Tuesday, July 07, 2009

In the last few weeks...

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went to a birthday party

had playdates

made chocolate chip ice cream

went to swim lessons

met our friends at Trader Joe's

played ring around the Rosie in front of Trader's

walked from Trader's to the Farmer's Market.

got lots of fruit at the Market

went to Elijah's first basketball class

went to Lydia's first ballet class

and the kids tried new foods.

Lydia ate part of a fly... after the kids broke it into pieces. Here are the leftovers.

Elijah ate chocolate chip ice cream with a pickle on top like Scooby Doo.

All the while we learned of one of our friend is embarking on an unwanted nasty divorce. One of my best friend's from growing up - her Dad recently learned he has aggressive prostrate cancer and is already pretty much bedridden. Additionally, her husband just lost his job. And then her son had a bad reaction to his kindergarten vaccines. We learned that some of our other friends both lost their jobs within days of each other. Fortunately, she was rehired last week. They have a one year old. And it goes on ...

Life is good and hard and sweet and funny and tragic and hilarious and painful and peaceful and dynamic.

These are some of my favorite verse in the Bible. I love verse 26 because it reminds me that God is in control. Somehow in the midst of all the crud, the triumph, the hardship, the joy, the love and the sorrow... God is in control. He has a plan and it is better than mine.

Acts 17:24-28
24"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'

P.S. I didn't mean to get all heavy on you. I was planning to just put up all the fun pictures and activities. But I feel like God wanted me to go there. So there I went.

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Becky said...

Thank you for sharing, Wendy. It has been a crazy last few weeks/months, but God is faithful and we can trust Him. I'm so thankful that He is in complete control! I will be praying for you and your friends! Keep pressing on.
-Becky and Joe

Sharon said...

God bless all the family and friends that are going thru their tough times. I will remember them in prayer.

debsarp said...

I, too, am surrounded by so many people who are hurting in one way or another. I just keep telling them God is in control. Great verses. Thank you, Wendy, for sharing. You and your sweet (and hilarious) family are a real blessing.
-Debbie Sarpalius

Mama V said...

I was just talking to my sister about this very thing this morning... so many people going through divorce, unfaithfulness, and other sadness... thank you for the reminder that our God DOES hold the future in His hands... I'm so thankkful we have hope... I can't imagine going through all of this junk without Him!!! Can you?

BTW, I really really like your blog... I'm sort of forming an unhealthy obsessio with it... I found it through my friend Bethany's blog ("Falling Out of the Wardrobe"). The first post I ever read was the Swicthfoot one where you made your Elijah cry... it was then that I knew I would like you! Thanks for adding laughter and entertainment to my midnight feedings of my little one! (I'm a new mom and have recently become hooked on blog-reading.) Thanks again!!!