Sunday, August 17, 2008

full but fun

Yesterday we went to the World Pulse Festival in South Bend.....but left the smaller 2 of our family with Grandma and Grandpa. It was going to be a long day, with lots of noise, and lots of people. We went along with Cousins Krista and Lyndon and their 2 cousins, Sol and Seth. We are all pictured above in case you are interested. Yes, I'm thinking of you all when I take pictures by now. I'm concerned you see every exciting detail of my day.

Here was the line up for the day:






Casting Crowns

Mandisa was amazing! She has an amazing voice, testimony, and sense of humor.

Between artists there was about a 1/2 hour break. This was to give our ears a break from the loudness, and to insure that we would spend all of our money on the overpriced food. No offense, Pulse FM...But really $2.50 for a bottle of water...really?
Our neighbor in the nearby tent, We will call him "Roger" (since his belt buckle says "Roger") seemed to sleep right through most of the day. Which created a deep, thought provoking question in my mind. "Roger- wouldn't you have been more comfortable and sleep more soundly at home?" Poor Roger had a friend laying beside him...and rolled on top of him at one point during the day. Poor Rogers friend.
We also met up with some more friends. This worked out very handy for Donovan and I, since our kids loved them...and they had exciting gadgets to play with. This is Jack with Eric.....

.....and Natasha with Isabella.

the biggest highlight of the entire day for me was this artist. TobyMac. Love, Love, Love his testimony. His music. His humor. His preformance. I only wish I was in the front row, rather then at the back of the crowd using my zoom.

What a blast to be with friends, who love Christian music and love Christ.

How different to have our oldest 2 with us. They did so well. At ages 6 and 8 they can entertain themselves and just enjoy hanging out. It was fun to have them and get to be with them in a different setting that they adapted to so well.

More friends we got to catch up with.....

And then today. Full but oh so fun.......

Tonight we went to a lake party with our Sunday School class. We had a sub sandwich buffet with salads and desserts, lemonade and ice tea. It was a seriously perfect evening for sitting around and getting to know each other better.

Suzy with her new little friends.

Donovan playing volleyball while I watch the kids.

No, really it's o.k. honey, you go and have fun.

Just kidding ladies...he asked, "Do you wanna go, I can watch the kids..." But I voted to sit and chat it up with the girls...and he played with the boys.

We might have had a talk about helping with the kids before we went to the park.

William just a little wrinkly and chilly after finally getting out of the lake at 8 p.m.
One of my friends Brooke and her little baby Ethan. While we sat and watched our kids play in the lake...this little sweetie kept smiling and flirting with me. What a pumpkin!!!

Our kids doing what they do best...eating.
I have to say this has been such a good transition for our family, Thank you Jesus! He has heard our prayers, and given us direction. We started attending this new church June 1st, and while the transition was the hardest on our oldest child, Isabella....she is finally adjusting well. What a process to "shop" for a new church. To get to know new people. There were so many emotions to leaving our previous church with Donovan's dad as the pastor. We love the people, we love seeing grandparents & relatives every week, we loved the sermons. However, our family was headed another direction then the church was going. It was time for us to move forward and make the difficult decision to leave. It was not an easy step to take. It was pride that kept us there at times. Wondering what people would say, what will they think of us if we leave again? Where will we go? How will the children adjust to leaving the only church they remember? How will we tell Donovan's parents? There were so many questions...and it was a very heavy subject on our hearts and minds. We cried out to Jesus, he guided us, and for this time led us to Siloam. We feel at peace. We feel blessed. We feel God's hand in all of this.
So I'm thinking I should probably head off to bed...this has been a full weekend...and I need to prepare to start off the week. Thanks for listening.
Quote of the day:
Suzy: "Shut your pie hole, Jack. Please."


Sherri said...

Heather, what a fun and full day you had, but what a blessing to be surrounded by friends & family the whole day. :)

The concert looked awesome...Toby Mac is a favorite for me as well.

I'm so happy that you and your famiy are fitting in so well at your new church. Thanks for sharing your heart.

Jamie said...

Yes, we also shopped for a new church and it was very difficult. It's hard to leave the friends that you made at the "old" church, and you don't want to offend anyone with the reasons as to why you are leaving. We were both raised in very different types of churches...but we FINALLY found one we both love and getting involved is the fun part. I'm so glad you were able to find a church you enjoy! I have a former student that also goes to that church...and I've never met a child so devoted to Christ. It was amazing! Thanks for sharing the fun post!!


Holly said...

Wow! Looks like a jammin' time! Sweet! The swimming looks fun! Glad you had a great weekend!

Nicole said...

Heather thank you for your sweet comments yesterday! I admit I am not the best at commenting but when I get a chance I try :) I always laugh at the fact that there is over 50 people who read my blog and about 5 that leave comments :) So thank you girl, I appreciate it! What a fun weekend you had! That concert sounded like alot of fun! We were able to go to a Casting Crowns concert last fall and we loved it! But being in south bend near the "Fighting Irish" would of been even better! You have such cute kiddos as well! I love reading their quotes they are always giving! And I am happy you found a church that fits you! That is such hard decision! We have a couple at our church...there names are Kevin and Sherrie and we are thinking of leaving due to their uncontrable behavior :) JK!