Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Car.....

.....Finally!!

Our new car is a 2008 Ford Focus. Only it's silver, not blue.

*I would have pictures of our actual car, but the weather has not been cooperating. :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Hey everyone, Robert again here. Just thought id say hi! Everything is going well here. We are all anxious to come home as you can probably imagine. I've been thinking, and just thought id spread a little love here.

What are you living your life for? think about it. Honestly. Have an answer? Ok. Now I want you to take a little trip down imaginary lane and ponder some things with me, if you will.

Lets say you wake up tommorow, and everything is gone. Your family, your car, your house is still there, but everything is empty. You run to the phone, phones not there. Everything you hold dear is gone. What would you do? Would your life fall apart? When the lights are off what do you still have? When noone is looking what do you have? What are you truely living you life for? Money? Power? Good job? Good family? HOT husband? Attractive wife? Well behaved kids? Playstation 3? Now all those things are gone what do u have?

The point im trying to get at is this. If you are living your life for anything else but for Jesus Christ, you are on the road to a lifetime of struggle and heartache. You dont believe me? Look at the world around you. Look at the illustrious "american dream". It doesn't matter what car you drive, how big your house is, or anything like that. what matters is your relationship with Jesus Christ, the one who did die for our sins. He is the only one who can bring you true freedom. So many people have holes inside of them they try to fill with things of this world. And all they get is instant gratification which eventually goes away and the hole resumes. It is like an addiction.

We as humans have such a need to fill that gap with anything. And as Americans, it is easy for us. we are the richest nation in the world. How dangerous this is for us. Jesus said this ," It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle then for a rich man to get into heaven." Those are the saviours words right there. He was a lot better with words then i will ever be. I guess thats what happends when you are God's son.

On a note completely unrelated to this, Just thought id give a shout out to my wife. I love you very very much and am praying for you. You are an incredible woman and you mean everything to me. I cant wait to get home and be with you again.

To the rest of you all I love you all incredibly! Keep your heads up and have an AWESOMELY COOL FANTASMIC CHRISTMAS!! I will be thinking about you all.

In Christ-

Robert



ps sorry for the preachyness...nothing but love ...promise

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

And a week later....

A week after our accident we had to evacuate my parents house due to flooding and trees falling about four feet from the house. To get out we had to walk down the train tracks that run behind my parents property. My mom met us at the next road over. It was not a fun day.

These pictures were taken right off the back steps of my parents house.




The aftermath....

Here are the photos of the car after the accident. Thank God we all walked away!





Even after all the rolling the doors still opened and the only window that broke was the very back one. The ones on the side popped off whole. God was definitely protecting us.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Greetings and Salutations!

HELLO FAMILY FRIENDS AND ALL OF THE ABOVE! this is the one and only Robert coming to you from a special duty location! Everything is going well here! It seems like yesterday i was hanging out in budapest, now i am more then halfway done! WOOT WOOT!

I just thought i'd put a special post out there for my wife. She is doing an incredible job right now. What a blessing I have having her support me from back home as much as she does. She's doing an incredible job with the kids. Sometimes you never really realize how great someone is, and you take them forgranted when they are there, but when your seperated, you really realize how much you need each other. Marriage has taught me that so far. In the 2.5 years i've been married, i've learned so much about my wife that it brings a smile to my face everyday to realize how much we've grown together. And although times have been rough before, just like everyone else, knowing how special our relationship has become it makes it ALL worth it. Erin, I love you from the bottom of my heart, forever. You are my soul mate and definitely the coolest person i know :)

Everyone who is reading this, I want you to do something if you dont mind. It will only take a second. I want you to calm your heart and listen. Think about if you knew that you might not see your spouse again. think about what that would entail. Think about if they were 7'000 miles away, how much you'd long to see them after a while. You might be tough and make it the first 3 weeks, but then it hits you. You are all alone, and your soul mate is nowhere near you. Now, come back into perspective. You might be upset with your significant other, you might be mad, sad or bitter. Think about wha tyou would do for them if you felt that feeling of them being gone. Now go in the next room and tell them that you love them, and are glad they are there. T here are thousands about thousands of husbands and wives over here that would literally give there left arm to be with there spouses again. And some of them will never see them again. How could we take forgranted our relationships over petty things, when these soldiers could never see there spouse or kids again?

