at church this weekend

When you’re married to the pastor, the weekends can sometimes take on a life of their own.  But it’s always full of learning, good fellowship, and fun.  I snapped a few photos of this past weekend.

After a long hot day, it’s so hard to stay awake in church! This is Blake during the Saturday evening service. Another parent even said to his son, “Be still like Blake.” But that was before he realized the he was sleeping!

Despite the sleepyheads (Lauren fell asleep, too), the message at church was great.  Brent was finishing up a sermon series about different worldviews.  It coincides really well with the Olympics.  This week we were learning about a few cults that started here in the U.S.  Some of them might have even knocked on your door recently.  You never know.  It was helpful to understand their beginnings and where we disagree on essential doctrine, especially about Jesus.

I helped in children’s church during the second Sunday service. We were creating a graphic novel of the life of Joseph from Genesis. You can see that Blake and the boys in front are making a coat of many colors.

Then in the evening we had an all-church picnic.  So fun!  We talked, we ate, we laughed, we played.  And we were reminded how much we love being a part of the family of God.  Here are some us trying to get arranged for a group picture.  You’ve got to love controlled chaos!

Everybody say cheese!

I know that for some families, the weekends are all about sports, or all about recreation, or even about projects around the house.  We certainly enjoy all of those things, too.  But in our family, the weekends are all about church.  And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Why am I so tired?

It’s getting close to midnight, and once again I am trying to stay awake in the late night.  I spend my days fighting to stay alert and sometimes all I want to do is stop everything and take a long nap.  Why?  The answer is only one word:  Olympics!  If you know me very well, then you know that I am a pretty big sports fan.  I have a few favorite teams, but I can watching almost every sort of team playing almost every sort of game.  (And just to make sure we’re all on the same page here, let’s be clear that the Boise St. vs Oklahoma 2007 Fiesta Bowl was the best game ever.  There is no debate.)

So when the Olympics come around, it’s difficult for me not to watch ALL THE TIME!  There is programming in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening, and in the late night.  And on multiple channels.  It’s everywhere.  And I love it.  I want to watch the preliminary heats, the final heats, the round robin tournament games, the interviews, and even those cheezy reports about the athletes personal lives.  Don’t get me wrong: I’m not complaining that there’s too much coverage.  I’m complaining that I just don’t have enough energy to keep up with it all.  That’s okay though.  I am happily exhausted.

I can catch up on sleep when it’s all over.  In the meantime, we’re gearing up to cheer for the hometown guy, Ashton Eaton, in the decathlon.  Everyone here in Bend is very excited about it.  After the closing ceremonies, I’ll get to know my pillow again.  Go Team USA!


Here are some more sights from our vacation with the Hofens.  After staying in a beach house in Lincoln City, we travelled to Silverton to stay at the Oregon Garden Resort.  We picked this place for my mother-in-law who loves gardening.  We weren’t disappointed with her reaction to all of the beautiful gardens there.  Then we did some antiquing in downtown Silverton before returning to Bend.  As those with long-distance family know, it can be really challenging to get together very often, so we know to treasure the time we’re given with these amazing people.

World’s Greatest In-Laws

Brad, Ruchita, and Cassia: our favorite missionaries

During a sunset walk in the gardens, God gave us a stunning rainbow to finish the day.

Talking to family in India. Skype is a modern miracle!