Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Blessings and Challenges

No Visit or birthday celebration would be complete without a shaker. Japan cooperated and we had a 6.0 last night  off Aomori. We live under the "r" but in this photo it would be the "o".  Seems we had no gas or hot water this a.m. - but I figured it out. 

Today's blessings....woke up this a.m. with this song in my head and on my heart.....

I sing over you my song of peace
Cast all of your cares down at my feet
Come and find your rest in me
I'll breathe my life inside of you
I'll bear you up on eagle's wing and hide you in the shadow of my strength
I'll take you to my quiet waters
I'll restore you
Come rest in me and be made whole 

TnT reading for PWOC Japan - Philippians 4. 13, 7......"I can do all things through Christ who is my strength." I can live in the reality today of His peace guarding my heart and mind. For me, this means I can put our two daughters on the plane for the states in 4.5 hours with joy and peace. I can do the same in July with Jared, our graduating son, because He is my peace, because His word is sure and I can build and rest on it.

I love it when Jesus meets me so personally in worship, in study, in solitude...truly the spiritual disciplines are Kingdom Treasures.

This new day...just beginning is already full of blessing and challenge....and I will live in the present and embrace both fully.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Happy Birthday, Arielle JaNae

Arielle's name was deliberately chosen to name her after her Grams - Arielle means lioness of God - which was her Grams...we figured she wouldn't really like Mabel as she grew older. JaNae means God is gracious.

We have loved watching Arielle mature these past 15 years into a gracious lioness of God!  Today is HER day.

Stacia and Bre stayed up late to decorate she was SO excited to show Arielle the streamers! 

We bought a pinata and filled with goodies...both healthy and share with the neighborhood children. We'd planned to do it today - but it was raining....maybe Saturday.

Stacia was happy to go hunting for birthday flowers. 
We began the day with a couple of errands for the girls....and then we headed to Yoshinoya for lunch. Yumm....and I think, if I read the paper right, we've earned something free.

Arielle had hoped we'd go to Hachinohe Children's Botanical Garden (or whatever that name is) but it was raining and so we opted for an inside outing. The girls hadn't been to the Misawa Aviation and Science Museum and the kids always love off we went.

Spinning room 

Wind room 

Next stop was the base bowling ally....

 Arielle had asked for pizza at Massimo's but the chef is at a pizza competition in we had Hawaiin chicken at the Italian Pizzeria in Northern Japan. ::snort::

Barbie Design Center (Jared got her some art stuff too)

Krista got her books

Nolan got her a weapon

We got her a Japanese doll, a photo of her and her sisters and will find some roller blades. 

One of Michael's famous creations

Jared got home from work and Arielle opened his gift of art supplies. She'd like me to find her some art lessons...any ideas? 

Yuuki is not amused to find Nolan in her chair. 

Games, jewelry making, packing....

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...