Sunday, December 28, 2008

As the deer pants for the water so my soul longeth after thee...


Just a moment ago - okay a few moments ago - while I was working on my blog and updating Facebook, I glanced out the window and saw this beautiful sight!


I quickly grabbed the camera and after calling the kids to come see and taking the picture, I thought there HAS to be a divine message in this and so there was....


Just as this buck and the doe and fawn before him (they didn't hang out for the photo op) were looking for food in the snow - I need to be longing for the Lord. I should be longing for every bit of Him that I can get.... and yet, I think I tend to just stand by hoping someone will drop some crums in my lap and I don't go longing for all of Him.


So - I am reminded that as this deer was searching for food so I am to be longing each day for more of my Savior. Just thought I would share this thought with you!

Christmas Time!

We just returned from a FANTASTIC week with family in Texas! There are SOOO many pictures and I would love to share them all with you but it just isn't feasible so I have to limit it to the highlights!
Most of the pictures - still not all - are posted on my Facebook account and will be on my MySpace tonight as well.



So here's how it went: Saturday Dec 20 - Drove 18 hours straight to Dallas!!! Arrived at midnight.
Sunday Dec 21 - Got up and were able to visit our old church in Lewisville - Northview Baptist Church - we saw lots of old friends, wonderful time of worship. Sunday afternoon was spent playing games and hanging out with family and friends.


Monday Dec 22 - Slept in!!! Then did a tad last minute shopping at Grapevine. Monday night we went to Medevil Times in Dallas. It is like a Dinner Theater where you eat while you watch the Knights fight. Our Knight was the Green Knight (he was the bad guy) so we had to cheer LOUD for him! The kids really enjoyed this. Wonderful experience!





It was really an awesome thing to see it all in motion! Highly recommend this if you ever have the chance.






Tuesday Dec 23 - More shopping, we ate at Rainforest Cafe, and then the guys and Hannah went to watch the Dallas Mavericks play Memphis. They really had a great time and the kids were all excited that the Mavs won!!! It was great to have the means and the time to let the kids experience some events that we normally wouldn't get to do.



Wednesday Dec 24 - was spent at my sister's house relaxing and playing games. That evening instead of a Christmas Eve service at church, we had a family concert and the kids acted out the Christmas Story. Tyler made a great Baby Jesus!


Christmas Day - Was a wonderful time of worship and celebration with the family. My parents, My sister Michelle, her husband Scott, their three kids Daxton, Devin, Ellisyn, My aunt Pat, Uncle John, Cousins Robbie and Katie and then our family were all together. We really enjoyed the time together. The kids got a lot of fun things as did the adults but the best was just playing games and hanging out together!









Friday Dec 26 - Shopping Day - kids all had money burning a hole in their pocket and the opportunity to shop at BIG malls was too irresistable! In the afternoon, we had family picture time. It was fun to coordinate clothes and take pictures at the park!














Saturday Dec 27 - Another long day of traveling back to Colorado. However, one advantage to having both my sister and Joel's sister live in Texas is that we often get to see both families when we travel there. So we met Joel's sister Jana and her family at McDonalds in Amarillo for lunch. We decided that everyone needs pictures taken at McDonalds - right?





Sunday Dec 28 - We got our first good look at all the snow we had been reading and hearing about all week at home.....












Sunday, December 7, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...





This weekend has officially "kicked off" the Christmas spirit for our family! Yesterday - Malachi helped out at the hospital "Breakfast with Santa" by being an elf and I took the pictures! It was an incredibly fun time and of course Malachi was adorable!




This afternoon, Kestra got to make her first cake for her cake decorating project in 4-H. The reindeer is still needing his antlers but other than that he is finished!














Tyler had his Christmas program at school Friday night and he was a riot of course!!!






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This morning, Hannah sang "Breath of Heaven" in church with one of my close friends from Bible Study Dani Vaughn. It is so hard for me to believe that my "baby" Hannah is now singing in church as a young lady but I am SO very proud of her.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving and other fun things!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with Joel's parents and then also at church on Sunday. Joel is working on a youth website and once it is up and running I will post a link to it as well but I decided to include some of the "church life" pics so you can meet those we serve with.
This is Anna and Liliann Huber. They are too much fun!

Me holding Liliann - Joel says he has too many pictures of me with babies!!! What can I say - they attract me....

Tab and Tyrel Karp - two of our youth just hanging in SS!










Here are a few highlights from our Thanksgiving Day!!!!


















Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fun in the Mountain Sun!





In contrast to the post on Nov. 11 with snow ...here is the weather today the Sunday before Thanksgiving!






Hannah Montana Birthday Party



Kestra had an all out "Rockin" Party yesterday! Here are a few highlights!

So much to be thankful for


I am so blessed and so thankful for many things! This morning's sermon was on being Grateful and it was really inspiring and challenging. Our pastor used many quotes from the notes of Jesse Herrick that were simply amazing! Jesse was a member of our church that was killed in a tragic car accident last December. It has made a tremendous impact on the life of our church and continues to do so - only this was positive! Here are some of the things that were written in Jesse's notes for a lesson he had prepared for the youth:


"If there was one word to describe my spiritual condition, would it be gratefulness?" Jesse Herrick

This one really made me think - am I truly grateful for my life as a Christian and ALL that entails?


"Gratitude towards God - gets our mind on God" Jesse Herrick

Hello! If we are grateful to Him we will in turn focus on Him.


"If we as Christians are not deeply grateful - it shows the condition of our heart" Jesse Herrick

Seriously - we as Christians have more than anyone something to be grateful for - JESUS CHRIST!!!



As I spent the afternoon at the park with my family - the Lord reiterated to me how Grateful I should be for EVERYTHING! I Thes 5:16 "REJOICE ALWAYS"~ therefore I will be thankful and grateful.

I Thes 5:18 "Give thanks in EVERYTHING for this is the will of God" The past few weeks I have really been searching for the will of God in my life and yet I have neglected this truth! His will is for me to be Thankful for where I am right now ~ to be thankful for the place in life He has me....


This afternoon I am grateful for every aspect of my life - the good things that show I am loved and cared for and the trials that teach me to be totally dependant on the Lord in all I do!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Winter is teasing us!


Well - it is official winter is coming!! Yesterday we had our first "snow" and it was beautiful. Today it is almost all gone but I know that it will be back. Question is - will we be ready? I sure home so!

Today was a bitter sweet day as we said farewell to our dear friend and deacon Bob Bixler. You know, in ministry you meet lots of people and work with lots of church leadership. However it is really rare that you find someone as close to perfect as Bob Bixler. Every time I saw him, beginning with when we came to interview, he was smiling and encouraging. Bob was the type of man that you just automatically liked! He had a great sense of humor and he enjoyed serving people.

Today at his memorial service, I was reflecting on how do I want to be remembered? Do I want to be remembered as always so caught up in my own life that I forget the needs of others or do I want to be remembered as one who was always looking to serve others? Do I want to be remembered as serious and carrying the weight of the world or do I want to be remembered as laughing and enjoying life?

The Bible says - "I have come to give you life more abundantly" John 10:10 Christ came to set us free from the bondage of sin and this world. As Christians we need to live that abundant life to it's fullest! No things are perfect here on Earth, we may be disheartened or dismayed by politics, yet "I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded that HE is able." 2 Timothy 1:12

Bob's life is a reminder to me that I am to LIVE in Christ and HE in me! Praise the Lord - Hallelujiah! My challenge to you: How do YOU want to be remembered?

Monday, November 3, 2008

14 Years Riding the Streets of Heaven

I can't believe that it has been 14 years today since my beautiful, wonderful, sister Sherri left this earth to join Jesus in Heaven. She has been riding (not walking) the streets of Heaven on her white horse for 14 years and it still seems like just yesterday that we got the news she had died.

Sherri was a wonderful person. As an EMT, she cared for so many people when they were at their worst. She would have to set aside all her emotions and care for people that were seriously hurt or maybe even about to die. I loved the fact that she enjoyed being an EMT - it showed me the side of her that cared for others.

Sherri also loved the outdoors. It didn't matter if it was hunting, haying, working in a barn, whatever - she loved to be outside. I remember so well that she always wanted me to come with her to "do" whatever she was doing outside. She helped me with my 4-H animals when really she should have made me do it myself! However - even if she was a little "gruff" about it - she would help me out.

