Thursday, October 29, 2009

Her name...

is Allice, and she's my grandmother...she passed away tonight. She had two sons, one being my dad, and she lived 9o years on this earth.

She was learned woman, a scholar, who loved to write and still wore her sorority letters around her neck. I remember my dad faithfully writing letters to her when I was growing up because she lived so far away...way up in the Northwest...Oregon, to be specific. He wrote letters to her every week. I asked him a few days ago, when we got the grave news of her health, if they had ever missed a week and he said 'no'. 40 years of writing letters. I know he'll miss that.

She named my dad, Michael Mckenzie, because she loved the Mckenzie River. She was married and lived on the River for over 40 years...the river is beautiful and loud...Kyle and I stayed on it as newlyweds and decided to name one of our own after the Mckenzie...Brooke Mckenzie.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer a little over 5 years ago, it spread to her neck and collar bones, and just a few weeks ago she began having pain in her abdomen...it was in her liver. She never took pain medicine because she wanted to be fully coherent to write and work her crossword puzzels...her body was failing, her hearing too, but her mind was as sharp as a tack.

When my dad arrived to her bedside today, she grabbed his hand with both of hers and kissed them. She was waiting for him. He kept a vigil by her side this afternoon, told her he loved her and that he would see her again, and held her hand while he sang hymns to her...she took her last breath to Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

And they did sing tonight, as they welcomed Allice home.

wise words

Jesus Reveals Living Water to the Samaritan Woman
John 4

Jesus stopped at the well in Samaria, a place where Jews did not go.

He also spoke to a woman, with quite a reputation, at the well where He asked her for a drink, another thing a Jew would not do.

Jesus tells the woman about the living water that can quench her thirst forever and that only He can give.

We all will look for something or someone to satisfy our thirst, but there is only One who can satisfy and bring contentment.

Only Jesus living within can meet the deepest needs in our lives.

Jesus said she could have the living water but she needed to repent or turn from her sins.

Living water and true faith go hand in hand with repentance.

5 to 1


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Alice in Wonderland


the original cast...

Erin as The Queen of Hearts

Brooke starring as Alice in Wonderland

and Kameron as the Cheshire Cat

start to finish

yep, that's right, I carved a pumpkin from start to finish this year and all I can say is it was all work and no play, but we sure are not a dull bunch over here!! :)

The girls are so excited about their fall festival at the school tomorrow. I will post pictures of our Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts, and the Cheshire cat as soon as I can. For now, we're enjoying this weather and the fun that Fall brings.






Thursday, October 22, 2009

wise words...

Words of Life
John 3

Jesus reveals our sin, not to bring shame, but freedom

Jesus tells Nicodemus he must be born again...spiritually

To be born again through belief in Jesus Christ is to have real life

When you are born again, your focus changes from self to Jesus

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16



Monday, October 19, 2009

Good morning!

another BEAUTIFUL day in Houston!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

soccer monsters...

Oh yes, Miss Erin is growing up...and loving soccer. She loves her coach, Mr. Johnson...she says he's really really nice. Brooke really isn't all that into it...I'll never forget when she looked down at the ball and told it, "I'm not playing with you" and walked off...she apparently doesn't think the ball is a very fun friend.


Erin getting the gear on :)

Brooke just happy to be apart of it all this year :)

Brooke is Erin's teammate, but really her #1 fan :)

K's just eating...she really likes meat and...

flax seeds, enough to save one for later.

wise words on Wednesdays...

John 2, Jesus turns water into wine and cleanses the temple

Jesus takes the bland tasteless water in our lives and changes it into joy (He wants to turn your water into wine).

Jesus' touch brings purpose to all situations.

Your body is God's temple and Jesus will not tolerate sin in His temple, it must be clean.

Jesus' touch brings cleansing to His temple...Jesus alone has the power to change and cleanse your life.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Destin


We got back from Destin yesterday...it was a fun trip :) We had six families living in a beach house for four days...12 adults and 13 children, 4 and under :)

I only took a few pictures because we were really running around the whole time and it was SO MUGGY outside that our cameras' lenses would fog...hence, the blurry pictures of Erin and Brooke.

The girls loved the trip and so did Kyle and I :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Heaven is The Face


race, vigil, game, showers, party, gala, camp out and more...

oh yes, that was this weekend. It started Saturday morning in Downtown Houston for the Susan G. Koman 5k, prayer vigil, soccer game, baby shower, gala, and camp out for the girls at Mimi and Papa's house...all on Saturday...and Sunday didn't slow down either...church, baby shower, birthday party, and truth project :)

The race was awesome and so moving...so cool to see people care about others and rally together...loved it! Thanks Meghan for organizing and making the shirts!!! Here's some pictures :)


riding into town...

ribbons with my grandmother's name, Kyle's grandmother's name, a friend's name, and a friend's mom's name...breast cancer touches too many lives.

as far as the eye could see...

the crowd was beside us and above us :)

the survivor finish line!

the clinic...

the soccer stars!!

the gala...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Brooke...

This morning, Brooke hit Drew hard and then would immediately hug and kiss him. It was strange. When she and I got in the car, we had this conversation.

B: Drew is my best friend, my very best friend.
Me: Then why were you hitting him this morning?
B: I hit him because I love him.
Me: What?
B: I hit him and then I kiss him and make it all better...

That is exactly why she was hitting him this morning...she wanted to 'kiss and make it all better' and so she inflicted intentional pain on him so she could play the caregiver role and make her cousin Drew 'all better'. What's even more funny is that Drew played along, happily.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

BW3 (BSF's wise words on wednesdays)


Everyone owes their life to Jesus Christ because without Him there is no physical life or eternal life.

It takes more than believing, even the demons believe and tremble...you must believe and receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Every person makes the choice to receive or reject the Light and no response or 'I will later' is rejection.

Jesus is full of grace and truth.

Grace is what God does within you, without you.

Truth is the manifestation of reality.

Jesus is the FULLEST expression of real love.

Jesus strengthens us and His blessings come like waves on the shore of His ocean.