Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Another Night at the Salon...

Riley decided he wanted to shave his hair off, so he invited the girls to play beauty salon. They were in heaven...snipping, buzzing, combing, and lots of laughing!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's a Boy!

Riley and I were thrilled to find out that the little one growing in my belly is a precious baby boy! I'm in awe of God's goodness & grace right now & I'm rejoicing that our family will experience what it's like to have a son/brother.


Monday, March 22, 2010


Our beloved Nana passed away yesterday morning and we want to publicly announce how much we loved her and appreciated her ongoing joy. We rejoice that she is in heaven with Jesus Christ where her joy will now be complete!

SHILOH: "I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips." Psalm 34 was L. Edith Huston's favorite scripture chapter. Edith, a long time Shiloh and Shelby resident, went to meet her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Alterra Sterling House in Mansfield. She was 92.

She was born January 20, 1918, in Quaker City, Ohio, the daughter of the late V. Dale and Ethel (Brown) West. She grew up in Belmont, Ohio, where she graduated from high school in 1936. Edith was a 1940 graduate of Baldwin Wallace College where she majored in Latin and minored in Greek, English and physical education. In her senior year in college she was voted the outstanding woman student. Edith was very athletic as she played basketball for four years in high school and four years in college.

She married Earl Huston in Temple, Texas in 1943.

She taught Latin and English in Belmont, Shiloh and Shelby and retired from Shelby City Schools in 1977 after 30 years of teaching. During her years of teaching at Shelby High School, Edith was the advisor to the Shelby Latin Club. This club of 160 members was well known throughout Ohio and neighboring states as well. Her Latin students sent Edith to Rome in 1973 as a "thank you" for her many years of leadership.

Edith was an Ohio Jennings Scholar in 1972 and was nominated in 1976 for Ohio Teacher of the Year. She served on the Ohio Classical League Board and was a charter member of the Mansfield Christian Business and Professional Women's Council where she served as chairman. She shared her testimony of her love of the Lord throughout the area. Edith and her late husband, Earl, donated part of their farm land to build the Shiloh Wesley Evangelical Church. As a founding member of the church, she served as pianist/organist and choir director. She memorized over 100 Bible verses and claimed their promises. After moving to Alterra, Edith enjoyed playing the piano and worshiping at the Hanley Road Baptist Church in Mansfield.

Earl preceded her in death in 1998 after 55 years of marriage; also preceding her in death were her brother, William West; and son-in-law, Terry L. Russell.

She is survived by her two children: Roderick (Vickie) Huston of Mansfield and Karen (Richard) Mott of Shelby; her grandchildren: Laura Russell Reinbolt, Megan Russell (Dave) Shook, Kerri Huston (Scott) Mitchell, Jodi Huston, John (Theresa) Mott, Michelle Mott (Riley) Post, Steve (Jenny) Mott; eight great grandchildren; a foster son: Howard (Evelyn) Worrell of Ohio; a brother: Harry West of Las Vegas; several cousins including, Jean Thom of Strongsville.

Friends may call on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Wesley Evangelical Church, State Route 603, Shiloh, with Pastor Troy Diersing officiating and Pastor John Burghard sharing. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh.

Memorials may be made to Wesley Evangelical Church of Shiloh, Hanley Road Baptist Church of Mansfield, or Hospice of North Central Ohio.

Online condolences may be made at:

The family would like to thank Edith's long time family physician, Dr. G. David Long, whom she adored and the Sterling House staff, especially Val, Bev and Latonda for their loving care.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Slum or a Holiday at the Sea

“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – C. S. Lewis

My favorite blog right now is The Journey. I'm both amazed and challenged by the sacrifices of this young girl. A girl who shares the same passions and beliefs as myself, but has radically sacrificed all her comforts in obedience. From her blog, I've been introduced to a series of sermons that are changing my life (found here). Yesterday, the above quote was mentioned in the 2nd sermon and I haven't been able to let go of the truth of it. Why are we satisfied with the temporaries of life? Why do we look at heaven as the end goal or prize? In reality, Christ alone is more than enough...He is love & peace & joy. And the amazing thing? He seeks us. He doesn't require this and that from us. He doesn't require perfection or goodness from us? He asks for us to come to Him just as we are, and offers us completeness. And yes, while drink & sex and ambition are gifts from Him, they're not the means to fulfillment. Lord, please don't let me become complacent enough that I'm satisfied in the slum when you are offering me a holiday at the beach.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Soccer Practice Day 1

Riley has taking on coaching Ellie's 4 and 5 year old soccer team and last night was their first practice. I've never seen Riley lead a group of young kids before and he rocked! They're the yellow-jersey team so they named themselves the bumblebees and even created their own cheer that goes, "Bumblebees are neat 'cause we use our feet!"


Monday, March 8, 2010

CrossFit Competition

Trey, Joe, Tunde, & Riley, the 4 CrossFit Clarksville competitors

Rick & Dymphna during national anthem

Trey rockin' the squat snatches

Joe waiting for the "go" signal

Riley looking strong at squat snatches

Look at those legs during box jumps!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Growing Jack

Jack's getting bigger by the day. He's up to about 25# and still not a big fan of baths.
*Don't worry, Riley's wearing shorts :)