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Saturday, June 13, 2009

alton bay

last monday was a really beautiful day, and we knew that it was supposed to be rainy all week. so after lunch, we decided to head up to one of our favorite places to be - alton bay. i have loved alton bay since i was about 5 years old, and it has become well-loved by the three boys in my life too :) we had not been up there since the big fire that happened a couple of months back. when drove around the corner, i could not believe how different it looked! it was sooo sad to be near! see this hill?

me and my sister used to bike up here every summer, and the whole family has enjoyed many summer vacations in about 4 different cottages on this - beacon ave. now there is NOTHING there! it is unbelievable to see! just driving up the hill, brings back so so many memories of family vacations. it's great too, because adam was actually part of some of them when we were dating in highschool! anyways, then we reserved our cottage for this coming summer - good to have that done!! and the boys played basketball for a little bit. i loved watching them, because i have a picture of me playing basketball with my dad on this very court when i was about 8! if i could find it, i would have totally put it on here too!

then we let the boys play in the water for a bit, and on the playground. they had a really great time, and it was so nice to get away for a few hours, just the 4 of us. i am really thankful for times like this!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

i am grateful

i was having a rough late afternoon today. i don't really know why. i know that weekends are particularly difficult on me emotionally because of a lot of responsibilites i have between youth group on saturdays and church sunday. but for whatever the reason, i felt like it was going to be really hard to be at youth group and give of myself the way that i honestly desire to. right before i went out the door, i stopped and read a verse that i just put up on my wall (also the verse that i see as soon as i wake up in the morning) "Let us run with perserverance the race that is set before us". that was it. i said to myself...this is a race. you know how to prepare for races...you have done it a million times. get yourself together,this is YOUR race...tonight, you get your head in it, and you go out and run it.
it was honestly just the verse i needed. i love how God does that - gives us just what we need when we need it!
i am so incredibly grateful for an amazing husband who faithfully serves his family, his church family and his God.

i am grateful for our awesome co-leaders, glen and maria.

i am grateful that God brought out 2 unsaved kids, and another new girl. i am grateful that i was literally brought to tears tonight as i heard one girl in our group pray out loud for the first time, and ask that God would help her and her family to be more like God. i am just grateful. i am running a race. this is the course. i am familiar with the course. there will be some up hills, and some down - and there WILL BE A FINISH LINE!!! just like every race. i am setting my eyes on that tonight. isn't that the way it's always supposed to be? during the actual race, it isn't always easy, and it doesn't always feel good. it's ok! we know what we are running for, and keeping that in focus makes it all worth it.
run on!!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

my boys are getting big!

we bought aj a bike a while ago, because the one we had gotten before was waaaay too small! he had never ridden without training wheels, and so it took him a little bit, but he got it. and after a few days he was flying around! riley took his old bike, which was the perfect size for him! we put the training wheels up a little at a time, and the other day i noticed that he wasn't even using the training wheels! so today was the day. we took the training wheels off, and he was already so confident!! he is so different from aj and i love watching their differences. riley will try anything and has basically no fear! aj is a little more tentative and likes to be sure about something before he tries it. either way, both my boys were flying around tonight on their bikes...reminding me of how old they are! the just looked so BIG!! they love to have me and adam ride with them because we let them go in the big church parking lot. they are always asking us to come out and play! i just love how good they get along, and how much fun they are to be with. have i mentioned how much i love spending time with my boys? i honestly love being with them!

They have both fallen a few times, and riley wanted to show me all his cuts tonight...he was a tough boy though :)

The Currier's moved!

so it was a pretty traumatic day for us last tuesday morning. my sister and her husband and 6 kids made the move to virginia. we knew that it was coming, but i think we were kind of in denial for a while. aside from the fact that me and erika are extremly close, the kids absolutely love being together. the thought of us not being able to see them anymore is sometimes a little too much to handle. really. we all know that God is ultimately in control of our lives, and has a reason for everything, but that doesn't always make your heart feel joyful!

i couldn't help but feel kind of...alone...when i saw the burb leave the driveway. it was so hard for me when my brother left for pennsylvania 4 years ago. then melanie moved to new jersey 2 years ago, and now all of my siblings are far away. don't get me wrong, i am positive that this is where God wants me to be, and i am so content and very happy with my husband and my boys (as well as my parents!) it's just that us kids have always been such a close family, and i know that distance can just make things...different. i can't just jump in the car and drive to erika's, i can't meet ronnie for coffee at the drop of a hat, and i can't go shopping with mel whenever the mood strikes. so it's just different. and there is somthing so special between my kids and my sisters kids...and we just have an understanding about the way we raise our kids. all that to say, life will have to go on, and i will have to homeschool next year without my sister to help, and that's just life. but i am grateful for the relationships that God has given me with my family. i know that i am fortunate, and i still talk to all of my family all the time. i am grateful for godly parents who decided to raise their kids the way that they did, so that we are the way that we are today! so even though i am sad, i know that God has huge things in store for all of us. He continues to bless my entire family in amazing ways - We do have a pretty amazing Heavenly Father!

haven't blogged in forever!!

i know it's been a while since i've blogged. i couldn't find the chord to my camera, so i didn't want to post without pictures!! i will try to update on all the latest things going on in my life a little at a time!

i took the boys to the beach for our first "real" trip. we had gone with lindsay, but it wasn't really hot enough to go in the water a lot. i really love going to rye beach, so i'm sure there will be a lot more pictures this year of the beach! it's so great living so close...i will drive 20 minutes any day! natalya and kahlen, and the little girl she babysits (my friend ann winans little girl) came too, and the kids really had a good time! the boys loved being in the water, even though it was a little cold!! i can not ever say enough how much i adore being with my boys!!

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