So what would my posts be like if it wasnt for rants?haha

Anyways Erin, I love you VERY much. And i miss you incredibly. thank you for being who you are. You are an amazing women and I am so blessed to call you mine.

With ALL my love,

Robert

To everyone else! make sure your not taking life forgranted, tons of people over here would love to be in your position, not getting shot at everyday. but there not. Love those around you. Love you all and God bless you

Friday, November 9, 2007

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to our little man.

You have been such a blessing to our family and have brought us so much joy.

We love you!



Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Congratulations!

Congratulations Heidi on your new job!
My sister was recently hired at the new Lowes they are building back in Wa. This is a definite answer to prayer since she has been trying for a while to find a new job that fits with her son's daycare schedule.
*You can check out their blog at mitchandheidi.blogspot.com

My hubby

Robert is doing well overseas. He is keeping very busy and is studying hard for his upcoming cdc test. He sprained his ankle a couple weeks ago, but is back in full health now. Please keep him in your prayers.

Robert at honor guard practice.



Robert taking cover during an attack. So glad that they took the time to take a photo for me.

How to get a new dishwasher

All it takes to get housing to give you a new dishwasher is to have the old one flood your house.....twice.
Thank God we didn't have to pay for anything. The military does have it's perks. :)

And now I am legal to drive again.....

Friday, October 26, 2007

Goldfish

This story may sound like a blonde joke gone bad or maybe it is a typical day in the radio shop?

Radio troop 1 “My girlfriend is so weird, she is sending me goldfish through the mail. Doesn't she know goldfish won't live through the mail, haha so stupid doesn't she know that the fish will die when it is outside of the water? Haha”

Radio troop 2 stares blankly at Radio troop 1 "You know that goldfish crackers can come through the mail right?"

Radio troop 1 “Wait they make gold fish crackers?"

Radio troop 2 “Yeah man, their actually quite good. They are little and are quite addicting"

Radio troop 1 “wait I love those things I got some from my mom like two days ago!”

Radio troop 2 stares blankly at radio troop 1 in astonishment

Robert is Radio troop 2....and from what Robert tells me, this is a typical day. Sad.

*from Kingpin Week 5 update

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Pumpkins!

The kids and I went to the pumpkin patch this weekend. Between the corn boxes, hay mountain, pumpkin patch, and hay ride they were amused for 2 hours. I finally had to tear them away.

The boy and his pumpkin.

Madison taking a much needed rest.

We reached the top!

Blessings....

More blessings from the past couple of weeks....

....my dad coming to visit
....getting an early birthday present
....new blinds--no more sheer curtains
....a big bag of clothes from a friend right when Jaden has decided to outgrow all of his
....unexpected gifts from the neighbors
....new books
....getting to talk to my hubby--Yay!
....improved behavior for the kids

Monday, October 1, 2007

Man of the House

With Daddy being away Jaden has decided to step up and be the man of the house. He has begun helping (on his own, with no prompting from mommy) to empty all the little trash cans, set up the vacuum (a little scary since he figured out how to beat the outlet plugs), help with laundry, and my favorite, make dinner.

He will disappear into the kitchen for a while and then come out to me and say "Make dinner." Then he shows me the finished product. Mmmm.

Daddy update

Daddy is doing well. He should be receiving days off this week....we'll see. Other than being tired and missing home and family he is doing pretty well. Continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Prayer requests: Some days off, beating a slight, nagging cold, remaining positive in his work environment, and that he can be a witness for God to coworkers.

How Daddy entertains himself in his spare time. He is a milk ninja. Don't ask; they have to amuse themselves somehow.

(He is the one on the left.)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cute Kids

My beautiful children ready for a new day.

