My little football player

Luke is a running back for the Chargers, an Upward flag football team. He carried the ball for at least five yards at his first game this past Saturday (9/27)

Labor Day

We spent Labor Day weekend with our friends Ryan and Kelly who live in Dana Point.

We spent most of the time at the beach and just hanging out in thier beautiful home. We had a blast and they were the perfect hosts. Thanks you two for a great weekend.

What in your life needs further clarification?

When you clarify something , you illuminate it or shed light on it. Ask yourself today: "What area of my life still needs a floodlight shined on it?" There's so much to figure out and so little time to do it, that you even need to be clear about what you need clarified! In other words, ask God specifically what you want to know. Learning to ask for clarity is a skill that will help you become all God intends for you to become.

Luke 10:38-42
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.
She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me"
"Martha, Martha" the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

Dear Lord, speak to me, face to face, directly and not in riddles! I want to hear your voice clearly and see you as you are. Today I pray for clarification from you about all aspects of my life and about my next steps, every step of the way. I ask for my eyes to be opened as you allow me to see the truth you want me to see. Take away all of my deliberate, spiritual blindness...Amen.

Praying for purpose, by Katie Brazelton

Family photos

Several months ago I decided that we needed to update our family portrait, so upon seeing the beautiful work of Hannah and Katelynn's photography I asked if they could take some family pics. They agreed and so today we all went to Newport Beach for the pics. Hannah and Katelynn did a phenomenal job, especially at trying to capture cute moments with a little boy who wanted to only play in the sand. There are a few pics of Luke not wanting to cooperate, but who can blame him, when all we ever really do at the beach is play in the sand and water... Not to take pictures.

First day of 1st grade

Now, Billy Joe McGuffrey was a really clumsy kid.

On the first day of first grade I'll tell you what he did.

He tripped over a pencil box, flew up in the air,

landed on a kangaroo who pulled out all his hair!

He needed first aid in the first grade, first aid in the first grade,

first aid in the first grade.

You could buy a zoo with all the doctor bills he paid.
(from Jonah, a VeggieTale's movie)
It's hard to believe my little boy is in first grade. They really do grow up fast.
So, after school I asked Luke if he had a good first day and he said he had a great time.
I then proceeded to ask:
mom: Luke, what are some of the classroom rules?
Luke: I actually don't remember them, but I'm sure I know them because I got a green light.

From kindergarten to 8th grade

It all started eight years ago when this cute, little, four year old girl named Arin walked into my room ready to conquer kindergarten. At least that's what I thought... Arin was quite the spunky character in her home, but once she was in my classroom she was so quiet and reserved. I was not expecting that at all, she did in fact conquer K, she was such a delight and joy to teach in K that I decided to stick around so I can have her in my eighth grade yearbook class.

Eighth grade is last grade here at Shoreline and Arin's last year here. It's been such a joy to watch this little girl grow up, and I have been so blessed to have been part of her life.

The first pic is the first day of K and then the first day of 8th.