I got the pics from our Gulf Shores Trip uploaded: Click the pic to see the album on Facebook.
Here are some fun things to tell you about:
I got up to go to the bathroom the other day and when I returned, this is what I found. Isn’t she the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?
Kasen has been watchin’ the Olympics this past week and when he heard his cousins were skiing this weekend, he decided to go skiing too. Here’s what resulted:
The other BIG News is that Kasen pooped in the potty today for the very first time. We rewarded him with a “Big Sucker” and he chose the Mickey Mouse Sucker. Here’s a pic of his poo poo (long pause) . . . . reward:
For those of you who are still reading and who want to know some of the deeper things going on with us, I thought I’d update you on a few things too:
1.) I have officially become unemployed. Sundays are strange. We have visited a few churches and will continue to do so until we find the place that’s right for us. Neither Miranda nor I has ever chosen a church to be involved in. We’ve always been chosen by the church and welcomed with more than open arms. Now, we’re not staff people. Now, we experience what everybody else in the world experiences when they walk into a church. There’s something kinda fun about it though too. It’s nice to be in a worship service without feeling like you had to be “on” or be weary of the neverending saga of politics which surround church staff people each week.
2.) I am currently in the midst of an alternative certification program for teachers. This week I passed the 4-8th Generalist content exam which makes me eligible to get a teaching job. I’m able to teach anything 4-8th grade. The exam was much more difficult than I had imagined, but I ended up scoring well. 282 out of 300 and the passing grade was only 240. I’m excited about the possibility of teaching. My favorite parts of youth ministry have always been the times with students and this way I’ll be able to be with them every day of the week. I’m also excited about having a schedule similar to my kids as they grow older and having Sundays off so that we can be involved wherever we’d like. We’re prayin’ that I can get a teaching job before the end of this school year – preferably close to home too.
Here’s a quick pic I thought I’d share of the kinds of things Miranda and I find around the house. It’s truly evidence that you have a 20 month old in your house when you see things like this.
When I was a little kid, I remember my dad taking me to the beach. I wanted to go out where the big boys were in the “Big waves.” He took me. The water knocked me over and I tossed and turned in the waves, but dad held on to me when I couldn’t stand on my own. He was my strength when I was weak. Sounds a lot like God to me. Anyway, I have an old picture from those days. I love it.
I took my son, Kasen, to the beach the other day and we tried to capture the same image again with me as the father this time. I hope I can be the strength that Kasen needs as well as my dad was for me.
Here are the pics:
I uploaded an album from her first week home here: Kesleigh’s First Week.
Kasen loves his new baby sister.
Here’s a cool pic Miranda got while I was gone this week on our youth ski trip.
Here’s one of Kasen’s first smiles! (Of course they say those are really just reactions to having gas, but. . . I guess he’s like his dad. . . he already thinks farts are funny!) We had a great Thanksgiving. We took Kasen up to Pearland to hang out with Gigi and Papa and got to see Uncle Jared, Aunt Tiff, and Cousin Reid, not to mention Leroy and Sharon. I put a few more pics in the Corn Photo Albums. Uncle Steve and Reid playing Superman!!
Jesus on toast.
Grilled Cheese Jesus.
Potato Chip Jesus
Frying Pan Jesus
Oyster Shell Jesus. (Not sure I can even see this one. – Maybe “Modern-art-oyster-shell-Jesus”)
Jesus on a Door.
Asparaus Root Jesus