Wait for it…

Living a simple sweet life, and learning to wait on the Lord

summertime part 1 August 6, 2010

Filed under: Family and Friends,Summer — Michelle @ 10:24 pm

We’re having a fabulous summer!!  Right after Ryan finished school we went to visit his family in St. Joseph, Michigan. 

We had a great time…


 Kilwin’s ice cream was definitely one of the highlights of our trip, mostly for Ryan (ok, ok, for me too…)  He’s holding up his fingers to show how many times we had been to Kilwin’s while we were in Michigan.  Just in case you were wondering, we went to Kilwin’s 9 out of the 10 days we were there.  But don’t worry.  We took a few walks.  And just in case you were wondering, Kilwin’s sells all sorts of other tasty treats, like orange, lemon, and limeade, fudge, chocolates, and caramel apples.  They’re all absolutely wonderful, just in case you were wondering.  We highly recommend Kilwin’s.


 Sunsets over Lake Michigan.  Breathtaking, serene, majestic, awe-inspiring…every time I saw one my heart leaped at the thought that such a beautiful God would allow silly little humans the chance to see just a tiny bit of His glory.


 Family.  So thankful for the time we were able to spend together!!  While we were there, we got to celebrate Ryan’s parents’ 40th anniversary, and had some family pictures taken on the beach.  We especially loved hanging out with our niece, Abigail.  She’s on the top  right of this collage.  Isn’t she a doll??  She was born 5 months before Avery, and when we were visiting last summer, she was still so tiny!  I love all the changes that take place in the first few years of life.  She has such a happy, spunky personality.  It was also super fun getting to see what Avery will be like in a few months.


Father’s Day!  My husband is such a wonderful Daddy to both of our kids…and I’ve especially loved watching him be such a super sweet Daddy to our little girl!!  She loves him so much already.


Sandcastle fun on the beach


Someday, I want my garden to look a little like this…


Cookie Cutters and Popsicles September 4, 2008

Filed under: Fun,Recipes,Summer — Michelle @ 10:19 pm

Another cute and easy idea from flip-flops & applesauce



At first I didn’t think I had any alphabet cookie cutters…


…but then I noticed that my candy cane very nicely doubles as a “J”!!!  What a great discovery!


This afternoon I decided to use up my slightly too soft honeydew melon and make my own popsicles…an idea I got from my mom (thanks Mom!)  I figured even though it’s September, popsicles are still allowed if the weather is over 100 degrees…


Blend all ingredients together (I used about 1/2 of the melon, a handful each of the raspberries and strawberries, and a few tablespoons of honey)


Pour into dixie cups (it made 12 cups).


Put into the freezer and freeze for about 20 minutes, or until a popsicle stick stands up straight in the middle of each cup.  Freeze for another hour or so until they’re set.  When you take them out to eat, let them sit for a few minutes and they will slide out of the cups easily.  Now that I’ve tasted one, I realized I forgot to add lemon or lime juice for extra flavor.  But for a healthy, all natural snack, I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were!


After one of these tasty (and healthy) treats, you’ll be ready to jam with your broom bass guitar too…


Weekend Ramblings August 30, 2008

Filed under: Fun,Learning,Summer — Michelle @ 11:17 pm

I keep reading really clever memes and other posts at the end of the week that have to do with favorite moments or highlights…so I thought I would join in for this week.


In no particular order…


1. I heart the Whittler Public Library.  And so does Jack.  Because when you join the Summer Reading Club and read the designated number of books, you get a certificate…aaaand a cookie the size of your face.



2.  My new umbrella stand, which holds my beautiful umbrella SO much better than the other one (you can see it there next to next to the new one…it’s the cheapy looking plastic thing…oh well, that’s what I get for paying $5, right?)



3.  Discovering a DELICIOUS new dessert…Grilled Peach Melba… and trying it out on the band at our BBQ (I think the recipe will have to be its own post…)



4.  This post from GirlTalk, which was so timely, because I had just been thinking and praying about Jack’s salvation and wondering if seemingly simple spiritual conversations are beginning to click in his little mind, and wanting so badly for him to understand the Gospel…

This is the part that really encouraged my anxious heart —

(Speaking of Deut. 6:4-7 “…these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise…” )

“These verses describe the stuff of sowing. We must talk to our children every day, instruct them throughout the day, teach them in every circumstance, train them on every occasion, tell them God’s words over and over again…Scripture does not give us an exact timetable for the duration of sowing. But Scripture does tell us: “In due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).”



5.  I love this color!!  I’m realizing more and more little things that have been appearing around my house…mostly in the kitchen.  I’m calling it Tiffany Blue, although I know it’s not exactly the same shade…plus it looks a lot lighter in these pictures.  Thanks, Aunt Ellen, for your part in quite a few of these treasures!! 


Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!  🙂


738 August 20, 2008

Filed under: Family and Friends,Summer — Michelle @ 9:49 pm

That’s how many pictures I took while we were in Michigan.  Yep, you heard me.  Obsessed?  Maybe.  I prefer to call it

Memory Conscious And Aware Of Beauty Around Me.


That said, with so many pictures to choose from, it was rather difficult to decide how to post about our trip!  We had a wonderful time with Ryan’s family.  Jack had so much fun swimming and playing with his Gramma and Grampa, following the cats, and warming up to the dogs…Ryan had fun eating Kilwin’s ice cream 5 out of the 7 nights we were there, riding tractors, and looking through old pictures…and I had fun shopping, getting a pedicure with my MIL, riding tractors, (bet you haven’t said those 2 things together in a sentence) and taking 738 new picturesl!


 Here are more than a few collages of our Michigan highlights (and I still didn’t include everything)…enjoy!


Views of Lovely Lake Michigan (in case you were wondering, in the lower right corner is a lightning bolt I managed to capture during a perfect evening thunderstorm!)


Various tractors of various sizes (yep, that’s me driving the John Deere!)


 The farm, which has been in Ryan’s family since the early 1800’s…that’s almost 100 years before any of my family even came to the US by the way…



Jack Jack in Michigan


 Flowers in Michigan


 Kilwin’s Ice Cream is truly amazing.  Truly.


 St. Joseph, Michigan…love it!


Grandparents Galore


Family moments…with Great Grandma Waggott (Ryan’s maternal grandma), Ryan’s parents, Jennifer and Brian (Ryan’s older sister and brother-in-law), his Aunt Diane who joined us for an outdoor band concert, Uncle Wayne (who takes care of the farm), and Grandma Anthony (Ryan’s paternal grandma who was born in the house on the farm and still lives there today) 


And now…if you had the strength and fortitude to make it through that many collages, you win the prize of viewing a few of my favorite shots all by themselves…Congratulations!  🙂







I’m saving my very favorite for its own post so I can’t entirely give it away…but here’s just a taste because I couldn’t resist…I love it!

Thank you, Mom and Dad A., for such a fabulous time…we love you!



My Northwest Getaway (Part 1) July 21, 2008

Filed under: Family and Friends,Fun,Summer — Michelle @ 11:40 pm

I’m home!!  I had such a wonderful and refreshing and adventurous and sweet and yummy and beautiful and all-by-myself vacation, but there’s truly no place like home.  Since my time in Washington was pretty much divided into 2 parts (time with family and time with friends for Susi’s wedding), I think I will post the 2 parts separately.  For now, here are a few highlights of time spent with sweet family members.  My trip began last Tuesday, and aside from a long delay in the airport security line, I had a nice uneventful flight.


Favorite parts of the flight: the clouds, my new ipod shuffle from my sister, ginger ale with lime (standard flying beverage of choice), and the view of Mt. Rainier just before we landed in Seattle


My dear friend Kate picked me up at the airport with her 3 munchkins, and we were able to spend some time together, which was so sweet, since we hadn’t seen each other in a year and a half!  We had dinner at Panera Bread, our favorite hangout, and then walked the mall for a while.  Kate has always been an inspiring example to me of intentional wife and motherhood and dedication to prayer and God’s Word.  Ashlyn and Jack were born 2 weeks apart and it was so much fun to see Weston and Hudson (not pictured), too!



On Wednesday we (my Aunt Ellen, cousin Josh and his wife Laura, and me) took the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston.  It was a breathtakingly beautiful day, but pretty windy on the ferry, as you can see!


After arriving in Kingston, we drove a little ways to Port Gamble, an absolutely adorable town, and headed for the Tea Room, where we shared a delightful afternoon tea and conversation.  Josh, who had never had the joy of taking afternoon tea, was a good sport and even donned the most masculine hat he could find!  We all agreed that tea is a very refined and relaxing activity.


After tea, we strolled through the town to see what we could see.  Here are some views of Port Gamble



We came across this beautiful view and had to stop and take pictures, of course!  Here are Laura and I…it is a special gift to be able to call someone a relative and a dear friend…Laura is that to me!



We also visited Buena Vista Cemetary at the top of the hill with a lovely view of Hood Canal, I think (is that right, Ellen?)


Josh found a headstone with this poem engraved on it:

Remember friend as you pass by,

As you are now so once was I;

As I am now you soon will be,

Prepare for death and follow me.


Our ferry ride back:


That evening we were joined for dinner by my other two Northwest cousins, Dan and Katie at PF Changs.  What a fun and wonderful day!!


