The Johnston Family Blog

Happenings and musings from the Johnston family

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


“It is at this place of inner conflict —where what we want and believe would be bestseems to be at cross-purposes with the plans of God —where we need to hear Jesus speak.

Jesus wrestled with God’s plan for His life —and His death — even as He submitted to it…He was able to submit what He wanted to what He wanted more…so He gave Himself over to the goodness of God. Jesus confidence in the perfect plan and purposes of Godput his own desires into proper perspective.…as we pour out our wants before God He gives us the grace we need to face whatever comes…as we stop fighting and start welcoming His Holy Spirit, we discover that He is actually changing what we want. We begin to enjoy an inner strength and rest, a firm confidence that whatever God asks us to endure is purposeful. We begin to truly believe that the joy of surrendering to His will is going to be worth whatever it may cost.

What we need most is not to hear God say yes to our requests. What we need is to be filled with such deep confidence in the character of our Father that when He says no we know He is doing what is right and good for us. What we need most is the faith to trust Him. It takes great faith to say to God, ‘Even if you don’t heal me or the one I love, even if you don’t change my circumstances, even if you don’t restore this relationship, even if you allow me to lose what is most precious to me, I will still love you and obey you and believe that You are good.” Nancy Guthrie Hearing Jesus Speak Into Your Sorrow

Monday, November 29, 2010

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

On Black Friday, I got up in the middle of the night and went shopping with my dear friend, Lindy. We had a blast and got some great deals!!! Can't wait until next year.

Later that day, we continued our tradition and cut down our Christmas tree with my family. It was lots of fun and the boys loved every minute! They were fascinated by Dave cutting down the tree and loved finding our tree. They also got to meet Santa and tell him what they wanted for Christmas which they loved. David and Owen also picked out our ornament too. We had a great time with my family and enjoyed games and food that evening.

Our tree!

My baby.

Picking out our ornament

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with both of our families. We had a delicious dinner with Dave's side of our family and David and Owen enjoyed playing with their cousins. We went to my side of our family for dessert and the boys continued our tradition of decorating Mimi and Grandpop's Christmas tree.
We are so grateful for our family. We love each and every one and we have so much fun together! We feel overwhelmed by the many blessings that we've been given! The Lord has been so good to us.

The kids got sparkling grape juice and they called it wine. It was cute. They enjoyed it in their own little wine glasses!

My sweet little nephew enjoying some of Mommy's birthday cake. We got to sing Happy Birthday to Terri too!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Playgroup Thanksgiving Party

Today we had our playgroup Thanksgiving party (rescheduled due to my illness!). We had a lot of fun and we missed all who couldn't make it.

We colored pictures of the Mayflower ship, we did a craft where we made pilgrims, we got to wear fun Indian hats, we read about the first Thanksgiving and sang our song and The Five Little Turkeys poem, we made oreo turkeys and had lunch with turkey sandwiches, applesauce, corn, and chips. My friend Lindy made special Pilgrim hat cupcakes for dessert! We had so much fun and enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving with our friends.

Oreo turkeys!

Making our craft

My Little Pilgrims

This month, we've been learning all about the first Thanksgiving. We've learned a silly song, made crafts, and we've read some books about it. David's favorite "character" is Squanto. Two weeks ago, we made these pilgrim hats and the boys have enjoyed pretending to be pilgrims ever since. :) We also made our thankful tree and the boys have enjoyed watching the tree fill up with leaves that have what they are thankful for written on them. We've really enjoyed learning all about Thanksgiving!

Our First Thanksgiving Dinner

We had our annual Thanksgiving dinner with our small group last weekend. It was a lot of fun and the food was delicious! Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse when Dave came down with the stomach bug! Now, everyone has had it in our family except for Liam. It's made it's way through all of us for the past month and we hope we've seen the last of it!

Field Trip - Dover Air Mobility Museum

A couple of weeks ago, we took a field trip to the Air Mobility Museum. The boys loved getting to see all the airplanes and even go inside one! They learned all about the different airplanes and some real heroes from World War II. The boys loved the planes and it was fun to learn all about them.

My little fly boys

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Liam - 7 Months

Liam turns 7 months old this week. It's hard to believe how fast the last seven months have gone by! Liam is growing up so fast and it seems like each week he is learning something new. He just figured out how to go from on his hands and knees to sitting up all by himself. He seems so proud of his accomplishment each time he does it too. :) He also just learned how to clap his hands. It's adorable! He claps his hands when I come to get him out of his crib, when I turn on his little mobile (he LOVES it), when I put him in his high chair for food, and just for fun. It is so cute. He still isn't really crawling or going forward that well. He just rocks on his hands and knees and crawl a little while on his hands and feet. He is a little person with his own unique personality and we love him so much!!!


Happy boy...with two teeth!

Mmmm...he loves to eat his feet.

David's Last Soccer Game

After another fun season, the Wildcats played their final game last weekend. David played very well and scored goals. He gave it his all! Both David and Isaac both worked very hard this season and it was so much fun to watch them play their little hearts out each week. We loved our coach this season and David enjoyed playing with his buddy Isaac. Next year, Owen will be old enough to play!
So proud of their trophies!

Look at that face!

Getting the ball...

Taking it toward the goal...



Owen liked to cheer David on while at the games. And play with Abby.

Goooo Wildcats!