Sunday, July 31, 2005

New Pool

The pool was actually purchased and enjoyed in Michigan last summer. We had a lot of help from the kids doing prep work. BOY is it refreshing!
Notice the blue ring. It is the same one that Wyatt is wearing in the previous water picture.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Summer camp, Day camp, Bible Camp, ... Summer time! I have been to camps where the kids are soooo tired that, in my opinion, a big part of their "spiritual" breakthroughs are pretty much emotional exhaustion.

Not this camp. Our fire time and opening our hearts and minds to the things of God happened just after supper. Six-thirty. It was powerful. And usually more "decisions" are made on the final night of camp. Not this camp. Day one on through the final night. I found myself drawing near to God. It was an awesome ( in every sense of the Word) Kid's Camp!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Water Fun

Kids love water. This is our little splash pool. Wyatt's first time playing in it. He isn't too sure about the spraying. I'll have to post another picture when we get our other pool set up.

In the mean time stay cool. Especially you Walla Wallaians.

Monday, July 18, 2005

A yummy looking pic

This is one of my favorite pictures I took in Michigan last summer. Those berries were soooo yummy.

I think I need to get out and see if there are any berries still left in this neck of the woods.

I have enjoyed a few basketfuls from a farmer's market. But there is something about picking them yourself that adds to the enjoyment.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Grandson's are Special too!

This is Wyatt Earl Martin and he is 15 months old. He has a multitude of nick-names. Cherise calls him Googie. He is a cutie and lots of fun. Most of it is on his terms though. He is in for a rude awakening in a couple of months when his brother or sister comes along.

Lys and Logan

We are having fun watching those two develop their relationship. They are good kids. The time that he was deployed wasn't easy but it seems to have deepened their commitment to keep each other in prayer and heightened their awareness of where their strength comes from.

It is nice to know that our girls are finding men that seem tailor made for them. Yay for the best son-in-law, fiance and boyfriend ever!!!!

Friday, July 15, 2005


Yesterday was Harlan and my 26th Anniversary. It was tiring. We spent our morning and a bit of the afternoon getting packed and out of Kid's Camp. Then we went to the Enchanted Forest in Salem. It has been years since we've been there. Courtney, Hayden and Cameron have never been there. Joylynn, Jess and Wyatt were able to come with us. The hiking up and down the hills up there wasn't too cool after having hiked up and down the hills at Kid's Camp since Sunday but we survived.

We enjoyed our involvement this year at camp. Have a ton of pictures. I needed to run out and get ink and photo paper this a.m. to be able to print some of them.

We also have the pleasure of having Logan (Lyssa's fiance) home safe and sound from serving in the Middle East.

God has been so good to us over the past 26 years. He has given us so many blessings. Our desire to serve him has only increased.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

No time to think.

Isn't chaos a weird looking word. Weird is also a weird looking word. But chaos is the prevailing noun in my life at the moment.

confusion, disarrangement, disarray, disorder, disorganization, havoc, hell, jumble, mess, muddle, shambles
Related Words anarchy, lawlessness, misrule; knot, snarl, tangle; labyrinth, maze, web; maelstrom, storm; clutter, litter, mishmash, shuffle; hodgepodge, medley, miscellany, motley

Near Antonyms
method, pattern, plan, system
Antonyms order, orderliness

It's interesting to me that there are 30 synonyms and related words to this state and only 6 antonyms and near antonyms.

"Peace be still." I guess HE has it right all along.