True Woman Conference 2014

Rebekah and I checked one off our friendship bucket list—we attended a ladies’ Bible conference together, and it was worth it! A while ago I had suggested we attend a conference together, so when Rebekah saw that the True Woman conference in Indy was coming up, we bought our tickets a year in advance. october1006The plan had been for the boys and Stephen to visit his parents while Rebekah and I attended the conference. But, with the unexpected trip home in August for Grandma Moody’s funeral, only Cooper and I made the trip back.october1002

Cooper had a blast at Grammy and Grampy’s house. He could see cars and trains pass by out their front window, which thrilled him. Also, he loved the kitty, Pip, and Mom and Dad’s mini poodle, Pierre. Uncle Ben spoiled Cooper with some new cars, and the little man also got to hang with Uncle Jon, Uncle Jason, & Aunt Stephanie. october1010Mom said Cooper was perfect and didn’t cry for me. I love giving him time with his faraway family.

The True Woman Conference is a ministry of Revive Our Hearts—headed by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Going into the conference, I honestly didn’t know much about the True Woman movement or Nancy, but I was definitely impressed with Nancy’s balanced, gospel-centered, Biblical teaching.october1003

The first evening of the conference was especially nourishing to my bruised soul. Keith and Kristyn Getty led the worship. I couldn’t get over how many women were gathered in one place, worshiping Jesus Christ. There were over 8,500 women in attendance from 48 states and 5 countries.october1007

The theme of the conference was Finding Freedom, Fullness, and Fruitfulness in Christ, and the three keynote speakers I enjoyed were Joni Eareckson Tada, Mary Kassian, and Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Joni—who has been wheel chair bound for 48 years due to quadriplegia—shared her testimony of praying for physical healing. Instead God chose to give her the spiritual healing of sanctifying her to be more like Christ. She said, “I’d rather be in this wheelchair with God, than walking without Him. And that’s worth living for.” Speaking from 2 Timothy 3:6-7, Mary’s challenge was about not being “weak-willed, wimpy women.” She exhorted us to be vigilant and to fight against sin that creeps into our lives. Nancy taught about God’s deliverance and steadfast love from Psalm 107—a psalm Rebekah had introduced to me this past year. I loved learning more about God’s faithfulness to rescue those who call to Him!october1004october1005

Rebekah and I had so much to share, and it was fun to spend a few days together. After the conference we walked along the Indy canal and ate a picnic lunch in the beautiful autumn weather. Friendship is one of God’s good gifts.october1008october1009

I was so thankful to have some special time with Rebekah and with the Moodys, but I loved being reunited with these two heartbreakers!october1011

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The other morning Silas wanted to sing me a song while “playing” the piano. Here is his rendition of Jesus Loves Me. Cooper joined in with the obligato on the chorus.YouTube Preview Image

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Sometimes it means “purple,” sometimes “red,” and sometimes it means whatever Cooper is wanting at the moment. september8008september8003Whether or not yellow is his favorite color, it’s definitely his favorite color to say. He loves looking out the window as we drive and telling us about the “yellow car.”september8005

In other Cooper news, he decided about a month ago that he would start potty training. He loves sitting on his baby potty so much that it’s hard to get him off! He’s doing a great job.september8006

Cooper likes to close his eyes to “hide” from people. When he gets embarrassed at church or the grocery store, he’ll close his eyes and smile coyly as if to say, “You can’t see me.”september8004

While he can’t yet jump, he loves to stand on the ottoman, put one leg out, and fall on the couch or on us. It’s kind of like jumping for him.september8007

Cooper plays with stuffed animals—something Silas has never been into. He carries them around the house, rolls with them on the floor, and calls them “baby.” I love that little guy’s voice! He’s adding new words and phrases.september8002

His progress seems to be more like a gradual incline, while Silas’s growth has always seemed to jump suddenly from plateau to plateau. But in terms of height, Cooper definitely has the edge on Silas. That little Cooper Andrew has grown 5 inches already this year, and he still has two more months before his birthday!september8001

