Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Lotsa family, lotsa friends and lotsa celebratin!

We had a community group Christmas party where we began with the kids making Christmas ornaments...

Here is Caitlin with her ornament...

Then we had an appetizer and dessert spread...

Then we had our 'gift exchange'. Each child chose a gift on behalf of another child for someone in need. Caleb and Christopher each chose a pair of rabbits and Caitlin chose a pair of chickens through Gospel For Asia which will provide income for some folks across the world. Each kid drew a picture of what they picked, wrapped it up and got to open it up in front of everyone and share what they chose. Great job Tracey for walking the kiddos through Scripture explaining why they were doing that!

Then we went out caroling and blessed some folks with our voices and herd of children:)

We came back and warmed ourselves by fire and hot cocoa. What a fun night! Thanks Lakeys for hosting!

The following week we trekked down to Houston for Aunt Nancy's birthday. She's so happy because Caleb guessed she was 38 years old:)

Aunt Nancy and the kids...

Poor Nancy got about 10-15minutes of celebrating her birthday and then it was Christmas...

Caitlin modeling her new barrettes and her Thomas pj's; which were Christopher's when he was little. Isn't that sweet??

Drum roll...and then came the TREASURE HUNT! My dad made maps of the house, put X's on where treasuse is hiding and your off in search of a goldmine!

On the way home back to Dallas we stopped in Montgomery to visit Brian's grandma, Aunt Linda and cousins. Brian's parents were there visting too which was fun. We feasted, rolled ourselves back into the car and tried to keep our eyes open as we drove back to Dallas. :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Different Kind of Christmas

We went to Robert and Janelle's today in Malakoff, TX to do Christmas with their family but instead of the typical exchange of presents we have started a new tradition. Janelle had the awesome idea to donate money or gifts to a ministry on behalf of the other family in lieu of a gift exchange. I thought it was genius and today was the start of a new tradition and I don't think anyone missed the old one!

On our behalf they purchased a pair of chickens and a pair of bunnies through 'Gospel for Asia' which will allow a poverty stricken family to provide income for their families. They also donated to Brian's 'worthrunningfor' ministry. How cool is that?!?! It's neat to know that instead of some random toy that will get tossed aside in a matter of weeks we are giving hope to someone across the country. I also love how we are cultivating in the kids' hearts to live out Matthew 25:40 which says, "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me."
We shared with them about the Karen refugees from Burma that have fled religious persecution and are now living in Dallas; specifically Lake Highlands, where we used to live. They do not speak English, many don't have jobs and there are about 7 people living per apartment. Suffice to say, they are struggling just to provide for their families. Our kids' school are partnering with other churches to provide baskets of necessities for these families. So today the kids made Christmas cards to give them in their Christmas baskets. Here they are making the cards and how they turned out...
We also toured the new Cole Farm, played with their new kitty cats, chased after chickens, roasted marshmellows in a bonfire and had a great brunch. The kids loved it so much that we plan on dropping them off come May and picking them up sometime in August. I'm sure Robert adn Janelle won't mind:)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A hard week

