Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas time!!!

It's so pretty!

Thomas' mom, Bonnie, is with us for the holidays and we're having a great time!

Enjoying some hot drinks at the market.
Ian is in a stage where he refuses to smile for pictures. I'm going to remind him of this at his wedding rehearsal dinner someday.

or just show this one where he is acting crazy!

little Daniel
I will have to do a birthday post soon. He'll be 1 year old this weekend! How good God has been in preserving his life and giving us a year with him. We take things for granted don't we?
I'm so thankful for all my boys and the years God has granted them. Praise the Lord!

Merry Christmas!

i want to say

that I've been trying to upload different videos for about 2 weeks now and they won't load. So I have tried to update this blog... but it's not happening the way I wanted.
so there... I feel better saying that now.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving pic

well, this picture was taken after lots of Turkey had been consumed :) But nevertheless, here we are at school celebrating a traditional meal with some of our high school Seniors. There are many international kids in this class and many had never had a traditional Thanksgiving meal. So along with some other sponsors, we cooked up some Turkey and fixins' and introduced the 'fullness' of Thanksgiving :)
It was fun and you can definitely tell our family is tired from all that eating!

Monday, October 31, 2011

A little Austrian music for you :)

We FINALLY went on a Alpine hiking trip: It only took us 6 years to do it!

Well, here we are in the Austrian Alps. We had an amazing time on our trip during our fall break from school. God provided in a huge way for us to go and finally enjoy the alps in the country we've lived in for so long. We are truly grateful for this experience and will never forget it!

Enjoy the following posts of more pictures from our adventure.
Ponies that a man owns on the mountain! He drove up while we were passing by and asked the older ones to help him catch them with the extra harnesses he'd brought

Beautiful forests!

Suspension bridges throughout the hike and
Thomas is in the middle there with Daniel in the backpack.

Schladming, Austria = Beautiful Alps!

Daniel did great in the backpack!

Taking a break with some hot chocolate at a small hut on the trail

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Medieval Festival

We went to a medieval festival in Eggenburg, Austria last month. It was fun and we even dressed up this time. I got in for cheaper because of my makeshift outfit. Yes, that's a cloth diaper on my head ;) The boys had swords tucked into their belts with Daddy's shirts on.

It is such fun to dress up and become part of an era long past. Good food and drink, some cross bow fun for the boys and a new set of arrows for Thad's bow back home. Ian even got a new dagger.

We're thankful for these unique experiences and love that our boys get to see "real" knights and their massive swords.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Ebb and Flow of Life

Sometimes I think we have nothing to post about and sometimes we have too much going on to take a moment to post about that. I'm sure you've noticed, as a sweet friend pointed out, we've yet to update in 3 months. Has nothing happened? Or too much going on?

I always want life to be predictable. You know, same schedule and same expectations each day. I thrive in an organized environment. Planned meetings with friends are right up my alley. I love orderly closets full of clean smelling clothes, squeaky clean kitchen counters and when I've been efficient in my tasks, you can probably hear my contented sighs as the day ends.

BUT... life is not always organized, scheduled, efficient or clean. It's often spur of the moment, messy and sometimes wearisome, discouraging and hurtful.

Is God in control of all of those moments? Even the ones that bring nothing but pain? Does His grace reign down on me when I'm whistling while I work and the times when I'm struggling to get out of bed?

You see, I want to be the perfect blogger always filling everybody in on our life. Showing my new recipes, crafts and family photos sounds so fun to me. I also have blog envy where I salivate over the nifty, savvy mom's blogs out there. But I must stop and realize that there is a time for everything. The ebb and flow of this blog, I believe, is a testimony to the ups and downs of our life.

Walking back through our posts, I can see the times where life was rolling along and there were good, energetic days for us. Then you can tell when a new baby comes or sickness rolls in, the blog kinda remains stagnant. The same post up there forever!

I guess what I'm trying to say is: I'm learning that God has appointed this day for me. Whatever happens in it, messy or clean, His grace is still there poured out over me. He has no expectations of me.... He knows I'm imperfect. There is a time for all kinds of things and all of those things cannot happen at the same time. I can be at a place in life where I am on top of all the daily activities and smiling. Or I can be at a place in life where I'm hurting or so unbelievably tired that nothing gets accomplished.

I like our blog. It shows our life. In the long interludes between posts, you can just assume life is too busy to stop and blog. You can picture spilled milk, a whining baby, runny noses and chicken nuggets for dinner three nights in a row.

But most of all you can pray that whatever kind of season it is for us, that we would soak up God's grace and keep running forward to finish this race, our race on earth. That our hearts would overflow with thankfulness and He would be glorified.

What is the ebb and flow of your life? Do you cling to Him in every season? Blogging or non-blogging seasons? :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chicken Nuggets? Yes. Pants? Not so much.

