Saturday, October 19, 2013

Elky Elky 2013

This past September we got a chance to go to Elkmont again.  Another great camping trip with some great friends.  And as in the past years, on the Labor day, we throw in for a nice biker ride around Cades Cove.  The kids ride like champs, and the reward after the 11 mile bike ride was a nice tall ice cream treat.  We ate like kings around the campfire... For a short days,... life became simple... and we ate like kings.

Elkmont 2013 [Sept]

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

We Live To Serve

We got a chance to go with the family and the Youth group to Medshare to serve again.  Medshare is a great organization that helps to collect medial surplus from hospitals and clinics and send them to third world countries where they are greatly needed.  We were all a bit tired from the drive in movie with the youth the night before... but we had fun and work hard.

Medshare [June 2013]

I loved the smiles the kids had while we worked.  And the discussions about the materials.  There is a joy in serving.. and giving of ones time.  It is one way we love Christ by giving to the "least of these".  And that is something I pray my kids learn and live.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ja Making Me Crazy

This year Matthew and I got a chance to go to the Jamaica Mission trip together. This trip too us to the CCCD in Kingston.  This is a Christian school for the deaf.  This mission trip to the CCCD is a lot of hard work but also a lot of fun.  The mornings are usually filled with construction and painting of various kinds.  Then after 3 the kids are let out and we spend the little remaining energy on the kids with crafts and games.

Jamaica 2013 Team

Click on the picture to see some of the pictures from the trip [or HERE].  We had a great trip and a great time with the kids.  Serving with our hands and with our smiles so that these kids get the opportunity to learn more about Jesus.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


What ever happened to long relaxing weekends with rest and no alarm clocks?  Those days are long gone.  Most of the weekends are packed full of activities and events.... games and projects...This Past Saturday was no different.  But I think these were some pretty good events.

Matthew at Match Competition April 2013

Matthew did great.  But more importantly, he really enjoyed the competition. The last thing we want is for him to burn out and not enjoy these events.  After that we celebrated with a little Taco Bell!!  ...oh yeah. Nothing says "I Destroy Math" .... like burritos.  We got a little rest, and then we were off to the Soccer game.

Where were the girls during all of this?  The girls had a girl scout Science field trip instead.  They also had a blast.  They got to see a ton of cool stuff.  From race cars to experiments.... arts and crafts with robotics.  Pretty cool stuff, ... I wish I could have also gone.

Girl Scout Science Event

The weekends don't seem to be getting any lighter... and the kids aren't getting any younger.  Onward!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Family and Wings

We had Paola's brother in town for a few weeks.  They came with the whole tribe.  And boy did all of the kids have soo much fun!!

Tios y Primos

On this day the gang got a chance to go get some wings...  there were many chickens in fear that day.  This is a good picture before everyone dug in and got sauce on everything.