Showing posts from June, 2018

Five on Friday (June 29, 2018)

Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses. -Proverbs 10:12
1. Our lives changed pretty dramatically Sunday, when 180 Church offered Brian the job of pastor. This means he will no longer be teaching but will instead be a pastor and part-time bus driver (in order to keep our very excellent insurance through the school system). Way back in 2004 when we brought home an adorable 8-month old Camden, I was devastated to return to work and leave him in daycare. We decided there would be no more additions to the Lewis family until we could figure out a way for me to be a stay at home mom. At the time I was working at a college (our alma mater) and Brian could take classes tuition-free. So he returned to college for an additional 2 years to complete requirements for certification to teach in Tennessee. He taught his first class in fall 2007, and I will always be so grateful for the way God provided a way for me to stay at home with the kiddos. When he started the process of b…

Five on Friday (June 22, 2018)

For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. -Deuteronomy 10:17-19
The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked. -Psalms 146:9
1. Brian, Camden, and Rory have been at camp all week, which means I have had all the quiet time in the world. Brian was the camp director; it's Rory's age group, and Camden was just along for the ride. I've heard so many good reports about Camden's servant spirit this week, and it makes me so happy.

While they were gone, I accomplished absolutely nothing and would be embarrassed to admit how much TV I consumed. The food situa…


I am enjoying a quiet Saturday morning complete with birds chirping outside the window, a good book and a hot cup of coffee. As I was writing my daily Scripture (I use this blog's monthly plan) and recording my list of things to be thankful, I decided to share them here.
Both kids have been especially joyful this week. Rory had friends here Tuesday for a sleepover and not only did the 3 girls giggle non-stop, but Camden was a sweet host and also played along. So many big grins as Rory anticipated the evening and then so many giggles in the midst. Camden has also been especially excited this week because the World Cup began Thursday. He's a huge soccer fan (okay, actually a sports fan in general) and he is so happy to watch the games.
We celebrated Liz's birthday last weekend. There are so many of us in Tennessee these days that we have a standing birthday celebration each month. And, tomorrow, we'll celebrate Father's Day together.

This week at work, not only did …

Five on Friday (June 8, 2018)

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.  (The Message - Matthew 6:34)
1. We dropped Camden off at our alma mater for basketball camp on Sunday and then spent most of the day Wednesday picking him up. He came home tired and a little grumpy and with a whole bunch of nasty blisters on his already blistery feet (his feet have never really recovered from cross country in the fall). Rory spent Sunday and Monday with grandparents. and I'm certain she enjoyed not sharing the time with Camden.

2. He has the job of mowing our pastor's yard for the next month. It's amazing the motivation a little money brings to the table. He's certainly never been so eager to mow our own yard! ;)

3. Anxiety over quitting chemo is a pretty common emotion in the cancer world. There's something about knowing you're not activel…

Five on Friday (June 1, 2018)

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice! Tell all the nations, "the Lord reigns." -I Chronicles 16:31
1. Camden's first official high school experience (camp) was a success. He came home several shades browner, with a husky voice, and slept all afternoon. He sure does love camp, and this year may have been his favorite. Not only did he enjoy the more mature campers (he says it was awesome to have competitive partners in all the games), but his team won first place in the obstacle course - something he's been trying to do for the last 8 years. He tossed around a lot of "bros" and "shout outs" which made me smile.

Anyone who has a history with church summer camp knows that the week always ends with a bonfire where campers and workers share what the week has meant to them, things they're grateful for, etc. He said that it dawned on him how hard the kitchen staff had been working (you know how important food is to a 14-year old!) and so he &…