Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Our Miracle Baby, Travis Wilson!!!!

Some times in life the Lord sends you some very special people to help you do what He wants you to do. Twenty-six years ago, my family moved from Chattanooga, Tenn to Spokane, Washington to start our church. On our way we stopped in a little town called Pasco, Washington. At the time the Pastor of the church was Dr. Dallas Dobson. God used this man to motivate and encourage my Dad. At that time, the Co-Pastor of the Riverview Baptist Church was a man named John Paisley. Over the years, we have seen Dr. Dobson go home to heaven and Pastor Paisley become the Pastor of the church. We have also spent time in the Paisley's home and their daughters have been a great encouragement to Christa and me. Deb encouraged me in playing the piano and Liz is an encouragement more than words can tell. You may be thinking, "What does all of this have to do with a post about a baby. Well, six months ago, Deb had a little baby boy. His name is Travis. Travis was born at 26 weeks and weighed 1.7 pounds. He was in the ICU for three months and at one point the doctors told Deb to prepare herself that Travis might not make it. Through the power of God and His healing hand. Travis is doing well today and growing. He is off all tubes and breathing helps. He does have a heart monitor but the doctors have said that Deb and Wes can take it off any time they feel comfortable. Travis is truly a little miracle baby. Deb has been here is Washington visiting with her family and is flying home today. My dad, mom, and I went to the airport to see Deb and the baby. Here are a few pictures of the cutie himself. Enjoy!!!!!!!
Deb, the proud Mama and Travis
Deb, Travis and Me
My Dad and Travis

Travis and his Maw Maw.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!!!

Night Out With Friends!!!!

Yesterday was a day out on the town. If you read the post from yesterday then you will know that I went out with my girlfriends for a birthday. Well, I got home and Jake reminded me that we were going out with a new couple from our church. They are getting married on Aug 25th and we have become good friends with them. The saddest part is that Justin just took a new job and they are moving to Colorado. This is Justin's last week here in Spokane so we all went out. Justin's Mom and Brother were also here to help pack up their apartments. We went to Anthony's restaurant. This is a very nice sea food restaurant. This is Jake and I and Justin and LaNae. This picture is a little dark but I think that you can see enough.
This is the view from the deck of the restaurant. We did not eat outside but there were lots of windows and we could see the good view. Hope you enjoy it. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Happy Birthday, Jackie

Just so you know who everyone is:
Left to Right: Amy, Cyndi, Jackie, and Belinda
Happy Birthday to my dear friend Jackie. She is the blond second from the right. We have been friends since we were very young girls. It is really only the grace of God that we did not kill each other when we were teenagers. It is a testimony to the fact that everyone grows up and matures. I am so thankful for the friendship that the Lord has allowed us to have. Jackie is truly one who knows the best and the worst and still loves you. She had entered a new decade of her life as she is now the big "30". Her birthday is actually July 27th but today was the day that we took her out, "just the girls."

We took Jackie to her favorite restaurant, The Olive Garden, and had Soup, Salad and Bread sticks. It was great food. We spared us all by not having the waitresses and waiters sing, but we did enjoy the chocolate cake. :)

Jackie then had to open her presents. Cyndi and I gave Jackie cards and gifts. Now Belinda on the other hand added the spice. She gave Jackie her very sweet presents in a bag that sang every time you opened it. Now this bag did not sing your traditional "Happy Birthday", it sang, "Wow, I feel good." We laughed so hard and had such a great time making her open the bag several times. I am sure that the other people in the restaurant thought we were crazy.

We then went shopping in our downtown mall. It is called River Park Square because it is close to the Spokane River that runs through the middle of downtown. Most of the shops are specialty shops and we would never purchase anything there but it was fun to look. We stopped in this high end furniture store and Belinda and Jackie just had to try out the couch. They looked very "comfy". Well, we had a great time. Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on. Have a great day.

Trip To Glacier National Park

For our Anniversary we took a trip to Glacier National Park. We left Spokane at about 8:00am on Friday, July 20, 2007. We arrived at the park at about 11:00am. We then headed into the park and had a picnic lunch on the shores of Lake McDonald. We then traveled up the "Going to the Sun Road." There were many spectacular views which you will be able to see in the slide show. We stayed in a little hotel. It was very rustic and fit right in with the atmosphere of the park setting. We arrived home Saturday afternoon to eat dinner with some family friends, The Postma Family, from Las Vegas, NV. They were from our church and started a church in Las Vegas, NV. They are doing a great job, but we miss them and are glad to see them when we can. I hope that you enjoy the slide show of Glacier and thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. Click here to view the show

