Monday, August 23, 2010

Here are a few wedding photo's taken with my phone, I'm sure better ones will follow.

What a beautiful wedding! The Lord cleared off the clouds during the ceremony, no rain, Praise God, it had been forecasted to rain all week long. Everyone looked so beautiful, the park was beautiful, we had a very blessed day. The only thing I would of changed is it to be a little warmer, the wind was very cold at times.

Here is the last photo I have of Sarah Larson before she becomes Mrs. Searles
Here is Sarah walking down with her Dad

There were a few funny momentsSuch a beautiful couple
It was a beautiful day, at the beautiful Scenic Beach Park

The first kiss as Mr. & Mrs. Searles

Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Searles
The Reception area was just so old fashion, matching the house it was in.

Here's Luke trying to stay warm
Here is a picture of the Emel House where the reception was held

Our newest family photo with our whole family, we are so blessed!!
Rehearsal Dinner at Black Bear Diner
Dad holding Luke at the Rehearsal dinner

The only stressful part of the day is when we got there and realized that we had left Luke's wheelchair stroller in the back of our little van, we had taken our larger van so that we could get everything transported out to the park. Yoli saved the day, she went to our house, out to our shed in the back and got out a old wheelchair stroller, it ended up working out okay, but did give me a few minutes of extreme stress.

I promise to post some more pictures when I get some of the professional ones back.

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue

PS Just wanted to let people know that I do post pictures and give more up to date details on my life on my facebook page, if you want to become my friend just ask, be sure to tell me you are a blog follower so that way I will allow you to be my friend.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My son is getting married tomorrow to the love of his life

Here I sit at my computer late at night, way to late at night or perhaps I should early in the morning, I'm having a hard time shutting down my mind tonight. Tomorrow my precious Daniel son is getting married to the love of his life Sarah. I remember the day he was born, he was such a sweet little baby boy. We have so many stories to tell of him being such a busy, busy boy, so full of energy and life. I remember when I brought him home to homeschool him, I thought both him and I would never be close again, it was so hard and challenging to get him to listen to me and do what was told to him. But after much time and discipline and lots of love and prayers we began to really get along, I had to learn his learning style and he had to come to the fact that we were going to make this happen. Each and every night I would pray with him before he went to sleep, as I've done with all my children each night I would say to the Lord, "I pray that Daniel will grow up to be a mighty man of God, full of integrity, a man that will always serve you and love you." One day I realized that was exactly how Daniel had turned out, God had answered my prayers. I also remember praying that God would bring a precious young lady into his life that would Love God and love Daniel always, once again God has answered my prayers in bringing Sarah into his life. She is the perfect soul mate for him and I know that God is going to use them to bring glory to His name.

I remember shortly after Luke's accident Daniel went through a very deep depression, blaming himself for what happened to Luke, as we all did on the horrible day. I remember crying out to God to bring Daniel out of his depression and that God would show himself to Daniel in a new and mighty way. God is so faithful He not only brought Daniel out of his dark depression, but he also blessed him with a renewed sense of passion and desire to serve God with his whole heart, soul and might. Daniel and Sarah both amaze me with their strong desire to serve God and to HEAR God speak into their lives as they have chosen to begin their marriage serving and pleasing God first and foremost in their lives. In the Bible it talks about the enemy, which is satan coming to steal, kill and destroy and that is exactly what he tried to do to Daniel and our family, but I'm so excited to say that the rest of the scripture talks about God coming to bring life and life more abundantly and that exactly what He has done for Daniel and our family. Not only did he not destroy our family, but he was destroyed as we learned to lean on God in a whole new way.

I woke up this morning singing praises to Jesus, thanking Him for His mighty works and power in our lives. Thanking him for keeping Luke healthy, knowing in my heart that their will come a day when Luke will be healed, thanking him that tomorrow my son is getting married to the love of his life, thanking him for His abundant provisions in our lives, thanking Him for . . . . I've said it before and I will say it again and again, God is wanting you to come to Him with your impossible problems and prayer requests, He is waiting to answer your prayers, just call out to Him in faith believing and your prayers will be answered, He is a faithful God that loves you so much.

Please be praying today for sunshine Daniel and Sarah are getting married out doors at a beautiful park, also be praying that God will bless Daniel and Sarah with many, many wonderful years of marriage, and for Luke to stay healthy and for him to have a good day today as we will be spending the majority of the day outdoors. Thank you my dear friends and know that soon I will be posting some pictures of the wedding for all to see.

Love in Christ,
Daniel and Luke's Mommy Suzi

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Have you ever told yourself, you just can't do "this" anymore?? Don't believe this lie.

Lately I find that I tell myself, "I just can't do "this" anymore," I begin to believe this HUGE little lie, UNTIL I remind myself that I surely can't do anything without God's amazing strength and power I then remember that I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHEN'S ME, Phil. 4:13. Needless to say things have been so busy and stressful lately that a person without God's amazing strength would find it impossible to go on. Our house has been on the market now since the end of April, with little calls here and there to show it until this past week we've had 7 showings. We've lowered the price again and now are asking $25,000 less and still people don't think that they can live with on busy road. Or wish the house was in perfect condition for a home that is priced just under $200,000. Do you know how hard it is to live in a home with 7 people and to keep it in perfect condition at all times?? Gordy and I have finally come to the place where we've decided if it doesn't sell by this Monday, which is the day that our offer on the place we were hoping to buy is expired, we are then going to take it off the market for awhile. While it is off the market we will pray for God's direction in which step we are to take next.

Here's Luke when he was in the Hospital for his 24 hour EEG,
he got a precious visit from the sweetest dog ever.

As mentioned in my last post Daniel is marrying the love of his life Sarah on August 22nd. Therefore we have been very busy with moving him into his new home, Bridal showers for Sarah, getting all our clothes bought, bringing all the details together for his wedding and then separate reception later in September. Along with another big wedding today for two very special people in our church, Amy and Joshua are both in the wedding and we are helping wherever they need help. Can you say busy??
Here's Daniel and Sarah on the day they became engaged.

Amy was the Assistant Directer at two weeks of Church Camp and is going again in two weeks for one more week, of course it is the week before Daniel's wedding, so both her and Natalie will be coming home from camp on Saturday and then almost be going straight to the rehearsal dinner that night. We are also trying to fit into our busy schedule our annual church camping trip next weekend which of course we have been planning to go to since last May, whew, it makes my head spin just thinking about all we need to do to get ready.

Here we are on our 4th of July camping trip to the Oregon Coast

I'm extremely thankful for the fact that Luke has been doing so well. He has not had pneumonia all summer long, this is a HUGE answer to prayer, God knows how much I can truly handle:-] I just took him into the Dr. and we've decided to up his baclafen some more to see if he is able to handle it without becoming too sleepy. We've also been slowly upping his seizure med, which I'm not sure if I'm liking it as he seems to be having more episodes lately then he was before we put him on this med. The Dr. said they want us to get him to his full dose before we decide whether to keep him on this med, I said okay, but if I don't see less episodes I'm taking him off the med, it's not good to have him on something that is making him worse.

Here's Zeke and Luke with their faces painted like soldiers,
by soldiers at the Air Show we went to last month
Well as usual I've talked your ear off, so sorry:-/ I hope and pray that the next time you tell yourself that you "just can't do "this" anymore" you remember to call out to God who is so generous with his amazing help and strength, He is faithful and will get through anything you are going through.

Love y'all,
Luke's Mommy Suzi
Here is a picture of the day Natalie and I took a hike up at Mt. Rainier.
That day was a
gift from God, the sky was so blue and the Mountain was majestic!