Happy Monday!

Ever had this feeling?  I sure have, but it’s never been this funny:

Family B-Day Fun & Fellowship

This past Sat., we had a combination b-day party at my brother Johnny’s house . [A belated one for Johnny (July 5th) and a little early for my daughter Sarah (July 23rd).] This is the cake I baked, and I decorated it the way my Sarah Beth suggested. 🙂
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Sarah w/ cousin Ally (Johnny’s oldest).
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My brother Johnny (I know it’s hard to believe, but yes, he’s younger. Hee, Hee, Hee! 🙂 ) Mom is beside him.
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Eli, Brenda (Johnny’s wife), Sarah, Ally, and Kerry:
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Ally, Sarah, Eli, and Kerry:
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Here’s Eli, Johnny’s youngest…he’s 3.
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Johnny, cutting the b-day cake.
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Dad and Johnny.
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My Sarah Beth…who is 8 yrs. old today!

Museum Trip

Today (on Sarah’s b-day) the kids and I went on a museum trip w/ my sister-in-law Lisa & my two nieces, Heather and Rachel. We went to the NC Museum of History and the NC Museum of  Natural Sciences. It was a great day, and it wore the kids out! (always a plus!! 🙂 )

Sarah and I took turns taking these pics w/ her little digital camera. Hope some of them turned out alright! 🙂 :

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Sarah, Kerry, and Rachel w/ statue of a Native American woman.

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An African American Soldier:

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Pirate Blackbeard:

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Pirate Treasure:

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Kerry steering the play pirate ship.

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The only photo we got from the science museum…

My Sarah Turns Eight…

…on Thursday, July 23rd! Here’s just a few pics of her early b-day party from this past Sat.:

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Happy Birthday Sarah Beth!!!

We all love you very much!!!

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**To learn more about my Sarah Beth, visit this post from her last b-day: “Seven Years”

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**Note: These photos were actually taken this past Sat. at a combination b-day party for my brother Johnny and my daughter Sarah. (Johnny’s b-day was July 5th, and Sarah’s is Thurs., July 23rd.)  There will be more pictures to follow…

A Few More Pics…

…from Sarah’s Baptism…Sun. 6/28/09:

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Sarah coming down the steps to the Baptistry.

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Sarah’s almost in the water!

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I just love this pic! I think it captures Sarah’s enthusiasm! 🙂 I’m so happy for my Sarah Beth and for all those who were recently baptized!

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Sarah after being baptized. Took a pic of Sarah w/ her towel and wet hair in front of the stain-glass window.

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Sarah’s still looking pretty happy and excited! 🙂

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**This was something Sarah decided on her own that she was ready to do.  This was actually a test of faith for her, because she was nervous and afraid of having her head under water.  [Yes, we’ll be working on the swimming lessons! 🙂 I was the same way when I got baptized at 9.  In fact, I was scared to death, in a way, but (like Sarah) I knew that the Lord would be with me and would help me!]

Again, I’m so happy for my Sarah Beth! 🙂

Growing In Faith Daily

A small step is a giant leap

In growth and faith each day

If this step is your time with God

To read His Word and pray. —Sper

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“Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” –Ephesians 4:23

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**See Our Daily Bread devotional here.

Who Can Relate?

I’m sick again…bronchitis this time.  I’m feeling pretty depleted.  However, it certainly could be worse, and this too shall pass.  I sure can relate to this pic, though, and of course, I think it’s cute: