Monday, May 04, 2015
Back to April! The following day, after the Oak Glen/Resurrection Sunday weekend, we were off to Norco to go horseback riding for Timothy's 7th birthday! His actual birth date was Tuesday, but we went Monday so the Estradas could join us!
The guys didn't get a lot of pictures of Timmy actually riding but they had a great time!! He was very happy to go riding with his Uncle and cousin! See that smile!;)
Happy Birthday, Timmy!:)
Daniel made him this very special portrait etched in wood, which he gave him that evening!
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2 Timothy 2:1-4
The last few months Dad and the guys did come major fixing up the house!:) We've been needing to make more space and move things around for some time, so the timing was perfect! It was really neat to watch them work together, have adventures, and gain experience in the whole process.;)
The new countertop....
Another big project was building a bunk bed, with a trundle bed for the older guys room!
The bunk was all finished here, but the drawer bed was still being built.
It was really good to be able to get these projects accomplished! We've often talked about how we'd like to move, but we realized recently that God isn't opening the door for that and that we need to make do with what He HAS given. Not only does it teach character but it has drawn us closer s a family.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
In April our family was able to go to Oak Glen again, and a friend of Mom's joined us with her children and nephew for the weekend! We had a great time with them and enjoyed visiting with old acquaintances and meeting new ones!
Driving up we went through the drive through at Del Taco! There's nothing quite like sitting in a van packed to the brim and sharing a few fiesta packs with the siblings!;)
The sessions were really good and it was neat to see how everything tied together even through each speaker had prepared something apart from the others'.;) We were also very excited to have over a hundred people with us for the weekend!
Friday night, we enjoyed the talent show, and this year, we had a lot of fun variations, including a violin/harmonica/piano duet!;)
Josh and Natey are following in Daniel's steps with ventriloquism! They sang a duet, and Natey did a really good impression of the camp director Jerome, which everyone said was the highlight of the evening!
Before the last meeting, there was a piñata in the gym for the kids! They have enjoyed this the last two years, in place of the Pinewood Derby Race.
Trying out Jerome before leaving!:D Gabrel kept us entertained as we packed!
On the way home, we met up with Opa for dinner at a nearby Chinese Restaurant!
Saying goodbye!:) Evie sure loves her Opa!
The following Sunday was our church's Resurrection Program....
The service closed with the choir singing excerpts from the Hallelujah Chorus!:) A piece we had been working on for some time..:)
After the service we took a few pictures....Left to right: Ryan, Micah Talbert, Philip Smith, Isaiah and Daniel.:)
Micah and Amy matched that Sunday and they didn't even plan it!:D
We are going on two years now and grateful for how the Lord has grown our family since we've been at this fellowship. Praise God for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and through that we have salvation
Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:12-20