I have internet for a few minutes at least so I will give a quick update, however pictures are probably going to have to wait till I get home, we'll see! It is a good thing I got the 2 things I wanted, sunshine and dolphins since the internet connection is so bad! We had a rainy day here on Thursday(so we went shopping at the very large outlet mall!!=),) but yesterday and today have been wonderful! Not too bad considering the forcast and bad weather all around us. We are having a great time, watching dolphins from our balcony, fishing, swimming and soaking up the sun! Why does vacation go so fast?!?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Ok, so our internet connection is not good. I will try to upload pictures later(it didn't work this time!) But, we made it and are having a great time. Anaya was absolutly wonderful! Ryan and I kept looking at eachother in wide eyed amazement as she sat so quietly in her seat! It was truly amazing! We had rain and a thunderstorm last night and into this morning, but the sun is shining now, and it is beautiful! There was actually a tornado warning this morning, which is a tad disconcerting when you are in a highrise on the 7th floor! It is supposed to rain for the next 3 days, but so far...so good! We are on vacation and so all is well!!!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
YAY!! The kids were wonderful yesterday, and we made it to Glendale Alabama last night and have about 4 hours left today! The only "problem" we had yesterday was that our air conditioning does not work. The temperature hit 78 degrees in Indiana!!! =)And was 70 degrees when we got to our hotel at midnight. What a problem to have, especially since it was 44 degrees when we left at noon! I am loving the green and all of the trees are blossoming, it is such a welcomed sight! Hopefully we can update again when we get there!! (I am not sure if we will have Internet or not?!?)
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Here we come! We finally booked a place to stay in Orange Beach Alabama, which is near Gulf Shores. We wanted to do Florida, but we couldn't find anything open that was in our budget in the area we wanted to go! So we decided to go to Gulf Shores as the drive is quite a bit less and there were plenty of condos in our budget! The weather probably won't be quite as warm, but we made sure we have an indoor pool so the kids can swim regardless of the weather! We are looking forward to it, and a tad nervous traveling with Anaya that far! The last trip to Chicago was not the greatest, but we are not going to let that stop us!
We leave Tues. around noon. Ryan roped me into helping him speak at a MOPs meeting, then we are heading out! YAY!!
We are busy packing and getting ready to go!
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Dylan and his friends enjoying the concert!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
We have finally sold our property in Hamilton. We have been praying for it to sell for over a year now, and just recently with some incentive in the form of a Florida vacation, the boys even joined in. However, as happy as we are that God answered our prayers, we are saddened to see it go. There are a lot of hopes and dreams attached to that land that will probably never come to fruition and the boys were very upset to think of not being able to hang out there anymore. But we knew we could not hold on to it any longer. There was a bit of debt we needed to pay off, but more than that, we needed to "let go" of our hopes and dreams and give our lives completely to God. Sure, we said we would go where He wants, and do what He wants, but we did kind of "stake our claim" so to speak on that land as a way of saying this is where we want to be. Now we are completely free to follow wherever God may lead, or park it, where He wants, for as long as He wants. We just want to be obedient to HIM!
Now, I am trying to plan a trip to Florida...for March 25-April 1!! We shall see how/if that works out. Another VanderZwaag family adventure...oh the rollercoaster ride of a life of faith in Christ!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Ryan and I read the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan together and it really got us to thinking. In fact the thinking and stirring of our hearts started when we went to Guatemala, seeing all that poverty really pricked our hearts and we knew we were not going to be the same. But the book Crazy Love just fanned the flame and got us to really start thinking about tangible ways we can make a difference in other peoples lives. I could write a ton on this topic alone~but I won't! Let's just say we are diving in. We want our lives to reflect God's love and be on fire for Him! You need to read the book! But, all this to say, one of the things we did as a way to show God's love was to invite some of the elderly people from church over for a brunch. Wow, that was so much fun. They are great people and it was so nice to get to know them better. We will surely do this again, it was great for our boys to interact with them as well. Here are a few pictures.
The boys walked them in under the umbrella as it was raining! We teased them saying they had to wear black pants and white shirts and a bow tie and be the "servants", but they didn't go for that!
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.