Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Friday, March 9, 2012

Flashback Friday - March 9

Today is L's very last elementary school fundraiser.  By late evening M and I will be working at it while Hubby and L play bingo.  By the end we'll all have paid lots of money for food we could have gotten cheaper at the restauraunt and then we'll be anxiously awaiting to see if we won a "basket".  Flashback Fridays find me remembering times long before L was in school and help record memories that aren't in scrapbooks.

All the pictures in this post are from Albuquerque - we just hadn't made it there to live yet.  We left Sedona for Hubby to go to grad school in Kentucky (full scholarship).  Just because we like to do things crazy, we left most of our belongings in storage in Albuquerque and only took something like an 8 X 7 trailer of things for the year we'd be in KY.  We left storage in ABQ, went to Oklahoma where we stayed for 6 weeks, visited ABQ for Father's Day and then moved to KY.  A special thanks to Aunt who gave us a place to stay for the 6 weeks and helped us move and then to many family members who helped out in various ways while Hubby was in school.

This "garden" was so fun to visit!  In the carrots, we're walking around as if we are underground with them.  I'll spare L. with the description of what he was doing here!  Both pictures have our "banana" strollers.  It was actually an umbrella stroller - I'm not sure how it got it's other name.  Anywho - we had two, one for each boy and we used them everywhere for a very long time.

This is at Hubby's grandmother's townhouse complex pool.  Guaranteed I was not in it!  No matter how hot it is, swimming in Abq. is usually freezing (even if the water is okay, getting out isn't so great)!  The boys were in this pool while we lived in Abq and other visits back.  I don't think I ever remember a time it wasn't cool.

I'm pretty sure this picture was from the infamous "water hose" incident.  When we were all returning home, M for some reason ran ahead, grabbed the hose and turned it on the entire family!  Brave Uncle J. ran and knocked it out of his hand.  Interesting that M. is not in the picture.  Perhaps he is inside being disciplined?

 Our visit was for Father's Day (not sure why we would have carted these vehicles back with us, unless they were in storage and we picked them up while in town.  I know they were in KY with us!) and although my memory is fainter now, I think we were celebrating on the back patio.  You can see a chair in one pic - that patio furniture was Hubby's grandmother's before it was here and now it is on our back patio.  What you see in the background was the site of Easter egg hunts the years we lived in Abq.  Isn't it so nice how M & L are sharing and getting along?  I'm sure we had to snap the photo quick before someone was biting or knocking the other off!

I love all the photos we have of every day life, but I love all our trip photos too.  It's nice to see new places or visit family.  It's usually those trips too that hold a more relaxed pace and times of connectedness.  All great memories with a great family.

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