Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Broken AC

Our AC isn't working. This is not an ideal combination for an 8 1/2 month pregnant Mamma! BUT "the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places." Today is overcast (compliments of Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Hurricane/Tropical Depression/Hurricane/WHATEVER! Fay) and so I am choosing to be thankful instead of complaining.

Psalm 16 was the passage I read this morning, and I'm so thankful for The Lord's timing. "I say to the Lord, 'You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.' (that's v.2) The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. (v 5-6) I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand I whall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells seure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

I wasn't originally going to write out the whole passage... but WOW! The Lord is so faithful to have me read such a beautiful Psalm the very morning that I may be tempted to complain! Hey, David didn't have AC when he wrote this! :) I want to model for the children a godly attitude. I have NO GOOD apart from the Lord! The lines have truly fallen for us in pleasant places- my family is healthy and together, we are able to enjoy this weather while learning a new lesson... and God's mercies are new today.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Special Day for Dad

Ben is out of town this weekend. He's enjoying a vacation with his Mima (Chris' Mom) touring the forts along the GA coast, counting Sea Turtles and other cool things. I'm so glad he's having fun... but I do miss him!!

The rest of us Olsens had a Daddy Day today. We surprised Chris with breakfast at Waffle House. Chris used to go a lot when he was a kiddo & in college, so I thought it'd be fun to head there for breakfast. This was the children's first time there- Lauren had pecan waffles, Timothy had a scrambled egg wrap and Andrew had some of everyone else's food. :)

Then, we headed to World Golf Village for some playground time and then putt putt golfing... World Golf Style. Mostly it was great family time, but Chris did get a teeny bit of putting practice on the greens while there! You can see that the kiddos had fun- a picture really is worth a thousand words! I think the Olsens are better at fishing than golfing. *grin*

Friday, August 15, 2008

Not too long ago...

I was thinking about babies and what a miracle they are. I've been reading some childbirth books in preparation for the labor I'll go through in a few weeks. It's so interesting that I can learn new things about birth even though I've already been through it 4 times- I'm sure this labor will be different from the others and so I want to be as prepared as possible so it will be an exciting time, not one I'm fearful of.

I've also looked through photos of our previous births and marvelled at how sweet the children are and how you can see a bit of their personalities even at birth! Andrew was happy, calm, and snuggly from the get-go. One photo taken immediately after his birth is of him resting in my arms with one hand in his mouth and the other on his head. He did that a lot in the womb as well and it was fascinating to see him doing what I had felt him doing while he was still inside!

I'll post a different picture, though, (for decency!) of him being sweet and smiley when he was getting his first checkup a few hours after birth. I am so blessed to have experienced the miracle of birth and am excited to welcome a new little one into our family soon(ish). As you think of us, please pray for the new Olsen to be born healthily, without complications, and quickly but not too quickly. *grin* And for Chris & me to always recognize him as a gift from the Lord.

Monday, August 4, 2008

10 Years Ago...

I thought it'd be fun to post some photos from our wedding album. :) Mom had the album, so I'm a few days late posting these (July 31 is the official date).

Yes, we look young. We were! Chris and I were both 18, which means we'll be able to enjoy our 50th when we're only 68... with lots of grown-up kiddos & grandkids to celebrate with, I hope!