Sunday, March 29, 2009

Kite Flying, Tree Climbing Day

Sunday was a beautiful day. It was cool and a wonderful day to go to church. Although it was a beautiful day, it was quite windy. You know, the kind of wind that makes me walk really fast from the car into the church house because wind blown hair style is not really what I had in mind. After a wonderful Sunday afternoon nap, we headed out to Bobby and Marlene's to visit. Greg and Taylor were in town and we wanted to hangout with them for a little while. The wind was really blowing on the lake and I asked Bobby if he had a kite. He replied, "Why of course I do!" So it became a kite flying day.


The kite flying day became a ......................


Tree climbing day! OPPS.


I was not real thrilled with this little exercise. There were not many limbs for Kynn to wrap his arms around and the wind was really blowing. He assured me he was fine. He used the long yellow pole to cut the limb.


We had our doubts about getting this twisted kite out of the tree.
No slowing down for Bobby. He just got another kite to fly.
And, Marlene got in on the action.
Finally, Kynn was able to cut the limb. Down came the twisted kite.
Greg and Taylor One happy kite rescuer
Back in business
Two pretty kites.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quarterly Review #3

Welcome guest writer, Laura Stiller (see previous quarterly review posts)
WHY DO QUARTERLY REVIEWS?
by Laura Stiller

After 3 1/2 years of marriage, 14 quarterly reviews and countless date nights, our rendezvous every three months have taken on various shapes and forms. Regardless of where we go or what we plan, each quarterly review is a time for us to get away from the routines of normal, everyday life; spend focused time just with each other; and communicate. Sometimes, when we are in the middle of several particularly stressful or tiring weeks, it's just enough boost to know that we already have the next quarterly review on the calendar. It also helps me to know that if something in our marriage is not functioning just right (our schedule, our jobs, our commitments, our meal planning, whatever) that we have a weekend planned specifically geared towards tweaking and improving things. Quarterly Reviews give me hope that our marriage will not get stuck in a rut. I don't ever want to wake up one morning and ask myself, how did I get here? How did things get this bad in our marriage? Could we get stuck in a quarterly review rut, where they are no longer serving their purpose - of course, but we are praying against any kind of "ruts" in our marriage.

Danny and Laura Stiller were married on August 27, 2005. They fell in love while leading an inner city ministry together after college in Bryan, Texas. Two weeks before their wedding, while Laura was busy finalizing wedding plans and dreaming of marital bliss, Danny decided they needed to move to Greenville, SC for a better job opportunity and to pay off debt FASTER. Somehow, during their first two years of marriage, they moved four times, and squeezed there in the middle was a year in Columbia, SC and the Harris' newlywed Sunday School class. They are now half-way through the four years it takes to get a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and are maintaining their sanity with date nights, quarterly reviews, and lots of hearty "communication." They blog regularly at: thestillers.blogspot.com

Monday, March 23, 2009

Christopher-Through the Years

My, my, my....where does time go? I could have spent my whole day looking at all the fun, wonderful pictures we have of Christopher. Christopher was born at 1:06PM 20 years ago today. He was such a sweet, content baby and continues to be a joy to be around today.

Christopher, we are so proud of you and love you very much!










Sunday, March 22, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTOPHER

Happy Birthday to Christopher
March 23rd
#20

Friday, March 20, 2009

Quarterly Review #2

Welcome guest writer Laura Stiller. She and her husband are sharing with us the concept of a Marriage Quarterly Review. Please also see previous post.
Quarterly Review #2
By Laura Stiller
Danny and I (Laura) first heard about "Quarterly Reviews" during our pre-marital counseling in College Station, Texas. We sat next to each other on a brown leather couch and listened as our pastor told us we needed to have weekly date nights, quarterly get-aways, and yearly anniversary celebrations. Well, I wasn't going to argue with the idea that we needed to go stay in a hotel every three months, and Danny, being ever analytical and introspective, loved the thought of analyzing and refining our marriage.We knew no one else who did "quarterly reviews, there was no blueprint to follow, so, after twelve short weeks of marriage, we set out to make up some stuff on our own. Danny made hotel reservations in Raleigh-Durham, and we decided we'd sip coffee at Barnes & Noble while "analyzing" our marriage. Now, you must know something about us, we cannot walk into Barnes & Noble without each first gathering a huge stack of books to peruse. Well, Danny blew my expectations for our first quarterly review right out of the water when he walked back to the cafe with a HUGE stack of sex books. Great. And I thought we were going to talk about "things we learned since being married" or "things we'd like to improve in our marriage." I guess I had my answer from Danny without any further discussion.Over the next few blogs I want to explain a little bit of why we do quarterly reviews, how we plan for our quarterly reviews (including some practical suggestions you can do yourself), and finally share some of our favorite quarterly reviews to date.
Danny and Laura Stiller were married on August 27, 2005. They fell in love while leading an inner city ministry together after college in Bryan, Texas. Two weeks before their wedding, while Laura was busy finalizing wedding plans and dreaming of marital bliss, Danny decided they needed to move to Greenville, SC for a better job opportunity and to pay off debt FASTER. Somehow, during their first two years of marriage, they moved four times, and squeezed there in the middle was a year in Columbia, SC and the Harris' newlywed Sunday School class. They are now half-way through the four years it takes to get a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and are maintaining their sanity with date nights, quarterly reviews, and lots of hearty "communication." They blog regularly at: thestillers.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Quarterly Review - #1

