Jul 31, 2009
Jul 29, 2009
2. confident expectation of something; hope.
3. confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust.
4. a person on whom or thing on which one relies
What do all these define? One simple, five letter word...T R U S T.
Such a small word, but its meaning contains so much. Trust is such an easy thing for a child to do. I've seen it so many times at work. Yet it seems as we get older it becomes harder and harder to do. We have to know why...or see results in order to trust. In the Christian walk, trust is such a basic principle, but it's one that I find myself struggling with at times. Trust God, such an easy thing to do, yet so often I want to see more than just one step at a time, I want to see the whole road and around that bend as well. Once again, the Lord spoke to me in my devotions and seemed to say, "Nicole, why do you think I put you through hard times, why do you think I only show you one step at a time?" "So that you will depend on me, so that you will run to me, rely on me, and cling to me..."
Jul 17, 2009
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Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them." Elizabeth, Tabitha, Liz and I have known each other since childhood and as of recent have grown even more close. Tab and Elizabeth will be leaving their childhood roots and going to Missouri and South Carolina to use their college education and teach elementary. Since college graduation we have been trying to get together as much as possible. We had my little sister come with us to Chellberg Farm and be our photographer. We ended up taking some 75 plus pictures and had a blast being "stupid" together! I will miss them immensely, but I will have some great memories to remember them by...
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." This weekend I was able to do just that. My little sister, Lauren and I were able to take two days alone and spend time doing "the little things." Did we do anything spectacular? No, we just took the ordinary things in our day and made them more fun... We packed a picnic and went to Chelburg Farm where we ate and then hiked the trail to the Bailey Homestead and then to the barn, which I was sad to see no longer has any animals...:( We took some pictures, appreciated the surrounding nature, and enjoyed each other's company.
Jul 8, 2009
We walked the rows and shopped the booths and
discovered that there is definitely not a shortage
of socks, sunglasses, 1000 count Egyptian sheets,
and soy candles that burn non-stop for 8 years!
We also enjoyed chasing down little Amish men
on their bikes and buggies...Lauren was quite
embarrassing sticking her head out of the vehicle
window and pointing her camera at this poor man...
Jul 5, 2009
Jul 4, 2009
Jul 2, 2009
The first settler to the area was Joseph Bailly, a French fur trader. He established a home and fur trading post in 1822 to do business with the Potawatomi Tribe. The original site and some of his buildings are still open to the public at Chelburg Farm. Chesterton has very much a hometown feeling to it and offers so much for families to enjoy. From its European Market, to its band music at dusk on Fridays, its National Dunes and trails, the Coffee Creek Center, Wizard of Oz Festival, quaint downtown, antique car shows, movies in the park, and beautiful State Park. Just this past Wednesday, the town of Porter hosted its first fireworks over Lake Michigan Event. Through local businesses, the town was able to raise 18,000 dollars for the fireworks. Ten thousand actually went towards the fireworks and the other eight was for the barge that set them off. My family arrived 1 1/2 hours early and quickly found a group of people from Fairhaven. We fellowshiped and walked the beach watching it quickly fill up with people from the community. The fireworks started at about 9:15 and went for a good 20-30 minutes. It was so fun just sitting there, listening to all the squeals coming from the children around me and hearing the laughter of families having a good time. Chesterton is such a great place to have grown up in and I certainly hope some day my children will live somewhere just as quaint!
Slowly filling up...
Lauren and Me!