Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Trying something new

Richard and I were invited to a Thai cooking class last weekend!  I have never really cooked Asian food and I can not think of a time we have ever eaten Thai food, but we were up for the adventure!  The class was super small and intimate so there was a lot of hands on and watching up close and getting help if we needed it.  We had such a good time! 

We made three different dishes throughout the night and left with a very full stomach!  All of it was so delicious and pretty easy to make with only needing a wok.  We will definitely be going back to another cooking class!!

Richard making peanut dipping sauce.

Rolling fresh spring rolls.

Friday, May 11, 2018

When prayers become a reality

Even though the beach and the snorkeling trip in Puerto Rico were amazing, the reason for our trip was my brother's business venture.  He has always wanted to open his own sports bar type place and after 8 years in Puerto Rico, it is months away from becoming a reality.  He was so excited to show us his place and all the work he has done.


The boys had a ton of questions and Teague was quick to tell him which parts of his ideas were and were not going to work.  We ended up calling Teague the project manager since he seemed to know all about opening and running a business!

Blake served mom the first beer from the bar.

Blake also had some of his friends, JRay and Becca, come into town to celebrate with all of us, as well! 

This is where the roof top patio area will be constructed.

Another highlight from our trip was that Blake asked to be baptized.  With my word "Others" this year I prayed for Blake back in January.  I texted him that morning and asked if there was anything specific he needed prayer for and he responded with a few things that he was needing to happen to help get his business off the ground.  I prayed and touched base with him a few days later and then a few weeks later and within a month or so he was the one calling me telling me of all the things that the Lord was doing.  He said he knew is was God opening the doors because there is no way any of it would be happening otherwise.  I encouraged him to get into the Bible and start listening specifically for the Lord's voice and obeying what he says.  By March he was daily in the Word and having quiet times and sharing his revelations with others and praying and looking for a church... I do not think I have ever seen a more drastic transformation! As we prepared to make the trip to PR he asked if Richard would baptize him so when we arrived at the beach during our snorkel trip that was our first order of business!

We circled around Blake and the Lord had given me a word for Blake that I shared and then Richard shared a bit about what baptism is and what that looks like for a believer. Richard baptized him and then Troy prayed over him.  It was such a sweet and special time on so many levels!

I have prayed for Blake for years...like many years...like 20+ years!  God is faithful.  His timing is perfect and I know that He has big plans through Blake.  So if you have that one thing that you have been praying for and you are not seeing it come to fruition, let this testimony spur you along!  Keep praying, God hears and sees and is working even if you do not see it!! 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Snorkeling Excursion

On Sunday we went on an all day snorkeling excursion.  The catamaran took us out about an hour off the island to a beautiful reef and beach to explore.

We were able to snorkel or lay out on the beach or swim or just stay on the boat and relax.  There was a slide off the back of the boat that Amber and Baylee tried out.  We were at that spot for about 2 hours and then we loaded up and moved to a different spot.

Our next stop was in the middle of the ocean where they dropped the anchor and we were able to snorkel further off shore and see some bigger fish.

Teague and Blake stuck to floating and swimming.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Beach Day

Our first day in Puerto Rico was a beach day.  We have done several cruises in the past, but the kids have never had the opportunity to just play on the beach all day.  Our house was within walking distance from the beach so by sunrise they were ready to go!  Troy and I went for a morning run and enjoyed the scenery all along the coastline.

Then we grabbed our beach toys and headed out to play.  They snorkeled and boogie boarded and played paddle ball and built sand castles...there truly is never a dull moment at the beach!  It's my favorite place in the world to be!  There was a little afternoon shower that came in so we took that opportunity to go back to the house and eat lunch and reapply the sunscreen before going back down to the beach for the rest of the afternoon.

Blake brought his dog, Dante, out to the beach to play also and the boys loved him!  And Dante loved the beach and the water!!

Teague made a friend that spoke English and Spanish so they spent a good part of the day playing, with Teague asking him how to say different words in Spanish all afternoon.  

I tried the vintage look with my grandmother's swimsuit!  I wish I had a picture of her in it as well!!

The beach is always a place I love to reflect and dream.  I loved taking some great pictures during this trip and just getting in a little quiet time with nothing but the sounds of the ocean!

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Family Pictures

I am in need of a new family picture in our living room so I decided to try to get one on this trip.  Family pictures are always so stressful with so many people...coordinating outfits, getting the kids to cooperate, hoping the lighting and the weather are nice...but after it was all over I think we got a few good ones!

I also got a shot of each individual kid smiling and enjoying themselves!

My parents and Blake and Amber even participated and we got a few whole group pictures!