"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, May 23, 2011

This Is How We Do It

 "And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2:42

We had a really marvelous weekend. It all started with a day trip to Washington, D.C., with Craig - just the two of us! - for a meeting. I was privileged to tag along. Having eight hours alone in the car with him (aside from the calls he had to take) was dreamy!

We wrapped things up with a hike on Saturday (more on that later, if I get around to it), and a visit with my parents after church on Sunday.

In between - on Friday - "the guys" came to bless our family by making homemade pizza for us. Our friend, Jon, has been promising to do this with another friend, and the promise was delivered this weekend - and well worth the wait!

The girls and I thoroughly enjoyed our big break from the kitchen. We didn't even have to shop for ingredients - the guys did that, too! I'll admit, though, that it was hard to stay away. I wanted to make sure that they were able to find all of my gadgets and doo-dads that make meal prep snappier.

Even my dad stopped by briefly and added some kitchen-genius input. He's so good to have around!

We jammed a bit to some oldies music, as well as some biblically-sound, Christ-honoring rap, and played with the dogs outside while the men-folk were hard at work in the kitchen.

I'm so proud of these guys! They even prepared their mise en place!

I had to break my own rule and steal a piece of this chicken that was designated for two of the pizzas.

Penelope (we changed her name) had fun playing with Rhodes on the patio and stealing his bone.

Never mind that it's almost the size of her!

Brandon has "mad" dough-making skills! We were so honored that he agreed to join Jon in fixing us this fantastic meal, despite the fact that his pregnant wife was at home not feeling well.

Jon serenaded anyone who was listening as he worked.

What a blessing that our boys have strong examples of "Hazakim" to follow! 
"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise"
Proverbs 13:20a

I found some great dog treats at Marshall's recently.
(Having Penelope is softening my heart even more toward Rhodes. I'm sure he must feel a bit displaced - especially seeing that Penelope is allowed privileges that are denied him. I'm trying to be purposeful about being nice to him.)
Anyway, I bought him some chicken-flavored treats that contain glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health, and some carob-flavored dog "cookies", since dogs can't have chocolate. (Poor things.)

Kait looks like she's modeling for a doggie ad.
(Who would resist such a cute puppy, especially when displayed with such a radiantly beautiful young lady?)
She's such a lovely example of biblical womanhood. We adore her and cherish her friendship!

OK, back to the matter at hand:

The anticipation was driving us all a bit crazy. Or maybe Zach was preaching about leaven?

This seems random, but Morgan was also taking photos of things outside - anything to distract us from our hunger and the tempting aroma of pizza prep wafting through the air!

At last!
Five delectable pizzas.
Eleven hungry people.

This was my favorite - buffalo chicken/ranch.

This was my second favorite. It was like an open-faced steak hoagie.
I could never be a vegetarian.
We wrapped up the meal with some Bible teaching from Craig. I'm grateful for my wise husband who is passionate about the Word of God and takes time to disciple young men through hospitality.
This is fellowship.
This is how we do it.


  1. Looks like a fun time! (Now after my workout I want pizza! LOL Thanks alot! ;) Hope to see you all soon before you move!

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  3. good grief, Dayna! that pizza looks amazing!! And to have it all prepared for you and not have to do a thing, that's sooooo good!!! The buffalo chicken pizza looks the best! Glad to hear you and Craig had some alone time together, I really love car trips with L-man too for that reason. Time to be silly together, catch up and enjoy each other.
    And I feel honored you named your dog after me...lol! It seems like so often when I meet someone new, they say, hmmm, I've never met a "Penny" before, but used to have a dog named Penny. Too funny!! Anyway, sometimes I wish my parents had named me Penelope, but L-man says he wouldn't call me (or anyone else) that, so I guess it's a good thing they didn't!