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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Birthday & Independence & A Rebel

This week I'm foregoing Change the World Tuesday to recap my lovely birthday/4th of July weekend!
Last Thursday, I told you that my man had something secret up his sleeve, and he definitely delivered the best birthday ever!  Besides all of the little lovely things that he did (sweet cards, roses, lunch), he got my whole family to pitch in and help him buy me this:

Isn't he the best?!!
I've wanted one for a long time, but didn't think that I could get it for quite awhile.

You can thank him for all of the pictures in this update...
Billy and my sweet cousin, Anna Kate (her mom just started blogging here).  This was one of the first pictures I took on Friday night.
She kept doing that with her face.  It was quite flattering.

On Saturday, we went back out to our block.  If you haven't read about it before, we go to a specific block in our city and hang out with them once a month.  
We try to meet their needs and be their friends.  I think that's what Jesus would want.
Watermelon was a big hit.

He climbed in the back of our car and asked me if he could come home with us.  I came so close to saying yes.

This little girl kept painting faces.  One of our girls asked her what she was painting and she said, 
"I don't know.  I'll tell you when I'm done.  I'm going to make you all Rock Stars!"

I'm so proud of him for heading up this part of our ministry.  
I love that I married a man with such a big heart.

On the fourth, we went swimming during the day.  That evening, we ate homemade ice cream:
It's not my favorite, but I douse it it toppings to make it quite yummy.  The rest of the crowd loved it.

We got to hang out with this precious face. I kept telling her to show me more teeth. Great job, honey.

Last night, Billy arranged for a couple of our friends to go out with us for coffee and dessert at my favorite place to celebrate my birthday.  It was so much fun!
My friend Melissa and her brother, Jordan (on the left), and husband, Chad (on the right).

One of my best, longest friends, Jessie (whose birthday was Saturday) and my super-cute, not-so-little brother.

My friend Hannah and her husband came even though they drove home from DC that day.  
I was so thankful!

I have the best husband in the world.  This weekend was just amazing.
Be prepared for many more picture-filled posts!


  1. OH MY! What a great birthday present!!! That was soooo sweet of your husband to arrange everyone to pitch in for it!! Love the pictures. Looks like a great birthday/4th wknd! <333

  2. What a great surprise! Your pictures look great! It looks like you had a fun weekend!

  3. Your are gorgeous! I have been wanting that camera forever too. You are one lucky girl. Sounds like a great weekend.

  4. oh i jut love this post!! i'm so glad you had a great birthday weekend!! i love the new camera.. what a sweet and thoughtful hubby!! i also love the block idea... that's such a great way to spend time in your city!! have a great tuesday!

  5. Yay! I have a Nikon D40 but have heard great things about the Canon...you will looove taking pictures now! It looks like you had such a good weekend-my fave picture is the "show me more teeth"...I think I can see all her molars too! Too cute!

  6. I love all the pictures with your new camera! We have a Rebel and love it! Hope you have a great day :)

  7. That's a fantastic camera--what a sweet husband! It's soo cool that you minister to those kids. What a great opportunity!

  8. Congrats on the new camera! What an awesome gift, and I love the images you've captured already. Your blog is so fun. Thanks for visiting me so I could find you. I am off to read more.

    xo Marcie

  9. thanks for your sweet comment. what a fantastic camera you've got! cheers.

  10. What a fabulous bday weekend!! I am soooo jealous of your camera! haha

    I love love love the photos!!! :)

  11. What a wonderful birthday weekend! Sounds like one to remember for sure...

  12. Wow! all these pics are great! what a fab birthday present! That is a great, great ministry idea- what a wonderful way to spend the day =)

  13. Oh I just love all your pics! I could so use one of those cameras myself maybe soon.

  14. The pictures look awesome!!! Can't wait to get some more of the family done!Also, I am loving your blog! and of course you too.

  15. i have that camera and it is AWESOME.

  16. You and your husband are AMAZING people for doing what you did this past weekend! Honestly, you inspire me to do better!

    That camera is awesome :) I could use one of those! Glad you had a great weekend. Cute pics!

  17. Volunteering on the block looks like so much fun! I've found that when I enter situations in which I desire to help others, THEY end up blessing ME far more!! I love it when I see others who have the desire to be involved in their communities. : )

  18. You are such a lovely person! Love the photos and so jealous of your exciting gift! What a great husband!


  19. What a great gift!!! I'd love one of those!

  20. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello at The Stitchy Life :)

    Great blog- and lovely pictures!!!


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