-shirts with the phrase
"He is able" written across the front.
Attached was a lovely card which read:
"Every time our littles wear these we will be reminded that God is ABLE to help, cure, and heal any challenges they face." - Julie
What a thoughtful and precious gift!
And full of TRUTH!
Our God IS able.
And He is always with us, taking care of us, meeting our needs, and giving us the strength we desperately need to face the challenges before us.
I love this photo. There is so much more than meets the eye, and every detail is a reason to praise God for who He is, what He has done, and what He WILL do.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

~~~~ So, did you know you can call 911 from your cell phone when the screen is locked?I did not, but I do NOW!
Would you like to know how I found out?
I was sound asleep in bed Monday morning when I heard my cell phone jingling around 7:30 am. The caller was unidentified, however, so I did not answer, even when they called repeatedly four times in the space of 30 minutes.
Finally, I answered just to say, "Please stop calling me!"
"Hello. This is Stephanie from the Orange Police Department. We received a 911 call and show your location at xyz address. Are you okay?"
"Um, yes. I am comfortable in my own bed. I did not call."
"We received a 911 emergency call from this phone so we just wanted to check in and make sure you were safe."
"Thank you for your kindness and concern. I am just fine."
After a short investigation, I discovered that it was ELLIE who made the call. She said innocently, "I just pressed the 'emergency' button."
Aye, aye aye! Never a dull moment in this house!

~~~~ If you are ever looking for a fun, unique, and delicious place to celebrate a significant moment of life, we highly recommend Texas de Brazil.
I will not even try to describe it because in order to fully enjoy the experience you need to arrive without any preconceived notions.
I will simply say this: I thought I knew what gluttony was before we went, and now I KNOW.
Meat lovers - this place is for you!

Remember when I shared that it is difficult to determine the sex of rabbits? And that a trained veterinarian revealed that Charlotte was actually a boy?
Funny story ...
Karen (his original owner) took Charlie to a new vet for his "procedure," but when the vet began prepping him he said,
"I cannot snip him! HE - is a GIRL!"
Are you kidding me?!?
So now we know for sure.
Charlotte was, is, and always will be - a GIRL!
And we love her!

~~~~ I love this quote.
"Learn the promises of God in advance. When the time of crisis or darkness comes, it is too late to start learning them. Store up the Word of God, like a squirrel storing up nuts for the winter; for the winter-time of life will surely come when you will need God's promises to act as an anchor for your soul." - Sinclair Ferguson
How true this is! And how much it pushes me to ask the Lord to give me a greater desire to read His Word, and a passion to memorize it!

Even though you beg for Ipad time because you only get to play games a few hours per week, sometimes you surrender it to your older brother because he has more experience and can get you to higher levels on games so you can earn better prizes! HA HA!
This rarely happens since Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie look forward to their screen time with great anticipation, but every once in a while they ask Caleb to "help them" and he gladly partakes in the process. Thanks, Caleb!

~~~~ Happy weekend, everyone!
I hope your days are filled with joy and rest and many opportunities to invest in others as the Lord shows you the needs that surround you every day.

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