Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Spring!!

As promised here is the Spring post!  By the way...God is amazing!  In this season He wakens the world to life and color.  Hope is birthed in Spring.  As we wait, longing for relief from cold, dark, and lifelessness, the seeds of hope is birthed.  Hope is the certainty of things we cannot see.  Spring reminds us that all the promises of God are true and certain!
To enjoy the beauty of the new season and to celebrate the end of David's first year of nursing school, we went on a couple of hikes.










Here are a few more cute ones from the past few months.

Sarah's brothers love her so much!  Here Nathanael is reading to her.

CHICKENS!  In addition to the dog, we added chickens to our household.  

The 4 youngest swinging on the porch swing.

My long-haired boy got tired of it so we buzzed it off to give him a new look.

Abby participated in the ballet again and my parents were able to come  up to see it.

After several years of asking, we finally Micah dance, also.  Here he is after the performance with his class.  He did a great job, and loved it!  He even got to do a lift! 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Shame on Me! It's been almost a year!



Shame on me for not keeping this blog updated.  For some reason it has become work for me instead of fun, and I have enough work to do already!!  But for those who are far away and want to know what is happening in our lives, or want to see how the kids are growing, here is pictorial update.
First, we went to Oregon last summer.  It was wonderful to see family and explore the beauty of the area.
We spent a somewhat rainy day at the coast.  This is us in Newport.
We are eating at Mo's- a locally famous seafood place on the ocean blvd in Newport.  David used to go here as a kid!




Keenan by the beautifully rugged coastline.
One fun thing we got to do in Oregon is to play with cousins!  Here Silas is with 2 of the crew!
Abby receiving an AWANA award from Grandma.  She memorized hundreds of verses to qualify for the award.  Rachel also received an important AWANA award while we were in Oregon.
Silas turned 6.
Rachel turned 16 in October!  IT has been a big year for her!  Lots of new experiences!  We celebrated her birthday with a big scavenger hunt and game night.
 



Abby celebrated her 14th birthday with a the camping party she never got to have the year Nathanael was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes!

 We took fun pictures under the ginkgo tree at Asbury Seminary.  It is a favorite picture spot for many.  We got there as it was getting dark, but did it anyway for fear they would rake up all the lovely golden leaves before we could make it back!





Keenan got a dog in late summer!  He had been asking for one for years and saving his money!  He has done a great job being a pet owner!
Keenan las got to play basketball for the first time and LOVED it!


December is Keenan's birthday month!
















 Here are a few from Christmas.





We got 2 really big snows this year, each 12 in. or more.  Here Micah is trying to dig out his bike!

Easter Sunday!  Sarah is out for a stroll in her car.  And below having fun with her basket of eggs! 


The boys playing ball.

I'll post more of the past couple of months soon.  And I really do mean soon! :)


Monday, June 16, 2014

A Successful Day

It's been 4 days since David and Rachel have been gone! I really do miss them!  I guess maybe I'll post more this week (this is #3 already) because there is less school work to do and because there is a shortage of adult conversations to be had. :)
Today I left the load of laundry on the line- the one with Micah's truck blanket that Rachel's cat pee'd on and a few kitchen rags that were a bit smelly.  I washed them in hot water and hung them in the germ killing sun!  But it's late and dark and they are still there. I also forgot to remind the 10 yr old to put the trash by the road for the trash truck this morning, and they went right on by our house while our trash collects flies and odors for a few more days until the next trash day that I cannot forget! And there is likely something else that has slipped my mind, still lingering in the land of forgetfulness!  I live there more often than I would like.
But then again today, I did finally get the insurance issue straightened out and get Nathanael's blood sugar testing supplies from the pharmacy just in the nick of time.  And I did enter all my receipts into the checkbook, which would make my hubby proud if he were here!  I made a run to the local DG store for the all important toilet paper, napkins, and AAA batteries ('cause those are necessities to 8 yr old boys!) I also read several books to boys crowded around, fed them all 3 meals and a snack, nursed the baby every time she was hungry, washed above mentioned smelly laundry, washed  or loaded dishes (though I just remembered that I never finished them!  Haha.  I knew there was something else I forgot!).  But I did do lots of training/discipline with one boy who is struggling to listen and obey, give lots of hugs and snuggles to all, and I remember to check Nathanael's blood sugar at every meal and give him insulin every time after.  I remembered it was Monday, which is Kid's Worship day at CI-HOP.  I got my kiddos there, watched my friend's boy, who plays with Nathanael while she teaches to the kids to love Jesus, His Word, and Praising Him, and I remembered to go back and get them when it was finished.  I was even a little early and got to join in the worship for a short time!  I also sent a few emails, had a lovely impromptu visit with a friend, checked facebook several times for updates on my loves in South America, and talked and prayed on the phone with a friend who is struggling.  After all of that, I vacuumed the rugs and the stairs, gave the 3 littles baths, sent the 2 middles to the shower, and made ice cream sundaes for dessert. Then, I took the 5 youngest up to brush teeth, read the nightly Bible story, sing, pray, get more water, give one more hug, tell one more boy to keep his hands to himself, go back downstairs, talk with Abby (the girl who's missing her sister!), and rock and feed the baby.
whew....!!  I did remember to do a lot of important things today.  So I will let the forgotten things go, breathe deeply, turn the eyes of my heart to my Father in Heaven and go to bed with His praise on my lips.  It has been a successful day!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Away they fly...

