Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saturday Morning Walk

Saturday mornings are wonderful! Often we get a lot of extra sleep (like last Saturday when we were asleep until almost 11!). Today we did sleep in until almost 9, but then it was time to move. I have a brand new awesome pedometer that John gave me for Christmas. I've been using it for almost 2 weeks and love it. As I enjoy exercise that gives me constant feedback, wearing a pedometer is my favorite way to encourage myself to move. So, as I'm endeavoring to get 10,000 steps a day 6 days a week, I was eager to get up and run outside.

It has been warmer here (up in the 50s for a couple days), but this morning as I got ready to go, the temperature was 21 and "felt like 9." So, I added my coat to my clothes and decided to walk fast instead of jogging (it's annoying to run with a coat on). John told me he wanted to sleep longer and that he felt it was too cold to walk outside so I headed over to check out a path I've seen near our house.

To my surprise, as I drew near to the path about a mile from our house, I saw John crossing the street in front of me! He had planned to get in front of me and take a picture without me knowing he was there - come back here and post it on my blog while I walked! Boy would I have been shocked!

But as he was spotted, he decided to walk some with me. That path was short - just to a park and then it joined a street. So, we enjoyed a nice walk through a park and some neighborhoods.
I'm looking forward to weather that's above freezing in the mornings so I can more fully enjoy the outdoors. We have a wonderful trail only a mile away that would be perfect for running and walking. We are also next to a track that I could use if I want to see how fast I can run. I'm enjoying getting back into running once again. It's been eight months since I was consistent in exercising and a few pounds have been creeping onto my frame.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

John's Gator Bowl (or Football Miriam's Style)

I did not grow up in a football family. The closest I ever came to watching football was the occasional youth group Super Bowl parties. I think I remember playing games in another room during the ones that I went to in high school.

So having a husband who not only likes the game, but knows the teams and watches certain favorite ones whenever he can is something unfamiliar to me. Of course we are not inundated with football since we don't get any tv, but there is plenty of statistics and highlights on websites that I have never felt the need to visit.
So, when we ended up being at my parents house on the day of the Gator Bowl, we found that they did not get the right channel. Never fear! We quickly made a call and were on our way to visit our friends!

The weather was perfect!

We enjoyed spending some time outside.

The zip line was loads of fun!

Kevin even showed us some tricks!

What fun we had!

Zip lines can even be ridden in a very dainty way :)

The dog was being crazy poking his nose into the ground. We weren't sure why.

The kids had a blast climbing all over John. This is one of my favorite pictures that day!

There was plenty of food.

And enough smiles to go around . . .

with some funny faces thrown in for good measure

Now you may ask . . . Did anyone actually watch football?

Indeed! John actually did watch most of the game. I even watched the last few minutes as well. If I remember correctly, those last few minutes were more exciting than the rest of the game.

All in all it was a fun day. John enjoyed the football and friends and I enjoyed the fun with friends!

The Spirit

Yesterday morning I read Numbers 11 where the people are complaining because they didn't have any meat to eat. Moses cried out and complains to God for putting him over all these burdensome people. He even asked that he be put to death now if this is how God is going to treat him. I've read about this before, but did not remember God's response.

16 The LORD said to Moses: "Bring me seventy of Israel's elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the Tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit that is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you carry the burden of the people so that you will not have to carry it alone.

At that time, God's spirit was not on everyone. In order to help Moses, there needed to be others on whom the spirit of God dwelt. So, he gave his spirit to 70 people at once. It is said later that they all prophesied once, but not again. I'm planning to read the next chapters carefully to see if I see any other mention of what these spirit filled leaders do.

Our churches should be full of spirit filled Christians and thus lesson the burden on the church leadership.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My Blog's Personality

What is your blog's personality profile? Does it have your personality?

Now there is a site that will tell you! According to typealyzer the personality of my blog or writing style is:

ISFP - The Artists

The gentle and compassionate type. They are especially attuned their inner values and what other people need. They are not friends of many words and tend to take the worries of the world on their shoulders. They tend to follow the path of least resistance and have to look out not to be taken advantage of. They often prefer working quietly, behind the scene as a part of a team. They tend to value their friends and family above what they do for a living.

Hmm - follow the path of least resistance? That doesn't sound great. But, I do often try to do things the easy way. I don't know if it's really accurate. I typically score ISTJ myself when taking the profile from a list of questions such as this website. In checking out many other blogs, I didn't find any that came out with an ISTJ profile. I wonder how the site decides what the writers personality style is.

So - check out your own blog's personality here - Is it what you expected?


