We knew this month would be a busy one, but it has truly flown by! We began with our KU Navigators annual Jerry Bridges Conference, with the theme,"Why Holiness Still Matters". Jerry is perhaps most famous for his book, The Pursuit of Holiness, in which he writes these challenging words: "Many Christians have what we might call a 'cultural holiness'. They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more or less holy, so these Christians are more or less holy. But God has not called us to be like those around us. He has called us to be like himself. Holiness is nothing less than conformity to the character of God." Challenging words indeed, and the conference gave me a lot to reflect on.
February 14th was Elisabeth's second Valentine's Day, and her cute dad bought her an "I love you" frog balloon (frogs are a favorite of hers). She is still enjoying him!
A few days later we left for Orange County California as I was a bridesmaid in a dear college friend's wedding. A broken starter out of Kansas City meant we missed our connection in Denver, so once we arrived there we were re-routed through Reno/Tahoe and finally on to LAX (just in time for L.A. rush hour!) Three flights and many hours later we arrived at our hotel with an absolutely exhausted baby. (I think we're now sold on direct flights whenever possible!) She really was amazing throughout the day and made lots of new friends by waving and flirting. Reno was a particular adventure as there is gambling inside the airports (I've never been to a casino so this was quite a culture shock!) Elisabeth enjoyed the slots, the bear, and the carry-on bag check! Who knew an airport could be so entertaining?!
The wedding was wonderful and we were able to see many dear friends in the area as well, so it was a special and memorable trip. This was our attempt at a family picture in the midst of wedding excitement:
The month is ending with another conference for students in our region, and we are hosting it here in Lawrence. Following the conference we are having a staff retreat for all staff who will join us in Jacksonville, FL this summer for our summer training program. Our sweet baby has come down with her first real cold so she and I are hanging out at home for now. We're thankful she's been so healthy and definitely don't want to take that for granted!