Excerpt: The Pursuit of God, The Human Thirst for the Divine, A.W. Tozer

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, The Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away." Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wondered so long. In Jesus' name. Amen
Excerpt: The Pursuit of God, The Human Thirst for the Divine, A.W. Tozer

Monday, December 30, 2019

Christmas With Family

Mark's Christmas holiday began Tuesday afternoon.  He treated his boss and co-workers to lunch after they closed up shop for the holiday.

Wednesday, December 25th, was a quiet day for us.  The family was not arriving until Thursday.  Nathanael and Michael arrived early afternoon on Thursday.  Jessica arrived early afternoon on Friday.  Elisabeth came up from Salisbury every day.  Ilene came and spent the day on Friday with us.

Saturday was the planned family gathering for Mark's kids and my kids.  But, as it turned out, schedules and life get in the way sometimes.  Nathanael had to leave Friday evening.  Michael left Saturday morning (Jessica was sick and couldn't come).  Amber and Allen, Mark's son and step-daughter and step-son couldn't make it.  But his daughter and step-son's wife came.

The weather was beautiful and warm for all 3 days!  Jessica attended our church today and then we met Elisabeth for lunch at Zaxby's before Jessica headed for home.  The cousins spent the night here and at Ilene's, which is where Jessica and Terry stayed.  And, today it rained!  Thank You, LORD, for Your blessings in giving us beautiful weather made for outside activities!

So, all weekend we spent in the woods at the fire pit area.  The activities for the kids (and adults) included 4-wheeling, go carting, paint ball war, eating, talking and reminiscing!  It was a great weekend!  Mark and I are worn out!  But, it is a good tired!  Thank You, LORD!

Enjoy the pictures from the weekend!  I pray you had a wonderful Christmas, too!

Thursday, December 26

Heading to the woods for 4 wheeling, go carting and just hanging out.

On the way down, we were met by the neighbor's white turkeys.


Such a nice day!

Strutting his stuff!

Michael, Ryan and Elisabeth

Hannah, Kara and Abby

Addy and me

Ryan hiding from the camera

Elisabeth and Abby

Addy loved Asher being in her lap.

Friday, December 27

Sam and Nathanael played with the Lincoln logs

Nathanael and Sam

The grandkids getting ready to open their Christmas gifts from Papaw Mark and me.

I made scrapbooks for each of them!  Side note.....NEVER AGAIN!!  What a job!

But, I think they really liked them!  At least their moms did!  :D

Friday, December 27

Filling up the paintball tanks with CO2

Just hanging out.

Hannah and Elisabeth

Kara, Michael and Ilene

Noah, Elisabeth, Brad and Mark

Thad and Abby

Ryan, Elisabeth, Michael and Jessica

Ilene and Michael.  We can't call him, "little Michael" any longer!

Ryan getting dressed for the paintball war!  Green vs. Red




Nathanael driving Addy in the go cart, getting her buckled in

Abby and Mark


Araya, Hannah, and Kara

Teams were
Red:  Noah, Thad, Mark, Elisabeth
Green:  Brad, Chance, Abby, Ryan

Terry and Jessica

Noah hiding behind a "wall"

Elisabeth was the first one out.  Plus after 2 shots her gun quit working.

Chance walking back after getting shot

Paintball splatter on his coat

Noah got hit in the top of his mask

Thad's looks like a bird mess

Sun shine through the trees was beautiful

Nathanael getting ready

Terry and Nathanael

Photo bomber, Kayden!

Heading out to war

Michael ready to do battle

Jaxon with papaw Mark


The 2nd set of teams heading out to do battle.  I don't remember who was on teams.

Araya and Kara

Noah, Kara, Hannah, Araya, Ryan, Kayden  (in the back)
Jaxon, Araya, Chance, Abby

Now Thad is in the picture where Noah was standing.

Nathanael, Elisabeth, Michael, Jessica and Michael working on an "Escape Room" game.

Brad and Hannah and Araya who was not feeling well and running a fever.

Terry's position for the day watching Notre Dame football


Sam, me and Ilene

Saturday, December 28

Michael and Ryan.  Sadly, I realize now that I did not remember to capture all of the riders throughout the day!  Only a few who drove near me!

Adam, Greenlee, Jenifer, Jaxon
Elisabeth, Hannah

Noah, Brad, Thad and Davis tossing the football

Davis, Adam, Greenlee, Jaxon and Jenifer

Terry and Thad

Abby and Elisabeth

Brad and Abby


Adam, Heather, Bella held by Kayden

Adam (who was not feeling well at all), Presley

Kayden and the youngest grandchild, Bella

Marked prayed before the meal of chicken stew, chili, garlic bread, chips, lemon cake and smores

A wonderful sight to see others praying

Especially the kids

Sunday, December 29

Around the table clockwise:
Chance, Thad, Abby, Araya, Hannah, Ryan and Noah

Lunch at Zaxby's and more conversation before heading our separate ways. 
What a great weekend!  But, I have to say that 3 days at the pit was the pits, LOL! 
We had fun, but we are worn out!!

Thank You, LORD, for the blessing of family!!!