Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A microphone & the zoo

I'll get to the microphone story, but first we'll take a little trip to the zoo. And since visiting just once costs barely less than a year round pass, you may be seeing more zoo pictures in the future : )




Our friends Rachel & "baby Noah" joined us



Girlfriend is not too much bigger than her 16 month old friend!


Such a little stud!

I'll spare you the picture I took of the momma mon..sorry, chimpanzee nursing her baby!






Can we all just agree that sand is the worst ever?! Kids love it though!














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So... the microphone. Well, we shot our video for Ansley's story last Wednesday. I'm proud to say that I didn't cry!! I can hardly believe it! I did get choked up a couple of times & Rob cried a bit talking about his dad (who will forever be a HUGE part of Ansley's story), but other than that I was out of my mind EXCITED. The Lord gave us a vision two years ago, and as we sat on our couch shooting the video... it was coming to fruition. Beautiful, glorious... wonderous MERCY & POWER. So much joy I couldnt even attempt to wrap words around it. But, Im confident the LORD will tell HIS story & accomplish HIS PURPOSES for the glory He has revealed in Ansley through our stuttering!




Our videographer spent probably 15-20 minutes trying to get Rob's microphone to work, but it wouldn't. He had tried everything & nothing was working. Of course it had worked just fine when he tested it, but he couldn't get the stinkin thing to turn on! We were looking at having to do our interview seperately, which meant chopping up the flow of just letting the Lord tell her story through our lips. We weren't too excited about that possibility. So the producer said, "Well, lets pray over it!" We all prayed over the microphone & voila... it started working!




It was such an amazing joy & priviledge and I can hardly wait to see it! Our pastor will be sharing it in a couple of weeks to finish up his current series on prayer. We'll put the video up after that :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The JOY of the Redeemed

What can we say about the anniversary of this day? We will never forget what it felt like hearing the results of Ansley's MRI. I can remember it like it was an hour ago... BUT, today we celebrated the JOY of redemption. The unending MERCY GIFTS from the One who redeems. October 1st. Our Redemption Day.

Rob got a random teacher appreciation coupon of sorts & we decided to use it & celebrate with the kids. We went to a touristy town an hour-ish from our house to ride go-karts, play games and just celebrate REDEMPTION. Cannot even tell you how much fun we had watching our boy (the redeemed princess was too little for rides) be a little fearless. A far cry from just a year ago when his timid nature sometimes crippled him.


It's hard to tell, but do you think these two like each other?




Wouldn't you know... the place was called the Redemption Center!

Brother loves riding the "racecars". Dont even think about calling them go-karts.









Our redeemed princess. Merciful gifts of LIFE poured out...



When I passed the other car Zachary told me he was proud of me for learning to drive fast like Daddy finally.



Turns out bumper cars isn't as fun when you're the only car on the track!





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Our pastor has been graciously mentoring Rob since Dan passed away & has been such an amazing blessing to us. He shared with us when Ansley was just a baby that he wanted to share her incredibly story with the church at some point, but he just didn't know when. Well, the time has come! He is getting ready to start a series on prayer & we will be filming her story here in a few weeks to share with the church body. We are beyond thrilled at any opportunity to speak about the MIGHTY work of the Lord in her life and I will not cry. I will not cry. Do you think if I say it enough it will help?? :)


Thankful.

Rejoicing Hearts.

JOY of the REDEEMED.