Monday, August 6, 2012


 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, 
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, 
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
                                                    Psalm 147:10-11 (ESV)

Dr. Murray used these verses for his text yesterday morning.  What a great reminder as we enjoy the Olympics! 

Well, nothing beats the Big Sand Blues better than being busy. (How do you like that alliteration?:) We started off with a bang on Monday: picked up Seth's glasses, drove an hour for dental appts for all five kids (left with a recommendation for an orthodontist consult for Anna), and then home just in time for swim lessons for the youngest three.   We have been going to the YMCA for lessons and all three have good teachers.  Anna is a natural swimmer and it was fun to see her excited about swimming as she watched the Olympics last week.  We asked if joining a swim team would be something she would enjoy and she emphatically answered, "NO!"  She enjoys swimming, but does not like competition. 

Tuesday was mow the lawn, figure out what is eating our tomatoes (squirrels), finish up the laundry, and go to the library day.  Russ and I were invited to a Whitecaps game by our neighbors across the street that evening and enjoyed a beautiful evening at the ballpark with them.  They are a Christian family (attend the East Leonard CRC where we have BSF) and have girls in college and high school and then one little boy that is 4 1/2. 

I worked about 30 hours Wed-Sat so the rest of the week is a blur...not really.  We celebrated Lydia's birthday after swim lessons on Wednesday night with Russ' homemade pizza and dessert pizza.  Lydia really wanted four berry pie, but since I was working I asked her if I could make it for Sunday dessert instead.   After work on Friday we did a little shopping and snagged some $10 jeans at Old Navy as well as some school supply specials at Meijer.

The birthday girl with her goofy brother

Caleb had his athletic physical Saturday morning and Russ was able to get him there and back before I headed to work at 9:00.  Just as I was finishing up my last notes at work a little before 5:00 I received a phone call from Russ that he was stranded in the Meijer parking lot as his Honda wouldn't start.   I quickly finished up at work and when I pulled up at Meijer to pick him up Russ was already on the phone with AAA to have the car towed to the garage we usually go to (it is really close to our house and is owned by a man who attends the FRC).    Thankfully, it was in the five mile tow limit that our AAA membership allows.   When the tow truck arrived and started loading the Honda a middle aged, nicely dressed man asked Russ if that was his car.  Russ affirmed that it was and then the man pressed a $100 bill in his hand and walked away.   We are again amazed at the different ways God chooses to take care of us.

Russ has been working on his two talks for the FRC Family Camp which begins tomorrow and goes through Friday morning.     The other speakers are Dr. Beeke and Mark Kelderman.  Pastor Al Martin was supposed to give one of the talks but he is having health problems so Mark Kelderman agreed to fill in at the last minute.    So, we leave tomorrow morning after violin and cello lessons for Camp Michawana which is about an hour away.   More about camp later this week!

P.S.  As I write this Caleb's quartet is practicing in the homeschool room for a wedding this coming weekend.  What a treat to listen to all that great string music!

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