Sherri and I used to fight alot and you know - now I really don't remember what all we fought over (I am sure my parents do!) but I do know that she loved me and I loved her. She was really a unique person. So many times we care too much about what others think (myself included) but Sherri was content to just be herself. Didn't really matter to her that she may not be like everyone else. She had few people that she truly loved and cared about but those few people were never more loved by anyone! Whatever she did, even loving, she did with all she had.
Sherri only met my husband Joel once. However in an odd sort of way, I think she knew that he was the one before I knew! I remember one Sunday afternoon I was in my dorm doing homework and Sherri called me (big deal because she hated the phone). We were chatting and she said "Where's that boy?" (referring to Joel) I replied "I don't know he is in his room I guess" her reply was "Well he should be there taking care of you." If only Sherri knew how much Joel would have to and continues to take care of me on the days I cry for her. You see, through Sherri's death - is how I knew that Joel was the one. Everyone told him not to come with me to the funeral, it was a "family" deal and he didn't need to be there. Yet - Joel dropped everything he was doing and not only came to Colorado for the funeral - he drove me to it. 8 hours he drove the car and I think I cried most of that time. He never said much - just was there for me. So you know Sherri, "that boy" is still taking care of me.

I may not cry as much anymore (although I still do at times) but everyday there is some reminder to me of my wonderful sister Sherri and how much I miss her. My last and fondest memory of her was one time when I was home from college. She had a newspaper route that she would do at like 3:30 in the morning! She asked me to come along with her - I was like "WHAT" but you know I did. I don't remember saying much (think I was half asleep) but I remember just being with her and loving it.

Sherri never got to know my kids here on Earth but I know she will be waiting for them in Heaven. She loved kids (never would have admitted it) but she really enjoyed them. I look at my children and am so sorry that they didn't know her but then again - I have introduced them to her in all sorts of ways. I try to tell them things she enjoyed, people she knew, and of course show them pictures of her beautiful face.

Sherri - I know you probably can't look on Earth from Heaven but I hope you know that I am looking forward to joining you and Jesus one day. Will you get me a horse too so I can ride with you? Will you give Grandad A, Granny A and Grandad H a hug from me? WE LOVE YOU and MISS YOU. It may be 14 years on a calendar but it is just like yesterday in my heart....

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Our exciting day!


Well - November is off with a BANG for the Arrington family! We were at church today and Kestra got bit by a dog between Sunday School and church.

I am still not entirely sure on all the details but apparently the dog came to church with one of our youth. He has been there before and is a friendly dog but he got excited or upset or something. Anyway Kestra knelt down in front of him to pet him and he bit her lip! So - off to the ER I went with Kestra. She was really scared and bleeding a lot at first but it turned out she was fine - not even stiches!

It has been a learning experience for us all though. Just so you know ALL dog bites have to be reported when you go to the ER and there is an investigation and all that! We are not upset with the dog or family or anything - just a freak accident but we still have to go through all this reporting and stuff. The dog is quarantined for 10 days, etc. We did find out that he is up to date on his shots so that is good to know.

Well - just goes to show there is never a dull moment in the Arrington home!!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

So blessed and so thankful

I just wanted to take the time to write about how incredibly blessed we are by our church family and how thankful we are for them. They have been so wonderful to us the past 13 months - can't believe it has been that long!

This month as you may or may not know is Pastor Appreciation month. In a lot of churches we have served in - the pastor is recognized but the support staff isn't so much. This church has literally SPOILED us rotten not only this month but every month since we have been here. They are so supportive and loving towards our family. They let us know all the time how much we are appreciated and are always willing to go out of the way to help us or serve us in anyway they can.

Thank you is not enough for all they have done. We so appreciate the baked goods, flowers, gift cards, money, etc that people have given us this month. However more than that - it is the encouraging words, hugs and overall love they have shown us. They have embraced our family with open arms and truly have let us call First Baptist Bayfield - HOME.....

Thank you church family for all you do! WE LOVE YOU....

Fall Fun!!!




Last night the kids had a Fall Carnival at the school. They really enjoyed dressing up and having fun. The really neat part was that we told them we would ONLY buy things from the thrift store for their costumes. So yesterday morning we loaded up and headed to Durango to the thrift store - they all did a great job finding things. Malachi actually found all his "Indiana Jones" stuff at home... It was fun watching them figure it out.













Friday, October 24, 2008

Tyler

Tyler has a field trip today and he was so excited to talk about it. So, I videoed him talking about his upcoming day!


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Mom....


I love my mom! She is so full of life, energy and joy and she ALWAYS is wanting to serve others. There isn't a week that goes by that she isn't pouring of herself into others. This past weekend I had the privelage to go to her Womens Retreat (she thinks I went for Peg - but I went for her too).


Anyway - it was great to see her interacting with the women in her church and just serving them and being there for them. This video shows the fun-loving nature of my mom and her friends. She is the one in the middle with the washboard - Sue. Gotta love her!

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