Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hey Fellas.....

Would you wear a kilt???

Judah will!  :)

And he does it proudly like a true Scottish Man!!!

Ala Gu Brath!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Happy Birthday, Judah Philip!!

This is our precious Judah Boy who is loved so much!!! We will be posting another post soon with more pictures! For now, enjoy these pics of him blowing the shofar for Rosh Hashanah!



Daddy & Mommy
Shiloh ~ Bethany ~ Jordan ~ Eden ~ Havilah ~ Benjamin!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Texas Trip Part 1

Okay.  I admit it... I got a little behind on posting.  :)  The business of Summer took it's toll and had me caught up with all the craziness!
This is a two-part post about a trip we took back in July.  We had the wonderful opportunity to be able to travel to Texas for the Vision Forum Food Conference!  To make the trip even better, we traveled with the S. family!  Instead of having a good time, we had a blast!

Some of the photo credits go to Elanee and Evan S.

 This little guy was so excited to use his new backpack!

Looking out over the runway.

That's one of Jordan's favorite shirts!  

We were thankful for safe travels as we arrived in San Antonio!  This was one of the two cars we rented... yes, two cars.

All tired out from a long day of flying.

 All us girls had a delightful time going to the Ladies Tea.

 Waiting to enter the ballroom with the S. ladies.

 We were very blessed to meet the W. family.  Judah and Daniel are special friends!

 Looking lovely.

Tea time!

 Accidents do happen...

Someone referred to this picture as "The Bennet Sisters!"

 Heading down the River Walk.

 Shiloh, Ben, and Eden meet up with a horse!

 Lots of people to meet!

What did I say?  Accidents happen...

Because the S. family had a hotel room right next door to us... that meant late night, lots of laughter, and fun memories!
Eden gives the fedora a try!

Oh, and we can't forget the pranks!!!
Mr. S. and I quickly found out that "Devious minds think alike!"

 Right in the middle of the conference was Daddy's birthday!  The excitement amounted during the day as we had a special plan in mind for that evening...

 I enjoyed getting to meet the L. family.

 It was very fun to meet the Dugger ladies!  They did an excellent talk for girls on relationships.  It really was Food for Thought!

 It was so nice to see Adeline M. again!  We met her family about seven years ago at one of the Father/Daughter Retreats.

Meeting Antoinette K. for the first time in person was delightful!

Abigail G. was a very fun person.

 Jordan and Garrison L. just happened to be look-alikes one day!

The Mac Pack.

 This man was so tall Judah and I (the short ones!) had to get a picture with him.  He happily obliged.

Meeting Mrs. Dugger was also a special treat!

 For Daddy's birthday, we went out to Chipotle for dinner.  Our family had never been there before, but we will definitely go there again sometime!

 Having a good time!

 Back at the hotel, the festivities continued with ice cream...

 ...and fun games!

Stayed tuned for Part 2!!!

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bible Bee Competition

After much preparation and work, we were ready to compete in the Regional Level of the Bible Bee!  Since a few of us are too old to compete, we got to volunteer.  Shiloh and I were Commander and Assistant Commander (I know, I'm younger!) and both Jordan and Eden were two competitors.  They did a great job and we were very excited that Jordan ranked Fourth Place in our group!
It is truly a blessing to be able to proclaim God's Word with authority!  Doing the Bible Bee has been a terrific experience for our family!  

Of course the cameras were flashing!  ;)


 Up at 4:10am and heading out to the car.  (Pardon the messy hair!)  Hey, at least we were smiling!

 Hitting the road.

 Can't miss this stop!

 The beautiful sunrise.

 Some random hot air balloons that were going up.

 Everyone at the opening ceremony.  Can't miss that cup of Inka!

 The D. Family did an extraordinary job with hosting our Hive.

 Primaries and Pre-Bees.

 Eden and Jordan ready to head off to their rounds!

 Shiloh and I were Commanders for the Primary Division.  We had a lot of fun doing our job!

 While the results and scores were being put together, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch put on by the S. Family.  They are amazing!

Bethany C. was one of the four (I think) Bethany's there.  We had fun with each other.  :)

After lunch, we all gathered back together for the Awards Ceremony!

Someone's camera shy!
 Judah runs to get his award!  Let me tell you, it is so amazing to see that!

The cute Pre-Bees.

The Juniors.

The Seniors.  (Yes, we got benefits!)

 We were so proud of Jordan as he ranked Fourth Place with the top five Seniors from our group!
A big congratulations to them all!

 During the closing ceremony, there were Scripture recitations.  We sang two Scripture songs.

There he is!  
Jordan was very happy and I think a little tired after all that!

Me with Olivia D. the two time National Primary Champion... she made First Place in our group!

 Jordan and his best friend, Evan S. in their matching "Courageous" t-shirts!

Even though I was just a few hours too old to compete, our hive was kind enough to allow me to participate.  I also got awarded for learning all the material with the other competitors.

The whole Hive!  What a wonderful group!

I might post some of the photographer's pictures when I get them... but we'll see!  :)

If any other Bible Bee-ers are out there, please drop us a comment!
Congratulations to all the other competitors for doing such a good job this Summer!

My favorite passage:
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."
~1 Corinthians 9:24-27

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