Thursday, October 16, 2008
In mid-January we will be moving to Sugar Land, Texas for the next phase of Brian's work project. Sugar Land is a southwestern suburb of Houston. Unless the project gets cancelled, we will be there 2-3 years. This is not the course I would have chosen for our family, but it is the one God has placed us on. We look forward to seeing how He might use us for His glory in Sugar Land.
I have struggled with the thoughts of being away from family and friends for so long. A dear friend recently sent my a quote by the 19th century Christian author Elizabeth Prentiss. Here is the quote along with commentary by Christian radio host Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss: When she was in her fifties, the 19th-century writer Elizabeth Prentiss found out her husband had gotten a new job. She’d have to be uprooted from her home in New York and move to Chicago. It meant leaving a lot of friends, and the move would be dangerous to her fragile health.
Here’s what Elizabeth wrote in a letter to a friend:
“Place and position have next to nothing to do with happiness. We can be wretched in a palace, radiant in a dungeon. Perhaps this heartbreaking is exactly what we need to remind us that we are pilgrims and strangers on earth.”
Nancy: Maybe you’re facing a big, difficult change. Remember, true joy doesn’t come from our circumstances; it comes from our relationship with the Lord. He can help you be radiant today, even if you feel like you’re in a dungeon.
I wouldn't call Texas a dungeon, but I do pray God will help me to be radiant no matter what my circumstances. If you are facing difficult circumstances, may this quote help you remember where our true joy comes from.
With all the moving we will be doing in the next few months, I'm going to take a break from my blog. Look for more Joyner news in February.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I took Andrew and the other boys to get their hair cut the day before Andrew's birthday. This time he sat perfectly still and only cried a little at the end. I couldn't believe it was the same child. I must say he looks a lot better now. The pictures in the birthday post reflect his new look.
This was Andrew's first experience feeding himself cake. At first he squished his fingers in it. He wasn't quite sure how to get it to his mouth, so at one point he actually put his head down on his plate!
He finally got the hang of it.
Luke received a wooden race car to paint, a football, a soccer ball, a Buzz Lightyear and a set of UT football players.
Andrew received clothes, shoes, bib, sippy cups and a toy. I told Brian he probably had the most boring first birthday of any of our children. When you are one and have six other siblings, you just don't need much. I hope he will experience the same thing with his own family some day.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Kathryn enjoys helping Andrew with his bottle.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Next I sent everyone (except Kathryn and I) off on a scavenger hunt. They had to find a toilet paper roll, a fruit, something purple, a penny, a kitchen utensil, some lint, dental floss, etc. Once again, Brian's team won.
Brian searching for a penny.
Kathryn "scavenging" the chips and black bean salsa!
Notice Brian "stretching out" while he awaits his turn!
Our final game was a water balloon toss. At first the kids didn't want to do it (claiming they didn't want to get wet). In the end most of them said it was their favorite. Finally my team won. Brian and I were the last competitors and he dropped the first balloon I tossed him!
After the games we watched Benji. This is the first movie I remember seeing in a movie theater. The kids enjoyed it.
For dinner we had a picnic in the backyard. Brian grilled chicken for fajitas. After dinner we all iced and decorated our own cupcakes. I think the children enjoyed decorating them as much as eating them.
From the top of the hill in our subdivision you can see most of the city of Irvine. Around 9:00 Brian, Ashley, Emily, Hayley and Luke drove up to watch the fireworks. They were able to see fireworks from 5 different celebrations.
Although we missed celebrating with our friends today, I think we all enjoyed the time we spent together as a family. Some blessings of the day included watching the children devour special treats, cuddling with Kathryn while watching Benji, cool weather, the smell of lemon blossoms in our backyard, hearing shouts through out the house of what had been found or was still needed during the scavenger hunt and most of all sharing the day with the people I love.
Pablo (aka Will) gets ready to blow out his candle.
Will takes a swing at the pinata. Hayley was able to "behead" him, but we eventually had to pull the strings on the back to release the candy.
Will's grandparents gave him a Thomas and Friends book after learning he could read so well.
Brian, Ashley, Hayley and Will rode Shipwreck Rapids and got soaked. Afterward they were willing to sit in the soak zone at the Shamu show. People near them got wet, but they didn't. At the end of the day Brian, Ashley, Emily and Hayley tried to ride Journey to Atlantis. This water ride has a 60ft drop at the end. While waiting in line the ride was stopped for some maintenance which prevented them from being able to ride. The tickets we bought will allow us to return once before we leave CA. Hopefully they will be able to ride then.
This dog is jumping rope while his trainer and another dog turn it for him!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Ashley turned 12 on June 5th. It's hard to believe I have a twelve year old. She is such a blessing to me in her help with the younger children, assistance in the kitchen, etc. She is a delightful young lady who is also growing in her walk with the Lord. I am looking forward to watching her grow and mature in the years to come.
Friday, May 30, 2008
On Saturday night we took them to Laguna Beach to watch the sunset. This is one of our favorite things to do with guests, as we only get to see the sun rise on the east coast.
I told Brian I was going to title this picture "The Old Man and the Sea". :-)