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Game Night

Mom had organized a game night the evening after we got to Alabama so we could have some fun and catch up with several of our game-loving friends. It was a lot of fun!

Much of what I did was to just "be sociable" and talked with so many people. I tend to think that I'm not very personable at times so it was fun to just enjoy hanging out with my friends. Here Lori is showing us some pictures from the last camping trip.

Of course our wedding album had to come out once again and we had some fun looking over the pictures from what seems like quite a while ago now (we've almost been married for 6 months!).

Everyone brought so much good food! And it was just the right height for Sara Kate!

Some of the kids headed straight for the Foosball table. As so many kids have grown up at my parents house and due to keeping toys around for grand kids, there are still plenty of toys to play with.

Boys being boys!

I'm so cute - how could I ever cause anyone trouble :)

Another group of more serious game players played what sounded to be an exciting game of balderdash!

Look at that intense concentration!

Of course some people just have to keep having fun :) This is a great picture of Lori and Anna!

Kevin looking very studious

Eventually we all did play "the name game" together. It was a large group of people and there were a lot of laughs over the crazy names that many had made up. I'm looking forward to seeing many of these good friends (and others too) next month when we go down south once again for our annual spring camping trip!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Beauty of Sunsets

To compliment Anna's recent post on the beauty of sunrises, I thought I would post these pictures of sunsets that I have taken. The verse that comes to mind is one that we memorized as a family when I was young.

Psalm 113:3: From the rising of the sun to its settingthe name of the LORD is to be praised!
This photo was taken on the plane on the way back from camping in Alabama last fall.
This photo was taken recently overlooking Mount Vernon from the Wal-Mart parking lot. The
parking lot is at the highest point of Mount Vernon. This makes for a nice view.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Valentines Day

This article about Valentine's Day is written by Miriam's Valentine :-)

Most of the Valentine's Days that have come and gone have meant very little to me. At least compared to the last two Valentine's Days. Valentine's Day 2008 was certainly special. I visited then my girlfriend, Miriam, and we both attended a church Valentine's party hosted by some very close friends of Miriam's. The atmosphere of that event was very nice, the food was excellent, and there was much fun in fellowship.

This Valentine's Day was the most special yet, being now married. I knew Miriam was up to something in getting me a gift. So I knew had to give a gift too. So what do you give Miriam as a gift when it is Valentines Day? Any guesses? Well, there is only one answer -- chocolate!
I thought about those big heart shaped chocolate boxes. So running to the Valentines section in Wal-Mart, I found a good selection. I bought the biggest box this year. I might not buy this big all the time, but certainly this is a special time of life - being newly married - so only the best and biggest would do. I enjoyed presenting the suprise to Miriam when I got home!
Miriam and chocolate -- the two go together!

Look at all of that chocolate!! Dark chocolate for Miriam, and lighter chocolate for John. John and Miriam at a recent church Valentine's banquet. We hosted a session of the
Not-So-Newlywed game that Miriam's church did at their banquet last year. It was a hit!

Miriam's passion

One of the joys of life has been getting to know Miriam as much as some of the readers of this blogspot. The following pictures are worth a thousand words. They were taken at Cedar Point Roller Coaster Park in Sandusky, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie. Besides me :-) , this may be the second greatest benefit of Miriam's moving from Alabama to Ohio.

As you know, Miriam loves roller coasters (I like to call them carnival rides, this effectively annoyes her). If you do as well, I am sure Miriam would love nothing more than to take you here should you come to visit us here in central Ohio. If you are a Miriam fan, you should definitely add these timeless pictures to your collection.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Years with Miriam's Family

After Christmas, we went down to Alabama to visit my family. When we got there, John immediately got out his camera to record our normal family life.

Jubilee was busy reading a book (but John caught a picture of her by surprise)!

Anna was busy making pasties (a family favorite)!

Lydia was helping out and hanging out with everyone.

As soon as the pasties were in the oven (shown cooked here), there was enough time for a game.

We begin with take-2 - a great, much faster alternative game to play with your scrabble pieces. John enjoys the game though he has had to learn a little humility as the girls typically with fast games like this.
(What are they looking at?)

Soon the game was over and it was time for some supper!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Fun with Family

We enjoyed our time together with family over Christmas. We ate a lot of good Indian food!

I don't remember if everyone was trying to ignore the camera but me during this picture or if I had just eaten fast and was telling a story while everyone else was finishing their food.

Anita and I

Lisa and I enjoy the Apple Crunch

Hiding behind a book!

Suri during family devotions. Each evening ended with a reading from the Bible and prayer.