A Little Independence is a BIG Deal!

A well-kept secret is that the best hot dog on Daniel Island comes from the Halfway House on Rhoden Island Drive. The boys were thrilled when we let them walk up to the window, order hot dogs the way they like them (with ketchup AND mustard), “pay”, and carry them over to River Green park.

Davis was beside himself. He kept saying, “This is a BIG privilege!!” They were jumping with excitement as they tried to get the attention of the girl inside so that they could order through the window.

They decided that they wanted to eat at River Green park because they love racing around the “track” of red stones. They are also infatuated with large machines and trucks and wanted to see what was going on at the house under construction across the street.

While they raced and ran and played and watched the machinery, I just relaxed on a bench and took in the view of the marsh — and the more beautiful view of my little guys 🙂

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Morning on the Wando River

There’s something about water in the morning. It glistens and sparkles and takes on a color that is different from any other time of day.

I went out to Mitchell Wharf this morning (without a great attitude since it’s still freezing today) to take some photos for work. As I took photos and tried to keep warm, I found myself rejuvenated and refreshed by the beauty of creation.

If I woke up to this glorious sight every morning, would I take it for granted? I sure hope not. It’s days like this that make me remember that God is an artist.  He is the Author of Beauty. I love the feeling that I get when I observe splendour and know that it isn’t a random thing.

After a bad headache last night, I got every bit of sleep possible and I didn’t have time to do my Bible Study before things got cranking in the morning. I’ve felt two steps behind on everything today and it’s only 9:00!  How amazing that He met me by the river this morning and restored peace in my distracted mind and spirit. I truly needed a clearer perspective this morning and He gave me that. Thank You, Father! 🙂

Snow in Charleston!

During the late afternoon yesterday, it started snowing! The excitement in Charleston was palpable. Schools let out early and everyone was talking about the weather.

I had to go pick up my laptop from Jason Charles, the Daniel Island Computer Doctor, and had so much fun bundling up and walking through the snowflakes. I thought that I’d pick up some carryouts from Wasabi (my favorite sushi place) and hit Daniel Island Wine and Spirits to see if the helpful folks there could help me decipher what was in an “Orange Blossom” ~ a tasty drink that I tried last month.

What was fun and charming earlier quickly became a frustration as dozens of residents descended on the Publix parking lot. It was getting dark and many were not used to driving in snow (which had now turned to freezing rain). I’ve never understood why grocery stores run out of bread when it snows. There are many things that I’m sure that I would need if we were stuck in the house for a day or two. Milk, water, batteries — those are the items that come to mind for me!

The snow accumulated through the night. Colin and Davis spent the night with Grammie and Poppy (still on DI) so we didn’t get to play in the snow with them :(. They had a great time and were still out playing at 10:00 at night! They usually go to sleep by 8 so I hope they slept in a little bit for the grandparents.

Chad and I showed Miles the snow and we watched in awe as our neighborhood turned into a wonderland. Grammie sent us photos of the boys making a snowman. It was as tall as Colin and even had a carrot nose! They built it outside the condo on Island Park Drive and several people stopped and took photos of it. The boys were so proud!

 

Once we put Miles to bed, Chad and I sat by the fire and played Scrabble. We would go outside every few minutes and watch the snow. It was a cozy feeling to be inside where it was warm.

It’s now Saturday morning and the snow is already melting. It was fun to see our world transformed by a blanket of snow but we’re thankful that we will probably be back in short sleeves by next weekend.

Proverbs 14:4 ~ What??!

Well…. I’ve been praying for contentment lately and this is what I got:

Where there are no oxen, the stall is clean. But much is to be gained by the strength of an ox. Proverbs 14:4

What??? I sat there and stared at the verse wondering why God chose to share this with me (and also why it was even in the Bible!?).

And then I had a moment of revelation!!

Much of my frustration comes from the messiness of daily life with three children. I’m always cleaning up or organizing something or the other. Dirty dishes, endless piles of laundry, toys that seem to multiply by the minute, sticky floors, messy bathrooms, crumbs on the kitchen table, fingerprints on the glass doors, paperwork from school, bills to be paid, shopping that needs to be done — the list is endless. Once we’re caught up, I just feel like we start all over again.

But — Wow! The riches that I gain from having these three little boys in my life are immeasurable. Sure, the stall isn’t clean. And it probably isn’t going to be clean for many, many years to come. But MUCH is to be gained by pouring my life and my heart into raising these little guys.

God — You’re right. You’ve given me these beautiful children. Help me to appreciate them fully and to rest in Your Word. My house will never be perfectly clean and our lives will never be perfectly organized.  These are not the things that matter. Chad and I would lead such a different life without our little guys! We wouldn’t want it any other way.

Help me to realize that our “stall” is exactly the way it is supposed to be.

And MUCH is to be gained by the strength of an ox. 🙂

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It’s hard to say good-bye

We said our final good-byes to Travis (Chad’s brother), Amy, Lilli, Patton and Aidan yesterday afternoon. As I mentioned before, they are leaving for Uganda where they will serve as missionaries in the village of Bundibugyo.