Kynn and I are excited to introduce you to our friends, Danny and Laura Stiller. The Stillers were in our newlywed Sunday School Class 2 years ago. They introduced us to the idea of Marriage Quarterly Reviews. We asked them to write about Quarterly Reviews for our newlywed blog. We wanted to post them on our personal blogsite too because we have personally benefited from their advice and want to share it with all of you too. May God bless your marriage.
SHEPHERDING YOUR WIFE THROUGH QUARTERLY REVIEWS
by Danny Stiller
Danny and Laura Stiller were married on August 27, 2005. They fell in love while leading an inner city ministry together after college in Bryan, Texas. Two weeks before their wedding, while Laura was busy finalizing wedding plans and dreaming of marital bliss, Danny decided they needed to move to Greenville, SC for a better job opportunity and to pay off debt FASTER. Somehow, during their first two years of marriage, they moved four times, and squeezed there in the middle was a year in Columbia, SC and the Harris' newlywed Sunday School class. They are now half-way through the four years it takes to get a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and are maintaining their sanity with date nights, quarterly reviews, and lots of hearty "communication." They blog regularly at: thestillers.blogspot.com.

I want to let you know I don’t have everything figured out when it comes to being a husband. But there is one thing I have resolved to do in my marriage, and that is to be involved. I have and will continue to make mistakes, hurt my wife and screw things up I - I can live with this. But what I cannot live with is not being involved in the life and affairs of my family.
In up-coming posts, my wife will be sharing with you a habit that we have developed that we call Quarterly Reviews. She will tell you how we came up with this idea, and how we go about doing them. Before those are posted, I wanted to start by addressing the husbands that might be reading.
Husbands have a responsibility to shepherd their wives. Since you probably don’t wake up in the morning to go tend sheep, or know anyone who does, I want to share some thoughts I have received from older men about what it means to shepherd your wife.
Shepherding means to cover, protect, counsel, guide, challenge, call out, confront, comfort and encourage. My challenge to you is to take this information about quarterly reviews, make it your own, initiate a plan with your wife, begin to cultivate your marriage, shepherd and engage your wife in the process and start being involved.

FOR THOSE INTERESTED THE BIBLICAL BASIS SHEPHERDING YOUR WIFE:
In 1 Peter 5:1-4, Peter is addressing the elders of churches and instructing them to shepherd the flock that is in their care. In verse four it says, “Then when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that never fades away." The Chief Shepherd is Jesus.
Keeping this picture of Jesus as the Chief Shepherd in mind, I would like to look at Ephesians 5:25-29. Here, husbands are called to love their wives like Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. In verse 28, husbands are commanded to take care of their own bodies, feeding it and taking care of it. Christ shepherds the church, feeding it and taking care of it; we do this for our own bodies; and we are to do this for our wives.
For more ways to shepherd your wife and for further teaching on authentic masculinity go here to download the podcast series “A Man and His Wife” (clicking on it in the right hand column).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happenings

We've been busy having some fun AND doing a home improvement project. We were given tickets to the USC/Tenn game. Even though we lost, we had a great time. Thanks Rad and Allyson for the tickets.


Time to paint those high traffic areas that cause the walls to just get down right dirty. If you don't know it, trim work takes a long time. We painted two halls this past weekend. They are now nice and CLEAN.



Saturday, March 7, 2009

I would love for you to read my sister's blog. She expressed some feelings that I think we may all feel at some time or another. She gave a good word and encouragement. You can read it here. Enjoy and be blessed.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

HAPPY 41st BIRTHDAY TO MARLENE CHANDLER
We love you so much.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snow??????????????????????????

I am wishing, hoping and praying that it would snow. Really don't think it will. Too bad, So Sad!

PS. Christopher is having a blast playing in the snow with all his college friends. He made it back to Anderson just in time to beat the freezing roads. I am so excited for him.