Monday, December 28, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fireman Dixon


Fireman Dixon
Originally uploaded by Rich & Julie's Photos
More photos up on flickr. Check them out by clicking on the fireman...

Friday, November 20, 2009

BABY JELLYBEAN = BOY JELLYBEAN

We had our 21 week ultrasound today, and among all the things we found out, one of course was that Baby Jellybean is a BOY! Woo! We will have a pair now! What to do, What to do... hmm, first we have to come up with a name... any ideas?



Friday, October 23, 2009

The 18 Month/18 Week Update!

Hey All,

So Julie will be 18 weeks pregnant this Monday, and Dixon just turned 18 Months old on the 16th. Hence the 18/18 Update. So how are things in our camp? Well, tiring. lol. Julie just got over a bout with some food poisoning, and Dixon has been teething (we think) for the last week or so and has had a low grade fever, and a constant runny nose and a "on and off again" cough... Then, to top it all off I caught a cold or something last weekend, which just started innocently with a sore throat, then after a couple of good days, I turned into a completely congested, stuffed up and sneezy mess of myself. I am feeling a tad bit better as I write this.

So, onto the updates:

First, Julie had her monthly baby check up last week and everything was ok. Baby Jellybean's heartbeat was great (somewhere in the high 150's) and everything is on course for a March 28th delivery. We have scheduled our ultrasound appointment for the 20th of November and then we will be able to find out (hopefully) if Baby Jellybean is a Boy or a Girl... I'm sure it is a girl, Julie wants another Boy, so let the betting begin... Remember November 20th we find out, maybe.

Second, Dixon had his 18 Month checkup and he is doing great as well. Except for one thing, which the doctor has more of an issue with than we do, which is that Dixon has dropped to the 8th percentile for his weight. He weighs just around 22/23 pounds now, and though WIC told us they thought that was good for his height, our doctor wants him to get his weight up. His height is in the 50th percentile for his age. Anyway, Dixon eats 3 meals and has snacks throughout the day, and this last week, really hasn't wanted to eat dinner at all, but gets his food without a doubt. The Doc also wants Dixon to drink more milk, but the boy doesn't really like milk at all, so we feed him cheese, yogurt and smoothies quite a bit to compensate. Though today, he drank most of his cup of milk. He really loves orange juice however... The Doc also checked Dixon's throat, ears and lungs (just because of his runny nose and cough) and all were fine, and since he has no fever currently, the Doc agreed with us and said it was more than likely just due to teething. He is just a few teeth away from having them all in... Gee, he should probably go see a dentist now...

Dixon is just a joy to watch right now. I swear he is an engineer in the making. He loves to take things apart just to try to put them back together. He loves to stack the boxes of kleenex up, take them down and then stack them up again. He takes the caps off of pens just to try and put it back on. He loves reading his books, he has started to draw and color, and his new thing is to point to your belly button and say, "baby" because Julie has been teaching him about babies in preparation for him being a big brother. The other day I handed him a old USB flash drive to play with, and he ran right over to the laptop and tried to plug it in to the USB slot. Who taught him that? I never did. The kid is a genius I tell you. He takes our keys and walks over to the door and tries to unlock it, luckily he can't reach, and Julie often has him help her put stuff away when she is cleaning and he is a great help as seems to know where everything goes, even if we do find some items in strange places later on. If you are reading a book with him now and he sees something in the book that he recognizes (such as a duck, a cat, a teddy bear, a ball, a horse etc...) he will immediately get up and go find his toy that matches the picture and bring it back to you to show you that it is the same as in the book... we were reading one of his sign language books and we came to "cracker," and he said, "coocoo" (which is how he says cracker) then did the sign for cracker, and if I didn't understand all of that, he went and pointed to the crackers on the table to show me as well... guess he was hungry :) Well that is enough about my brilliant son for the time being.

Third, hmm... what else? Lets see. Our work here at Keeler's Corner is going good. We are just starting to get the swing of things now and feeling comfortable in our "Community Team" shoes, though we aren't sure yet just how the new baby will change things. One thing for sure though, we will need a bigger apartment.

Work at Kenmore Camera has been busy to say the least. The "recession" hasn't hurt us at all, and we just finished our 4th annual 2009 Expo at the Lynnwood Convention Center this last weekend, where we doubled what we did the year previous and packed the center with people. How many I don't know, but 5000 wouldn't be a bad guess.. easily could have been more. We have some changes in store as we are adding a class room here soon (across the street from the store) and are looking to continue steaming ahead into the new year.

Julie and I are taking a vacation in December and flying down to Amarillo to spend Christmas with her parents. This will be the first vacation we have taken in close to 3 years and the first we will have taken with Dixon. He gets to fly on a plane! I pray that works out ok :) It will be a great time and I am really really looking forward to some downtime during the holidays.

Well, that is all for now. I think I will go have some Pumpkin Pie now...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

12 WEEKS PREGNANT - BABY JELLYBEAN

Until we know otherwise, Julie says we just refer to this baby as "baby jellybean." (I think she borrowed that from Darcy) Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, with a heartbeat of 154 bpm and measuring 5,5cm from crown to rump.... Baby Jellybean!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

All Play...


