Uprooted Tree

Luke joined me for a walk this afternoon and we noticed a tree that was uprooted. It appeared that large chunks of ice were the cause.

Mud!

It’s been a sunny day near 40. I am happy to see warmer temperatures, some melting snow and yes even some mud.

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Zachary enjoying the mud today

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Jacob enjoying the sun and warmer weather

Walking Buddies

Yesterday afternoon, Zachary and Josiah joined me for a walk to the lake. They had lots of fun climbing around on the hunks of ice.

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Happy Birthday Kevin!

Kevin is 17 years old today.

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Kevin at breakfast this morning

Trip to Ohio

We were able to go visit Kevin’s parents in Ohio last week. We went there on Thursday and came back home on Saturday. We enjoyed our visit.

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We saw this barn on the way there. It was good to see lots of green instead of lots of white.

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We found an Ohio State hoodie on sale just Zachary’s size

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Zachary and Josiah spotted this caterpillar in Grandpa and Grandma’s back yard

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Cabela’s is right off the route we traveled so we stopped and the kids enjoyed all of the animals they had on display.

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We saw this cool stretch Hummer on our way home.

Happy Easter!

Matthew 28:6

He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay.

Clearing the Driveway

Yesterday Zachary and Josiah did a nice job of getting the driveway cleared. Thankfully they seem to enjoy shoveling. Hopefully as they grow older they’ll enjoy working and will practice Colossians 3:23 in their lives. I need to be mindful as I go about my work to set a good example for my children.

Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

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Sowing and Reaping

I’ve been listening to James MacDonald’s series, “Laws of the Harvest”. It’s been a good reminder to me how we reap what we sow. The reality of reaping and sowing hit home to me in a funny and slightly painful way this morning as I was walking. This time of year, when we have some thawing and re-freezing, makes for some rather slick conditions on the back roads. The side road I was walking today was a solid sheet of ice. There was a fresh coat of snow on top and I thought it would be enough to give me some traction. Unfortunately the snow didn’t keep me from slipping and falling. It hit me that had I chosen to exercise this morning at home on the treadmill or stationary bike, I wouldn’t have fallen on the ice. I suffered the consequence of a foolish choice.

Listening to this series I’ve been challenged with the question of what am I sowing? What am I sowing in my marriage? What am I sowing in the lives of my children? When I began my walk I even prayed that God would keep me safe as I walked and specifically prayed that I wouldn’t slip and fall. However, God allowed me to suffer the consequence of walking on ice and I did fall. How often do I make a mess out of my life by foolish, sinful choices and then ask God to rescue me? God allows us to reap what we sow. I want the seeds that I sow to reap a harvest of righteousness not corruption. I want to be more thoughtful about what I’m sowing each day.

Galatians 6:7-9 (ESV) 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Zack’s Missing Tooth

Zachary lost another tooth yesterday.

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Happy Birthday Kevin!

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