Saturday, March 20, 2010

Last February Post

Back in February, Jonah and I took advantage of the beautiful weather by grabbing his tricycle and golf clubs and heading to the front yard. He couldn't decide between riding his tricycle or playing golf so we did both.















Friday, March 19, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cliff & Beppa

Our family has started to get a little homesick for Vidalia lately. Sunday marked 6 months of living in Deland. While we feel so called here and absolutely love being a part of this church and community, our hearts still ache for friends back in the Miss-Lou. People often ask us how we handle being so far from our family. Truthfully, that is the easy part. We married May 15, 1999 and moved 7 hours from them on August 1, 1999. Our entire married lives have been spent with family anywhere from 2 to 16 hours away. But, those people in Vidalia were such a part of the last 7 years of our lives that leaving them has been hard at times. This past week, we received a gift in the mail that I will post about later but it brought many of them so much closer to us. It was the first time we had seen some of those faces or heard some of those voices and it made our day/week/month/year.

Then today, we got to see our first friends from there. Cliff and Debra were wonderful friends to our family. Cliff was on the committee that brought Dan to FBCV as Worship Pastor then again was on the committee that presented him as Senior Pastor. He has been an incredible supporter of Dan's ministry and our family. He and Debra (Beppa) were the first people who knew we were pregnant with Jonah. We showed up at their house with 9 pregnancy tests wrapped in a dish towel. They cried and rejoiced with us! We went to NYC together. They bought Jonah his first two cars, the Tot Rod and the Cozy Coupe. They love our little guy like he is theirs. You see them all over this blog because they have been such a huge part of our lives.

So, we were thrilled to find out that he had a banking conference at the Gaylord Palms. We were able to spend the afternoon with them then go to dinner at Kobe tonight. Jonah could hardly wait for them to arrive at the hotel. When we spotted them, he took off running but they never noticed him. I finally yelled his name and Jonah ran to him. He got a little intimidated after they didn't see him at first. But, one he was in Cliff's arms, he was so very happy. Watch the video to see!





Jonah was very happy to see a Target bag that was full of goodies for him. Then, he was even more thrilled to be able to help pull the suitcases to their room. He is such a helper!



We had a wonderful dinner at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. Jonah even got a drink with an umbrella. He was quite thrilled with that but very upset when he realized we left it at the restaurant!











We are so glad they are here through the week and we will get to visit more with them. We love their family and are so glad our lives were intertwined for the past 7 years. What a great blessing they have been to us!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Church Directory Pictures

Over the years, I have been told on many occasions that our family is very photogenic. I'll admit it, we take good pictures 99% of the time. We can be looking something awful but when the camera snaps the picture, it doesn't come across that way. It's odd really!

So, I was a little excited (yes, I'm a geek) about church directory photos. We went fully prepared to buy some family photos. We bought none! Instead, we grimaced as each new photo popped up on the screen when we were viewing them. They were so awful that the lady could not even try to convince us to buy one. She made the suggestion we do a redo! So, we got back in line and took another turn.

Those weren't much better. We found ONE that would do as a directory photo but neither of us were pleased with it. Our typically easy to photograph child looked like Chandler Bing in his engagement photos. They were bad! So, while most people are looking forward to receiving their new church directory, I dread it!
Jonah was bored while waiting to view the pictures so he entertained himself with Dan's iphone. I'm pretty sure Apple did not have children in mind when they created the Iphone but what a gift that thing is to parents!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bedtime conversations

Dan put Jonah to bed tonight but I decided a little while later to go in and crawl in his bed with him just to snuggle for a while. He was fading but perked up when I walked in.

Me: Jonah, what was the best part of your day?

J: When we took Max on the long walk.

Me: That was yesterday. What about today.

J: When I made my bracelet in Sunday School.

Me: That was three weeks ago. What about today.

J: Ummmm, can I just tell you what the sad part of my day was?

Me: Sure, but we are going to come back to the best part, okay?

J: Okay, well the sad part was when you made me take a nap but I wasn't tired so I didn't even close my eyes. I was so sad!

Me: I'm sorry you were sad but you were so sleepy.

J: Let's talk about happy things now!

Me: Well, Guess who is flying here all the way from Vidalia on Tuesday?

J: The airplane?

Me: Um, yeah, but guess who will be on that plane? CLIFF AND BEPPA!!!

J: WHAT?? They are coming to see me? Is he bringing our boat?

Me: No, he can't bring a boat on an airplane.

J: Maybe we can just get one from Target when he gets here.

Me: HA!

J: Oh, mommy?

Me: Yes, baby?

J: I just remembered, this is the best part of my day!

Me: (crying) Mine too buddy, mine too!

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