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Five Photos 11/11/16

A huge thank you to all our veterans!  Thank you for our freedoms and safety!  I pray you get to relax today with loved ones.

Here in southern California, we're starting to experience cooler mornings and evenings and occasionally, an entire day or two throughout the week where the temps stay in the low seventies.  To say I'm anxious for fall is an understatement.  We got one day of rain this past week and you can be sure we enjoyed it by going on a family hike.
Here are some shots I took throughout the week...
I just realized that the items I always keep within an arm's reach have something in common.

Aaron and I, enjoying our one hour of rain for the week.

Taking advantage of the last watermelons of the season by making watermelon, blueberry, and lemon juice every morning.

If you look closely, you'll see a lizard taking a wagon ride with Miles (it's perched on the ledge between the two cup holders).

We're greeted with this fall-festive view from our balcony.

A walking stick and an acoustic guitar - sums up our family pretty well.



FAITH: When I Chose Modesty

When I was in my teens and early 20s, I was extremely immodest. While I was getting ready to go out, my goal was to look as hot as possible and collect as much attention as possible. 

I thought that if I could be the hottest woman in the room, I would be able to capture attention and it would be mine for as long as I wanted. It didn't occur to me that the kind of attention I was seeking is a fleeting kind. In other words, it didn't matter if I was the most beautiful woman that guy had ever seen. The kind of guy who appreciated my immodesty had zero standards whatsoever. He'd hang on my every word until someone else's skin flashed by. He'd flirt with me and then turn around and flirt with every other girl as well. This guy didn't care about whose makeup was better, who was witty, who had better legs, who was nicest, etc. The kind of guy who is attracted to immodesty is only interested in one thing and that's not your heart. This dude has no other standards an…

FAITH: Are You Willing to Give God Anything He Wants?

Push Up popsicles are interesting.  In order to eat more ice cream, you need to literally push up the stick that's connected to the platform in which the ice cream sits.

My toddlers both lack the strength and dexterity to push up their Push Ups, so I have to make myself available to help them out.  One of my boys understands this.  As his ice cream dips below the cardboard container, he'll eagerly hand his treat over so I can push the stick upwards and he can continue eating.  My other boy doesn't yet understand why he needs my help.  He'd rather chew at the cardboard than willingly hand over his treat for two seconds.  Whenever it's time to push up his ice cream, he grips it tight and puts up a fight against me even though my motive is completely for his benefit.  I never take the ice cream for myself, I only obtain the Push Up in order to make it possible for my boys to have more ice cream.  So they don't have to resort to gnawing on soggy cardboard.

This remin…