Monthly Archives: June 2006

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kiddos

A couple pictures of the kids tonight. Chloe “cleaning” the toys on the porch (yeah right) and Zach relaxin’ on the couch watching daddy play a video game.

Love my babers!

God is GREAT!


Heidi told me I have to name the post that! She was here today to witness our own personal miracle.

So, for a while now everyone has been telling me to trust God about Jake’s lack of job now and our lack of money. I always say I do but I was truly afraid and that was holding me back from letting go. When Jake’s job was finished a couple weeks ago, we received a small severance in a lump sum (which got the crap taxed out of it). This amount is enough to get us by for a little while and let me stress the word little. Monday … the really bad day I wrote about … had me figuring up the numbers and crying to Jake that the severance wouldn’t hold us for very long. The worry took over and I just didn’t see how we would be able to make this work. His plan is to go back to school through Michigan Works because he is a displaced worker (lost his job due to a company taking their work overseas for cheaper labor). Michigan will pay for schooling for two years if you choose a field that is on their approved list of growing jobs. The only bad part is that he can’t go to school and work a full time job at the same time and a part time job just won’t pay the bills we have. He can get unemployment, but only for a short time. So these are the things that had me worried – very worried. I’ve been trying so hard to have faith. Jake keeps reminding me of this every day!

Heidi came to work on wedding pictures with me today and we went to lunch and were talking about this very thing. She’s been really encouraging and always listens when I need to just talk about it. (Thanks, Heidi!!!) So, Jake got a phone call from a friend of his from work telling him that he needed to check his mail today. Apparently, the family that originally started the company where Jake worked, who sold it to this investment firm a while ago, felt really bad that this company was closing down the shop and all the employees were losing their jobs. Jake said that the owner never thought anything like this would happen when he originally made the deal. He even visited the shop the week before they closed and was treated very coldly by some of the employees. But this man, who doesn’t even own the company anymore, decided to thank each and every one of the employees in his own way for their service through the years. In our mail today was a note from this previous owner that read: “Please accept this gift in recognition of your service.” Along with the note was a check for quite a substantial amount of money (to us anyway). This just floors me. Heidi told me that I need to remember this moment and think of it every time I am worried about God providing for us. This is the ultimate miracle! Jake, Heidi and I went to the bank and deposited the check and then went to Dairy Queen to celebrate with a Mega Moo Mocha Moolatte (for me) and Blizzards for them. :)

I just have to say that God works in such unbelievable ways. Yesterday, I was seriously in a bad state of mind. I felt so helpless and desperate and afraid. At the end of my rope. I was an emotional wreck and I hurt Jake’s feelings and made him feel as if he couldn’t go back to school and would need to get another dead end job. Today, God has shown us just a glimpse of the great things He has in store for us. I stood in the living room holding the check and Jake started talking about it, this huge check I held in my hands, and I began to cry. I sat down with Jake and cried and we hugged and Heidi closed the office door and said, “OK, have your moment.” :) She’s so funny.

And so in honor of Heidi being here to share this with us, I am posting a few pictures that she took of our family earlier this year. :) God truly is GREAT! I need to remember one of my favorite verses …
“Trust in the Lord with ALL YOUR HEART and lean not on your own understanding.”
So true. I have no idea what’s going to happen next. Only God knows. :)

content

Our pastor’s message on Sunday was about being content in your life, with the situation you are in, with the things that you have. So many times we are dissatisfied with life, striving toward the next big thing. I find myself doing this all the time. If only I had a bigger house, if only we had a lot of money then we wouldn’t have to worry about making ends meet. I’m not a very patient person and I like to see results. When I can’t see them, I get antsy instead of being happy in this moment and relying on God. Just wanted to put that out there. I need prayer about this. I’m a selfish girl and I want what I want when I want it. I want to know that our bills will be paid but I have no idea how God is going to provide. It’s hard to let go when I want to make things happen. Can you tell I’m struggling with this a lot lately? :P

Got an email from my friend Carrie yesterday, which came at the perfect time. I was having a really really bad day, shedding a few tears. I sat down at my computer to check my messages and this is a portion of her email that was in my inbox:
“I’ll pray that this turns out to be even more of a blessing than you can see at this point. … God’s provision will be seen soon, I’m sure.”
She had no idea how encouraging those words would be. Thanks again, girl!

BZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

Well, my baby boy no longer looks like a mop head. :) We’ve been telling him that once school was out we would buzz his hair for the summer. He did not like the idea and was not happy about it. I was hoping to take more pictures but he wouldn’t hold still for Jake so I had to get down on the floor beside him and talk him through it and hold his hands. He did great! The trimmer kept vibrating his head, which he didn’t like, and he had so much hair that whenever he would move his head it would pull his hair. He cried quite a bit and wanted Jake to stop, but he would’ve looked kind of funny with half a head still long. Here is the before and after! I think he actually likes it now! He cried when he first saw it but I think it might be growing on him already. I think he looks so cute. Like a big boy now!

sharing

Here are a couple of pages I made for the Heather Ann Designs design team. For some reason my computer is not letting me upload these pages to the gallery on Heather’s site so I am posting them here until I can get that to work.

Made this using the new Eclectic kit. Click on the image to see it a little bigger. :)

Eclectic01

This one was for an Ad Challenge that Susan put up on the site. Love her challenges. She always comes up with such great ads to get inspiration from.

Susanchallenge01

Off to a wedding in Detroit tomorrow. Have a great Friday everyone!

sunday

Heidi’s gonna love me for this one! HAHAHAHAHA! Actually, I told her I was putting this up here. Sunday night we took engagement pictures for her sis-in-law and fiancé at the Grand Haven pier. It was a lot of fun. This picture just cracks me up. I was taking some pictures of the couple walking along and Heidi came jumping by telling me to get a picture of her. It was a more relaxed shoot than usual since it was family so there was lots of laughing. I love how Heidi is just sort of hanging in the air. Funny stuff.

If you want to see some of the pictures from the shoot, visit my photo blog and click on one of the images under “Kristin & Andre engagement”. Good times!

And I wanted to say Thank you to those who prayed for Jake and his family this week. His grandmother passed away early this morning and the funeral will be on Thursday. It’s a sad time but we are thankful that she is no longer suffering and is home in Heaven.

I have so many little things I want to write about right now but I have to get back to working on wedding pictures and then spend a little time with Jake.

field day

Last Thursday was Zach’s last big event of his kindergarten year. Field Day. He had a great time playing all the games, having a waterballoon toss and ending the day with an orange popsicle. :) I took lots of pictures, of course. Here are just a few. Click on the image to see it bigger. I think my favorite is the one in the upper right corner. He’s got so much hair as you can tell from his turn in the sack race.

I meant to blog about this sooner. I’ve been distracted. Heidi and I were discussing this last night. It seems a lot of people aren’t updating their blogs as often these days. Probably the onset of summer. For me, I think it’s just been having Jake at home every day now. A big adjustment. I love him so much. He’s my best friend. But we are getting on each others’ nerves already. :) I’m sure we’ll get past this and things will be better. It’s just weird having him around all the time. I think it’s throwing me off a little bit. Not the normal routine. Anyway … I will try to be a better blogger.

Hope you all had a nice weekend. Mine was good and bad. Saturday – shopping for kids’ summer clothing, great day, beautiful weather, bonus sales at JCPenney that I didn’t know were going on so I saved a bundle on shorts for Zach, Starbucks on the drive home. Good day! Sunday – not so good. Woke up grumpy. Church. Graduation open house for our niece cheered me up a bit. Engagement pictures at Grand Haven was the highlight of my day. I got to be the assistant for once. It was Heidi’s sis-in-law and her fiancé so she took most of the pictures while I just took some fun ones. Dinner at Quiznos. Delicious! And a nice Venti Mocha from Starbucks at the end of the night. Perfect.

On a sad note, Jake’s grandmother is not doing very well. She has been in a home for a little while now and her health has been declining. Jake’s dad let us know that it could be any time now so Jake is a little bit sad right now that his Grandma may pass this week. She is in her 90’s and has lived a very long and full life so that’s a blessing. Please pray for the family and also that Grandma would go peacefully. She is holding on for some reason even though she is pretty miserable I guess. Very sad.

OK … off to spend a little time with the hubby.

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