Monday, April 28, 2008

God keeps His Promises.........


The last 3 years has been one long roller coaster ride for my family..........Ever since Abigail was born we have been through so much...................We chose the name for her (like all of our kids names) because of what it meant, Abigail Elizabeth, "Source of delight" and "God of the oath". In other words, we are His delight and he wants us to take delight in Him because He Loves us and will always keep His promises. We really believed that is what God was telling us at that time in our lives however dark things were about to get. When Abby was 7 months old Joshua took his first pastorate as a bi-vocational pastor. Joshua had been licensed as a minister through the Wesleyan Church for a year and was asked to consider taking this particular church. Over the next four months things began to unravel and due to some very unfortunate events we were forced to give up the congregation we had grown to love and we were forced to leave the Wesleyan denomination as a whole (leaving Joshua without a license and us without a church). I found out that I was having another baby and determined that we could not afford the house we were in so we moved (house #2). Two weeks after we moved Joshua was contacted by the district superintendent of the Evangelical Methodist Church and he began the process of being licensed through them. We took a church and moved again (house #3). Abby was only 14 months and Samuel was soon to be born. This church provided our family with things we had been praying about for a long time. Joshua was able to quit his job (the job that God had provided 5 years earlier to take care of our family) and be home at night for the first time in our marriage, and he was able to do what he was called and had studied to do. One year later we were in turmoil again. We were forced to leave this church, leaving Joshua completely jobless and our family without medical insurance, without money and without a home. We were invited to live with my parents (my brother, his wife and son also were living there) and we moved again (house #4). After 4 months, no job prospects and our savings gone, we prayed and God supplied us with this Job in Florida. We moved again (house #5) and have been here for almost a year. This last year has been extremely hard for all of us being so far from home and having to give up so much but God has never left our side. Even though we were angry, hurt and scared He kept us. He has used all of these things to reshape us and to show us more of who He is. For us He is, Life Giving and Our defender (Eve Alexandria). He is Gracious and merciful and He fights for us (Jack Evan). He is our source of delight and He never fails (Abigail Elizabeth). He hears our prayers and answers and He is our Strength (Samuel Benjamin). He is pure and always Faithful (Katelyn Rebekah). So, After eleven years of marriage, living in 10 different houses, 6 years of school, 5 children, 3 degrees, and 2 churches.................Joshua was ordained at the EMC annual conference last week. God really does take care of us and keep His promises..............Sometimes we just need to stop trying to do it ourselves and get out of His way. Here are some pics............................................

We were not able to go with Joshua to the conference since it was in North Carolina (too expensive for a family of 7 to fly and not realistic to try to pack everyone into a van for a twelve hour drive). This is a picture of all of us when we met him at the airport. The kids missed him so they wanted to make him a welcome home sign.............................................

Jesus Loves Me..................

This is a video of the kids singing. This is for my mom............... Both of her parents (my grandparents) have passed away recently and we could not be there for the funerals or for her.
We love you Mom!
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

One Long Day......


Eve came to us on Thursday night and " Mommy and Daddy, look at my smile." At first we thought she was joking around looking at us with her crooked smile and she was laughing when she looked at us. But after a while I realized she was serious when I asked her to stop playing around (I was getting irritated) and she got upset. I began asking her a number of questions and then noticed that her face was swollen and she couldn't smile or wrinkle her nose or blink her eye on the right side. So I began doing research and calling on our friends (who are nurses). We came up with what we thought it might be (Bell's Palsy) but just to make sure we decided to take her to the doctor on Friday. We need to travel to the coast to see a doctor and do any decent shopping so we all decided to go to Stuart. Joshua was going to take her into the emergency room and I was going to try to get one or two things done by going shopping. We all piled into the van around 2pm on Friday and didn't get home until after midnight.......... It was one of the longest days I've had in a while. We would have been done and ready to come home within 2 hours but at the last minute the doctor wanted to get Eve a CAT scan just to "make sure" her problem wasn't being caused by something unseen. We proceeded to wait for the next 5 hours, Joshua with Eve in the hospital And me with the other 4 kids in the van or walking around or at the Chick-fil-a slide.................any place I could keep them from going crazy. All things considered, they did really well........... Anyway, Eve was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy which is a temporary paralysis of one side of the face. The cause is unknown. It usually clears up on its own in several weeks. She now has to wear an eye mask at night to keep her eye closed, drink from a straw otherwise she drools, her face is a little swollen and her smile is not all there, and she has to take "yucky medicine," but other than that she seems to be handling it pretty well.

Thank you to all our friends and family for your prayers..... We feel very blessed that it didn't turn out to be something more serious.

Thank you, Lord, for watching over our little girl...........................................

Super hero day.......


Jack just loves anything super hero..........especially Spiderman. So Eve and Jack decided to dress up and be my heroes for the day. I think I'll be able to use this picture in the future to embarrass my kids....hee hee!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Extreme sports........

Jack is growing up and his interests are beginning to change. He has always been sort of wild and experimental with things and as he learns more, he experiments more. He is becoming somewhat of a dare devil........... He has been wanting to try skateboarding for a while so we got him a skateboard (ahhhhhh). It only took him 2 days to balance and ride it down the driveway........
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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Midnight Make-over..............

The other night I woke up around 3 am (because I could feel that it was about time to feed the baby) and I noticed that the light was on in the kids bathroom. We had family visiting so at first I didn't think anything of it and I didn't want to scare someone by walking down the hall and peeking my head around the corner. So I proceeded to get the baby and then I changed my mind about checking in the bathroom. Everything was quiet but I figured I should at least turn the light off. When I peeked my head into the bathroom I was the one who was frightened......... My 3 year old just looked up at me from the floor. There she sat surrounded by make-up and she was giving herself a makeover............with RED lipstick..........And she had even painted her toe nails bright red. Her whole face was red and so was her shirt and pants where she apparently had experimented with different colors and when she didn't like them just wiped it off onto her clothes. I think she had been awake for a while because part of the bathroom was decorated in red as well. When all was said and done I cleaned her up and she went back to bed.............I left the bathroom for the next day. Luckily, the make-up was Eve's kiddy stuff and it was washable. I didn't get a picture but this one was from another time when we found her (during the day) giving herself a "spa treatment". Now if only we could catch her in the bathroom actually going potty..........................

Katelyn..........

Katelyn is one month old (on Saturday).......... I can't Believe it has already been that long! She is growing like a weed! Here is a picture.........................

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Happy Easter!!







It is a little late but here are some Easter pics............We want to say Happy Easter to all our friends and family.......... All of the kids as best of a picture as we could get Easter Sunday.

Sammy Jack Eve
Abby
KatelynThis is a picture of all the kids at church having an Easter egg hunt. There were so many kids and alot of eggs but if you weren't fast then you didn't get many eggs........................... Eve got way more eggs than Jack and he was a little upset but when she saw that he only had a few she shared hers with him and everyone was happy.Abby got a few eggs and then decided she was done.............................................She had enough eggs to find a hiding place to go and open the eggs and start eating all her candy. By the time we found her she was pretty much done with all of it.................. Sammy saw all the eggs but only picked up what he could hold in his hands (2 eggs) and he was completely content. As long as no one tried to touch those two eggs............................
Sammy held on to those eggs and would not let anyone see or touch them.................................
We had ham and potatoes for lunch that day and I made ham and bean soup with the leftover ham bone..........MMMMMMM Good.
HAPPY EASTER!!!!!! We love you all and wish we could come and visit with everyone. We hope you all had a Blessed Easter.