Saturday, June 26, 2010

New life


Kelsey and Zach came to visit and stayed with us for 5 wonderful days.  It's always fun to spend time with them, but I have to say that one of the highlights of this particular trip was seeing our sweet daughter very pregnant with our grandbaby.   And honestly, not just seeing, but feeling this precious child!  This little baby girl that is now about 7 weeks from making her entrance, is active and alive and moving and growing . . . Wow!  It's amazing to watch the process of life that God has set into place.

"For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother's womb.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret and intricately and curiously wrought (as if embroidered with various colors) in the depths of the earth (a region of darkness and mystery).  Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them." (Psalm 139:13, 15, 16, Amplified)

Dick's parents came down from Ohio to spend some time with us as well.  How sweet it was to have us all together.

Mimi and Poppy (Mel and Dick), Aunt Whitney and Uncle Shawn, Great Grandma and Great Grandpa, and Mommy and Daddy Bohler

Great grandma-to-be

Great grandpa-to-be

4 generations of women in our family (when you count Baby Bohler)
While Kelsey and Zach were with us, we had a baby shower to celebrate with many friends.  God has blessed us with so many godly women who care about and have invested in our family through the years.


The guys also had some time to enjoy each other ~ playing golf and watching the World Cup soccer matches.

Shawn, Dick, and Zach ~ striking their best golfer pose!

7 weeks to go . . . 
We're praying for safe, easy-as-possible delivery.  
I'm praying I'll get there in time for the birth (flying out 4 days before actual due date).
Mostly, we're trusting God for every detail . . . knowing He is creating and forming and putting the finishing touches on this precious little one!   And He has great purpose for her life.

Can't wait to welcome our first grandchild into our world!  

Saturday, June 19, 2010

New songs

For the last couple of weeks, we've had some dear friends staying with us.  Stan and Sue are like family, making themselves at home and just integrating into our daily lives.  The other morning, Sue was making breakfast in the kitchen and said, "I saw something that cracked me up ~ your to-do list".  I didn't know what she meant, and she pointed my attention to a little pad of paper next to the phone, where I had scribbled a couple of items that I wanted us to remember to accomplish.  The small note simply said "Dick, tonight fix upstairs bathroom, write songs".  Sue said, "Only in Nashville would you see those 2 things on the same list!"  It made me laugh, too.

I'm definitely a list maker.  My lists can include everything from people I need to phone to things I need to pick up at the grocery, and everything in between.  Because this has been an extremely stacked week, I was feeling like I needed to document just about everything, or it wouldn't get done!

Dick and I have been prioritizing our songwriting in a way that we really haven't done in 15 years or so.  We literally schedule time on our calendars to write, or again, it wouldn't happen.  This week, God has blessed us with not one, but two songs!  We wrote "The Wonder of the Cross" on Tuesday and "Walk By Faith" on Wednesday.  Thursday, we finalized the arrangements, and Friday night, they both made their debut at the first ever Lifeway Songwriter's Showcase.

We're the new kids on the block with Lifeway, signing a publishing agreement earlier this year, joining ranks with several other wonderful writers ~ Paul Marino, Jeremy Johnson, Greg Nelson, Mike Harland, and Phillip Keveren. We're looking forward to writing many songs in the years ahead that will encourage and bless the body of Christ.

So to keep us on track, writing and creating, I'll probably need to make myself other reminding notes in the days ahead.  (And by the way, the bathroom got fixed, too).