Thursday morning, I took a walk in Josh and Laura’s neighborhood


Josh and I drove over to Aunt Ellen’s for lunch, and then Aunt Ellen and I took a quick trip over to the Goodwill to see what treasures we might find.  Somehow, the little trinkets people get rid of up there are way more interesting than the ones I’ve found at our local GW, and both my aunt Ellen and my aunt Lana seem to have the knack for finding all sorts of delightful things…by the way, we visited another GW with the addition of Laura and Lana on Saturday morning!  I will try to post about my finds later…

That evening, I ventured about 30 miles over to Susi and Jonathan’s rehearsal dinner all by myself (and managed to make it without getting lost!)  Stay tuned for wedding pics…

Thank you, dear family members, for your love and hospitality…I had a simply wonderful time with you!!


Monday Musings July 14, 2008

Filed under: Bible,Jack Stories,Learning,Summer — Michelle @ 1:03 pm

For all of my readers who have Disneyland annual passes or just like Disneyland and want to know more about it, here’s a helpful piece of information.  Just in case you temporarily misplace your pass (or, in this case, your son’s pass), because it got left in the wallet of your cousin Debbee who was kind enough to take him to see both the Pixar parade in California Adventure and the Parade of Dreams in Disneyland while you went to the Blue Bayou for dinner a few weeks ago, you’ll be glad to know that Disneyland will be happy to issue you one (1) Courtesy Visit Certificate per year.  After that, if you find that your pass is gone forever, they will be happy to charge you $20 to replace it.  So there you go.


I’m getting ready to leave for my trip to Seattle for Susi and Jonathan’s wedding…it feels a little weird to be taking a trip by myself without my boys…last summer Ryan and Jack took a trip to Michigan, and while they were gone I kept busy by redecorating our bedroom (see collage below).  But this time, I’m the one leaving.  Since the temp. will be about 20 degrees cooler in WA (73 degrees) than its supposed to be down here in CA (93 degrees), I have to shift my wardrobe thoughts, too!




Yesterday in Crossroads, Rick Holland’s message was from 1 Peter 5:8-11 on “A Believer’s Strategy for Enduring Difficult Times”, which consists of 1) Preparing Yourself for suffering and trials by being in the Word (“Yes, this is the Read Your Bible More sermon”), 2) Resisting Satan and fleeing sin and temptation by being firm in your faith and having your mind on Christ, and 3) Trusting God, who is full of all Grace and will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish His children!  It was a convicting and challenging message.

What stuck with Ryan and I was the comment he made when he was talking about being in the Word.  He said this: “I have never counseled someone who is struggling with a serious sin issue who was having deep and consistent times with the Lord.”  He also quoted John MacArthur by saying “When a man falls into sin, he doesn’t fall very far.”  It reminded both of us of what one of my uncles describes as “being a soldier in your heart” for Christ.


One final thought:

Jack has been into being a superhero lately.  The first pic is of him just before he saved the world (good thing he had both pairs of sunglasses…)  Then, at the end of last week, Jack got to hang out with his buddy Ethan while our good friends the Bohrs were visiting, and they played and played and played.  The second pic is of the superhero buddies in action, “defeating the bad guys”.  You can be assured the world is really safe now.




Tim and Jessica’s Wedding July 6, 2008

Filed under: Events,Family and Friends,Summer — Michelle @ 11:59 pm

I don’t think I accomplished my goal of taking it easy this week, except for the day of my last post, when all I got done was…one blog post.  We spent the rest of the week driving…Tuesday to Laguna Beach, Wednesday to Simi Valley and Camarillo, Thursday to Camarillo again, Friday to Huntington Beach, and Saturday to Garden Grove. We spent time with my family members here from Dallas most of the days (and it was well worth it, let me tell you, especially since we got to see my sweet cousin Hope often!), and managed to make it to a lovely beach house, the Reagan Library, the beach again for 4th festivities, and another wedding!  I hope to post about each of these things…maybe.  But for now, as promised, here are a few more wedding pics from last weekend.


Here’s Jack with the groom…my “little cousin” Tim…the scary thing is, I remember when Tim was born.  I remember when he was Jack’s age.  Deep sigh.  Now he’s a handsome and responsible adult…and a HUSBAND!!!!  Breathe…just breathe.


I wasn’t able to get any good face shots of Tim and Jessica together…but I love this one of Jack and Jess.  She was such a lovely bride!


My grandparents (Baba and Deda) who are a tremendous example of faithful service to the Lord and deep love for one another and their family (I posted a tribute for their anniversary here). 


Our little family


Jack and the flower girls waiting for their cue


The flowers at our table


I loved the monogram on the cake


Yep, that’s my son on the dance floor…about an hour later he was still there, surrounded by ladies, whom he had persuaded to join him…


The cousins (in all, there are 18 of us on my mom’s side, 24 with spouses…7 were not able to be at the wedding)  Somehow my disheveled son sneaked his way into the picture, although he’s not technically a first cousin.  🙂  As you may be able to tell from his appearance, this was after his shenanigans on the dance floor…


Congratulations, Tim and Jessica! 

What a beautiful day of celebration–we love you and were honored to be part of your wedding! 


“What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” 

Mark 10:9