Hope you have happy “yellow” dreams tonight, Coop.september8009

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The Resident Artist

Needing some artwork done? Silas Clark has got you covered. september7004Here are some of his recent drawings of Superman’s villainous enemies. He copied the colors from his board book about Superman.september7001september7002september7003

Silas can even sign his name. The letters may be jumbled, but they’re all there (with an extra ’s’ thrown in as a bonus)!september7005

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Learning Truth

Silas loves superheroes—just in case you hadn’t noticed. And while superheroes, make-believe, and imagination are fun, the truth about Jesus is the most important thing we could teach our boys.september6002

Our church’s Kids4Truth Club is helping us do that. This month Silas began his adventure in the Discoverers class on Wednesday nights. Last night he earned his first patch—very exciting! He earns a patch with every three catechism answers he learns.september6006

We’re thankful for the chance to teach our little guy more about the God Who loves him.

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Though it’s not a final goodbye, we’ll miss Grandma and her spunky stories. Stephen’s Grandma Moody passed away on a Friday morning this August. She was 87 years old. I’m thankful Silas and Cooper both had the chance to meet their great grandma.september5001

We thought it was important for Mom and Dad to have their grandbabies with them, so we flew to Indiana for a few days and attended Grandma’s memorial service. september4005september4006After the burial, Dad showed us where Stephen’s great grandparents Lobb are buried.september1003

Five of Stephen’s siblings were able to be there, and we stayed with Stephanie and Jason in their cozy little apartment in Lapel. september4004Lapel, Indiana is a sweet little town. Cooper and I enjoyed exploring it together one morning.september2023

The morning of Grandma’s funeral, the Moody’s beloved golden retriever, Sadie died. For as long as I can remember, Sadie’s been part of the family. She was a loyal companion and had always been so excited to see Stephen. This is one of the last pictures we took of her.september2001

Even though the circumstances were sad, it was good to be with family. Grampy let Silas and Cooper explore his garden and even eat produce they picked right from the stalks.september2014 september2012september2008Both boys rode on Grampy’s new lawn mower, and Stephen tried his hand at Jon’s bow. september2009Grammy had some special gifts for some special boys.september2010september2022

We hit the area highlights—Sno-Castle, Dad’s IMI office with its own taxidermy zoo, and King Gyros. september2016september2025september2017september2018september2026How could we go back to Anderson and not have some of that greasy goodness?september1002september2019The following day we took a trip to the Indy Children’s Museum, which is such an amazing place! september3017This is the first time Stephen and I brought the boys, so it was fun to discover it again with them. There were water tables, sand boxes, musical instruments, a mirror maze, dinosaur dig, trains and blocks (just to name a few of the fun things). september3003september3005september3014september3015september3016Because the museum was hosting some of China’s Terracotta Warriors, we took a “trip to China” where Silas tried some calligraphy and Cooper fed the baby panda. Too much cuteness!september3010september3012september3013

There’s nothing like family, and I’m so thankful we could be together again.

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A Bit of Beach

Cooper had his first taste of the ocean this month.august6014august6005

In early August we were planning a day trip with our friends the Horkavys. After learning that a mutual friend of ours, Pastor Tim Sneeden had suddenly died of a heart attack, we decided to drive over to San Diego for a day to visit Tim’s wife Eileen.

Pastor Tim’s death was a shock to everyone, but it was a privilege to attend his funeral and to see God’s grace working in Eileen as she sung at her husband’s memorial service.

