Saturday, August 22, 2009

More Than Just a Dream

I am working on a new book that I think is very necessary. It is about dating/courtship. I have added a link to a completely new blog More Than Just a Dream here. A complete description of what I would like to accomplish, along with periodic blogs can be seen by clicking on the above link. I would love any stories or suggestions you have in regard to that.

36 Weeks and Counting

This is Becka a couple of days ago at 36 weeks. The doctor gave us a due date of September 18, but I still think she will have it sooner than that! Hopefully!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Baby's Bedroom

Becka at 8 months

Becka at 8 months again

The changing table, crib, the book shelves (we have lots and lots and lots of book - these are only a small amount that would actually fit in here), and a whole pile of diapers under the bed.

The crib and Becka's chair

The crib, changing table, and chair

Another view of the crib, changing table, and book shelf. I painted the border using tape actually. I think it turned out pretty nice myself.

We recently finished getting all of the things into the baby's bedroom. There are still a lot of things on the floor and under the bed and things just because we have no other place to put them for now. You may also notice there is nothing on the walls. We do have a few pictures and I built a large shelf that will go over the changing table, but they have his name on them, and that is top secret for right now - We have to have something to suprise everyone with since we already know it is a boy. The walls are yellow and the border is blue. That was done so that when we have a girl, we can just paint over the blue and make the stripes pink. It has been a lot of work trying to get everything ready for him to come. We are excited, but if it's this much work getting ready for him, I can't imagine what it will be like after he is here - Actually, with 9 younger brothers and sisters I can. We are ready, and now we can say that Becka is due next month.

Cassie and Haley


Cassie and Haley and their toys

Cassie and Haley

Cassie and Haley in a rare semi-serious moment



Cassie, Granddaddy, and Haley

These are pictures I took of Cassie and Haley at Grandmama and Granddaddy's house the last time they came up for a visit. It is my "responsibility" to entertain all of the kids while the rest of the adults sit inside and talk. I decided to get a little creative and have them pose for some pictures instead of being used as a horse, a jungle gym, or a hide-and-go-seek partner. They seemed to have a good time (except when they thought they weren't getting equal time in front of the lens). For those who aren't already aware, Cassie and Haley are John and Tracey's (Becka's older sister) kids.

Shenandoah Meadows Camp

This is a view of the hills from right near the auditorium.

Inside the guys cabin - there are 52 bunks.

Guys cabin (right) and the shower house - the nice thing was there was always hot water (somehow).

Girls cabin on the left. Dining Hall to the right - they made all of the food and it was really, really good. Three big meals a day, too!

Chalet where Becka stayed

View of the chalet from near the auditorium

View of the camp store and the swimming pool behind it from near the girls cabin

View of auditorium and mountains sticking through the clouds from near the girls cabin

View of auditoium and girls cabin. The guys cabin is behind the trees near the center of the picture.

The auditorium with the mountains in the clouds in the background

We took the teens again this year to Northwestern Virginia for our annual summer camp. Last year was the first year we did camp by ourselves (just our church). It is absolutely wonderful doing it that way. We have so much more control over situations and over what is preached, and the kids in our own youth group bond together. This camp is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains not too far off of the the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We heard some great preaching from Pastor Brothers, Bro. John Mark, and the main camp speaker, Tim Trieber (son of Jack Trieber out of North Valley Baptist Church and Golden State Baptist College - Tim is the Youth Pastor there.) There were a lot of good decisions made, and we are already looking forward to next year.

Here are some pictures of the whole place. We got a quite a bit of rain so it stayed foggy most of the time, which made it hard for good pictures. It is hard to give you a 360 degree look at everything and its really hard to show you the magnitude of the whole place, but I tried. I stayed in the cabin with Charlie Schenck, Wes Smith and the guys. Becka "had" to stay in the chalet because staying in the cabin would have been tough on her in her condition (pregnant).

I am having trouble putting all of the pictures on so I will add them as they let me.