Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What We've Been Up To Lately

In these past two weeks we have been doing the "Summer Thing".  Along with enjoying the longer, more carefree days, we've also sent our eldest off to Canada for a missions trip.  (His Grandpop would have been so proud as his heart was all about reaching the lost).

So, we loaded Allen up with some good family friends in their rented RV.  Destination: Ontario, Canada.

Their mission is to teach the kids soccer as part of an all-day VBS/Soccer Camp and share the gospel in their small groups.

Allen has a group of 13-7yr. olds and is experiencing many opportunities to minister to children who need extra love to break through a somewhat hard outer shell. Some are from the First Nation's Reservation, some from the women's shelter,and others are from foster care.   We are so thrilled he has this opportunity to be God's hands and feet to these precious children.

On the home front, Josi got a new pair of glasses.  After gluing and re-gluing her other pair together over 10 times, we decided it was time for a new pair.  Isn't she a beauty?  Very chic!

We celebrated the Fourth of July with some sparklers.

'Smoke Man'

We also got to see a wonderful fireworks display at our local State Fairgrounds.  There was a time, not too long ago, that we had to skip the fireworks because they were way too loud for Josi.  However, she was sitting there clapping and oooing and ahhhing with the rest of us!  Nadia loved them too.

Other than that, we're mostly trying to stay cool!

We met our friend Lisa with daughters Kate and Olivia at the local spray park/pool for some refreshing fun.

See?  There's Lisa and Olivia in the background.  Not sure where Kate was at this moment.

And of course there's always just watching little missie being awfully cute!

And Silly.

And Flexible...

And just overall whacky!
(Which makes her a perfect fit for our family!!!)

Hope you all are enjoying whatever it is you've been up to lately!


  1. Ooohhhh....fun water times! Looks like you're having a wonderful summer, my friend. So glad Allen is having the best time in Canada--making memories that will last a lifetime.

  2. Fun!!!! Great pics! Love, love, LOVE Josi's glasses! Gorgeous!

  3. You've captured some great summer time fun photos, and that little Nadia is so silly and so stinkin cute!

    What a great opportunity for Allen to minister to others I'm sure he'll have some great stories to share.

  4. great opportunity for Allen, I hope it was a wonderful experience for him...and, as usual, Nadia is such a cute/goofy girl! Josi rocks the glasses, too :)

  5. Wish summer was just starting! Had fun at the wet and wild spray park with you all.
    Love Josi's glasses. They are very becoming!
    Looking forward to hearing Allen's adventures on his trip.

  6. That is so cool about the mission trip! I know your dad is watching from above. Love the um...photo of Lisa. Next time could you get closer? :)))) Wish I was there hanging out with you guys!

  7. Love the pictures!! Looks like you guys are having a fun summer :) :)

    Sorry my blog is such a mess with the comments...I can't even comment on it half the time! Really stinks.

  8. This is my first time commenting! I love your blog, your kids are adorable and I have learned so much about DS from here. Thanks!

    Just as a note (coming from a Canadian and a person who has worked with first Nations people), The proper way to call the reserves are First Nations reserves. Using the word Indian is like calling African Americans Negros (which I don't by the way). Just an fyi for future use. :)

  9. Is that an As I Lay Dying, shirt? We are friends with them and he and his wife JUST passed eithiopian court today to adopt their two older daughters!

    Yay for adoption news!