Thursday, July 14, 2016

"A Pirate Looks at 40"

(by Jimmy Buffet) 

My mister turns 40 today!! Because he's a bit more introverted than I am, the kids & I knew he wouldn't want a party with 75 of his closest friends. So we decided on a smaller gathering. I got ahold of Erick to find out when a good weekend would be for him to drive down here and surprise Christopher, and we made our plans from there...

Erick ended up rolling in at midnight on a Friday/Saturday a few weeks before his birthday. Chris was exhausted and had been trying to go to bed for awhile. Cody & I had stalled him with YouTube videos as long as we possibly could when we heard Erick's bike outside. I was trying to discreetly film Christopher's reaction, so please forgive the shaky video:

Ha! He was so tired and confused. It was nearly three weeks before his birthday, so it didn't really make sense that Erick would come for a surprise visit. In the middle of the night, no less! :)

The boys went to a local brewery the next day, but they didn't take any pictures. That night, five of our friends met up with us for dinner. Then we got locked in a room for an hour...


Really, we did! We played an escape game at the Houston Panic Room! We didn't escape in time, but it was super fun!!

Afterward, Brian said that the night was still young, so most everyone came to our house for awhile. Elly had made mini cheesecakes a couple of nights earlier, so I didn't even have to throw a dessert together!

I have something else up my sleeve for his actual birthday. Well, his sleeve, actually...More on that later! ;)


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Codename: Kids Next Door theme song

It has been so long since I've posted one of these that I'm sure you've forgotten about this:

I have a little MISspeak for you, and I'll begin with the end...

"The code is your name. Do you know it?"

To which the person cautiously replied, "My name?"

See...I had assigned a certain code to someone -- I won't say his name because the code is his name --who was doing some work at the church. And [this isn't normally how we do things, but in this circumstance] I had been told to just make the code his name. Only there are no letters on this particular unit where he was supposed to use the code, so I had to assign the numbers that correspond to his name.

So when he came in to get his code, the above conversation took place. He handled it graciously -- meaning that he didn't totally laugh his head off and make fun of me! But when he replied so cautiously amused, I realized how completely ridiculous of a question that was and went on to explain what I just explained to you.

Ftr, he actually didn't know the numbers for his name, so we figured it out on our cell phones. ü


Friday, July 8, 2016


(by Donavon Frankenreiter)

Yet another thing that I failed to post about lately was our first youth event of the summer!

There's not much to say other than we play glow-in-the-dark games inside (because the rain caused us to bring it all indoors)...

And because of the nature of the majority of the night being dark, I mostly took pictures that weren't very glowy...

...But I thought it was a great excuse to post an old Donavon Frankenreiter favorite of mine! :)


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Injeel (Gospel)"

(by New Life AG Church, Chennai)

I'm just now posting this because I couldn't figure out what song I wanted to use. {Lame, I know. But that was my holdup. I had everything else done!} I decided on this song because this is the message of one of my favorite people in the whole wide world, who came to visit from India in May...Beek!

This was his first time to visit the United States. Lance and his church hosted him for most of his visit, and he traveled to Florida for a brief visit with supporters there, but he spent some time with several of us from my church, too! He shared a bit about what's going on in India during all three services...

Then he shared in more detail at a lunch afterward. We were able to pray over him, too, which means so much to him.

My mister and I got to spend the next day with him! We took him in to Houston so he could see more of the city, and our first stop was coffee at Blacksmith. We happened to run into Mallory, who was so kind as to take this picture of us! :)

We joked that we were doing hipster things, because not only did we visit a hipster coffee shop, but we also visited a hipster lunch spot!

Between coffee and lunch, we did touristy Houston things. I loaned him my camera so he could take pictures of anything that he wanted, and he loved it. He took so many pictures, and I took quite a few as well! At first, I wasn't sure if he'd enjoy the things I had planned for the day. It was already hot outside, and most everything involved being outside. But as we were finding a parking spot at Hermann Park, he saw a few of the area landmarks and said that he wanted to see them. Score!

After Hermann Park, we stopped by this fun landmark!

Then we went to the waterwall, which he really enjoyed!

He kept saying that he wanted to see my house, which was great because I had planned on cooking dinner for him there...

...but he ended up cooking half of it, because I was cooking Indian food and doing it wrong! :D

It was such a GREAT day!!


Sunday, July 3, 2016

"Hard Love"


Yay for another track from the album that releases this month!!

Speaking of has been that long since I've posted. I'm sorry! But I have been working on several, so I hope to get back on track!

I did a thing to my hair...

{a subtle thing, but still!}

My kiddos went to youth camp!

We celebrated this guy on Father's Day!

And we met my dad for dinner that night:

We celebrated Clyde's 30th birthday with his family, Don, and Deb:

In track news, these boys qualified for Regionals in the 4x800...

...And then for Nationals a few weeks later!

So we're heading to Junior Olympics in a month!!

Cody qualified for Regionals in the 1500 but didn't make it to JO. His current PR is 4:40!

And these fantastic coaches have made all of the difference:

I know that there's so much that I'm leaving out. Elly has made dinner a few times with is not only helpful but super delicious. I've posted pictures on Instagram, but I've already filled this post with so many pictures that I figured you'd be OK not seeing them again. If I think of anything else worth mentioning, I'll fill you in later!

I hope y'all have a super great week! I have a feeling that mine will be magical! ü