"LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." Psalm 16:5-6

Ours is a story of what God can do with two silly teens, starting off with no clue;

And baby thrown in, just for good measure. We didn’t know that God would increase our treasure

With four added on in rapid succession, filling our lives with joy and hard lessons.

We’ve had our share of valleys and hills, of times of abundance, and unpaid bills.

We once thought success would bring us bliss; we’ve learned that loss does a better job of this,

As we lean on our Savior, Who always delivers, regardless of the size of our quiver.

Although we’re grateful for the times of ease, the hard times are useful for learning to please

Our Heavenly Father, learning to walk in His Truth, of which we often talk.

May the Lord help us humbly and faithfully serve, staying mindful that the next generation observes.

Prop up your feet and grab a cup of coffee or tea while I open up

The book of my life, without further ado, and narrate the musings of my heart to you.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bits Of My Weekend

I nearly choked swallowing my pride before posting this photo. But, this is a bit of my weekend that I cherish. We usually spend either Friday night or Saturday night falling asleep all together in the living room (called the lounge in this part of the world) while watching a family movie. This time it was "The Hunt For Red October", so I didn't even try to stay awake. In the end, I think that only Craig Grayson watched the entire movie. This weekend, we ended up having back-to-back movie nights. Saturday's fare was our "Looney Tunes" collection, while we awaited the girls' return from the prom. After that, we were just too lazy to climb the stairs. The furniture provided in this furnished rental is very comfortable, but hosting a slumber party for a family of seven leaves it smelling less than fresh. I'm very thankful for lavender spray for linens and upholstery, a fan, and open windows.

A couple of the children's friends visited at the end of the week. This is Sessie. His family is from Ghana, and his entire name has nearly as many letters as our Preamble to the Constitution. Sessie enjoys dancing, and my fun-loving husband requested an on-the-spot lesson in "tectonic" dance. It was quite amusing.

On Saturday evening, Caelyn and Morgan attended a prom given by the American International School. Who would have thought that two homeschooled girls from the States would attend a prom in Moçambique? We are grateful for the two brothers who invited them. They come from a very godly family whom we admire, and the four of them are great friends. It's so nice to know young men who respect our decision not to have our children engage in recreational dating. We were able to rest easily knowing that our girls were in the company of true friends with no pressure toward a "relationship". We love these guys!

Tyler, Caelyn, Morgan, Austin

Caelyn and Tyler joined the other seniors for photos and dinner before the prom, so Craig and I joined Lance and Mindy in taking Morgan and Austin out for a special dinner before they were delivered to the location of the prom. We had a delightful evening. Good friends are such a treasure!

We were invited inside the host's home briefly for refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Some of the seniors were just arriving, so I snapped a few photos. Everyone looked so lovely and handsome. One thing that I really appreciate about our time here is meeting people from all over the world. What a beautiful array of God's creativity is displayed in the differences seen in these faces! I love it!

Be sure to mosey on over to Michelle's to see what her weekend entailed, as well as that of her participants.


  1. Love visiting your blog!
    And my heart is just melting at your family tradition of falling asleep in the lounge after movies. What a memory they will have of such fun times!
    Prom pictures were just beautiful too!

  2. Beautiful!! We tend to fall asleep in our family room on Friday and Saturday nights after movies as well. Ahh Memories!!!

  3. once more... beautiful family! thanks for inspiring me as a fellow young mom, now 2 mondays in a row :) looking forward to your next post

  4. Oh, Dayna! How beautiful the girls looked! Hunt for Red October?! No wonder you fell asleep! LOL So glad you are on blogger now!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful weekend with your family! I fall asleep during movies at home all the time, so that looked pretty familiar to me!

  6. The girls look beautiful. Good friends make all the difference. Looks like it was a wonderful weekend at your house.

  7. Aww I love the fact that your family falls asleep in the lounge room all together. Those are wonderful traditions and memories!

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