Monday, July 23, 2007

A Big Fire In Spokane

Jake and I were running some errands tonight and we had stopped to gas up the car. Just as Jake got back in the car and was ready to leave the gas station we both heard this very loud "Pop" sound. Jake said, "What was that?" I said, "I don't know." We both looked around and did not notice anything at the station that seemed to be a problem. We then headed south to the next intersection. We were only about 1/2 a mile from our church building. We then took a right turn and headed west away from the church and on to the music store. As we turned right, Jake said, "LOOK!!!!", as we looked south out our windows about 5 blocks ahead we saw the biggest, blackest plume of smoke I had ever seen. Well, you all know that I married the guy who likes to chase any kind of siren that he hears. "Just to check it out." So I said "Lets go see what it is", thinking it was just a house fire or something of that nature. As we got closer we turned left and headed down the street where the fire was. Jake realized it before I did but the fire was not a house fire. It was a Fuel Storage Company. The popping noises we heard earlier were actually explosions. As we passed by the drive way to the company we heard even more popping. I have never heard fear in Jake's voice like I heard tonight. He said, "We have to get out out hear right now." We headed on to the music store and while we were there the fire was already on the Internet news sites and on the radio. We could not believe that we were that close. We are thankful that we were not hurt and that no one from that company was hurt either. The live coverage on the local news channels lasted for more than 2 hours. Our church building was never in danger and we are thankful for that. I am including a news link if you want to see the pictures. http://www.krem.com/ The moral of the story is that it is much better and safer to watch the new coverage at home and that maybe our danger chasing days are over. ;) Have a great day!!! By the way we had a great trip to Glacier National Park. I will say more about that in my next post. I hope to have that up soon.:)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Welcome To The Rescue Zone!!! FBC VBS 2007

This year I taught the 3rd and 4th grade Vacation Bible School class. We had a great time. The theme this year was "Rescue Zone: Saved by God's Power". The platform was decorated with a firetruck, Helicopter, rafts and safety cones. Our class name was the police and we all dressed as the police would. I decorated a corner of my room as a crime scene complete with crime scene tape and a chalk drawing of a victim on the floor.
This is Bro. Miller all dressed up as fire fighter and leading the songs. He did a great job and the songs for this year's theme were great.
Vacation Bible School 2007 Group Picture. The Lord blessed this year and on the first day we had our highest first day attendance of just about 100. We ended the week with about 117 children. What a great week.
This is Bro. Donley blowing up the balloon. Everyday in the closing rally, Bro. Donley would blow into the balloon as many times as the number of children that attended. Each day the balloon got bigger. Today they filled the balloon with flour so when it popped the flour went every where. The kids just loved it.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing a glimpse of VBS this year. We are thankful for what the Lord did this week. I did not have any salvation decisions in my class and as far as I could tell all the students were saved so I worked to encourage the students in trusting God during the times that they need to be "rescued" and encouraging the students to tell others about the Lord. Over all the Lord blessed and we had a great week. It is off to Glacier National Park tomorrow so I will post pictures of the trip next week. Have a great day!!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Happy Anniversary, Jake and Amy

On Saturday, July 21st, Jake and I will celebrate our first year of marriage. We have had so much fun growing and learning together. I am thankful for a husband who loves the Lord and that we can serve Him together. I have posted a slide show of our wedding pictures for all of you to enjoy. I must give credit to my friend Angela for her help with the slide show. We are also going to Glacier National Park in Montana this weekend. I will have pictures to post when we get back. We are also in the middle of Vacation Bible School and I should have pictures of that next week also. Have a great day and enjoy the pictures. Click here to view the show

Friday, July 6, 2007

Happy 4th of July!!!!!!

Fourth of July really started on Sunday, July 1st. We had a great God and Country Sunday. Missionary Sammy Popwell and his wife Joan were with us for this special Sunday. Bro. Popwell served our country in the Marine Corp and then has served the Lord in the ministry. Then on Wednesday, we went to lunch with our friends Justin and LaNae and relaxed for the rest of the day. We went to church and then headed out to watch the fireworks. This is my friend, Belinda Howes, she just loves to cook and of course we have to have food at every occasion.
The little guys were having fun watching the fireworks. Caleb loves to make faces at the camera. Enjoy the next few pictures of the Spokane City Fireworks Display.

MorMor Comes To Town!!!!!!

This week MorMor came to visit our family. Now you might be wondering why we call our grandmother, MorMor. MorMor is a Norwegian term that means Mother's Mother. Now this grandmother is actually my Father's Mother. This means that we should actually call her FarMor. MorMor was easier for all the grandchildren to say and so the family tradition of MorMor began. MorMor came to visit on Friday. She was here for our special God and Country Sunday and then spent a few days visiting with our family. On Tuesday, she came to dinner at our apartment. This was very fun because it was the first time that any relatives have been to my house. I cooked and we visited together telling fun stories and enjoying each other's company.
This picture is three generations of the Boyle family. MorMor, my Dad and me.
This is MorMor and me in front of the piano that my Aunt Leanne helped us buy. MorMor has played the piano for many years and I followed in her footsteps.