Friday, June 25, 2010

Vacation Time

At the crack of dawn tomorrow morning, my family will be departing for a week of vacation in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. I am so looking forward to this opportunity for rest, relaxation, and fun times spent together!

As a result of our trip, my blog will be quite silent over the next week. Our cabin in the woods just doesn't have internet! And you know what? I don't mind a bit! It will be nice to escape from cyberspace for awhile and instead spend time in God's glorious creation. I'm sure I will have many a picture to share with you upon our return!

In the meantime, check out this video and be reminded of the awesomeness of the Creator we serve!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hero's Night

On Saturday night, we enjoyed a family game night at church. The theme of the evening was Heros in honor of Father's Day. The dads were instructed to dress up as a "super hero" and were challenged to a Wii tournament, among other games. Not every dad dressed up, but those who came in costume added fun spice to the evening!

As you can see from the above picture, my dad dressed the part of a black belt karate man (which he really was many years ago!). The church folks tagged him as "Karate Kid's Grandpa." :-)

Pastor Taylor, A.K.A. "Indiana Bones"

"The Highway Patrol Man" with his children

The Mexican Wrestler, A.K.A. "Mucho Nacho"

Mr. Loo warming up before the games

Push-ups anyone?

Rhonda looking on...

The Karate Man and his pretty wife

Figuring out the Wii...

The Cheerleaders

Check out the intensity of the games!

Karate Man and Indiana Bones duel it out with a swordfight

We love our hero! :-)

Let's here it for the Heroic Dads!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Birthday at the Beach!

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works...The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. ~ Psalm 145 selections

This past weekend was a delightful time spent in God's glorious and majestic creation at the beach! I am so grateful to my sweet family (and Rhonda ~ my adopted "sister" for the summer) for making my birthday extra-special and for the wonderful memories we made together!

Thanks to my Aunt Nora, we were able to borrow a beach house belonging to friends of hers that provided us with a beautiful home setting for the weekend. This was not just any beach house, but a truly luxurious, 5 star accommodation sitting right on a private stretch of ocean!

We arrived Friday evening just in time for a walk along the water before the sun set. Then, the next morning, Rhonda and I rolled out of bed at 6:00 a.m. and dashed down to the beach to watch the sunrise.

At first, the sun was blocked by clouds.

Only this little guy was out at such an early hour!

Such a peaceful time of morning...

My special friend.

Here comes the sun!

"The heavens declare the glory of God!...

...and the firmament showeth His handiwork!" (Psalm 19:1)

I am fascinated by the sky.
The light show the Lord gave us that morning was absolutely stunning... perhaps you can understand why I took so many pictures!

Rhonda trying to get just the right angle...

The fruit of her efforts!

Taking in the breathtaking beauty of the sunrise.

The ever-changing sky.

This is the house in which we stayed. Amazing, isn't it?

This picture is a favorite of mine.

Morning has arrived.

Another view of the house.

The neighbors on one side.

Good morning!

The perfect place for a quiet time with the Lord.
How I enjoyed soaking in the beauty of God's creation!

This one's for Tara. :-)

A view from the porch.

Another view from the porch.

Mema and Papa enjoying the view!

Welcome to our luxurious beach bungalow!

The kitchen of happiness. :-)

One of the bedrooms.

It's breakfast time!

We had great food and fellowship all day long!

Time to hit the beach!

Bathing beauty Nora.

The Rebsch family in the ocean!

Catching rays and riding waves - what better way to spend the morning?

Lunch time was followed by gift opening.

There's a story behind this gift of a camera; one that deserves a blog post of its own!

Time to hit the beach again!

Mom and her sunny smile.

Rhonda loved reading under the umbrella!

Papa looking dashing in his hat. :-)

Mom made the most delicious cheesecake for dessert!

It was a very happy birthday indeed!