Saturday, March 29, 2008

Birthday pics

I celebrated my birthday this Easter, which was a neat confluence of timing. We had a great visit with my Dad and his wife, and had both birthday dinner and Easter/birthday brunch. Here we are enjoying brunch at our favorite restaurant (thanks Dad!)

Happy Birthday also to Phyllis and Dee!

Pool Progress!

It's been a busy few weeks around here as we finalize plans for the new pool (yippeee!!!) Here is our first official pool picture:

I know, I know. It looks a little shallow right now :-) But this is pretty close to the outline we'll have. This would be the waterline; we have since asked them to expand the shallow end (in the foreground) a little. We're currently waiting on our neighborhood committee approval - and then we can start digging! (And hope we don't hit rock, LOL!)

We're very excited. We feel like Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation, staring out the window and dreaming of our backyard oasis. I'll post updates as we go, which will help me remember to take pictures :-)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Doubters Welcome

I know I haven't posted much lately - we've been busy with 1,001 household projects that have morphed without pause into spring cleaning. Unfortunately, I am one of those weird people who actually likes spring I've become consumed!

But I want to take just a moment and post an article I read a moment ago that I think is worth sharing. We're approaching Easter Sunday, which is one of my favorite times of year (and it's extra fun this year for me and my 90 year old grandmother, as our shared birthday falls on Easter this year!). In the spirit of Easter, one of my favorite blog authors has posted several of his Easter messages, and I came across this one tonight. I enjoyed reading it and love its reminder - that lots of people have honest doubts about Christ and Christianity (even Christians). But if you are struggling or questioning, or just curious what Christians celebrate at Easter, please don't let doubts keep you from inquiring. Jesus never turns away someone with honest questions. He's big enough to handle our doubts and our uncertainties. The important thing is not to let those doubts and fears keep you from coming to Him. Anyway, I hope you'll take a few moments to read that article and maybe some of Pastor Ray's other articles, if you're interested.

(And I PROMISE both a more detailed update as well as some progress on the knitting project here soon!)

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