Feeding the Dog

Jaden has a stuffed puppy that goes everywhere, I mean everywhere, with us. On Sunday he decided that the dog needed to eat just like the cats were so he found a "dish" (old disk case) and fed his dog.



The cats were a little confused.

Blessings

Blessings from God......


.....receiving a care package from Gramma

.....three phone calls instead of two from Robert

.....volunteering to babysit for the chapel and getting paid (a boost to our finances)

.....friends willing to watch my kids so I can get some much needed peace

.....Heartlink and all the info and gifts that I received

.....family that I can rely on 24/7

.....answered prayers


God is so great!!

Update on Daddy

Robert is doing well. He is still adjusting to a different way of life. Right now he is working 15 hour days, 7 days a week. He will hopefully get a day off soon. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Some specific requests are for energy, the desire to do God's will, maintaining his composure with his coworkers, and general adjustment to a new situation.
*I will try to keep everyone updated weekly once I get updates from Robert.

Dress up



The things we do to pass the time while Daddy is away......
*Jaden is wearing a tiger costume that is too small so he can't wear it with the hood up. It is not a fur lined coat. And he wanted a crown because sissy had one.


Sunday, September 9, 2007

Daddy

Stay safe Daddy. We love you and are praying for you everyday.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

In Defense of Patriarchy.....

There are many times when I feel that how we raise our children and model our marriage is just too weird, that we don't fit with society. It takes a lot of prayer and strength to continue every day living the way that we choose to live.

Check out a post and article at Life in a Shoe on the defense of patriarchy.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Life



If you will live like no one else,


later you can live like no one else.




Toe vs. Rock.....Rock wins

Madison and two of her friends were carrying a giant rock and when surprised by a parent catching them in the act they dropped it....on Madison's toe. Yeah, the rock won.

*You can't see it very well, but her toenail is black and is probably going to fall off. Great.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Patriarchy

Patriarchy is a hard subject for many. It took me a long time to allow Robert to be the head of the family and just be the "second in command." Even though it is hard at times to allow him to be the one to lead our family it has made our marriage and family incredibly strong. Check out this post from In a Shoe for a great commentary.

Big Boy Bed

Jaden has moved to a big kid bed. Last night was the first time with the bed and his own room (the kids have shared until now). He did ok....after Daddy sat with him for a little bit. Our little boy is growing up.....

Family

These last few weeks have been busy with family coming and going. It was such a blessing for us to be able to visit with everyone. Just a few photos.....for now.....


The winery that we visited when Gramma Marilee came to visit. (I ended up with no pictures of Gramma....again.)

The family with Uncle Daniel and Sammy

The cousins

Grampa Chuck

Little Man



*He had no interest in fishing....

Worms!!





Madison loved the worms....Jaden didn't really want much to do with them. It took a lot of convincing to get him this close to them. But they provided a ton of entertainment.
*Just remembered that the leftover worms are still in my fridge. Ewwww!*

Fishing Day

We went fishing a couple weeks ago (I know, I am a little behind) and had so much fun....despite the 104 degree heat.

Daddy and Madison sharing a moment of instruction.
Madison's first fish! (Jaden was amazed...and didn't want to be near it.)

The fish....after a few knocks to the head. He was one tough fish. :)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Hey everyone

Hey guy's its Robert again. How is everyone doing? I'm alright. Things are going good here. If you all don't mind I'm going to give you all a little rant if you don't mind:)

I just got done watching some Creation Vs Evolution video clips on Youtube. Very very interesting. I invite you to check it out for yourself if you get a chance. Some of them are very harsh towards Christianity/creationism. One member even said that creationism could be taught in school but they wouldn't be allowed to bash evolution at all. Christians are being persecuted beyond belief in society/schools today. I read about a case in England where a girl was not allowed to wear her promise ring (promise of purity between father, God and her) but other children of other faith's were allowed to wear there garmants. Pretty interesting. You really do have more religious freedom in the Military then you do in the public school classroom. We as believers really need to pray for the students in public school. They go to battle every day.

