This and that.

Last weekend was all about family because we celebrated Bill's 80th birthday.
We are only (all) together about four times each year, so it makes our time together even more special.
CC and I kicked off Friday with a Beach Day because it was a GORGEOUS day and our kids needed to get fresh air in their lungs and move their limbs.
A three-mile walk, french fries and milkshakes at Ruby's, and a good hour of playing in the ocean was the perfect way to kick off the weekend!
Thanks for playing with us, Millers!

I LOVE this shot of Micah!
Luke is the family photographer, so when Micah had a singing gig at a coffee house a few weeks ago, Luke offered to do a photo shoot for his promotional posts.
He captured half a dozen terrific shots, but this one is my favorite.
It fills me with delight to see my guys working together and serving each other. I can only imagine how they will serve each other in the future!
They are not just brothers - but friends.

These two.
Peas in the proverbial pod.
Ellie is 10% me and 90% Dennis.
While she needs me for specific reasons and is soothed by me in her moments of trauma, Dennis is the one who speaks her language.
They understand each other.
They think like each other.
They share similar weaknesses and struggles.
And they share many strengths.
Which is why they understand each other! And it is beautiful to watch.
Dennis never imagined he would have a daughter, and he certainly didn't imagine she would be a female version of himself, but I know he is thrilled with the affectionate connection they share with one another. And I pray Ellie will always know and appreciate his love for her!

This photo makes me laugh every time I look at it.
If I was going to caption it I would write, "The not-always-exciting lifestyle of younger siblings who are forced to spend countless hours on fields/courts because their older siblings play a sport."
Since there is no sense in driving back and forth, we also use the time to add to our 12,000 steps/six-mile daily goal, explore interesting stores nearby, or simply enjoy the beauty and peace of the day.
Now we will have to find creative ways to stay busy in the dark now that daylight savings time has ended!

THIS! My new reading stack!
These books have been sitting patiently in my Wish List for almost a year and were finally released with birthday funds.
<insert image of a Happy Dance here!>
I am an avid reader, but I have to work extremely hard to discipline myself to read Scripture first lest I get lost in an excellent book and forsake the best book.
I will choose a biography of a godly saint over any other book, for I learn much from the lives of those who have gone before me, and crave the depth and devotion they have for Christ.
Let the encouragement BEGIN!

Happy Monday, everyone!
I pray the weekend prepared you for what lies before you this week, and if not, remember - the Lord PROMISES never to leave us or forsake us, and He will equip us for what He calls us to do. We don't need to be ready before it happens. We need to be ready WHEN it happens. And He is always faithful!
As John MacArthur says, "God always provides for what He demands."
Such a beautiful truth!
For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 8:31-34

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