Thursday, March 23, 2006

Oh Canada!

Well, Jon left this morning for Canada. Only a 4 day trip this time. I still get a little sad on the days that he leaves, but I would assume that is normal! I should have a pretty easy weekend with the boys. Tonight is boyscouts, tomorrow night I am hosting my Southern Living party, Saturday our friends Ben and Josh are coming to play and Sunday is church...easy breezy! I am hoping the weather is nice this weekend so I can get some more work done in the yard. I did do some planting today. I was given some tomato plants that I put on my deck...that way hopefully the bunnies and deer won't get to them! I also hung a fern on my front porch and potted some rosemary. I still have a gardenia plant that needs to go in the ground, but I am not sure where to put it yet. I don't know why I am writing about plants! Oh, about the Caymans, I did want to make sure that people understood that it is a mission trip and not just a vacation! I am not sure what the boys and I will be doing yet, so we might still get quite a few hours on the beach!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Cayman Islands

Yippeee! The boys and I have tickets to go to the Cayman Islands with the team in May! I am so excited! We still have to figure out where we are staying and how we are going to pay for it all, but we are going! This last Saturday we went for a BBQ with our small group from church. It was fun, and great to get to know people better outside of the church setting. The boys had a great time playing baseball and making smores! Pretty much everyone here has an outside campfire area. We really haven't used ours at all yet...I think we will when Jon's parents get here next week. Oh, yea, Jon's parents are coming out for about 2 weeks! We are very excited to see them, since it has been almost a year! I am trying to plan some fun stuff to do while they are here, but it is hard when we haven't even done that much exploring ourselves! Jon leaves for Canada on Thursday, and Friday night I am hosting a Southern Living party. At first I thought I might be crazy hosting a party when I really don't know anyone who isn't a missionary...but I have about 10 people coming already! Some of them are missionaries, and some are from church. Once I sat down and wrote out a guest list, I realized I knew more people than I thought! Another blessing from God!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy Birthday Grandma!


Hey everyone! I thought I would catch you up on the last week in the Simpson house. But first of all, let me say Happy St. Patricks Day and Happy Birthday to my Grandma Brown. Last weekend our temp. soared to about 81 degrees. It was wonderful, not only because of the warmth, but it also made lots of flowers bloom! Things have looked so bare and bleak here for the past 2 months, that is is wonderful to see new growth and color burst forth! Also, the warmer weather made me realize that I do not want to go through another Georgia summer with long hair-so off it went! Jon and Devon like the new haircut, but sadly Ty doesn't (some of you may know, Ty doesn't like much to change around him!). Oh well, he will get used to it! Jon lead worship for OM on Tuesday and played guitar on Thursday for a group of singers. He did a great job...I still think is is amazing that he gets to do this for his job! God is so good! Ty is doing well, and Devon stayed home from school on Wednesday and came home early with a fever on Thursday. Although he did seem fine once he got home, funny how that works! Jon actually had to pick him up, because I was in Atlanta with another team member. What were we doing you ask? Well, we were going to one of my favorite places...IKEA! She had to buy some chairs for our team room and didn't want to go alone, so I just had to sacrafice my day to go along! Actually, I had some great conversations with her. Her and her husband were actually on a team for about 4 years that smuggled bibles behind the iron curtain! It sounded so exciting, and scary at the same time! She had some great stories about guards, and being arrested and actaully being put in jail (thank God only for 1 day!). That is one of the things I love about being here...you hear great things about God working and moving through people all over the world. It has really opened my eyes! I feel like I didn't know much about the world before I got here, and now I am learning about things going on in countries I didn't even know existed! Well, I think that is all for this week. One thing that stuck out for me this week from my mothers devotional is to live a life drenched in joy. It encouraged mothers to be nudged out of everyday routines and into the joys of life. for example, on your way home from picking the kids up from school, make an unexpected trip to the beach or park (I have to say park, because the beach is about 5 hours away). Things like that will not only be fun now, but will be great memories for the kids when they are older! I am going to try and do more things like that. Well, I better end this, I have 11 people coming over for dinner tonight...corned beef and cabbage! Yum!

p.s. Ellyn, the flower reference was just for you! :)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Legacy


So, I started a new devotional book today called, "Legacy of Virtue, A Devotional for Mothers". I have to admit that Jon bought me the book for Mothers Day at least 5 years ago, and I haven't read it yet. I could tell you that I have been using other devotional books instead, or that I have just been too busy being a mom, but that wouldn't be true. The truth is, I really am just now trying to make devotions a regular, everyday thing in my life. So, anyway, I opened up the book to the first page, and read the quote, "The only thing that parents can take to Heaven is their children." Wow, I had to stop there and just ponder that for a minute. Am I living a life that Ty and Devon will want to model? Am I being the best example that I can be, and leaving a legacy that points to God? I hope so. I also hope that Jon and I are teaching them to love and accept people, all people...maybe not accept what all people do, but to love them anyway. I read an article today in Relevant Magazine that said, "I want to be known for passion, love, and a heart that follows God. I want people to see that about me, first thing. There's somthing different about my life, and it will also change theirs. I don't want to blend in." I thought about how I have heard parents say before that they just want their kids to blend in at school, to be like everyone else so they don't get made fun of. I think I want the opposite for my boys, I want them to be different, I want them to not have the fear of being different and to be able to stand up for what they believe in. I don't want them to blend in. Well, I guess I will end this here...I know it's not much of a family update, but this is what has been on my heart and mind today. I am now going to sit on the front porch and listen to the thunder roll in!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Hi there!

This is my first blog... I'm hoping to keep this as an easy way for me to keep our site updated with news about what's going on with us. More to come!