And they are off... to Loja, Ecuador!  Rachel and David, that is!  


What a neat opportunity they have been given! You may have gotten a letter from them about.  If you gave or are praying for them this week, thank you so much! You will be rewarded by our Father in Heaven who sees what is done in secret! 
They are traveling with the girls youth group at our local church from KY to minister with an OMS group and local believers there in Loja.  They will be doing some light building/ work projects, VBS-type kids activities, evangelization, and whatever else they are asked to do as servants of Jesus, the King!  I miss them so much already, but I am so thankful for this opportunity, especially for Rachel.  


All the parents were taking pictures at the same time so it was hard to get a good one, but here is the team at the airport saying goodbye to their "normal" life for a while!


SPRING!!

After the winter, spring has been most welcome!  And even though it is mid-June today, the weather is still most lovely!  I am sitting on the porch swing, watching Silas swing on the hammock as only boys will do, with Sarah at my feet on a sweet pink blanket made my grandma's friend.  And I am most grateful for this life that God has given.  Yet, there is this awareness in my spirit that life may not always be so beautiful (well, the reality is that Silas is on the porch with me because he was being mean to his brother and life is not always as peaceful as this moment happens to be!).  Sickness, death, and evil are always lurking in this fallen world.  Just as the glory of God fills the earth and there is evidence of His goodness around every bend, so there are reminders that this in not our home and the ruler of this age is only out to steal, kill and destroy!  So as I enjoy the peacefulness of my porch in the beautiful Kentucky countryside, others are suffering with disease, hunger, and persecution.  How do I reconcile this?  What should my response be?  I have struggled a bit with this lately.  I can't ignore the suffering of others, nor do I want to.  I also can't refuse to enjoy the gifts given to me just because others do not have them.  Where is the proper place to walk?


I don't think I have come to the right place yet, but I am struggling with it and I think that is a good place to be.  I want to carry others' burdens right to the throne of mercy where we all find grace to help in our time of need.  I want to listen to people's stories and really care about their suffering.  And I want to savor every moment of time that God allows me to soak in these 7 blessings that I call children, even the more difficult ones.  I want to learn to hear God's voice and obey, and see His hand moving all around me.  I want to live with gratitude so that when my own suffering comes, I have a foundation of praise to the Only One Worthy to stand upon.
Well, honestly I didn't even start this post to write about my ponderings.  Maybe they have blessed or challenged or encouraged someone.  I was planning to post some pictures, so now I think I will do it and give you a taste of our spring!

The center one in red is Abby dancing in the spring ballet performance.  This was her first dance en pointe and she was so happy about that!  As always it was a beautiful performance, very worshipful and celebratory!

These are some silly, adventurous boys!  Micah came in asking for some scissors one day with a mischievous grin.  I asked why he needed them and he said, "this time I taped Silas to the pole!"  What else could I do be shake my head, go get my camera, and make sure Silas was willingly taped up!  He was. Bored boys?  Just give them some duct tape! 

What a beauty!  This Amish hat was given to me by my midwife!  I love it and it fits perfectly for the summer!

Spring isn't complete for the Trimbles if there is not camping involved so we squeezed in a camping trip in the midst of school work, Daddy's classes and work, House of Prayer commitments, and the Ecuador mission trip.  We went to Cave Run Lake and had a great time!  It turned out to be a rather eventful experience, which I do not have time to properly tell right now.  Come on over for coffee and I'll tell the now-hilarious stories!  This is the beach where we swam... well, where the kids swam!  The above picture of the oh-so-grown-up girl walking, is Rachel!

This is the camp site the second day.  Just make your guess about the first night's story!

A treat this spring was a visit from a SC friend.  She has a house-full too, but she only brought her two oldest, who are Rachel and Abby's sweet friends, and her youngest, who is just a few weeks younger than Sarah!  They were so cute together!  It was a full, but sweet time together!