Northern Maine

29 11 2007

Just some great pictures of my brother’s deer, family, and moose walking through downtown

Luke and deer1luke and deer2

Isaac, Jeremy, Rach
moose-downtown Presque Isle





Giving Thanks

26 11 2007

Joshua and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Northern Maine for Thanksgiving.  After a grueling 18 hour journey through holiday traffic and the middle of the night we safely arrived in Presque Isle, Maine Wednesday afternoon around 2:30. 

Some highlights from our time:

Catching up with Laura Mitchell at Tim Hortons before she left for Israel

Watching  Addie, Kit, and Belle race around the yard (parents’, brother’s, & our dogs)

Having dinner Blackstone family style at Grammy and Grampy’s house

Playing cards with family

Receiving a beautiful homemade wreath from Grampy

Yummy corn chowder made by my mother-in-law

Catching up with Lesa, Ashley, Timmy, Hillary, and Rick

Getting to know Candace

Soaking in the hot tub outside under the stars when it was 12 degrees outside

Waking up Thursday morning to 6 inches of snow

I am so thankful for family and friends I consider myself truly blessed!

Here’s a picture of the snow
snow2





Lunch Conversations with Nathaniel

19 11 2007

Nathaniel
As I set out to assemble Nathaniel’s daily ham and cheese sandwich with mustard, Nathaniel obediently went potty, washed his hands, put on his pj’s, and picked out a book.  I called him into the kitchen to sit down and eat, here’s how the conversation with this three year old progressed. 

“Bethany, can I ask you something?”

“Sure, what is it Nathaniel?

“Does God have a neck?”

“Well, not really because He’s invisible.  But Jesus had a neck.”

“Just like me?!?!”

“Yep, just like ALL people have necks.”

“But God should have a neck.  Belle has neck and she’s a dog!”

I so enjoy conversations like these!  =) Hope you all have a great day!





Presidential Candidates

13 11 2007

Here’s an overview of who is running and their campaign website so you can do some research on their stance of the main issues.  You can also go to www.votesmart.org to find great information on all the candidates.

Democratic Candidates

Joseph Biden www.joebiden.com  

Hillary Clinton www.hillaryclinton.com

John Edwards www.johnedwards.com

Dennis Kucinich www.kucinich.us

Barak Obama www.barakobama.com

Republican Candidates

Rudy Giuliani www.joinrudy2008.com

John McCain www.johnmccain.com

Ron Paul www.ronpaul2008.com

Mitt Romney www.mittromney.com

Fred Thompson www.imwithfred.com

Mike Huckabee www.mikehuckabee.com





Politics. . .

12 11 2007

Being close to DC as I now find myself, I’ve found that many people are highly enthusiastic about politics and their favorite presidential canidate.  I haven’t seen the same passion though from the Christian community.  Maybe its there and I just haven’t asked or noticed it.  But for the most part it seems like its one of “those” issues you just don’t talk about.  I currently have a canidate in mind that I feel strongly about supporting but I wonder, have many taken the time to look at canidates stances on the important issues? 

So, who do you think would be a good next president?  Why would that individual do a good job at leading our country?  Do you even know who all the canidates are??? 





If you had a million dollars. . .

5 11 2007

I’d be very interested in hearing what everyone would do if they received a million dollars.  Basically because I just took a quiz on facebook and it generates ten answers for you that you’re supposed to rate in the order you would spend your money, and I didn’t really like the answers they gave.  So, how would you spend$1,000,000.00?  And of course after taxes were taken out you’d really only have $650,000.00 but lets just pretend you got the entire million.  Its more fun that way! =) Here’s my breakdown (of course, this is spur of the moment without Josh’s input. . . he might have to post his own breakdown!).

* 10% to tithe/charity

* pay off car loans (yeah, we’d be debt free!)

*set aside the money needed for Josh to finish school

*buy a nice town home (in Fairfax county $500,000.00 will only get you a townhome, single family properties start at $650,000.00!!!)

*purchase furniture for house and a nursery

*adopt a child

*save/invest remaining money

Once we had brought home our adopted child, I would stop working and be a fulltime mom.  That would be exciting!  I think its interesting how I always thought that 1 million dollars was this HUGE sum of money and how you could buy lots of houses and cars and boats and go on exotic vacations.  And I suppose if we still lived in Northern Maine I could purchase a few houses, a boat, and new cars.  But I don’t really want a boat, or a different car or more then one house.  I don’t want to throw extravagent parties or purchase a new wardrobe.  Although I might splurge on one shopping spree, and I think Josh might trade the neon in for a wrangler, but I’ll leave that up to him.  But here’s a few verses that Joshua and I have looked over as we seek to always honor God with our lives and resources.  We must always recognize that everything we have is truly from Him.

Proverbs 11:28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather then great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce.

Have a fantastic day!