The truth as I know it:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands. ~~~ Kristi Larson

Friday, June 26, 2009

Favorite Photo Friday

First of all, I would like to observe a moment of silence while I pull the knife out of my heart... the king of pop is d.e.a.d.!!! I can't even believe I am writing this. He had a very sad and sort of pathetic existence in the past decade or so, but oh, the genius of that man! I can't believe the mind that created Beat It and the body that moved to Thriller is no more.... not that I am still listening to alot of Michael Jackson, but still, a big loss to our generation because he's really the first iconic figure that was "our age" (not that I'm 50... not that there's anything wrong with being 50, mind you) who has died. Right up there with Elvis for my parents' generation. Oh brother, I am really off on a tangent here aren't I?

Anyway, photos... yeah, right Ondrea... this was about the photos!

This week it's mostly about Liam because my middle baby turned 8 on Wednesday. I can't believe it. Such a short time ago it seems that he looked like this:

Now he is growing up, getting ready for 2nd grade, taking music lessons, working 500 piece puzzles without help, and he's moved to the 8-11 age range in the toy department. sniff sniff

Opening the Jimbe he got from "Maggie" (a jimbe is an African drum, in case you, like me, were not in the know on this.)

This is Simba, Liam's African Drumming teacher.

Liam had a two-day sleepover with his buddy, who the whole family calls by his first AND last name. This is a photo of the two boys watching TV and eating popcorn on the first night.
A tree fell in our yard on Monday night during a storm. This provided hours of entertainment for the neighborhood boys on Tuesday. I'm not sure if neighborhood girls would have enjoyed the downed tree... there aren't alot of girls around us to test this theory out, but I have a suspicion that girls would have just ignored it.

Ice cream cake and alot of kids from the neighborhood singing Happy Birthday.... where is Norman Rockwell when you need him?

Okay, this photo is obviously not of Liam, but when the crew came to take away the fallen tree, we had a Sycamore that was dead at the top and healthy at the bottom. This guy climbed the Sycamore, no harness or ropes, and wielded a CHAINSAW to cut the entire top out of that tree. I want you to note that you can't see it, but he has a chainsaw in his hand cutting off limbs and check out the size of the branch he has braced his left foot on.

This was the boys on Tuesday morning, in their pajamas, contemplating what death-defying act they will perform first on the fallen tree. I wish you could hear the conversation of how the tree must have fallen, they had some pretty funny hypotheses.
So, I have gotten a couple of questions from my friends in the comments section and I don't know how to reply to comments (Becky, care to give a lesson???) Anyway, I have NOT chosen a Bible study for us to do. What you should know about me by now is that I am great with ideas, terrible with follow-through. See, they pay me the big bucks to come up with the grand idea... they don't pay me to implement the idea. hehehehe So, if any of you want to just tell me what we are doing, I will happily go right along and figure out Mr. Linky and all that stuff so that we can participate together. I will set up a Yahoo group for us to be in continual talk with each other. And I will spread the word. But I am overwhelmed when I start looking into studies as to trying to narrow it down to one. I will say that on Beth Moore's site, the members there are doing a study this summer that seems pretty low-key. There was a deadline to participate so I didn't spread the word, but honestly, we don't need to participate with them, we could do it on our own. You can check out the authors web-site, here. Let me know what y'all think. I want to hurry up and get a book decided so Barb has a better chance of getting it while she is in Canada... seems like maybe she is having trouble getting stuff in Finland.
Also, Barb, have you ordered your necklaces from Gwen yet? If not, maybe I can stick a copy of Crazy Love in there when she mails them. What do you think? Let me know if you want me to do that so you can have it before you leave the continent! :)
Hope you all have a great weekend! Love ya!


Barb said...

Hey you!

Yeah - I already got my fabulous t-shirt and 5 necklaces!! I'm deciding which t-shirt to order next . . . hehehe . . . Say happy birthday to Liam! Great pictures, too.

Becky and Keith said...

Happy Birthday to Liam!!! :-) Amazing how much he has grown! I LOVE the picture of the boys eyeing the downed tree - it so perfectly captures the devilish look in their eyes! :-) Hope you had a great (and relaxing) weekend!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed your photos, the fallen tree and the children playing on it was my favorite. It reminded me of when my sister and I were younger and we would climb trees and hike in the woods.

I just Hopped over here from lynnette kraft's blog

americanafrican said...

Hey this is Simba and i think the blog wonderful, I remember Liam he was a great student and we had a lot of Fun at KOS. Thanks for posting that picture of us. Much love,Simba AAD