Thursday, September 6, 2012
Here are just some brief photos from our vacation to Charleston SC, we loved it. Jeremy and I went there a few years back for a wedding and fell in love with the area. This year for vacation we decided to go back and bring Ava this time. We stopped in Atlanta to hang out with family for a few days and had a blast. Ava seemed to fall in love with my uncle, part of it is because he is just a fun guy, and the other reason is because he would do WHAT.EVER he wanted..including wearing mardigras beads, including dancing around quacking like a duck. You can tell her no. We had a good time though, just the three of us. We revisited some of our favorite places and restaurants from our last trip, as well as found some new favorites. I will never get enough of that place...the history, the food, the multiple beaches. Love it. I was sad to come home.
Monday, July 23, 2012
i have been slacking in the blog world :( we have had tons of stuff going on this past week. get me through this week and the next then its off on vacation we will go. for now, here has been the life of the butcher family.
ava and i got to spend the afternoon hanging out with my sister on saturday and we went to 2nd street market in downtown dayton, always have wanted to go there and i am in love.
got a red velvet cake frape. delish.
and ava went for a cookies and cream popcicle with a oreo in the middle
yesterday my mother in law kept ava for the day, i got jeremy tickets for a reds game and we took of in the morning and spent the day in cincinnati. it was a great time, great game, but it.was.hot
here we are melting.
this little guy...we became bestfriends. free small cups of ice, i think i got 4 because it was really hotter than hades...and i look like a lobster to prove it.
oh, and not to mention...we won!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
oh how I love summer, oh how I wish I could take June through August off so I could post camp by my parents pool, go to to the farmers markets, and garage sales on Friday anytime I wanted.
Here is our summer so far
for real...she's 3!
take 1,2,3,4,& 5
happy birthday baby girl!
yep, thats what we've been up to.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
It was adoption weekend at our church...I L.O.V.E this weekend so much, it tugs on my heart so much. Adoption has always been something that I wanted to persue. I have always "talked" about wanting to do it, more so than ever I really want to do it. I don't know what God's plan for us in this journey...if it is local, international, becoming a foster parent prior to adopting or even the ages. We really need to pray to him and see what he reveals to us. My heart breaks for these children without a parent. I can't help but hope that I would have the opportunity to give them a gift of a mom or a dad.
Friday, November 4, 2011
whew..it has been forever, I need to keep up with this more, so much has happened...lets see. Ava met her uncle last week, it was the first time I have seen my brother since June 2007 and he melted her heart. It was so sweet to see them together.
Ava was a cup cake for Halloween, she. HATED. it! HATED it I tell you, we made it to one house, it was off with in 30 minutes...pics are soon to follow.
Our pastor at church has been talking about "white hot worship", when you are really worshiping the Lord that is when we start to see a change in our church. After reading this I came across this from Francis Chan
Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They desire to fit in both at church and outside of church; they care more about what people think of their actions (like church attendance and giving) than what God thinks of their hearts and lives
Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. They don’t genuinely hate sin and aren’t truly sorry for it; they’re merely sorry because God is going to punish them. Lukewarm people don’t really believe that this new life Jesus offers is better than the old sinful one
Lukewarm people are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. They assume such action is for “extreme” Christians, not average ones. Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers
Lukewarm people say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed, a part of their lives. But only a part. They give Him a section of their time, their money, and thoughts, but He isn’t allowed to control their lives
Lukewarm people love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength. They would be quick to assure you that they try to love God that much, but that sort of total devotion isn’t really possible for the average person; it’s only for pastors and missionaries and radicals
Lukewarm people love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves. Their love of others is typically focused on those who love them in return, like family, friends, and other people they know and connect with. There is little love left over for those who cannot love them back, much less for those who intentionally slight them, whose kids are better athletes than theirs, or with whom conversations are awkward or uncomfortable. Their love is highly conditional and very selective, and generally comes with strings attached
Lukewarm people are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control. This focus on safe living keeps them from sacrificing and risking for God
Lukewarm people feel secure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America. Just as the prophets in the Old Testament warned Israel that they were not safe just because they lived in the land of Israel, so we are not safe just because we wear the label Christian or because some people persist in calling us a “Christian nation”