All Play...
Originally uploaded by Rich & Julie's Photos
More Photos of Dixon uploaded today! Have fun looking!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Psalm 37:3

This is something I did in my IBS class back in April 2007 , and I just came across my notes so I thought I would post it.

Psalm 37:3 - "Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness."

Now, I was studying the word "cultivate," which in the Hebrew is "ra'ah" meaning "to break up in preparation for planting," or "to imply oneself to improving or developing" and the word is also used for "pastor" or "feed."

This reminded me of one of my favorite verses, which is Hosea 10:12, which reads "Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you." As you can see, I emphasized the area that makes me think of cultivating.

So, this all led me to looking at the Psalm in different translations. Now when I first read the verse in class, I read it in the NIV which reads, "Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture." My first thought after reading this was, "hmm... enjoy safe pasture, kinda gives me the picture of putting my feet up, sitting in the lawn chair in the shade and enjoying a cool drink of somekind. Really taking it easy." However, that didn't fit my picture of cultivating at all. So then I looked at the NASB, which I quoted above and then the NKJV, which says, "Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness." and a picture started to form in my head... let me put the verses all together in the order that I see it working;

1st - "Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness." (NASB)

2nd - "Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness." (NKJV)

3rd - "Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture." (NIV)

Do you see the picture I see? First, you must cultivate, then you can feed, and after that you get to enjoy the safe pasture.

To me this verse, using the three different translations, can be applied this way:

A relationship with Jesus takes work on our end. It is not just all about "kicking it back" and "enjoying our safe pasture" first we must cultivate our fallow ground, get it ready for planting, for improving, and then we can sow with a view to righteousness, we can seek the Lord and feed on the faithfullness and mercy of Christ, with a hope of the promise to come, which is eternal "safe pasture."

Just my thoughts. Hope they make sense. What do you think?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Pouring out of Grace

I hear this phrase a lot.

"God poured more grace on me today" or "The Lord has poured out more grace on me today" or something along those lines, and a couple thoughts hit me, so bear with me as I try my best to put my thoughts down to be understood...

My first thought was, is this phrase even in the bible? And this is what I found... Not really. The closest phrase I found was in the New Testament. 1 Timothy 1:14 to be exact, and only in the NIV as far as I can tell, and it says this, "The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. "

So, I went to the Greek and a literal transliteration of this passage would read, "Increased beyond but the favor of the Master of us with trust and love the in Christ Jesus," or in other words, as the NASB puts its, "and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus."

Now, it doesn't look like the word "poured" was even really in the original Greek, but even if it had been, notice it says, "was poured" not "is being poured," as well as, "was poured out on me abundantly." In other words, you received more than you deserved.

Which leads to my second thought. When someone says, "The Lords poured out more grace on me today," to me it implies that somehow you ran out from what he had given you previously. It was like the Lord gave you a supply of grace, you sucked it dry, and the Lord slapped himself upside the head saying, "Wow. I never saw that coming. Better give them some more." Uh, I don't think so. The bible says that the Lords grace is sufficient! (2 Corinthians 12) That means, it is more than enough, it is ALL you need! You can't run out! In Psalms 45:2 it states when grace has touched your lips, you are blessed FOREVER! Not just for a day or so, but FOREVER!

The Lords grace is MORE than abundant!

So, all that to just say this, is the Lord pouring more grace out on you today? or are you just taking hold of, accepting more and more, the abundant grace that you have been given in Christ Jesus?

Hmm? What do you think?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

WHAT A COUPLE OF WEEKS....

It has been awhile since Julie and I actually posted anything other than pictures of Dixon. If we did nothing else, the photos of our boy would be fine, however I thought we should maybe take some time to say a few words about how life has been lately. It has been an interesting last couple of weeks to say the least.

First, a little bit about Dixon :)

He is a little boy now. At 15 months old now he bares no resemblance to the infant he was just a few months ago. Now he walks. Yes, for almost three weeks now he has been toddling around everywhere. He is very independent and doesn't really want you to hold his hand as he walks. Like all of us when we first ventured out into the unknown on our own two feet, he started quite wobbly and had three major bumps to show it. First he smacked into the corner of the shoe rack and hit himself right behind his left ear, then the next day he fell backwards and landed on the metal strip between the carpet and the linoleum. His last major spill was when he fell face first and punctured his lip with his tooth. All major "Owies" I assure you. He has been much more stable since those, but we know that this is just the beginning and we are preparing ourselves for the scrapes and bruises to follow. Though I wasn't too worried about him, I was a little worried about whether Julie and I would survive this "learning to walk" stage. Yikes! I am pretty sure that my hair will be completely gray soon...

This last weekend he had his first hair cut. That changed him overnight. I swear we came home from Eastern WA, with a different boy than what we left with. He looks so mature it is scaring me. He expresses himself very well now, both in facial gestures and in voice. He is already more technically minded than his folks, has figured out how to use the iPhone and our MacBook, plus he can turn the Xbox 360 on, as well as the TV. Not only that but he can of course get into all the cupboards and drawers. He loves to help organize the towel drawer :) The other day he took my car keys and walked to the door and was trying to "unlock" the door so he could go outside I guess. I just had to laugh... so I guess I better watch him and make sure he doesn't try and take the car for a spin...

