Saturday, September 20, 2008

My Happy Boys

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I am so very blessed. My boys love each other so much! Noah's face lights up when he sees Caleb and Caleb loves to be with Noah. They bring me such joy. I love to watch them smile and laugh. I wonder if this is just a glimpse into the heart of God. When my boys are happy, I am filled with joy. I love to watch them love each other and care about one another. I will do just about anything to make them happy- don't we all? I sing songs and make faces that I wouldn't want any of you to see! But if it makes them smile, it is worth it! Is this how God feels when he lavishes us with His love, when He fills our lives with blessings? Does it fill Him with joy to see us love each other? And what about the times He blesses us and loves us, but it doesn't seem to make us happy? Is He as discouraged as we are when we try to make our children happy and it dosen't seem to work? Being a parent really has changed, challenged and expanded my understanding of God in a way that nothing else has. There was an entire part of His character- His fatherhood- that until I had my own children, I was unable to truly understand. And as I sit here and watch this video completely in love with these two precious boys, I am reminded that the Creator of the Universe sits in heaven and is completely in love with me. Wow!

So, I hope you enjoy this video of Caleb and Noah. It is a joy being their mother- more than I ever thought it could be! And I love that they love each other. I know one day they will be teenagers and will probably be completely annoyed by the other, and so I will save this video and remind them about how much they used to adore one another!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Another Trip to the Zoo

Jack left yesterday to go on a 10 day trip with the other pastors at the church. Believe it or not they are riding around the Midwest in an RV, telling people about Jesus and interviewing pastors and leaders who are making a difference for Christ where they are. And they took a cameraman with them and are recording a "documentary" of the trip! Levi is keeping a blog during the trip. If you want to keep up with them it is http://sendmetour.blogspot.com Keep them in your prayers (and us too! Of course now that Jack is gone, both boys have a stomach virus!!)

So, before Daddy left for 10 days, Friday we took another trip to the zoo! We had a great day. The weather was perfect, the lion cubs were out and the boys were in a great mood. The last time we went, the lions were not out as the babies were about to be born. And a week later they were! Now the cubs are 3 months old and we got to watch the whole pride interact. It was really neat. Caleb once again was in charge, directing us to the animal he wanted to see next. He was very excited about the panda again. This time we only saw one because the mommy Lun Lun just had another baby (a boy this time) last week. He loved the snakes, the "ephalant," and the tiger. And again, we had a picnic lunch and rode the train. It was a great day. Here are some pictures from our day:

The new lion family

Noah was in a great mood!

Daddy and Caleb Kangaroos

Riding the Train!