Friday, April 27, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
It was so warm this Sunday, we decided to have our first picnic of the year. We packed up our chicken salad sandwiches and potato salad and drove out to Illinois Beach State Park. Unfortunately, once we arrived, we remembered that it is always much cooler at the lake. So much for our 75 degrees! Thanks, Nate, for reminding us to bring jackets.
Isn't it nice to live where we have spring! - GJ
Monday, April 23, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Above: Mallory Grutzius and Mrs. Heather Patenaude.
My dear friend Heather came to share what the Lord has taught her about Emotional Purity, saving our hearts for our future mate. You can read more about Heather and the book she wrote at www.emotionalpurity.blogspot.com
Above: Gramma Glenna and Mrs. Rdzok.
Prov. 31 says that the godly woman does her husband good all the days of her life, not just after she is married. We can do our future husband good right now by not investing our emotions and thoughts in the young men that are around us, but by saving our heart for him.
Monday, April 16, 2007
April 12th is an important day in Sisson Family History - it's Dad's birthday! Traditionally Dad ate lambie cakes as a little boy, since he was born so close to Easter, but this year he contented himself with brownies. It sure made it easier to blow out all those candles. ;-)
Happy Birthday Dad! We love you SO much.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
After a few chilly spring-like days, we are having a snow storm!
for the last couple of weeks.
We hope the snow doesn't kill everything that's coming up.
Can you believe it?? It is very sticky wet snow that's actually
broken a large pine branch in the front yard. Yikes!
I guess it's time for [hopefully] our "last" snowman for this season.
Said with a smile and my fingers crossed.
Anyone for a snowball fight?
It's such a fun thing to do with family, and we haven't done anything with eggs since 2001.
Pysanky eggs are reserved for the older ones - they take a good bit of time, they involve fire, and that dye is permanent. Period. Clockwise from left, Aunt Karilyn, Haley, Nate, Tim, Elli and Becca.
I think Pysanky eggs are my favorite kind to make. You put a lot of thought and planning into each egg, but it's always a surprise to see what it looks like in the end. Of course, the delight of getting to do things you're not normally supposed to probably adds to the appeal. There is something very fun about melting wax and playing around with fire! - GJ
Monday, April 9, 2007
Last week I ran across one of my favorite verses again, and I’ve been meditating on it ever since. The verse is Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.” I love the phrase “perfect peace”, but recently I’ve been reflecting on the condition. To gain that peace, my mind must be stayed on Jesus.
Where is my mind staying these days? What am I meditating on, what am I considering, where do my thoughts “live”? My worries should cause me to run to Jesus in prayer. My desires should be submitted to Him in trusting contentment. My fears should be allowed to dissolve in the warmth of his omnipotent love. How often I allow my mind to stay on these other things, instead of on Jesus with His goodness, love and power.
Here are some of the words to a song that has been going through my head. It’s called “Looking Up”.
If I look out upon the world, I’ll loose my vision,
If I look in at my own strength, I’ll loose my might,
If I look down the road ahead, I’ll loose my courage,
So I’ll look to Christ, and my faith becomes sight!
I’m lookin’ up for the things that really matter,
I will not look to the things that pass away.
My hope is fixed upon eternal treasures,
So I’ll just keep on lookin’ up each day!
With God’s help, I’m lookin’ up. Jesus provides a great place for the mind to stay! - GJ
Kelly, Elli and Matthew. I think Elli is working on her "tea cup" egg. Aunt Kay had some tissue paper with tea cup designs that was very popular. ;-)
Aunt Kay and Kelly. Our artistic Auntie Kay came over to help, and supplied all sorts of marvelous patterned tissue paper. She even had zebra and leopard paper for the little boys! She always finds and knows the neatest stuff.
Ta da! The master artist presents two of her creations. Kelly was so careful with her cutting and designs. She used a lot of fun and different designs and colors. I think she did four whole eggs!
L-R Elli, Becca, Nate, Haley, Me, Matthew, Kelly, Uncle TD and Grant.
The "little cousins" - Kelli, Matthew, Grant, Jack and Aunt Karilyn.
We like that zebra egg Jack, and just take a look at Matthew's tiger stripes! Thanks to the cousins and aunts for making it such a fun time! - GJ
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
group of men on an Arkansas fishing trip last weekend.
& waders. I don't think they lost a single pole!
He wanted to say to everyone who reads this:
"This is what you see when you are in the front of the boat and everyone else is behind you. It was kind of quiet as we hoped that the boat wouldn't turn over because of the strong wind and current. It was so strong that both of our anchors were dragging. "
Matthew 11 years old. :-)
He said it wasn't so bad once your feet and legs went numb.
The Sun was strong enough though to keep him warm
even standing in cold water.
There were awards for everyone. Nate's was for locating the
"honey hole" where the fish were biting.
One was a carp and he threw that one back.
Chris Miller leading the men together in devotions.
"And walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon
who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net
into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them,
'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'"
Matthew 4:18 & 19
Here's the whole crew of men, many fathers with sons!