Now that I have your attention with that headline, let me tell you a story. It's a story about life with little boys. If you have kids, you've probably had at least once major incident where your kid, ehem, exposed him or herself publicly.

Seeing as we live in Europe, this is a normal part of life. People let their kids pee (and do other things) anywhere and no one thinks anything of it. A few years ago at the rest stop along the Alabama/Mississippi border, Thad decided to drop trou and pee all over the sidewalk. As horrifying as that was, Ian managed to top it this year.

I may be wrong for doing this, but I lay all of the blame at the feet of the Chick-fil-A organization. Perhaps if they had a sign like this up in all of their restaurants, none of what I'm about to tell you would ever have happened.

If you know my wife, you know that while she is in Austria she feens for Chick-fil-A like a heroine addict does for a fix. So naturally the first meal she wanted to eat on our journey from Atlanta to Jackson was Chick-fil-A. We go into the store and the boys immediately went into the indoor playroom and did their thing.

After ordering food, we all sat down to eat. When we finished eating, Ian, as is his habit, annonced that he had to go "poop." We've tried for months to get him to keep this info to himself and to just go and do his business. Clearly what we're doing isn't working. So, Ian left to do his thing and we continued eating.

That's when disaster struck. From behind I heard the words no parent wants to hear in a restaurant after your kid has left to go to the bathroom: "Daddy, can you put my pants and underwear on me." Now, Ian is four years old and knows how to put pants on. That said, sometimes he's lazy and brings his pants and underwear to us to put them on him. We've been refusing to help him and so he eventually puts them on himself.

I immediately jumped up, all the while noticing the horrified and amused looks on the faces of my fellow patrons as Ian stood there in all his little boy glory. I grabbed the dude and took him back into the bathroom. When we came out, multiple individuals where smiling and laughing. We were able to continue eating our meal and we certainly got a great story out of the experience.

I'm both excited and slightly terrified about what else awaits me as a parent this summer, given how things have started off.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

all 3

Daniel has found his hands.. and he loves them. They go in the mouth as often as he can find it.

my boys painting with some awesome roller paints we found at the store
Here's Daniel in the Bath :) censored of course..

Friday, March 25, 2011

Stop Baby Stop Baby.....

I thought it might be fun to show off my middle born son. He's a rocker too. Just a little bit of Good Weather Forecast to listen to this sunny day :)

Worth It

well I thought I'd better put something very worthwhile on here for the first post in some time. Here is Daniel with a shout out to his Uncle Jordan in Iraq. We support him and his family during this time of deployment. Daniel is rocking the military colors and wants the whole world to know how proud he is of his uncle Jordan.

We are praying for you Uncle Jordan!
Love from all your nephews....

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Love this Review

We love this Children's bible and use it in our own home. Please consider getting it for your family too!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Surrealism in Wien

I'm in our local grocery store the other day perusing the frozen food isle and what do I hear over the speaker system, "Jackson" performed by Johnny Cash and June Carter. Now don't get me wrong, I understand globalization and how the internet brings all kinds of crazy cultural interaction, but being in an Austrian grocery store and hearing a song about your hometown (I don't care what people say, it's Jackson, MS not Jackson, TN) which happens to be in the deep South is the definition of surreal.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Latest Sermon

When I post these, I'm not trying to be a narcissist or anything. I just think there might be one or two of you who may be interested in hearing some of the teaching I'm able to do here in Vienna.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

winter wear

it's snowing here again!
just thought i'd post some cute boys in their winter wear..

this is what we wear when we go sledding!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

continuation of previous post

It was a privilege to have my parents here visiting for this special occasion. Their Christ like lives and prayers have made me who I am today. I was reminded that generations will reap what we sow. As I looked around at my boys, I saw that the hand of God was in this from long ago. Blessings upon blessing is definitely the caption here. Raise your sons and daughters for Him and see your grandchildren raised in the admonition of the Lord. He is faithful to bring this to pass!

Baby Dedication

On January 9th, we had the blessing of dedicating our sons Daniel Lawrence and Ian Thomas to the Lord before the church body here at the Chapel.
What a privilege it is to offer back to God what He has given you as a gift. Children are from the Lord! We are only stewards of His creation and Thomas and I pray that we will honor our God as we raise them to know Him by reading His word to them. Our deepest desire is that they know Christ as their Saviour and then walk in that newness of life. Salvation by faith in Christ alone is only the first step in being made new. We have to use that same faith to walk with Him daily in order to grow and change. We want this for our sons!

Our pastor, James Devenish, was so kind to lead us in this dedication before the believers here.

Christmas catch up

A blessed Christmas with many gifts

Daddy helping with the toys

The boys gifts to each other... I think Thad wanted the gift he gave Ian. Isn't that always how it is?

Daddy's little Elf (t-shirt)
He is milk drunk here... at least that's what we call it ;)