Holiday Wrap-Up

We had a wonderful holiday season, celebrating Thanksgiving, Great Grandma VanUtrecht’s 90th birthday, Christmas, and Morgan’s birthday. And, all our photos can be viewed on Facebook by clicking right here. I’m taking the lazy way out, but they are already posted and have captions telling the stories of our holiday adventures. Enjoy! (To view the photos and read the captions, click on one of the photos.)

The Grand Canyon is more than Grand

I have seen the Grand Canyon before, so I was very excited for my family to see it for the first time! There really are no words to describe it’s beauty, and pictures just do not do it justice. I expected to be amazed, but I wondered if would be as dramatic as the last time I saw it, just more than 10 years ago.

It was.

The beauty of God’s creation will never stop revealing His glory and majesty.

This song by Andrew Peterson tells the story so well … Nothing to Say …

Enjoy the music as you enjoy the photos …

Morgan: “You don’t even know how scared I am right now!”

Paige had a look of wonder on her face.

I asked, “Isn’t it beautiful?”

She said, “Yes!”

Andrew: “Did you get all the way to the bottom?”

Mom: “Maybe not, I’ll take another one!”

I stitched three photos together, and it warped the horizon a lot. šŸ™‚ Here’s the stitched version (click on it to enlarge) followed by the three originals, just for fun.

Pondering Easter

As I ponder Easter and all it means to my faith, I keep coming back to a passage in the Bible in the book of Acts. Paul is speaking to people in Rome who were worshiping many different gods.

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he isĀ not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everythingĀ else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:24-28

This is really the story of Easter. Because Jesus died and rose again, we have the opportunity to seek God and find Him! He is “not far from each one of us,” and waits for us to reach out to Him. It is not about religion or certain rules or rituals different denominations follow. It’s not about politics and who you vote for. It’s not about beingĀ a hypocrite or being self-righteous and condemning others. It’s about believing in God and understanding that He wants you to know Him, just like you can know someone else, and have a relationship with Him. And because He wants you to know Him, I believe that if you seek Him at all, He will let you see Him. It might not be immediate, but it will happen and you will know that it could only be God.

I am continually amazed that I can know God! And that He knows me and loves me and wants to have a relationship with me! I hope you are amazed by that, too.

Details

This post is mostly for me to remember how God cares about the details of our lives. It is easy for me to remember that God cares about the big things, big decisions, the big problems and issues of life. Even when the world appears to be full of sickness, sadness and hopelessness, I know God is there and He has a plan.

He also cares about the seemingly insignificant details (insignificant in comparison to those bigĀ thingsĀ like war, famine, heartache) Ā in our lives. He says so in the Bible. Psalm 139Ā is a great passage that reminds us of His intimate care for us.

We’ve had our own little reminder of God’s care for us in one of those “seemingly insignificant in the grand scheme of life” things lately. Our video camera is not functioning properly. Ben did some checking and found out there is a glitch with our particular model that causes it to either not turn on or to shut off randomly. So, while we’re researching getting a new one, we have had a birthday party and Christmas festivities lately that we wanted to capture on video. We’ve learned a few tricks to help it work better, but it still will just not work sometimes, no matter what we do.

You’ll never guess what has happened? The video camera worked great for Morgan’s birthday party, and we were able to capture some of those memories!

On Sunday, Andrew made his stage debut with a small part in the children’s program at our church. We really wanted to get this on video, even though it would not be the end of the world if we didn’t. The kids were on stage and the camera wasn’t working. They were singing a song, so we used our smaller digital camera that has some video capabilities. It’s not the greatest, but at least it would be something.

Towards the end of the song and right before the skit Andrew was in the video camera started working! Woo hoo! We were so happy. Dad was recording the skit and got Andrew saying his line! Another boy had a line after Andrew, and we didn’t even get his whole line when the camera shut off again! Seriously. We didn’t get the whole skit, but we got Andrew’s part.

We could think of that as just a coincidence, or we can see it as God letting our camera work for just that moment. We’ll keep believing that God cares about the details!

Little House on the Prairie

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Here we are as Ma, Pa and Half-Pint. šŸ™‚ Our church held a Pioneer-style, outdoor worship service and picnic recently, so we dressed (as best we could) for the occasion. We got creative with some dress-up box items, borrowed a few things, got a thrift store dress for Paige and used an old curtain.

It was a really fun and relaxing time. I know there were many hardships in those pioneer days, but there is something to be said about the simplicity of life they had.

Some of the fun included horseback rides for the kids.

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Some walking practice for Paige.

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And some tug-o-war fun.

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Maybe we’ll have to hitch up our wagon and head west! šŸ˜‰

Always

I’ve tried to keep my blog posts to the “adventures of the Drosts,” but I just felt like sharing one of my current top songs. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the verse in Romans 12 … “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who morn.” It seems we’ve had a lot of people to rejoice with lately, but alsoĀ a year full of reasons to mourn. Life is full of joy, but we know a lot of family and friends who have had discouragement, frustration, hearbreak and tragedy in their lives. This song just does such a good job of sharing my thoughts and faith, that even when life is falling apart, God is still there. Always.

“Friend, I don’t know where you are and I don’t know where you’ve been
Maybe you’re fighting for your life or just about to throw the towel in
But if you’re crying out for mercy, if there’s no hope left at all
If you’ve given everything you’ve got and you’re still about to fall
Well hold on, hold on, hold on, cause

I believe always, always
Our Savior never fails
Even when all faith is gone
God knows our pain and His promise remains
Always, always, He will be with you always.”

— Building 429