Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dry and Weary Land

It's summer in Kansas. It's hot. Not just hot, but crazy hot. We've broken all kinds of records I'm sure for the most 100+ temperature days (I think we've had over 30 days now? I've lost count. And summer is far from over. Not only is it unbearably hot, (we barely get down to 80 at night!!) but it is dry. No.rain.all.year. Ok, so I heard someone say that we've had maybe 5 or so inches this year (including snowfall). When you are driving along, it is clearly a dry and thirsty land. Grass is dead. Trees are dying...with dead brittle leaves cluttering yards. Farmers have pretty much given up on all their wilted crops. Everything is brown and sad. I don't remember such a miserable summer as this. So what's the point of all this lamenting? Well, I was convicted today as I read scripture:
"O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
as in a dry and weary land
where there is no water."
Psalm 63:1
I had to stop and think...do I "thirst" and "long" for God as much as our land thirsts and longs for relief? I along with many others have been praying for rain and a break from the heat for a while now...but perhaps what God wants for us to be praying for is a desire to desperately thirst and long to know Him more on a daily basis {and not just when we are dry and weary}.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Brotherly Love

Like any parent, I hope that our children will be lifelong best friends. I'd have to say that I think they are off to a good start. [Of course, Adam is not yet mobile and trying to play with Luke's toys, so sharing is not yet an issue. But I'll live in my happy bubble a little longer and pretend like that's not in our future.] Truly though, they {currently} are in love with each other. Every morning as soon as Luke is awake he asks where Adam is. And as for Adam...let's just say he would choose to watch/play with Luke any day over his parents. He gives Luke the best smiles, and fortunately is still very forgiving when Luke injures him in some way (yeah, happens all the time). Here are some pics of the boys showin' some love.
Luke 2 years, 4 months ~ Adam 5 months
This first one happened by accident and is probably the best picture I've ever taken of them! I was playing with the features on our camera and found the black and white option. They were already playing on the couch (dressed in similar outfits for church yesterday morning) and I just got their attention and snapped. I couldn't do it again if I tried. And trust me, I tried.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I Need More Frames

I managed to get Adam's 4 month pictures in just a few days before he turns 5 months. With Luke, we were moving across the country when he was 3 months, so didn't do any pictures for him until 4 (almost 5) months. So, I decided to do Adam's on the same months I did Luke's. This age is so fun to take pictures of anyway!
Just for fun...here's Luke at this age. Yes, I used the same hat for both boys. So sue me.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Concert Series

What do you do when it's 100+ outside? Stay inside and sing, of course! The other day, Luke grabbed his microphone and spontaneously started singing every song he could think of for his captive audience (mommy and Adam), so I quickly grabbed the camera and went with it. Knowing the camera was watching him too gave him encouragment to keep singing. Luke, at just over 2 years old, you amaze us every day! [Sorry, viewers, if you get bored with these. I just couldn't bear to leave out any of his masterpieces!
Jesus Loves the Little Children

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ABCs

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My God is So Big

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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Jesus Loves Me

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Your Grace is Enough by Chris Tomlin (He picked this one up from church and randomly started singing it one day. Chad and I just looked at each other in awe...we did not think he was even paying attention at church! Little did we know... He actually can sing more of the song than this, but this is all he chose to sing this day.)

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Independence Day

While Chad and I enjoyed a rare date/shopping day in Wichita on the 4th of July, the boys spent the day playing at Mimi and Papa's house. It turns out, Mimi and Papa had been doing a little shopping of their own, and bought this little motorized truck for the grandkids to play with when they came to visit. Luke was more than thrilled and rode it enough that the battery had to be recharged several times. Adam also had to try it out. He looks like such a big boy in these pictures and not just 4 months old!! That night we took the kiddos to the "big" fireworks (I say "big" because everyone and their dog were shooting decent sized fireworks in their front yards all around us) at the fairgrounds. Neither of them were scared of the noise and Luke was in awe the whole time and LOVED them. He is still talking about it! Gotta say, he takes after me as Independence Day and fireworks time is one of my favorite times of the year!