We love him! he is our little boy and he is growing up way too fast!


In other news, we lost someone who was very dear to us. Julie's grandma passed away on Saturday, June 27th. Grandma Violet is an amazing woman, who is now living life eternally with her savior Jesus Christ. We were blessed to have her in our lives, and we were blessed to have seen her just the week before and be able to tell her we love her.

I will always remember how, just 6 days after Dixon was born, Grandma Violet (with Aunt Launa and Aunt Kay) drove over the pass in the middle of the night just to come see Dixon, her new great grandchild. I was quite surprised when I received the phone call from Julie telling me we had visitors!

Here is a photo from that Visit in April 2008.

We will miss you Grandma Violet! Love You!

So for now, Julie and I are busy as always. Between my working at Kenmore Camera full time, our work for Community Northwest, which is our ministry here at Keeler's Corner, and our time with Church, we manage to fill most of the hours in our day. Though stressful and tiring at times, we stay faithful to the path that the Lord has laid out for us, knowing that seeds are being planted and that love is being given. We are extremely thankful for the blessings that the Lord gives us daily and hopefully soon we will find time to catch up with our friends that we miss dearly. We keep you all in our prayers and we thank you all for your prayers!

Rich, Julie and Dixon :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

DIXON, A SPOON AND A BOWL!!


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He just picked up the spoon and started using it. We didn't even coach him. Of course he didn't use it very long... wished we could have filmed more but we were stunned at first... :)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

THE DRIVER

He picked up on how to do this without any effort. He can't turn or stop but he can scoot...

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You thought I was joking about the car keys didn't you?
Here is another one for your viewing pleasure

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Friday, February 13, 2009

10 MONTHS AND TAKING ON THE WORLD!

Dixon is 10 months old (in a couple days but who is counting...) and he is growing up before our eyes in ways that we wish he wouldn't. Right now he is in the "Where did he go? He was right here a second ago" phase. He is playing on the floor, we blink and he disappears like an illusionist. You see he has started rolling. He is a master roller now. He can roll 12 feet in seconds flat, pivot on his stomach and keep rolling like the obstacle wasn't even in his way at all. And to add to that, he has started doing the "Army Crawl" as well. On his stomach, pulling himself forward using his elbows. I think currently his record, as of this writing, is 8 crawls. I am telling you though, our son is a genius and he will be crawling like a pro in no time. Much to our horror I am sure...

I am a mean, mean, Dad, so today I teased him by not letting him go to Mom when he was hungry and she was ready to nurse him. Instead I held him under the arms and stood him up on his feet and told him that if he wanted to eat he would have to walk over to Mom. Much to our surprise he took 2 steps right away, and then with a little coxing he took two more. Mind you he was giving me a piece of his mind the entire time, but wow, what a way to motivate the kid. Maybe I shouldn't do that... hmm..

Dixon loves electronics. Today he rolled/crawled over to the stereo and started pushing buttons, turning the sound off and back on again. He always wants my iPhone (to chew on mind you, not call with, but you never know, maybe he has some buddies to text I don't know about..) and one of his favorite toys (that his mom wishes he didn't play with) is the xbox controller. He is a guy all the way!

That being said, he loves books as well. They all taste delicious to him. Some he eats the pages right out of and others he chews on the edges and spine, but he loves all his books. One of his favorite books (that he hasn't eaten completely) is "pat the bunny" he knows all the moves and usually does them before you even have to say anything. I told you the kid is a genius.

He loves chewing on his toothbrush.. er, brushing his teeth I mean, and taking baths. If you know what is good for you you won't take him out of the bath. He will let you know what he thinks about that.

Right now he is in to pointing at everything. Often he will point at you, then point at something out of his reach, then back at you, then back at the object again. This means, "hey buddy, get that for me will you?" I find this very humorous, however if I am not fast enough at getting whatever it is that he wants, Dixon does not find it humorous. (He doesn't always get what he wants however.)

A couple of days ago he received his first "Flesh Wound." I like to call it "Battle Damage" to make it seem more manly, but he was just playing in the clothes basket when he toppled it over and hit his face on the wire rack in the hallway. He now has a shiner on his right eye. It didn't faze him a bit, but his mom was quite shaken by it. He is just preparing us for what is too come, I can just imagine... I don't want too, but I can...

Anyway, our little boy is growing up and I am floored when I think that his 1st Birthday is just around the corner. He isn't allowed to grow up that fast. We have rules here, are you listening to me Dixon? Dixon? Oh where did he go now, and where are my car keys?...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

THE ROLLER!

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Dixon turned 9 months old yesterday
and today we treat you with this video.
Shot by his mom, produced by his dad
and starring none other...

Plus we have new photos up on Flickr...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WHAT THE DUCK!


If you aren't a fan of "What the Duck" then head over to the web site and check out the comics and see the greatness for yourself!