Just thought I would give a shout out to South Dakota. They have made abortion illegal at ALL stages of pregnancy. Praise the Lord. I dont know if other states will follow suit, but man that is awesome.

"All who are thirsty All who are weak Come to the fountain Dip your heart in the stream of life Let the pain and the sorrow Be washed away In the waves of His mercy As deep cries out to deep"

I have a feeling there are people who read this blog who are hurt and feel alone. I just wanted to let you know, whoever you are, that we love you and are praying for you constantly. Those lyrics above go out to you. You are not alone. He is with you...always. Just reach out to him and he will receive you with open arms.

prayerfully yours-
Robert

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Duggars Family

Congratulations! to the Duggars family. They welcomed baby #17 on Aug 2. Congratulations to this wonderful family. May God bless them and keep them well.

For more on their family check out Discovery Health . Their family website is down.

And also check out this great post from Biblical Womanhood. (Haven't quite figured out how to link to an exact post on someone else's blog.)

We need as many well-equipped arrows as possible

I posted something about the Duggar's new addition yesterday and braced myself for the onslaught of angry comments which I knew would ensue. I've chosen not to allow comments of that nature here because there are plenty of other places on the internet to hurl insults at this family. Suffice it to say, people are very upset at the Duggar family for choosing to have 17 children. What I don't get is that the majority of people saying vitriolic remarks are also the same people who will say out of the other side of their mouth that everyone has a right to do as they please, a right to choose what is best for their life

Those statements all go out the window when it comes to the Duggar family, though. It is okay to sleep with multiple partners, have multiple abortions, or ship any children you have off to day care centers for the bulk of their growing up years. It is okay to call "marriage and family" a group of any sort of people you come up with that suits your fancy, it is okay for parents to work at the expense of their children, but it is absolutely not okay in their book for anyone to trust God with their family size and have 17 children. Never mind that these 17 children are in a warm and loving family environment, never mind that there seems to be much order and structure in the Duggar home, never mind that these parents are well-providing for their children, never mind that centuries ago, having 17 children was not anything extremely out of the ordinary.

For some reason it is okay to have fancy cars, big mansions, and all the electronic gadgets and toys we could ever hope for. It's okay to have pets - lots of pets if you prefer - cats, dogs, reptiles. However, it is not okay to have a lot of children.

Do you see how silly all of this is? We spend all of our lives working to afford fancier cars, bigger houses, and more gadgets and gizmos, and yet one of the few things which can leave a lasting legacy - our children - we overlook.

No, I'm not saying that everyone needs to follow in the steps of the Duggars and have 17 or more children. Most normal married couples cannot have that many in their lifetime anyway. What I am saying is that we need to get over this low view of children, a view which has sadly infiltrated most of Evangelical Christianity.

The Bible says children are gifts from the Lord, why would we want to reject His blessings? What is more important than investing our lives training and raising up the next generation?

I pray God raises up many more large Christian families like the Duggars to show the world - by example - that children are a blessing from the Lord and that responsibly raising many children is possible. More importantly, though, I pray that many more parents would grasp hold of their responsibility to train and raise their children up to love the Lord with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. We live in a sin-sick world and we need as many well-equipped arrows as possible to be shot out into the world to impact our culture for the glory of God.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Time for a RANT!!!!WHOOOO!

Hey everyone, it's Robert here again and I hope your ready for another rant. It might be long but man it got my blood boiling when I read a certain article.

The article in question is called "How Much Jail Time?" And it is written by Anna Quindlen of Newsweek. Anna and I have never gotten along...ever. You can ask Erin everytime I read her articles I get heated. She stands for everything that I despise. Her article basically says abortion is OK because we who oppose it cannot think of a just way to punish the woman who gets the abortion. Literally this is the entire article. Her article is full of her own personal bias on the matter. Check it out for yourself if you get a chance. Some interesting things said...

