Happy birthday Bryan!!!! We had a great and busy 41st birthday for Bryan on the 8th. It started the night before with dinner with some friends and yummy red velvet cake!! Then at church we sang to him during service. The children's ministry all made Bryan something in their classes and then we literally got in the car, got our stuff and headed to Napa valley for a ministry retreat. We ate at Outback Steakhouse for dinner! Bryan mapquested it and we found it on our way there! He also got some very special gifts when we got to the hotel. He had a lot of cakes and gifts! Here's us after service with his huge piece of cake!!!!
We are experiencing some major flooding here in Northen California. This is on the way to our church. The "lakes" you see on either side of the roads are really fields that usually have a bunch of cows in them. We are blessed to be living in a area of town that is higher elevation and so is not experiencing any localized flooding, but as you can see there is quite a bit around us. I wouldn't be surprised if upon our return trip home the road is completely covered.
We had some fun days this week, with a birthday party of our neighbors that I got to help set up for! It had a bouncy house and when Ahava got there I truly think a bright beam shot down from heaven and landed right on that thing signaling all of her two and a half senses to come and do some damage. (She left with the biggest bruise on her shin that I have ever seen!!!!!) And the cool side story here is ......we literally prayed that God would move a Christian believing family into the house across from us that had stood empty for months and months. I remember one night even walking over there and praying that prayer and guess what? God totally rocks!!! A wonderful family moved in there in November of last year and are becoming good friends to us! They have 3 small children and we have even shared dinner together! God is so gracious and gives good things! I am very thankful for our neighborhood. I truly am. And speaking of neighborhood, Ahava is wearing a bow in this picture that a neighbor made for her.
instantly became friends. She has joined our family for dinner several times now, bought Ahava gifts when they were on vacation (I mean....how sweet is that????), and we went to her basketball game last week! We plan to have her family over for dinner soon. home health care staff loves Ahava too. So much so, that they bought her a Christmas gift. My heart just melted this Christmas season. I had some very unexpected gifts from the hearts of our neighbors and that truly blessed me. Please be praying as we continue to share the Love of the Lord here. The Lord has asked me to organize a block party for our neighborhood in June! I'm so excited!!!!
Ahava is so very strong! She can hang on the bars all by herself for a LONG time! She also swam pretty much by herself today with her floaties! It felt very strange to not have her close by us as we swam. She knew what she was doing and how to compensate her weight in the pool. She tried so hard to swim! She would have done it by shear will if she could have!
Singing Happy Birthday at Outback!!!
I'm telling you what! We have some of the most beautiful rainbows ever! I am getting really good at knowing when they are approaching and which way they will go. This rainbow in the picture was the other day. It is right above Ahava's head. She RUNs and JUMPs and SKIPs all over the house when they are out. But she still doesn't understand where they went after! It is all so cute and sad at the same time. "Where did it to Mommy... I dough no where did it go" she says so with her little eye brows furrowed. "Oh gosh," I think as I look at her disappointment. Can I please go color the rainbow in the sky again???? I'll be right back Ahava!!! Just sit there looking cute!!!