It has been a tough week for Caleb. It all started on Monday. During the afternoons I'm usually resting or having my quiet time and I think I have put the fear of God in them to not interrupt me during that time or else. So it's a pretty big deal when they do. And without even knocking Caleb walked in. He had a distraught look on his face and tears in his eyes. I sat straight up, urged him to come sit in my lap and asked him what was wrong. He said he didn't want to play in his footaball game on Saturday.
I asked him why and he said because his coach yells at him. I asked him what the coach yells and he said, "To go get the flags" but he said it's the way he yells at him. I told him I'd talk to daddy and daddy would talk to him later that night.
I honestly thought that after Brian talked with him all would be well but it seemed like his fear got worse. Brian and I talked through whether the coach was being too hard on him or if Caleb was just taking it hard. He had practice Tuesday night and we watched the coach and he seemed to be encouraging Caleb. Granted, he is a pretty intimidating guy so I can imagine what it must feel like to have him yell at you during the excitement of a game. And knowing Caleb and his sensitive spirit and his people pleasing tendencies I could see how this was hard for him.
But with each passing day and each talk we would have with him he would continue to say things to us like, "I will pay you twenty dollars if I don't have to go to my game" and "When he yells at me it feels like a bad dream."
It was heart breaking to hear those things and I felt powerless to help him. Then it finally dawned on me...what do I do when I'm struggling with fear, anxiety or frustration? I go straight to God's Word. So I found some pertinent verses for him; such as, "Be strong and courageous" in Deuteronomy 31:6, "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." in John 14:27. I then went on to ask him, "How can you be strong?" He didin't know so I took him to Phillipians 4:13 which say, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Then I asked him if he knew why I go to the bible when I'm struggling and he asked why and so I took him to Hebrews 4:12 that says,"The Word of God is living and active...." and told him how powerful Gods Word is. We taped these verses to his mirror and he said he would think about them when he was struggling.
It has got to be one of the hardest things to watch your child deeply struggle. We went to community group Thursday night and shared our burden for him. With our group we talked through all the scenarios and what would be the best way to shepherd his heart in this. As a mom I want to shield him and protect him from pain but by God's grace I know better. I know that it's not about his game on Saturday but it's about his journey. It's about teaching him to press on.
I couldn't sleep last night. I couldn't wait to get up this morning and say to him, "Caleb, look at me. I am so proud of you. Do you know why? Because you put your uniform on and you are facing your fear today. I don't care if you go out there and catch one flag, five flags, ten flags or twenty flags...this moment right here is what I am most proud of. You are a brave warrior. You are not a brave warrior by winning or being successful but by facing your fear and marching on and you are doing just that and today you are my hero." He had tears rolling down his cheeks. We hugged and it was a sweet moment.
Brian asked him last night what would be the worst thing that could happen during his game...hoping to bring some levity to his fear, and he said, "That we would win and we would have to play again." Well, they did win this morning and they did have to play again this afternoon and I am so proud of that kid.
He ran hard. He dove hard. He got hurt. He had tears and we went through it all right there on the sidelines with him; cheering him on like crazy and comforting him when he got hurt. It was by no means an easy day for him. But he faced it and he did it.
As I am reflecting on this week and this day, I think about how we can't promise an easy life for Caleb with no fear and struggles but we can promise to walk through each and every one with him shouldering some of his burden, comforting him in the midst of it and cheering him on on the sidelines and I see so clearly how Jesus walks with us. In just the same way, He doesn't promise us an easy life but He promises to never leave us nor forsake us and I have no doubt He feels the pain I feel when I'm struggling because I definitely hurt when Caleb hurts. Moments like this make me fall to my knees and thank my Saviour for the way He loves me as I cannot grasp it but can get a taste of it.
It's been so good to see Caleb tonight back to his goofy, silly self. I imagine we are all going to sleep well tonight.:)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

This year we have a Greek Warrior (in honor of the Greek Mythology Caleb has been learning at school), a Storm Trooper (in honor of Christopher's favorite Legos) and the cutest little kitty cat you've ever seen:) (Thank you Hominy for the adorable skirt that goes with her costume)
Caitlin's class at school had a little Halloween party and, yes, she wore the kitty cat headband all day!

We went around the neighborhood with some friends; which is always more fun than goin alone:)
Caitlin havin fun twirlin her little skirt:)
Some sweet senior neighbors of ours thought it would be fun to wear a scary mask and it scared the bajeezies outta Caitlin! She came running toward me screaming. They felt so bad that they came and tracked us down as we were walking and gave her a little teddy bear. She said, "He's not scawy, he's nice." Hopefully, the teddy bear will keep her nightmares away!
We also got some homemade gingerbread cookies; which is a much better score than the toothpaste Brian got years ago in this same neighborhood when he was little:)
As I've been writing this I've heard her scream at least a dozen times, "Somebody's here! Somebody's here!" She's totally diggin this candy exchange!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A shout out to Brian

I am very proud of my husband. He just completed his first half marathon this past Sunday and he's still recovering. He will tell you he would rather sleep and watch TV when he's not working or playing with the kids so I know that training has been no easy thing for him. He has been getting up early in the mornings when it's dark out and has run all the way to the George Bush Tollway and back...and if you know where we live you know that is far!

