On May 11th we recieved the sad news that one of the Creighton's sons, Alex, was killed in the Army. He was in a vehicle that rolled and burst into flames and he was not able to escape. I'm sure the family would covet your prayers for them! You can read more about the accident here.
We went to his funeral yesterday and were encouraged by the strength and peace of the family. They were considerately making sure everyone was comfortable and cared for at the reception in their home afterward. What a testimony they have been to so many people!
Safe in the arms of Daddy
Life in our little house continues. We were hoping to complete the conditional use permit before going on vacation last week. Shortly before we left we discovered that our new house plans will never be approved by the county because the plot map shows that the current street is actually 10' narrower than the proposed street, which means we must begin our measuring from the imaginary 10' wider point, which put our original drawings across the setback allowances. That was a little dissapointing but Mom didn't let it stop her. She's already coming up with a new plan that sounds and looks even better! Isn't it wonderful how the Lord brings good out of every situation!?
Entering the park
On Mothers day we headed up to Yosemite with 5 other families. We had a very blessed time there!!! The weather was perfect. And the waterfalls were incredible, beautiful, awesome, inspiring, powerful! "The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters." (Psalm 29:3) The families we went with made the time all the more special. We did many hikes, saw lots of bears, took hundreds of pictures, enjoyed the meal prep and dishes with everyone, ate too much good food, did some rock climbing and just had a great trip!
Running to catch up.
These kids had too much fun!
Saving the dirt for later ;-)
Willie with his new toy
The conquerors of the Yosemite Falls trail
"The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handy work!" (Psalm 19:1)
The hymn of the week was "How Great Thou Art!"
"O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,Consider all the world Thy hands have made,I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
A view of Glacier point from our campsite
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,How great Thou art, how great Thou art...
Nevada Falls, one of many we enjoyed!
When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,When I look down, from lofty mountains granduer,and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze,
This was before the water level rose!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee,How great Thou art, how great Thou art..."
Justin, Willie, Darrell and Abby are the specs on the top of Half Dome as seen through a super tele-photo lense
In other news:
When we got home we were saddened to see new graffitti on our property. Dad has really been hoping to catch the taggers in the act. Click here to read about an exciting adventure that happened the day after we came home.
Since we didn't have a washer and dryer hooked up we were able to get all the laundry done and the unpacking finished rather quickly. 1 family of 16 + 7 days= Lots of laundry! We're really excited that Dad made us a laundry room this week!!! We've also been tremedously blessed by some new cabinets and closet space, thanks to Dad and the boys, and our cabinet making friend! Doesn't organization make life much easier?
After the laundry mat
Last pizza night we were getting ready to cook the crust when we discovered that our oven wasn't functioning properly. In fact it had been giving us problems for a few days. To make a long story short we ended up making a spaghetti dinner and were amazed at how much smoother things ran. While discussing the evening afterwards Dad encouraged us to serve whatever we wanted, "it doesn't have to be pizza", he said. So since we didn't want to just call it "night" we're keeping it as "pizza night". Just don't be surprised if the food doesn't look or taste anything like pizza! (See post below to find out when the next one is).
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Until next time,The Dortignac Family
"O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:3-4