Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
4But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. Mark 16:1-6
today we showed up to the sunrise beach service off base (hosted by our protestant base chapel) with echo, our beach chairs, and wearing casual clothes (read: track suit and no makeup.) when we arrived, we were shocked to see the concrete platform 10 meters above the beach, owned by a hotel, full of white plastic chairs, and sound/music/instruments all set up. to top it off, people were greeting us in ties and easter dresses. ties and easter dresses!! my heart starting beating rapidly. embarassment unconcealed by red cheeks began to take over. i thought, 'crap, why are they all dressed up!!' we didn't get the memo that the beach sunrise service was formal! after thinking about it, i was not surprised since our base chaplain's denomination is formal, but i thought a beach sunrise service would be cop-a-squat casual-style service, simple and pure. we've stumbled upon a few in our time and found a casual, welcoming, simple set-up.
we tried to hide in the back at the end of the aisle, and lucklily echo was good and didn't whine, beg, or draw attention to herself (us). despite how awkard i felt, it was good. it was good because i know God doesn't care how i show up. God doesn't care how anyone 'shows up' to meet with Him. for it is by HIS GRACE we are saved. nothing of ourselves. and nothing we do impresses Him. He died and rose for us. He LOVED (and still LOVES) us that much! and today, we celebrated that! track suit and all...
Thursday, March 20, 2008
now i've put it out there so you can ask me how i'm doing with my endeavor. btw, this was not a sudafed-induced thought because i came up with it before i got sick. i have friends who have run several marathons and i am amazed at this accomplishment. what better place to do it? (because the reality is that if i can do it, it will only be once. i don't love running!) so here goes, i'm setting my goals high...athens marathon nov 9, 2008.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
here are some photos from our vacation. you can check out all of them on the picasa link or just see a few below.
ken at the boardwalk in cold va beach - the ice cream didn't help any!
surprise mom! happy birthday!!
happy birthday mom and ash! (they make 60 and 30 look fantastic right?)
we got ash too (the next day at a family bbq)
baby jack will be all set with his texas tech and navy gear from us!