Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Up to the Highest Height....

L is for Lift

Lift: 11 a: an elevating influence b: an elevation of the spirit

So I am not even going to apologize for taking three weeks to get this one out. I actually have a "L" half finished and saved but wasn't quite feeling it. So as I sit here, anxiously awaiting 9:00 and the gorgeousness that is Simon Baker as The Mentalist, I am finally ready to get this one out there.

This week in school, our theme is spring. We made ladybugs in art and read books about bunnies and butterflies. We planted flowers in front of the church. We also went outside and tried to fly a kite. Well, yesterday was a bit more windier than today so the kite actually got off of the ground yesterday. Today was a little disappointing. The kite just sort of dragged on the ground and quite frankly, looked a little sad.

I began to think about the difference between the two days. Both days were beautiful. Not a cloud in the sky. We used the same kite both days. But, one day had more wind than the other. And that got me thinking about that techinical term that we learned in sixth grade science class when we learned about birds. "Lift". A bird needs "lift" to take off. An airplane needs "lift" to ascend into the sky. A kite needs "lift" to fly high. And when that ift is constant that kite can fly as high and as long as it has "lift".

I like the definition of lift that I found in Websters Dictionary. Especially the second one. 'An elevation of the spirit'. Oh, how I need that most days. God is "lift". Without Him, where would we be on those days when there is no wind? Days when nothing seems to go right and plans fail? Days when we feel like nothing more than an useless kite, dragging on the ground? I love the scripture (Isaiah 40:31) "but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles..." Or, like a kite...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

One Blue Sky

K is for Knowing

So I have to apologize. I have not been the best with keeping up with my ABCs lately. It's not that I haven't wanted to or have been extremely busy. It's just that I....haven't. So, I apologize. Onward and upward, right?

Today is a beautiful day. The sun is shining and the breeze feels so nice. I love a blue sky and white fluffy clouds. I was driving home from Fredericksburg, jamming to a little Sugarland, sipping on my diet coke in the insulated cup, when I started to think on how God must have known exactly how the sun would reflect off of the Rappahannock river just so. And that diet coke and ice in an insulated cup would be such a good combination. So I decided to start a list of all the things God must know.....and I am realizing how thankful I am that he does.....

-it's possible to have a foot of snow one week and 70 degree weather the next

-a river would need a winding river road

-alka seltzer and water in a film container makes for a great rocket ship

-little girls need a daddy to call them princess

-May flowers need April showers

-baseball diamonds need baseball players

-pumpkin seeds and a little salt make for a great snack

-lightening needs thunder

-little sisters need big brothers

-ice cream and summer nights just go together

-there is nothing better than a warm blanket, a good book, and a comfortable position

-Sunday afternoon makes for great napping

-baby boys give the most wonderful kisses

-brownies in the oven can make your mouth water

-movie theater popcorn makes the movie even better

-you never outgrow a hug from your mom

-a cool spring evening needs a fire on the deck

The list could go on and on.....feel free to add to it. Isn't wonderful that we have a God who not only knows the number of hair on our heads as well as number of stars in the night sky also knows the simple things?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

More Pictures

Sorry, the pictures are a little out of order. The beginning of the day pictures are at the bottom and end of the day pictures are at the top. It was such a fun trip, definitely one we will do again!!

New York, New York

So Saturday, Jenn, Jaime, Ashleigh, Eric and I ventured up to NYC for the day. We caught the train at Union Station in D.C at 6:20 AM and after a few stops along the way, we arrived in Penn Station a little before 10. Taking the train was such a good idea. Not only in the morning but going home as well. Jenn and I had been to New York before so we both had an idea of what we wanted to see. Jenn wanted to have lunch at Serendipity 3 (where part of the movie Serendipity was filmed). And she had a gift card to Tiffany so that was on our list. I wanted to walk through Central Park and see all the tourist sights there. And the only other thing on our list was that Ashleigh and Eric wanted to see Ground Zero. We had a short list of "had to see" places but we had a heard that Serendipity was a two-three hour wait, the park is huge and kinda hard to navigate, and Ground Zero is a downtown subway ride and we were only gooing to there until about 5 so we were very ambitious. As you can see from some of my pictures, we were actually quite successful.

Don't worry, more pictures to follow!