Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Date Nights and some ramblings....

Richard and I usually go out to dinner once a week. We don't really have a set night. It's usually just first chance we get. We decided yesterday to try and increase our dates to twice a week and  make most of our dates include exercise and nature. We live in such a beautiful area. We're also taking up fishing. We just bought 2 rods and reels or is it rod and reels? Our date last night was scoping our own neighborhood for a good fishing spot.We went to the new crab dock. Pretty spot but R thinks it will be hard to pull in all the fish we'll certainly catch. We headed on down the street to our old neighbors. They have moved on up in life and left us behind. They now have a great house and a beautiul spot on the Wando River. We can only see glimpses from our house. (heehee) I'm really saying that jokingly. Our home is amazing and way above and beyond any provisions we expect from God. We have lived in neighborhoods during our marriage from EVERY socio-economic category you can imagine!!! When we were very young and not yet married and getting acquainted he asked me over a pizza hut pizza(thin and crispy supreme/no black olives--some things never change) date if it scared me to go down the path of life with a preacher/missionary?? He was referring to the poverty and possible dangers and sacrifices his calling could bring. I lied and told him it didn't scare me at all. At this point nothing scared me as much as the thought of going down any path in life anywhere other than under his arm of protection..(sniff sniff) I'm making me cry. So, yes, I lied and , yes, I'd do it again: )
Anyway, during our courtship, we embraced and actually looked forward to a life of adventure. It has certainly been that so far. In Richard's sermon Sunday he talked about idols a person might have in their life and one he mentioned was not being willing to give up a certain lifestyle. Or, being committed to maintain a certain level of lifestyle. That, I can honestly say, we are not. I say all that to say, it was nice walking through our overly nice neighborhood and enjoying the beauty of the wealth and not being envious at all of the people on the river and not being worried we won't always live here. I'm almost positive we won't! Just thinking it interesting that God has chosen to place us here now. We're just visitors here for a short time kind of like we're just visitors here on earth for a short time. Just  happy that our old neighbors have a dock they really want us to use anytime we feel like fishing. 

Oh, and last night we had planned to go get Richard a salad or something at the Dog and Duck Restaurant in our neighborhood after our walk, but our neighbors with the dock had just returned from their month long stay at Islamorada, FL. and they sent us home with really good crab legs(already cooked:) Hmmmm....another provision from God.......SOOO......we just went home and crept in the house as quietly as we could and I made R a salad while he ate the crab legs. It took everyone about 11 minutes to realize we were home and join us in the kitchen. I'll take those eleven minutes: )Fun night.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Simple Pleasures

Just enjoying the simple pleasures in life today. Rising early. Worshipping God around our breakfast table together---led by the most awesome husband and father ever! Seeing a child grasp a concept in math--whew!!!  Lighting a candle in my clean kitchen. Taught my oldest daughters to make a delightfully comforting evening meal via the trusty crockpot. OOOOH!!!!! and a wonderfully heavy downpouring of rain. Everyone came running upstairs from their afternoon outdoor  playing. All the action was directed to our screened in porch. And....last minute dinner plans with our precious friends---the Heaners! They are back in town for the last time for a long time since they are closing on their house this week. I guess that means I'll put the crockpot meal in the fridge for tomorrow.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter 2009

We had a nice Easter service. I do love my church family. We feel so blessed. Also, had a very relaxed afternoon napping and hiding eggs for the children.
Kamryn was so thankful for the egg hunt!
Nona wth eggs.........

Kimmi-best egg stuffer and hider!

Mommy and Jessie Carol
Jessie's 1st Easter(pretty prettty baby!)

Our Seder Meal

On Thursday we had our whole church over to learn about the traditional Jewish passover meal.  http://gracealamaison.blogspot.com/
Go to my sweet friend's blog to learn about the symbolism and the special time we had.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Beautiful Saturday

We went to a beautiful park on Daniel Island Saturday with the 6 youngest children for a few hours. The two oldest were at their last  practice for volunteering at the Daniel Island Family Circle Cup which will begin soon. They will be part of the ball crew!!! The park where we played is on the Wando River side of the island. It is a water park(for pulling boats in the water and a little splashing/not swimming) It is gorgeous with Live Oak Trees, pier ,and the river. The play area is a model of Charleston and surrounding areas. Really pretty. Here is a  photo of Jessie. I cannot believe I left her pretty white dress on the table as I was leaving. PLEASE picture her in her best little feminine cotton dress. This pic of her is too funny not to share though.

Father/Daughter Dance 2009

Just one of daddy's girls missing from photo. Jessie is too young for all that dancing. Karis, Kimmi, Kamryn and Nona Klare each received a pretty silver necklace from her daddy.