Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ice Storm & Still No Power

We have been without power since Wednesday due to the ice storm that swept through Northwest Arkansas. I'm really quite surprised that we made it until Wednesday morning without losing power since we live in the middle of the woods. On Tuesday, Katie went to work with me since she didn't have school. We ended up leaving my office at about 2:00 because we lost power at work. We stopped by Jeremy's office and picked him up and all ended up driving home together. It's a good thing we did because about a half a mile before we got to our house we had to get out of our car and walk the rest of the way home. There was a huge tree that had fallen over and was blocking the road. You should have seen the three of us walking home in the ice. We tried to stay in the middle of the road so none of us were hit by the falling tree branches that were breaking all around us. Jeremy ended up going back up to the car with his chain saw and clearing a path. All three of us ended up sleeping in our bed Tuesday night. I didn't want Katie sleeping in her room by herself since we have so many trees around our house. We heard tree branches breaking and falling all night long. It sounded like we were in the middle of a war zone, and it literally looks like a bomb has been dropped over Northwest Arkansas.
We lost power on Wednesday morning and have been staying with the Langhams at night--thank God they have power. Our friendship has been pressed while staying at their house, mostly because Jill continually makes a point of reminding us of what an inconvenience we are to them (Jeremy wrote that sentence). We finally got power back at my office late Thursday afternoon, so I was able to go back to work on Friday.
It just saddens me to look around and see all these trees that are completely destroyed. The peach orchard that is near our house looks terrible. Katie has been praying for the peach trees because she absolutely loves peaches. I pray that we get our electricity back soon. We've been told maybe by Sunday.....I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Here are some pictures taken near our house.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Trip to VA

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted something new--life has just been a little crazy lately. We took a whirlwind trip to Virginia last weekend to see Jeremy's granddad who is very sick. We were so blessed to have such a good visit with him. He is such a remarkable man, and I'm so lucky that he played such a vital role in Jeremy's life. I know he has helped shape Jeremy into the man that he is today. He truly has been in a blessing in our lives, and we were so blessed to be able to spend a few days with him. Here are some pictures from our visit. Jeremy and his granddad.
Katie and great granddad.

Katie and great grandma.

Katie with grandma and great granddad.

Katie and crazy grandpa.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Like Father, Like Daughter

It's one thing for Katie to be the spitting image of her father, but another thing for her to be spouting off his political viewpoints at the tender age of 5. Check out her prayer journal entry below....apparently, she has been spending way too much time alone with her dad. He promises he hasn't spoken to her about this since before the election.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!!!!

It's that time of year again when most people makes some sort of New Year's resolution that most people end up breaking within the first few weeks of the new year. I'm not one that is big on making New Year's resolutions but this year Jeremy and I decided to make some resolutions as a family. We actually did fill out the "1 thing" form from church, and we are hoping to stick to some of the resolutions that we have made. My personal goal this year is to run the Hogeye Marathon. I ran the half marathon two years ago, and started training for the actual marathon last year but ran into some major problems with my knee that kept me from being able to run the race. So this year I'm praying I'm going to be able to accomplish this dream of mine. Jeremy, on the other hand, has a personal goal of not running the marathon with me--I think he's just scared that I'd beat him. When we asked Katie what she'd like to accomplish this year she said she'd like to build a snowman. So, we're hoping God will give us enough snow in the next couple of months for us to be able to help her build a snowman.

Proof that we actually did make some resolutions this year.

Something that I started doing last year which has been a real blessing in my life is to keep a prayer journal. Jeremy has decided that he's going to start one this year. This morning I went to get my prayer journal for the new year and Katie asked me if she could have one as well. I explained to her that I wrote prayers/letters in my journal to God, and she said that she wanted to write letters to God everyday too. So, I found her an extra joural that I had and she has started the journaling process as well. Here's a picture of her first letter to God.
We're asking God to do something pretty big things in our lives this year. We're expecting and believing that God is going to give us a miracle and sell our house for us. It's going to take something supernatural in order for this to happen but we believe that nothing is impossible with God. So, whoever reads this blog please continue to pray that God will give us our miracle this year.