After the service, the Horkavys introduced us to Bull Taco for lunch. We sat on the cliff overlooking the ocean as we ate fish tacos and the most amazing burrito ever!august6001august7001august6006august6004

Silas had so been looking forward to the beach, but when we finally got there, he decided a nap was the best idea.august6012august6008august6011 Cooper was loving the sand and water, and was even brave enough to jump the waves with Mommy and Daddy.august6009august6013august6007p.s. Silas met a special friend down on the wharf.august7002

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Keeping Busy This Summer

The desert summer heat isn’t over yet, but summer vacation is (at least for all those school kids). Here’s a little photo recap of some of the things we’ve been up to.august1009 We’ve been on the go so much this summer that it passed quickly this year—which was unusual. June was filled with swim lessons, vacation Bible school and family visits. august1003Then came the 4th of July (cookout with friends and a visit to the Goodyear ballpark for fireworks)august1001august1002and a whole month of swim lessons. Silas started in the beginners (white) level and then advanced to the red level. By the end, he even jumped off the diving board by himself with no help at all. I was shocked!

This summer we took advantage of the free lunches for kids served by our local public schools. We went with friends and joined in the fun activities the schools provided like a visit from some zoo animals august1008and water day with the fire department.august1006august1007 The local libraries hosted lots of summer events. The boys and I made our own ice cream at the Avondale library. I had no idea you could make ice cream in ziploc bags. august1004august1005The Challenger Space Center came to the Goodyear library to teach us about outer space.august1013So much cuteness and mischief fills our days. Cooper loves markers, damp towels and shoes.20140801_090739_Androida20140802_105933_Androida20140805_150750_Androida20140811_155652_Androida Summer days were filled with reading, watching TV, playing inside and outside. august1010august1011august1012august3004august2001Stephen even set up a shooting gallery for Silas to try his aim with his rubber band gun.august3003With the sweltering temps outside, indoor play areas make the summer months more bearable. We met some friends at Jubeelieve to try out their toys. Silas and Cooper loved it!august4005august4006

At the end of July we went camping for the first time since Stephen and I have been married. Our church group went to the Fort Tuthill campground near Flagstaff. The boys had a blast on their first camping trip and earned the battle scars to prove it! The first thing Cooper did when we arrived at the campsite was to do a face plant. His little baby feet aren’t used to navigating rocky hillsides. Poor Silas fell off the playground equipment, and a huge goose egg appeared on his forehead. Despite those mishaps, I loved seeing my dudes explore nature like little boys are supposed to do. august4002august4001We ended our camping trip with a visit to Williams, AZ and the Historic Route 66.  august4003august5001Love these three men and the time I get to spend with them!

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Daddy’s Birthday

~by Silas

My daddy had a birthday this week. He turned 33 and that’s really cool because 3 is my favorite number since I’m 3! Actually, I’m 3 1/2. Soon I’m going to be a teenager. Anyway, it was daddy’s birthday.
july2001Cooper and I gave him a Superman shirt. I love superheroes, so it was the perfect gift to give my hero. Mommy gave Daddy a Colts hat, and I helped Daddy open his presents with my strong muscles.july2003july2005

Mommy made Daddy a sugar cream pie, and I arranged the candles. I just used all the candles Mommy gave me. I liked all the colors.july3001july2007july2006I’m glad Daddy had a birthday, but the question I really wanted answered was, “How old am I now?”

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A Little Green Out Back

Announcing our new back yard! Yes, we finally bit the bullet and hired a landscaper to put in our back yard.

Here’s the before:july1006july1008

And the after:july1042july1046

In this desert, back yards are something you “put in” as they don’t just evolve on their own. We kept it basic and opted to wait until later to add plants and a tree. It was fun to go from a dirt patch to a finished yard in one week. I liked seeing the progression of each step. The guys from 5 Star Allscape Designs did a terrific job!

First, the paver pathway went in—connecting our driveway to the back patio and extending the patio a little. july1001july1016july1052july1017july1013Next, the curbing was laid to be the boundary between the rock and the grass. july1018july1025We did go ahead and have 5 Star install a drip line all around the back yard, so we’ll have easy access to water for plants later on. After the sprinklers for the grass were put in place, the rock came next. july1011july1036july1035july1041The final step was rolling out the sod or “carpets” of grass as Silas called them.july1039july1044

We still need to decide where we’ll put our sandbox. And once the weather is cooler, we might move our table and chairs onto the paver patio with white lights strung above the yard.

We’re excited to start using our yard!

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