Lindsay and I are trying to work on memorizing scripture with our small group this summer. We’ve actually done quite well over the last few weeks. Here are the ones I’m currently memorizing:
This verse has always been one of my favorites, but I have never taken the time to fully memorize it. I think it sums up a lot of the Christian faith quite eloquently.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
This verse is especially meaningful to me right now. I am struggling a lot with how tight of a grip to keep on finances. So many people in our culture screw their lives up with money, but I don’t want to err so much to the tight-wad side that I end up putting my faith in savings or frugality rather than in God’s divine power.
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
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Here are some pictures from their wedding day, July 14, 2007:
Her first pony tail:
pre-wedding in her bumbo seat:
with Daddy after the ceremony:
with aunt Megan and Daddy:
with Mommy after the reception:
Megan, Mom and Jordan came down last weekend to join our church at Camp Tecumseh. Mom and Megan got up the courage to go down the zipline. I was especially proud of Mom for going; she was very apprehensive beforehand. Here’s a video of their zipline experience:
I finally found some bows that I don’t think are too hideously big or terrifying, plus they stay in Ruby’s hair! ( : Check it out. (This is not a highly flattering picture of Ruby, so I promise to get a better one when she is awake and in a great mood.)
Hey everyone. This might be a weird post, but many of you already know what’s happening with us. Mike and I have had quite an emotional week, and it’s not even over. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been having several pregnancy symptoms. Because of how careful we’ve been with birth control, I figured it was impossible, but I decided to take a home pregnancy test anyway. A very light line showed up, but we both still felt like it was impossible. On Saturday morning, I decided to take a digital test to be sure. After three minutes, this is what we saw:
Needless to say, we started to freak out a little bit. Well, okay. I was totally excited and ready for the challenge, but worried for Mike. Mike was ready to die. We decided to go ahead and tell people, because we needed to start making some plans very quickly. On Monday, the doctor wanted me to come in for an ultrasound, since I was pregnant so soon after giving birth to Ruby. We got to see our first glimpse of the baby.
The baby is the dark spot (outlined in red) in the big yellow circle. The baby was measuring at about 2 mm in length (so tiny!!!) and four weeks along. I think that’s when we started to get excited. Seeing that little life is a pretty miraculous thing. Unfortunately, on Wednesday morning, I started losing the baby. We prayed for a miracle and asked friends and family to pray with us; however, God’s plan for this little one was not to become a part of our family. Today, we got the results of a blood test that confirms we have lost the baby. Our moods are kind of going in shifts. I think we both cried ourselves to sleep last night, and we’ve cried quite a bit today. I think the hardest thing for me has been seeing Mike so upset. For some reason, I thought he would be relieved and maybe even thankful or happy. I was completely wrong. He’s taking it pretty hard, and it’s hard for me to see. I’m not doing extremely well, either. This is just a lot of emotions to cycle through in a matter of six days. We know that God has a plan in all of this, and we are waiting to see what He’s going to do! Please pray for us as we figure out what to do next and where to lead our family. We have already learned a lot, and we will continue to strive to learn as much as we can through this. On a much happier note, we are more thankful for Ruby than we’ve ever been. She continues to smile at us and remind us that little lives are GREAT miracles, never to be taken for granted. So we've included some recent pictures (taken by a good friend) of our greatest little miracle:
We love you all! Please continue to pray for us.
Tonight Ruby decided to rollover from her tummy to her back. From now on we will probably have trouble getting her to do “tummy time”.
On Sunday we had Ruby’s dedication at Elston Family Church. Randy discussed the importance of names, and he also discussed how our family and our church need to help us raise Ruby up in her faith; this is especially vital in a world that’s rapidly losing its faith in anything.
These are some clips from our Father’s Day/birthday/dedication party at Zach and Sarah’s house. We had lots of fun with family and friends.