Monday, December 22, 2008

The Lee Family Top Ten of 2008

#10. Moving to our new house in January! You should come visit us!

#9. Watching Ellie start her career as a professional ballerina. She’s quite natural at it, and so stinkin’ adorable!

#8. Watching Olivia and Ellie be the best of friends…they adore each other and enjoy dressing up together (I mean, Ellie enjoys dressing up Olivia), sleeping in the same room, and cooking in their play kitchen.

#7. Spending most of the summer at our neighborhood pool, playing backyard baseball, and trying to keep cool (lots of popsicles!).

#6. Traveling to Alaska for vacation in August. Mike caught the fish of his dreams…a 215 lb. halibut! We enjoyed everything from the beach to picking wild strawberries, but most of all, enjoyed spending time with Papa & Grandma Midge (Jenn’s parents).

#5. Celebrating Ellie & Olivia’s birthdays together (Ellie turned 4 and Olivia turned 1!) Along with Olivia’s first birthday, she’s mastered many other firsts over the year…including first laugh, first crawl, first word (Papa), first food, first steps, and first favorite song (“Oh, Happy Day”).

#4. Celebrating our 7th anniversary in September…and being still so silly and so in love!

#3. Sending Ellie on her first date…to the “Winter Ball” with her daddy. She’s convinced she’s a real princess now since she went to a real ball!

#2. Spending lots of time trying to perfect the Lee Signature Four-Way Kiss.

#1. Being filled with joy as we look back over this last year and realize, through the high moments and rough patches, God is so faithful and all we have- and have done, is because of His unfailing goodness!

Merry Christmas to you and your family…and may you, too, remember God’s faithfulness as you look towards 2009!

Monday, December 8, 2008

letter to the lady who cried through the whole church service yesterday

I know you are shopping for the ideal church experience, and "trying on" different places of worship to find a good fit.

I met you before the service yesterday, and watched as you left with tears in your eyes...and wondered if you found what you were looking for.

My prayer is that you found more than an entertaining hour and a half display of people singing and a riveting sermon with pops of humor...I pray that you found the answer to the questions you've asked in those desperate hours...why your best friend is dying of cancer and why your family is drowning in this economic slump.

My prayer is that you found more than a crowd of people that stand, sing, sit, listen, stand, and sing again...that you found a crowd of people that left with overflowing faith, unashamedly putting that faith into motion by making the world a better place.

My prayer is that your tears are from a genuine experience with the God of unfailing love, the bringer of peace, and the hope of the world.

And in this winter hour of your soul, I pray those were tears of joy, as you found the promise of life growing under the snow of your circumstances.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

stinkin good gift idea #4

ok, this one is a little more reasonable and definitely more meaningful than my last gift suggestion. my good friends and missionaries to Uganda, Brent and Virginia, have some great gift suggestions for you that actually make a difference in the world...

Click here to send an orphan to school.
Click here to order your Elliot cd.

need winter tires?

ellie has become quite the little hula hooper, and so we were doing some research on you tube when we ran across this great video ad for winter tires that i had to share...

Friday, December 5, 2008

clark, is your house on fire?

if you're planning the traditional "travel around the city and see the best of the best christmas light displays", here's a great resource for you (if you live in the Boise, ID area)...look here for pictures and addresses for some of the best light displays in the city, grab some salted signature hot chocolate from starbucks, and enjoy the fact that some else's power bill gives you so much christmas joy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

stinkin good gift idea #3

speaking of space, here's another great Christmas gift idea for that astronomy lover in your can now purchase a ticket for a suborbital trip to space for $95,000 from California company XCOR Aerospace. even though the tickets go on sale today, you'll have to wait until 2011 to take your trip. but hey, this gift would be "out of this world" (wink, wink).

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

best naked eye spectacle of the year

for any of you science geeks (like me), or those of you that are endlessly amazed by the cosmos...hopefully you haven't missed the "best naked eye spectacle of the year". the last week, the planets Venus and Jupiter have gotten really close to each other and last night were perfectly picturesque with the crescent moon. pretty impressive! this is kind of what it's looked like the past couple of days:

Sky and Telescope
seriously, run outside and check it out...