The good: Fun with friends outside...
has a bob and yes, that's my husband- beardless for the first time in four years.
Q: Did the kids have fun? What was the ratio of laughing with crying?
A: Hmmm… I’d say it was about 2:1. All the kids cried at one point or another. There were lots of Wipe-Out style wipe outs. And even that was funny. Is that wrong?
Q: How long was the slide?
A: Fifty feet of fun loaded down with Dawn dishwashing detergent and water that made the kids slide down the hill reminiscent of an Olympic luge event.
Q: How did Anna Grace react? Did she participate?
A: How kind of you to ask. My little girl who is afraid of everything from toilets flushing to jumping into a swimming pool didn’t miss a beat and slid down the chute with the rest, having a ball. I was so excited.
Q: What was the age range of participation?
A: Great questions, my made up friend! Chaney Zeke (we also had a Harper Zeke) was the youngest to participate at the ripe old age of two.
Q: But you didn’t answer my question. Did the grown ups participate in the danger… er… fun?
A: I’m happy to say that 32-year-old Jack, John, and myself all joined in the painful fun.
Q: It was painful?
A: Unfortunately, yes. Who knew that grass could inflict such pain? I’m still sore all over and I’m all scratched up from the high-speed contact with the grass. Poor Benjamin. His little body looked like he had taken a beating. We didn’t get to hang around for round two of slip and slide the next day, but
Q: Were the rest of the water events fun?
A: Another good question. After we started with such a bang with our 50 feet of plastic fun, the water balloons, water guns, and sprinkler were fun, but didn’t hold a candle to the slippery excitement.
So there you go. All you ever wanted to know about what you can do with a couple of bucks, a big grassy hill, and water loving kiddos. Deeper reflections on the weekend soon to come.
Carrie was one of those friends I had in college who kept me grounded. Even when I was stumbling around in the darkness of sin and self exaltation, Carrie still loved me, still laughed with me, still shared her heart and her love with me, and still somehow knew that I would turn back to the Lord.
I don’t remember much of anything about our sorority’s senior farewell, but I do remember Carrie’s speech. In front of our 100+ college girl gathering, she gave an amazing testimony about how the Lord has seen her through the last four years, how He has been her best friend through it all, and how good He is.
Looking back, I can see the kindness of the Lord in putting me in relationship with this rap music loving, forever laughing, world traveling, crazy good dancing, Diet Coke loving friend. He used Carrie Neuf’s faithfulness to Him as part of His plan to draw Candace Chaney back to Himself. Wow.
I thank my friend Carrie. She doesn’t have a story of rebellion and repentance, but one of steady and persevering faithfulness to the Lord in even the most difficult of circumstances. In the eyes of men, her story may lack the drama of extreme brokenness and destitution, but I know that in the eyes of the Lord, He is dramatically moved in real and astounding ways by her steadfast faith.
I thank my friend Carrie and ultimately, I thank Jesus for the good work He’s done in her. Because as she’s opened her heart to Him, the fruit of the Spirit has nourished and changed those around her.
I am a testament to that.
"At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer."
Revelation 21:3-5 "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.' He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!' Then he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'"
Revelation 22:17 "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' "