Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Relay for Life--Prayers are ABOUNDING!!

Last Saturday we participated in the "Relay for Life" cure for cancer walk. Our school had a tent set up for all of our friends who have battled, or are currently battling cancer. We raised money, and our "Early Act" club made bookmarks to hand out to the cancer survivors. Pat was a good sport and did his part--hat and all!
This is the area that our friend Angela set up.

This is my friend and colleague Jennifer Seymour. She is battling breast cancer for the second time. It has spread into her bones and we are praying for God's healing hands and a miracle. She has four kids, and a wonderful husband (check out the shirt!). Jennifer is a k/1 teacher at our school.

Jen's family came to "roll her" around the track.

Jenn, Angela, and me

Christina came to help out too!

The "survivors" have the first lap of the morning. They walk around the sport park and we all cheer for them. It was pretty emotional this year.

Shari is our librarian and friend who battled breast cancer a few years ago.
Lauren, our principal, battled breast cancer twice.

I started a new club this year at our school called "Early Act" it is a community service club off of Rotary. We have done TONS of community service projects this year, and the kids have done an amazing job helping their school, community, and world! They have realized how important it is to GIVE!!!

San G., one of our middle schools, had twp giant ball that the kids could walk in. Jenna had a BLAST with her friends.

Lauren and Shari

Shari with her family

The CRAZY teachers

Okay--let me explain--this was for charity. One booth was asking us to give a dollar to walk around the track with a bra on to "Save the Tatas". Yeah--I know

These are Owen's buddies Luke and Freddie and their parents Fred and Sarah

And I had to throw this one in just because! Uncle Jim came to visit us at our yard sale :) and I love this picture.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Catching Up!

Life has been a bit busy for us lately. I realized that I haven't posted pictures in about a month, so it's time to catch everyone up.
This weekend we had the privilege of attending one AWESOME wedding. We shall forever more call them "Christian and Mandy Lindberg"! Sounds weird now, but it will catch on soon. Christian was one of Pat's fifth grade students years ago, and the Lindberg family (10 in all!) have been our friends for several years. We've known Mandy for about 6 years and we LOVE her family!
Pat and I thought it was the perfect wedding--outdoors, worship, In-N-Out Burger, Rice Krispie treats, frisbees, picnic-style, blankets in the sun, dancing, and did I mention Rice Krispie treats? They TOTALLY did it Mandy and Christian style! We have no doubt the Lord will bless this marriage richly! Here are some of our favorite pics of the wedding.
The happy couple on their "Happy Day"

My handsome husband playing frisbee with the kids

Our blanket in the sun

Owen's funny face
My beautiful Birdie
The ceremony shot
Owen getting ready to DANCE
One of my favorite shots of Many and her father Brian

Walking down the isle
Owie checking things out
Mandy's mom Katrina and her brother Jake

The happy couple

Okay--this one was for us :O)

The night before the wedding, Amy watched the kids so we could go to a concert with Jerry and Char. Two of our MOST favorite bands were playing in addition to about six others. We were TOTALLY excited because we were able to meet and greet our all-time favorite band "MercyMe". Here are some pics!

Bart Millard--the lead singer of Mercyme (most famous for "I Can Only Imagine", and "Word of God Speak")

This is one of my favorite pics.

Not only do I LOVE his music, but he is hilarious and crazy fun, plus--You just gotta love that hair!

Francesca Botescelli (don't know if I have that right?)

Us with the band. Yes, that is me next to BART MILLARD--yes, I got a hug--yes, I was a little star struck--yes, I am weird, but so are they :O) (hence the planters that made it into the shot)

I just love Jerry's face in this shot

This is Jerry and Charlene's long lost daughter--just kidding!
Jenna dressed up like Harriet Tubman for a "Wax Museum" presentation at school. I just thought I would add that in the mix.

We also celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior! The kids wanted to do the "dying of the eggs thing". After I got over the "egg smell" in the house, I was okay :O). Here are the pics!

Owie liked the stickers more than the egg dying

I just LOVE that face!
The celebration continued after church with most of the family. Rob and Lisa were out of town, and Dave and Nay had a BUNCH of teenagers coming over, so it was quiet and relaxing!
Grandpa Ted came by for a visit
My BEAUTIFUL cousins, of course!
And, our BEAUTIFUL Mom's (well, aunt and Mom)
Grandma made Jenna matching hat and afghan for Easter--she LOVES it--can you tell?
So, I am sure things are just going to get busier as the school year comes to an end, but we are THANKFUL, BLESSED, and CONTINUALLY GRATEFUL for what the Lord continues to do in our lives and the lives of those we love!