Jill June of Planned parenthood of Iowa "How have we come this far in the debate and been oblivious to the logical ramifications of making abortion illegal" .

"Perhap by ignoring or infantilizing women, turning them into "victims" of there own free will"

"Even with "no reliable data" he went on to conclude that "severe depression and loss of esteem can follow ( in regards to a supreme court justice upholding the law against third trimester abortions) and apparantly noone has told Justice Kennedy about the severe depression and loss of esteem that can follow bearing and raising a baby you can't afford and didn't want)

Well these are just some of the quotes from the article. Isn't it interesting how Christians are always made out to be the crazy right wing group who just can't catch up with the times? If abortion is legal, what stops it makes it legal when the kid is born? How about making it legal up to the age of 2? I have 2 kids and each of them cost money. My sister has a lot more then I do and yeah, they cost money. But since it should be ok for us to abort babies in the second trimester, why not the second year? What makes that baby a baby? Well let me ask you this, if a husband kills a wife who is 3 months pregnant, does the murderer get 2 counts of murder? (hint scott peterson) If abortion is legal, it should only be one count of murder.

This article shows the left agenda clear as day. Just a side note, isn't it interesting how every single person who is pro abortion is alive and hasn't had an abortion on them yet? If it's not a big deal for them to have it done on an innocent baby, why not take one for the team and truely stand up for your case? Pro choicer's are genuinely out to satisfy there own needs. They have no problem sending a baby to die who never did anything, but man we better save the serial murderer who's killed 50 people because the death penalty is wrong!!! In the article she calls pro lifers hipocrits, yet she wants to save a murderer like Timothy Macveigh, or Ted Bundy because the death penalty is immororal, yet she has no problem sucking a baby out with a vacuum?

Or how about how pro abortionists are all about giving there money away to support the people in our society who can't make it on their own(welfare), yet if a baby causes a mother financial hardship, it is ok to kill it sense it will be a financial burden on you. Now if you don't see the hipocrisy in that, then I dont know what else to tell you.

This all goes back to people taking the eye off the bible. If you take out the basis of morals (the bible) then what do you have to stand on? nothing...absolutely nothing. And society around us right now is a direct proof of what happends when you eliminate the authority of God's word.

2 peter 2

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My beautiful children

Thank you Lord for these beautiful children that you have given to me. They bring me such joy and love.

Vision Forum code

I have a vision forum coupon code if anyone would like it. It is for $25 off a $75 dollar purchase. It expires on Aug 3. Just shoot me an email....it's emessing2 at hotmail.

And if you want, when you check out, enter INASHOE as the source code.

Rejoice!!



This is the Day ~Annie Flint

Sigh of the breezes or sob of the tempest,
Skies of pure azure or clouds hanging low,
Sunshine or frost or the last of the storm wind,
Veiling of mist or the white whirl of snow;
Welcome the day! for the Lord, He hath made it,
Cometh it golden or cometh it gray.
Bringeth it burden or giveth it guerdon,
Let us rejoice and be glad in His day.

Symbols

There are so many symbols for the Christian faith, from the Jesus fish to WWJD and many others. Many people use these symbols to stand for their faith rather than allowing their character and the message of faith be their symbols to the world.

The following is a post from Study in Brown.

Zero Tolerance
Back when my kids were in public school, my oldest son - straight A student, with awards for citizenship and "peace-building" - was nearly suspended for having an "explosive device" at school.
"We have zero tolerance for such activity," the principal reminded me in an after school meeting.
The "explosive device" was a box of Pop-Its, being tossed onto the asphalt playground by a group of 5th grade boys.
Yes, indeed. In such a world as ours, schools must draw severe lines and hold to them - apparently at the expense of reason and common sense.
I couldn't help remembering that event as I've followed the story of Lydia Playfoot, the UK teenager who wanted to wear her chastity ring to school and was told to remove it. (Miss Playfoot's school has a uniform policy which does not allow for the wearing of jewelry unless it is a "genuine religious symbol." ) A UK court sided with the school, ruling that the girl "was under no obligation, by reason of her belief, to wear the ring."
Miss Playfoot and her family disagree. They believe Christians are being discriminated against, since Muslim girls are allowed to wear their head scarves at school. Several Christian bloggers I've read agree with their position.
It's a disturbing case for sure, a fair representation of life in a "zero-tolerance" state: common sense takes a vacation.
But it's not really the wearing or not wearing of the ring that bothers me.
What disturbs me is that somewhere along the way, these Christians decided to allow a symbol of good morals - a silver band indicating a desire to not have sex before marriage - to become a symbol of our faith.
Lest we forget, the Christian faith does not consist of a moral code and an outward symbolism of purity. (Islam has that covered fairly nicely, thank you.) The Christian faith is a shocking faith - built on the bloody death of God Himself and the scandalous outpouring of mercy on unwashed sinners. Our "symbol" is not the circumcision of the flesh, but the circumcision of the heart.
Fight over the right to wear the ring if you really want to, but don't fool yourself: the Body and Blood, the scandal of His sacrifice and the Good News of our ransom is not contained in a silver band promising sexual abstinence.

Great Pillsbury deal

Our family loves rolls, biscuits, french bread, etc. And since I have no idea how to make any of those we usually buy premade ones and bake them. Only, buying all these goodies adds up. Fast.

Today was the last day of Albertson's great sale though. So, we went and stocked up. We bought:

Pillsbury biscuits

Pillsbury breadsticks

Pillsbury french loaf

Pillsbury cookies (I really wanted them even though it's cheaper to make my own.)

Pillsbury biscuits 4-pack (that's a total of 40 rolls in the package.)

Total: $11.75

We only paid $3. What a great deal! And now we have all these goodies to last us for a while.

Death to Spiders!

I am terrified of spiders....TERRIFIED. I will run the other way, screaming. Just ask Robert. However, on Sat my wonderful, spider-killing hubby was out of town and I was left to fend for myself. So, I took on the spider all on my own. The big, scary black widow. Yeah, a black widow. (btw, Robert caused me to be even more terrified of these with his "warnings" about staying away from them. Kind of hard to stay away from them when they are on my chair.) Well, after the initial panic I went and got the spider spray and drowned the little sucker. I also prayed a lot that he wouldn't attack me or somehow resurrect himself. (Yes, I have incredibly irrational fears about spiders.) But, yay! for me, because I actually overcame my fear and killed a spider.

The spider....after he was dead, of course.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Multiple Sclerosis Ride

Good luck Dad!!

My dad, Tim, is heading to the starting point of the MS bike ride today. (The ride takes place in Minnesota so he also gets to visit his bro and sisters while there.) He is riding for two of his co-workers who have ms and has raised over $2000 in pledges to help find a cure. Please keep him (and all the other riders) in your prayers this week.

We love you Dad and good luck!!

Monday, July 16, 2007

New Videos

Towards the end of our blog (on the sidebar) Robert added some music videos. Great songs....check them out.

Time with Family

The kids and I spent the last two weeks back home in Washington. It was great getting to see all of our friends and family again. We loved seeing how much all of our little cousins have grown and hearing all about the changes and new plans in all the families. We really enjoyed our visit and can't wait to go back. I miss the green!!
*Thank you mom and dad and gramma marilee for driving us around and giving us places to sleep. Staying with you guys was so much fun. We love you!!


Heidi and the kiddos.
Jaron and Jaden

The whole group (The Engstrom family minus Erik. But Karen's dad, Patrick, was able to come. It was good seeing him again....he is a great grandpa to all the kids.)


The whole group....this time with gramma marilee in the photo. (Somehow, this is the only photo of her from our entire trip. Hmm, how did that work out?)

Jaden and Abbie....they were so cute together.

Madison and Grampa lighting fireworks. (Thanks Dad for trying to teach fire safety)

The boys....Jaden and Justin.

My beautiful mom. I love this photo.....it is rare to get a picture of my mom but I was sneaky. :)