June 30, 2011

"Your Love" - Video

This is for all those who were unable to see the live version.

June 24, 2011

"Your Love"

This is my personal plug for the Worship Arts Camp that took place at Cornerstone Church this past week.

Let me just tell you I was blessed with the opportunity to help at the camp and....IT WAS AWESOME!

The whole camp was based on Psaml 103:8-12.

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

The teachers focused specifically on how much God loves his children, how He has removed our sins and forgiven us, and how our natural response should be to worship Him.

Be sure to be at either the 9:00 or 11:00 service at Cornerstone Church in Ames this Sunday. You really don't want to miss this outstanding display of worship to our great God. It might even bring tears to your eyes. It did mine!

An Interview With Colin

June 20, 2011

Rachel's Bridal Shower

This past Saturday I had the privilege to help host my good friend Rachel's bridal shower. We decided to go with a garden party theme. I had a ton of fun using my limited creativity by helping with the decorations. I think the flowers take the award for the most dramatic presence. (Thank you ever so much Betsy Meyer) All in all I think we achieved our goal with the whole garden party theme.

But more importantly I think that everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the Bride-to-be. This is mostly do to the stellar entertainment.... Sarah Meyer you have out done yourself once again.

Enjoy the pictures.

June 9, 2011

Mystery Solved

Back on the week of Easter I found a surprise on our front step.

What I found was two plastic grocery bags with a "Happy Easter" message written on them. Inside each I found an Easter basket for each of the kiddos. Each kiddo got a sand bucket and shovel, bubbles, a sucker, and a stuffed animal. Also, the one for Makenna had sidewalk chalk in it and the one for Colin had a plastic sail boat.

So I immediately started to think about who could have left us such a nice surprise. Well my brain automatically thought of the kiddos grandmas. But that was quickly confirmed as a big negative.
Then with the help of Jared we eliminated some other family and some close friends.

After calling everyone we thought would leave the Easter baskets for the kiddos, we kinda gave up trying to figure out who left them and thought that whoever left them must not want to be known. Which bummed me out a bit because I just wanted to thank the person.

Well, that brings me to this morning.

Every Thursday morning is garbage pick-up day for Waste Management on our street. The kiddos get really excited because they have made friends with the driver. He always does all the typical garbage truck tricks for the kids right in front of the house. All winter we would wave from inside and the driver would honk and now that the weather is nice we go outside and sit in the driveway to watch and wave.

Makenna and Colin love it and really look forward to him coming.

But this is not the story from this morning, it is just the back-story. Which helps explain this morning.

Hopefully I have not lost you and if I have you probably are not reading this sentence right now anyway. But back to this morning.

I heard the garbage truck so I grabbed the kiddos and high-tailed it outside. We did the typical pull up a seat in the driveway and watch the amazing garbage truck.

Well this time the driver pulled the biggest surprise yet, he got out of the truck and asked us if we got the gifts that the Easter Bunny left us. My response in a shocked voice was , "was that you?". His reply with a huge smile was, "no it was the Easter Bunny". And he started to get into the his truck as I holler back, "Thank You, that was very kind!"

Mystery Solved!

The kicker is we don't even use waste management to pick up out trash. We just use them for entertainment purposes and make friends with their employees.

June 1, 2011


We went camping at Backbone State Park over Memorial Day weekend.....kid free.

We enjoyed ourselves despite the not the best for camping weather. But as Jared put it, "I would rather sleep in a sleeping bag wearing a sweatshirt to stay warm instead of trying to get comfortable in when you are all sticky from the humidity."

Camping for me is all about the food and I would say that this trip takes the cake in that respect. With a combined effort from our friend Megan's super menu planning to Jared's ingenious ideas on how to cook the food most efficiently, we definitely ate in style all weekend.

We also managed to get me to stop eating long enough to go on two hikes. One that was a decent workout but not so fun for sight seeing and one that had some pretty neat views. I even crawled though a hole carved out or a rock on the second hike. (see picture)

All in all the weekend was a fun one and I am looking forward to our next opportunity to go camping. Anyone want to volunteer to watch our kiddos?