Determination or…

…the many faces of mastering the marker pen lid.

I should have videoed this series because this little guys determination to take the lids off the pens was hilarious. He would yell when he finally gave up and wanted one of us to get the lid off for him.

Auntie Katie was a great helper.

Prayer for our sons and grandson and other young men in our lives from the third chapter of Proverbs:

The Rewards of Wisdom

1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
But let your heart keep my commandments;
For length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you.
Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute
In the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.
Honor the Lord from your wealth
And from the first of all your produce;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord
Or loathe His reproof,
12 For whom the Lord loves He reproves,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver
And her gain better than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels;
And nothing you desire compares with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who hold her fast.
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth,
By understanding He established the heavens.
20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up
And the skies drip with dew.
21 My son, let them not vanish from your sight;
Keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 So they will be life to your soul
And adornment to your neck.
23 Then you will walk in your way securely
And your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear
Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
26 For the Lord will be your confidence
And will keep your foot from being caught.

Auntie Meets Her Niece

Addyson May is Katie’s first niece. The photo on the right is at their initial meeting right after we made our drive from Seattle to Northeastern Washington. We made a stop in Spokane to pick up some food for dinner for us all to share from Costco. Our next stop was at the Home Depot to pick up a new toilet which is one of the projects that were planned for Dear and Dan while we are staying with them. You should have seen us rearranging the back of the RAV4 to fit the toilet in and then to use our Tetris skills to get all our belongings and gifts and other project goods back in the car! We did it and Katie wasn’t too squished in the back seat!

On Friday we got to have lots of chillin and cuddling time while the guys worked in the wood shop installing more lights and then they installed the new toilet. Uncle Andrew is still waiting to meet his niece. The University is keeping him too busy for trips across the mountains.

Infant hands and infant feet are the best.

The winds were howling and thunderstorms blew through on Friday. When things cleared up in the afternoon we took a nice walk. I’ll show some photos from the walk soon. I’ve been taking a morning shift holding Addy while mommy and daddy sleep for a good couple of hours. It’s very quiet during that time and nice to see the dawning of a new day and good to thank God and say some prayers for family and friends near and far.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.

On this Palm Sunday my heart goes out to the people of Egypt and the senseless bombings that killed so many who were gathered to remember our Lord’s Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem. Such sorrow for the police officers who died stopping the suicide bomber from entering another church. They were doing their job heroically. May God comfort all who lost loved ones. Maranatha…