Monday, September 29, 2008

Fellowship with Believers

We had a special church day Sunday. We had planned to go to the park after the service, but because of some marsh mosquitoes present recently, the men decided it would be best to stay at church. Instead, we rented the gym, and played some fun active games! Some played basketball, some wall-ball, some volleyball, some took pictures and played [;)] while the little kids ran around. We played a really fun game of volleyball, although we weren't good at all! It's so wonderful to be able to fellowship and play with like-minded believers, without having to worry about things you would with unbelievers or friends who are believers but aren't like-minded. Don't you agree? Here are a few pictures from the occasion...

I love this picture, although it's a bit blurry. (result of flash off in these pictures, gym kinda dark)
My brother has his feet off the ground!
wall-ball....






Tyler

While we were there, I thought I might as well have fun! :) Here are a number of pictures I took, in Tyler and on the way home.

We had to take the dog!

Dakota was in the middle of the 2 middle seats, but Katie wanted to hold him lol

Teeter-totter fun!

Trees look taller from this angle :). But really, they had some massive trees there!

One of the trees that split near our cabin

Another tree completely lost it's top half!

There were a ton of leaves on the deck

Swings...

And the beautiful sky above!



Saturday, September 27, 2008

Answers to my Quiz

For those of you who took the "how well do you know me" quiz, here are the answers.

Q. What is my favorite color?
A. sky blue

Q. What game do I dislike most?
A. RISK

Q. Which of these subjects do I like best in school?
A. History (the reason I asked "which of these" is because I have multiple)

Q. Which is my favorite food?
A. Sweet Potatoes

Q. What is my favorite soda?
Dr. Pepper

Q. Favorite kind of pizza?
A. cheese

Q. Favorite of the following?
A. photography

Q. Which do I love to do?
A. Spell/grammar check (yes, I actually consider this fun!)

Q. Favorite instrument?
A. While I do play clarinet and a tensy bit of guitar, piano is by far my favorite.

Q. Which is most difficult for me?
A. Being gracious with my words (the other three I usually don't have problems with ;) )


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ike

“Allison, Allison, wake up…we’re leaving” dad whispered to me early in the morning. “Leaving where?” I mumbled, still half asleep. “The hurricane’s still headed our way; we’re outta here.” I sleepily dragged myself out of bed, hastily thinking through what I would need to take. This is how the morning we evacuated began for me…

We drove up to Tyler and stayed in a small cabin, graciously lent to us by a church where the pastor ordained dad (in another state where he used to pastor). We did not have internet access, and we lost power because of Ike Saturday afternoon. This hurricane was massive in size, and we were awed at the incredible power of GOD displayed, despite the fact that we were not there to witness it. Although we did not know where the storm would hit, or what kind of damage it would do to our home and our dear friends’ homes, we trusted that God would protect us and that His way was best. Thankfully, we only had minor damage at our home. We were blessed to not have any damage inside, despite that we considered that our huge and heavy Asian grapefruits could catapult through our vulnerable schoolroom windows. Power outages were widespread (over 2 million approximated in Houston, plus more all over the country!), and so we were without power until Thursday.

During the time of no electricity, we tried to find things to do, although we seemed to be somewhat distracted by all that was happening. God blessed us with absolutely beautiful weather the first few days home, so we spent a lot of time outside. Thankfully, we could use the tap water, so we cooked on our gas stove, and washed all the dishes by hand. Everything took longer than usual. Meal cleanup was longer, because we had to hand wash all the dishes. We are so spoiled by our electricity! By about 7 or a little after, it was too dark to see, so we spent time reading (as a family and silently) watching Dvds on the computer, and just sitting together and talking where there was light! We were blessed to be able to borrow a nearby church family’s home to do laundry and use their electricity (for re-charging things & keeping some of our salvaged refrigerator and freezer items).

Remember, in the midst of ANY circumstance, God is good, and He is sovereign. He uses natural disasters to bring glory to Himself, and to draw others to Him.

