The Johnston Family Blog

Happenings and musings from the Johnston family

Monday, September 28, 2009

Apple Picking

On Friday, we went apple picking with our playgroup. We picked some delcious apples and have been enjoying them ever since!

The attempt at a group picture... :)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Big News...

We are expecting another baby!!!! Here is our first picture of our little one:

Getting to see this litte one move around and hear the little heartbeat makes the past few months of sickness all worth it! I am due in early April and in a few short weeks we get to find out if we are having a boy or girl!

We are all very excited to meet this new little one and we are so grateful for this precious life!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The hope of glory

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." 2 Corinthians 4:17

The glory of the Father's adoption—the glory of Christ's atonement—the glory of the Spirit's regeneration, radiating from a poor fallen son of Adam—a sinner redeemed, renewed, and saved. And what is each present ray of heavenly light, each thrill of divine love, each victory of indwelling grace, and each glimpse of the upper world, but the foreshadowings of the glory yet to be revealed in us? Suffering and glory thus placed side by side, thus contrasted and weighed, to what conclusion does our apostle arrive? "I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." No, not worthy of a comparison. Do we measure their relative duration? "Then, our light affliction is but for a moment," while our glory is a "far more exceeding and eternal weight." Before long all suffering and sorrow will forever have passed away—a thing of history and of memory only—while glory will deepen and expand as eternity rolls on its endless ages. Do we weight them? What comparison has the weight of the cross with the weight of the crown? Place in the scales the present "light affliction" and the future "exceeding and eternal weight of glory," which is the lightest? Are they worthy to be compared? Oh, no! One second of glory will extinguish a life-time of suffering. What were long years of toil, of sickness, of battle with poverty, persecution, and sorrow in every form, and closing even with a martyr's death, weighted with one draught of the river of pleasure at Christ's right hand—with one breath of Paradise—with one wave of heaven's glory—with one embrace of Jesus—with one sight of God? Oh, what are the pangs of present separation, in comparison with the joy of future reunion? What the pinchings of poverty now, with the untold riches then? What the suffering, and gloom, and contempt of the present time, with the glory that is to be revealed in us? We can go no further. Tell us, you spirits of just men made perfect, if it be lawful, if it be possible, what the glory that awaits us is! Tell us what it is to be an unclothed spirit—to dwell in the bosom of Jesus—to see God—to be perfectly holy—to be supremely happy! Wait, my soul! before long it will be all revealed! - Octavius Winslow

Monday, September 21, 2009

Owen's First Haircut


...and after! My big boy. He looks so much older. He did very well and even cracked a smile!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Day 5

Today, we took our annual trip to the dunes to watch the sunset (and stop at Sonic!). We had a lovely time and the boys enjoyed running down the big dunes. We began the day with Stack em High, always a good time. Mmm!

Owen is finally starting to walk a little more!

Day 4

We have been blessed with wonderful weather this week and today was no exception. We had another great beach/pool day! We all went swimming out on the sand bar catching some great waves!

We were able to go out on a double date with Keith and Lindy with Mrs. Jackson (Nana)watching the kiddos. It was a fun night and we all went in the hot tub for awhile when we got home. This week has been so much fun and refreshing and relaxing. Anytime we get to spend extended time together as a family is a treat.

Taking a dip in the hot tub

Relaxing in the hammock swing

My boys

This is the life... :)

Day 3 - Happy Birthday David!

Our big boy turned 4 on the 15th and we celebrated with cake and presents. I can't believe how old he is is so precious to me to see him grow each year.
Our lives changed forever four years ago, when Davey was born. He has brought so much to our lives and we can't imagine life without him. He is so fun, full of energy, joyful, friendly, affectionate, loving, stubborn, and sweet. We love him so much and we're so grateful that God gave him to us. We love you our Davey boy with all of our hearts!!! Happy Birthday!!!
He was so excited to turn four! Some favorite quotes of the day were:
"But my name is still David, though. " and "I still have all my hair." That one cracked us up!
What fun it was to celebrate his birthday at the beach. :)

We met "Stevie the crab"!

Singing Happy Birthday!

A CARS watch! Now he never has to ask Mommy, "What time is it?" ever again!

A super soaker water gun from the Jacksons!