The cousins had a very sweet time together. We met at Lake Keowee (where Amy’s parents havea  condo on the lake) and enjoyed being with them — trying to soak it all in.

The weather was terrible as we traveled. It amazes me that we had snow and ice in upstate SC! It was well worth the trouble to spend this last bit of time with them.

The photo above was at a gas station in Spartanburg, SC. I’ve never seen anything like it.

We enjoyed a great brunch together and Davis had his first taste of crab legs! We couldn’t get him away from the table. He loved cracking them open and using the “cute little fork” to dip them in the drawn butter. He had strep throat a week ago and lost a lot of weight so we were glad to see him enjoying food again!

Lilli & Colin created a little “store” under a table at the condo. They found items from all over the place and charged us 25 cents for each item we purchased. I had to buy back an apple for a snack yesterday! They said that they were doing it so that they could earn money for Uganda. They named the store AppleBirds and had a ball with it for several hours.

We played Dominoes, watched movies, went for walks around the lake, and played “find the rubber band” (yet another made up game).

I hope the boys will have special memories of our time together. So much will have changed by the time we see our family again. We are confident that God has called them to serve and are excited for all that He is going to do through them.

However, it is still hard to say good bye.

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Our Crazy, Wonderful Family

The holidays were an absolute joy! We loved having the entire Johnson side of the family on Daniel Island for a couple of weeks. The photo above is of all the members of the Johnson side of our family (with the exception of Miles ~ since Chad and I were heading to a New Year’s Eve gala and he was blissfully sleeping!)

So… this time is now bittersweet. Nate and Rossana have headed back to Venezuela where they are joyfully serving in Caracas. Nate is the director of an international school in Caracas and Rossana works for Chevron.

Travis and Amy are about to take their family (Lilli – 5, Patton – 3, and Aidan  – 9 weeks) to Bundibugyo, Uganda at the end of the month. They will serve as missionaries there for at least four years. It was hard to say goodbye to them a couple of days ago but we are thankful that our world is now so small. Thanks to modern innovations, we will be able to email them and they will have cellular phone service in the remote village. Just a few short months ago, we were praying that they would have electricity. Prayers have been answered and electricity is on the way to Bundibugyo! It has been a blessing to see how God has taken care of them every step of the way.

Below is an excerpt from their blog (http://steadfastjoy.blogspot.com/). If you think of it, please pray for them during this difficult time of transition.

Church Planting and Medical Missions 

Travis and Amy are moving to Bundibugyo Uganda to be apart of the World Harvest Mission team.  Bundibugyo is on the boarder of Uganda and Congo where the unreached people groups of the Babwisi, Bakanjo and Pigmy tribes live.  The mission includes a church plant in Nyahuka town with a heart to reach out to the surrounding areas with the Gospel and translate the Scripture into their languages.  There is also Christ School Bundibugyo where over 300 Ugandan children are learning how to be cultural leaders with a heart for true redemption.  The medical team works with the local hospital helping through treatments and nutrition programs to decrease the child mortality.  Currently one out of five children die before the age of five.  Travis and Amy hope to help out with the medical projects and the school as well as establish a missionary discipleship program for developing world missions.  The team is praying for 5 new mission plants around Africa in the next 10 years.

Currently their are 17 members of the team in Bundibugyo and 8 in Sudan.

A Weekend with Friends

What an awesome weekend! Our dear friends came to visit us and we had a ball. We try to get together every August and spend a weekend together. Since we just had Miles and couldn’t be far from him this soon, our friends were gracious enough to vacation in Charleston this year. We really had a wonderful time. Some highlights:

We dined at the Chef’s Table at the Daniel Island Club and enjoyed an impromptu menu prepared by Chef Tyler. It was fantastic!

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We spent lots of time at the club pool. Chad and I are always at the family pool and realized that we have NEVER been to the pool without our boys!! It was unbelievable to spend time at the quiet, laid back  adult pool 🙂

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We also enjoyed a carriage ride downtown from the Palmetto Carriage Company. We were lucky to be able to tour through the residential neighborhoods and see some gorgeous historic houses. If you ever take a carriage tour, you shoudl request our guide — his name is Reid. Our tour was fabulous!

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Dinner downtown at Hank’s was as good as it gets! I got the curried shrimp house special. It was fantastic! Chad got seared scallops over grits which were awesome too. Dessert was Banana Cream Pie.

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Our friends loved the burgers at Poe’s tavern on Sullivan’s Island. We did too!

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Beekman Point Information

I’ve uploaded photos of the Beekman Point homesites in the post below. These were taken on my iPhone so it’s difficult to get a true picture of how spectacular several are. ZB07-ZB09 have expansive views of the Wando River and most have beautiful marsh views. ZB04-ZB13 front to a beautifully landscaped park (currently being installed). There is also a quiet walkway that leads to a wooded area with river views. This greenspace is for all to enjoy and meanders down a path between ZB06 and ZB07.

Here is a rendering of the site:

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