Life, Kids, Sun

In Florida

Little Leah and a song

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Our baby girl is four months old! After we returned from Pennsylvania during Christmas break, Leah decided it was time to roll over from her back to her tummy. She loves to use her strong little legs to stand up while someone is holding her. All our babies have been very happy, but Leah seems to be the happiest of them all! She smiles and giggles at her sisters and brother when they talk to her and say her name.  Leah is sleeping all night long from 8 pm to 8 am. She is even content to lay for a minute in the morning before I feed her while I make myself a cup of coffee.  She is drooling all the time and usually has a finger or two or three in her mouth. We couldn’t be happier to have this sweet bundle of joy in our lives.

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Here is a little video of her giggling at mommy before bedtime…

Also the girls sang with Micah at church…


Leah Hope

Six weeks ago we welcomed the newest member of our family, Leah Hope.

She was born on August 31st at 7:17 in the morning.  She weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

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The kids are all doing great with baby Leah.  They all love to hold her and they always give her lots of kisses.

This was by far the best hospital experience for giving birth of all of the kids.  The hospital staff was super friendly and made sure everything was being done according to how I wanted it even though I didn’t have specific plans except wanting to have a healthy baby. After having the last two kids in Russia, I definitely felt spoiled.  Understanding exactly every word the nurses and doctors were saying to me this time around was something I was very thankful for.  And the nurses seemed like they genuinely cared.  They weren’t cold and unwilling to show some tenderness.

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We were happy to have Katrina’s parents and sister come down to help out a few weeks after her birth.  They were such a big help with cooking, watching the kids so I could nap, doing odd jobs around the house and probably some other things I don’t remember since I was so sleepy during that time.  🙂

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Thanks Mom, Dad and Rachel!

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Leah at five weeks old starting to smile!


Latest Happenings

Hi Friends!

Anyone still checking this blog? It’s been almost two months since I’ve posted an update, yikes.

But, as usual, we are super busy with life and ministry!

Katrina is just a couple weeks away from her due date of August 31. She is doing well, but is definitely ready for this baby to arrive!

Less than a month to go!

Less than a month to go!

Our ministry with the org is busy as well. Micah took recently took a trip up to Boone, NC to attend a contingency conference. It was about safety on the mission field. Micah is the contingency coordinator for the org, so it’s important for him to stay up the with the latest practices.

A simulated military checkpoint. How you get pass when they want a bribe?

A simulated military checkpoint. How you pass when they want a bribe?

The planning for our “Exchange” internship is in full-swing as well. You can check out http://www.exchangeyourworld.com for more details.

We also had a recent visit from Micah’s dad and step-mom. It was their first visit since Thanksgiving so it was great to have them and show them around the area again. Here’s a couple pics from that weekend.

During the parade, so many beads!

During the parade, so many beads!

We went sailing!

We went sailing!

4th of July parade

4th of July parade

Micah’s mom also just came for a visit, and that allowed us to get away for a night to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It isn’t actually until August 13th, but we took advantage of her babysitting skills, and figured the 13th would be too close to the baby coming.

The happy couple

The happy couple

The obligatory tea party

The obligatory tea party

I’ll wrap it up after that happy note. Thanks for checking out our blog!


A New Post! Wow!

Hi Friends,

For those of you who have been following our blog faithfully for the last 6 years, we apologize for not posting as often as we used to.  Since re-joining Facebook, we have posted updates about our life on there more, and less on this blog. But we do want to keep this blog active, so we will try to update it at least once a month.

Here’s a quick ministry update:

Since coming back to the USA last year, I (Micah) have stepped into a couple new roles with the mission that get’s me pretty excited. First, is the cool opportunity to challenge young couples & college students to serve overseas and second is to be involved in training new workers.

The pictures below are of us serving in both those roles. The first is of an event we had a couple weeks ago called “Global Impact” where we had a number of young couples and college students who are very serious about serving overseas come learn more about our org.

The second picture is of me visiting a local cross-cultural school that specializes in teaching sustainable agriculture. We may partner with this school in the future to better equip some of our workers who are doing agriculture projects in Asia.

Thanks for checking out our blog!

Global Impact Event

Global Impact Event

Visit to the H.E.A.R.T. Institute.

Visit to the H.E.A.R.T. Institute.


Traveling…

Hi Friends!

Sorry it’s been so long since we’ve updated the blog. As we’ve settled into life & ministry in Florida, we haven’t carved out time to keep the blog updated like we have in the past.

Part of Micah’s new ministry responsibilities demand that he travel a little bit more. In the last month he has traveled to Virginia, Pennsylvania & California and he is headed to Russia at the end of the month! Would you be in prayer for his travels? As well as Katrina & the kids while he is away?

We are thankful for you! Thanks for checking our our blog, here are some pictures of Micah’s recent travels.

Manning the GSI table @ Liberty U.

Manning the GSI table @ Liberty U.

Enjoying free iced coffee from Chick Fil A.

Enjoying free iced coffee from Chick Fil A.

The girls waiting for our bags in Pennsylvania

The girls waiting for our bags in Pennsylvania

Getting some sledding in with Violet.

Getting some sledding in with Violet.

Attending the Shepherd's conference in California

Attending the Shepherd’s conference in California

Have to see the beach while in CA!

Have to see the beach while in CA!


Happy New Year!

Hi Friends,

We hope you had a great Christmas & New Year! We’re back in Florida after being up in PA for about two weeks. Although we had a great time up north with family, we are very glad to be back. One phrase that has been repeated lately in our family is “Good to see you come, good to see you go!” We love our family, but there is a lot of work to be done with GSI, so we were glad to get back. We have a pretty busy schedule this year with trips planned in the US and overseas, a “pre-field orientation conference” that Micah is contributing to, and an important GSI fundraising dinner. And that’s just in the first couple months! 🙂

We’ve also plugged into a local church, with Micah taking the reigns of the music ministry & Katrina and the kids getting involved in AWANA. Our church is passionate about reaching unreached people groups in restricted countries, so we’re excited to get involved there and be a part of their vision.

We’d ask for your prayers as we get involved with all these things. We are thanking the Lord for good health & and the comfortable house that we’re renting. We wish you a happy & productive 2015! Thanks for checking out our blog! Here are a couple pictures of the latest happenings…

Our Florida Winter

Our Florida Winter

It's never to early to start learning guitar!

It’s never to early to start learning guitar!

A regular sight here in Florida - the orange truck!

A regular sight here in Florida – the orange truck!

Keith likes to draw this way.

Keith likes to draw this way.

Our office finally got a sign!

Our office finally got a sign!

We had dinner with a good friend, it was so good to catch up with her!

We had dinner with a good friend that was with us in Russia, it was so good to catch up with her!

Micah is glad to be leading worship again!

Micah is glad to be leading worship again!