our family's journey in military ministry (current abode: Ft. Lewis-McChord, WA)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Process of Moving...

Friends & family, recently Glen and I were robbed at our apartment so we are in the process of actually moving! There has been a series of events that have led up to our move...it's a long story. The only things that were stolen though were our laptops (all of Glen's seminary work is gone which has been sad), BUT God has been good to us in that we've already had two more laptops provided, one through USAA (military insurance) and one through my (Shilo's) parents. We found a small guest house listed through our church bulletin in the Northridge area and so we will be moving there on September 5th. We will be in touch after then!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Joni & Friends Tour

This last Friday, I had the privilege of taking a tour of the brand new Joni & Friends International Disability Center which my company did the lighting for and helped donate. It was an amazing experience hearing Joni Eareckson Tada's testimony and how she lives being quadriplegic. There were scripture verses written all throughout the building with a beautiful fountain & chapel in the middle. My friend (& co-worker) Alex and I were also able to get a photo with her. In the second photo, Joni is catching up on her e-mail by using her voice. Her life has touched so many people with disabilities around the world. I saw a neat quote in the building that said, "Lord, help me to live a life that is utterly disproportionate to who I am". It touched me because only God can do that in our lives! May we all strive to live with that in mind. What an encouragement to go there.

Shilo Hits the BIG 3-0

Where's the cane? Where's the walker? No way! She's still a young spring chicken folks! Yep yep, I (Shil0) turned the BIG 3-0 on the 14th. I worked for most of it, but Glen surprised me with beautiful red/white roses & our puppy Daisy at lunch, it was very sweet. Then after work, my dear friends Emily and Crystal came over and brought a homemade spaghetti dinner and a yummy fruit tart! Here are a couple shots of them with the cutest puppy (least in my eyes) in the whole world. Both Emily & Crystal have been friends of mine for a long time. They are such an example to me of Christ's love in friendship. I would not be where I am today without the friendships of these women. Very grateful for them! And did I add that they are single (hint hint). Oh man, they're going to kill me. So all that to say...goodbye 20's and HELLO 30's :).

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Glen Turned What?!

The BIG 3-3 on August 7th! He had a pretty mellow day for the most part, thanking the Lord for another year. But I couldn't let him get off that easy! After I got off work, we headed over to the Piles' house and low and behold there was a small surprise party awaiting him. I made him a chocolate/coffee cake and then some of us went to go see the movie 'Borne Ultimatum'--good flick. Here I am with Shannon (oldest) and Beth (youngest). Their dad, Jim, married us and he & his wife gave us pre/post-marital counseling. So grateful for this family. Love you Piles'!! Peace and hairgrease~

Sunday, August 5, 2007

New Addition to the Family

Presenting the ONE & ONLY...Miss Daisy Thompson!!! Yes indeed, my (Shilo's) mom and step-dad, Joe, surprised us with a new puppy Beagle :). She is an early birthday present (Glen-the 7th & me-the 14th) and what a sweet precious gift she is already. Daisy is almost 9 weeks old and is social, loving, friendly and acts tough when she wants to. We are so thankful to have her and look forward to taking care of the ups and downs with a new puppy. I have to tell you though, she seems to have the whole potty-trained thing down and obeys pretty quickly. What a smartie! She'll blend right in (heh heh). "Every good and perfect gift comes from above..." -James 1:17

Jacksons' Came to Town Too!

Yep, we were able to spend all day Saturday with my (Shilo's) mom and step-dad, Joe, who came to Santa Barbara to take Jake (my 16 yr. old brother) to a basketball camp for a few days. He is a serious basketball lover--we didn't even get to see him. We took a tour of their new RV (very cool), spent time at the beach and ate dinner at a restaurant down at the harbor. It was a nice relaxing day spent together. Wish we could have seen you Jake-ster!

Thompsons' Came to Town

Bill & Barbara (Glen's parents) came to visit Cali this last week. Some things we did: Santa Monica where we celebrated their 35th anniversary (!!); Dodgers game against the San Francisco Padres (nope, Bonds didn't hit the 755th home run at this one); and had dinner over at our place and played 'Apples to Apples' (fun game in case you've never heard of it). Oh and I almost forgot, they brought over the BEST Marie Calendar's apple pie...it was seriously good. So glad they wanted to spend time with us during their special anniversary!