All posts by Jay Hartwell

700 years prior


Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will

Adoption Fundraiser 10-3-10


We had an amazing time at our adoption fundraiser on October 3. We had about 60 people show up for our Silent Auction and Progressive Dinner. The evening started out at House #1 with appetizers and over 20 items to bid on. We then went to House #2 for dinner out in the backyard. At

Pumpkin Patch


Each year since Noah was a year and a half, we have made it to our pumpkin patch in town. This was the last week day to make it and it was such a beautiful day, I was sure it was going to be VERY crowded. We got there right when it opened – and

Labor Day 2010


We LOVE our city and our state! Every year we have a huge balloon festival over Labor Day weekend. This year, my mom was able to enjoy it with us (while dad was at 8.28 in DC). As we were walking up to the park, we ran into some dear friends of ours, Dennis &

Zoo Time – Skunk!!


We continue to absolutely love our zoo! It is so interactive. For those of you who know me – I REALLY like skunks – they are just so stinking cute (no pun intended!). Honestly I thought of having a pet for a skunk someday – and almost did when I was 19. When we arrive

Points to live by


Our memory is a tricky thing. I often think of my short term memory as a blessing and a curse. On one hand, I love that I don’t remember everything I see or have seen (can you imagine, yikes). On the other hand, there are lots of things I wish I could permanently glue into

Teachable moments from the bush


Exodus 4:10-12 Moses spoke to the Lord. He said, “Lord, I’ve never been a good speaker. And I haven’t gotten any better since you spoke to me. I don’t speak very well at all.” The LORD said to him, “Who makes a man able to talk? Who makes him unable to hear or speak? Who

From Slavery to Free


Exodus 3:7-8 The LORD said, “I have seen my people suffer in Egypt. I have heard them cry out because of their slave drivers. I am concerned about their suffering. “So I have come down to save them from the Egyptians. I will bring them up out of that land. I will bring them into