Here are some pictures of the hurricane damage at our house and our neighborhood.
The siding missing from our house

Part of the fence is down, some of the other is leaning

Dad's shed fell apart, and I think it would be completely apart if there was not so much stuff inside holding it together

The fence next door in the field is completely down

Some street signs and stop signs were knocked over

Large trees lost limbs, some trees were leaning, others completely down

This power line leaned really close to someone's house!

Replacing a pole

Close up on above picture

My friend Caleb also has pictures of hurricane damage here.



Friday, September 19, 2008

Power's on!

Praise GOD from whom all blessings flow! Although we were beginning to get used to "living" without electricity, God graciously restored our power to us at 6pm Thursday night. It was quite an adventure living without power. God was SO good and gracious to give us beautiful weather while we were without electricity, but beginning yesterday it started warming up again. We are so thankful that we did not have to endure the Texas heat for days before our power returned. He's never early, but always *right* on time. We were borrowing a dear friend's house for washing clothes, cooking, and doing some school, and they are returning today, so we would not have so much of a luxury. Perfect timing to have power!
Thank you for your prayers. The detailed post of our evacuation, living the past few days, hurricane damage, and pictures is coming next! (Lord willing!)


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hi!!

Hey everyone!
We're home (we did evacuate) and we are safe. We do not have electricity at our house (it's been out since Saturday) so PLEASE PRAY that our electricity will be restored soon!! God has been gracious and given us beautiful weather the past couple days, but soon it will go back to the 90s! I'm am using a friend's internet, so I only have a moment. Our house had some minor damage (fence down, shed apart, etc.), but thankfully nothing major. Praise God! I will explain in detail once our power is restored! :)
Until then...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Joys of Living on the Coast

My family rarely watches T.V. Occasionally we'll watch a family movie, but we tend to stick to games and such. There is one time when we watch T.V. though, and that is not for pleasure. It is to examine potential hurricanes. Yes, once again, we have a hurricane *possibly* headed towards us. I say "possibly" because we don't know; God has this hurricane in His hand, perfectly controlled, and it will go exactly where He planned for it to go. We however, do not know for sure which way it will turn, or if it will turn at all! But we can trust that His ways are perfect. The hurricane's name is Ike, and if it lands south of us, we will probably have lots of rain, and maybe even tornadoes or power outages (dirty side of the hurricane). And if it hits us--we're outta here. :) But nothing is certain yet in our eyes, and so all we can do is prepare and pray.

Here is the "cone of uncertainty" as my brother calls it. :) This is the possible radius of Ike.














If you'd like to read/learn more about it, you can check here or here. It is proposed to make landfall Saturday morning at 5am. Please keep us in your prayers, asking for God's protection over us, our church family, and all who the hurricane hits. Make God be glorified!


Monday, September 8, 2008

The World's Way vs. God's Way

The World's Way (Taken from a Doritos bag):
"Do SOMETHING"

God's way:
"Do HARD Things"
"Be holy, because I am holy" 1 Peter 1:16
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
"What does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the LORD's commands and decrees" Deuteronomy 10:12-13

When my family and I recently saw a Doritos bag, we laughed. "Do something"......
hmm, I'm always doing "something". It was honoring those who were doing something. Of course, it wasn't meant to mean "do anything", but the words they chose made it laughable.

Have you just done "something" today, or did you do something hard?? Don't get lulled into doing simply what's easy, but rather, what's difficult.
I know, it's hard... :)

Now that I've said that, I need to go do my chores and practice piano...


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Accomplished this summer

We had a summer filled to the brim, yet I didn't accomplish nearly as much on my own list as I had hoped. However, I did get quite a bit of scrapbooking completed, for which I was delighted!
Here are a few of the better pages I completed...

My youngest brother

blackberry picking

church pictures, my sister helped me design this page!

room

flowers

photos copyrighted Allison, 2008. :)