I am not only proud of his self discipline but also because of why he wanted to run. We are mentoring some great kids that go to school in West Dallas (one sister and one brother) and the chances of them going to college is slim to none. We have talked about what we could do for Dajia and Trey in encouraging and helping with their higher education.

Then one day Brian came to me and told me he had an idea....which was to run marathons for the next 10 or so years raising money for their college. I thought, "Brilliant." So he signed up for a half marathon in Houston and started training. I honestly didn't know if he was actually going to go through with it. I knew his heart wanted to but he had setbacks with a hurt knee and a hurt achilles tendon but as the time came closer I could see that he was going to run this thing even if he had a broken arm!
The kids and I got to see him at the 11.5 mile marker and cheered him on....
If you'd like to donate to Dajia and Trey's college education you can do so on Brian's blog here.
And congratulations to Brian, Nancy and Jonathon for finishing!!!!!!

While in Houston we also celebrated my dad's birthday...

and connected with our roots at the Korean Festival:)...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

State Fair and American Girl

This past Tuesday we made our yearly trek to the Fair except this year we went in the afternoon and stayed until closing. Man, were we wiped out the next day. I could barely keep my eyes open the next day and my legs were throbbing. I feel so old.
We played games, fed animals, 'planted' food, 'milked' cows, rode some rides, met some friends; and of course, had some fried food. Caitlin went back and forth from an "I love this" look on her face to a "What the heck is going on here?" look. The rides and games were a bit much for her to take in but she loved going to the 'farm' and the barn. She did try a few games; but of course, never won anything but always walked away with something:) Caleb won a basketball and Christopher a light saber; which of course, he broke.

This weekend Brian took the boys to a father-son campout with our church to Mineral Wells while Caitlin and I had a 'girly' weekend:) I had been looking forward to this for a long time! We had lunch at American Girl with a friend and her daughter and they had so much fun playing with all the babies, dolls and accessories. They got to borrow dolls to eat lunch with which was so cute. At night she slept with me in my bed which was fun to do since she's never done that before....but hearing her smacking on her pacy at 5 in the morning was not so fun.:)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

It may not be October yet but we are ready for the fall!

Typical Christopher:)
Look at Caleb so strong carrying his pumpkin!

Caitlin's signature snapshot face these days:) (This is MY pumpkin..GRRRRRR!!!)
Happy Fall!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lakehouse 2010

It was another successful trip to the lakehouse this year with our community group. Every time the kids get stoked, can't stop talking about it weeks leading up to it, have loads of fun while we're there and the parents get wiped out.:) It is an exhausting trip. Not much sleep is had but lots of fun memories are created and shared...and that's definitely worth losing some sleep over.:)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Christopher's Quotes 1

I thought about dedicating a blog just for all the wonderful and random things that come out of Christopher's mouth but, that's too much work for me, so he can tag along on mine. I will never be able to undestand how this boys' mind works. Out of nowhere he will just say the most randomest things. And if he's not saying something random he's bombarding you with questions. So Caleb asked Christopher today why he asks so many questions and Christopher said, I quote, "So I can control everybody." Wow. Well, at least he's honest.

On the way home from the pool today Christopher breaks the silence in the car (which he should win some kind of award for....I can just see him onstage....."Thank you thank you for this 'Breaking the Silence' award. I never thought I would win this, but one time, along time ago....and there's his segway into some long-winded speech, which he has not prepared for, but will no doubt keep you entertained.....or have you banging your head against the wall. I'm sure it would be the latter for my mom:)

Anyhow, so on the way home from the pool he randomly says, "You know what I'm going to ask God when I get to heaven?" And we all say in unison, "What Christopher" "I'm going to ask God why that one sheep ran away."

There's your thought-provoking question for the day.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First day of school

Well so far we're doing pretty good...I didn't forget the kids needed to be at school today and we all woke up on time. Score one for mom:)
Don't the kids look so studious???:)