I would like to wish my sweet husband a great Father’s Day. Micah is such a kind daddy to our little girl and a loving husband to me. When Violet was brand new, Micah knew very little about babies. But he did such a great job and got the hang of it pretty quickly. This parenting thing is still new in some ways to both of us, but he is doing a wonderful job. Love you Hun!
Also, a Happy Father’s Day to both of our Dad’s. We love you!
We leave for R-land on Wednesday!! But today Katrina’s 2 brothers + family came up from Lancaster to spend some time with us before we leave. We had a great roast dinner from Sharon and after that we spent most of the day outside. Here are some pictures of the day, enjoy and thanks for checking out our blog. The next post might come from Moscow!
Last week Micah’s dad and family drove all the way out here to PA from CA just to visit us before we left to go overseas. It was so nice to have them here and show them where we have been living and things we like to do in the area. We also took a few short trips while there were here that included visiting Wilbur’s Chocolate in Lititz, PA.
While we were down in the Lancaster area we went to dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasboard. It was soo good, as always. Too bad our stomachs can’t be way bigger just every once in a while, then shrink back down. Oh well! Here is Violet in the gift shop with a little Amish girl bonnet on.
Of course we didn’t just eat, even though we did do a lot of that we worked off all the food by playing with our Nintendo Wii.
And we also had some quality bonding time.
Well folks, just to let everyone know we have 9 DAYS LEFT until we get on a plane to go overseas! That seems so crazy, but we are so ready and very excited about this upcoming adventure. Please be thinking of us as we deal with getting rid of, storing and packing all of our things. We will try as best as we can to keep you all updated!
Last Saturday, Katrina’s parents threw us a going-away party. Over the last year Katrina’s dad raised a cow and a pig for the purpose of eating! We had steaks, burgers, ribs & barbecue pork = delicious! The weather was gorgeous and we had over 150 people come to hang out with us and say goodbye before we head overseas on May 26.
A big thanks to Bill & Sharon for putting this all together – we will post pictures later!
So this weekend we had a great visit from our friends Dave & Carolyn. They came all the way from Missouri to support us during our special time Sunday night. What an awesome privilege to have great friends like these – thanks so much, we love you!
We are excited to inform you that we have bought plane tickets! We are headed to Moscow to begin our journey on May 26. Folks ask us all the time, “Are you nervous?” Our response is that we are a little nervous, it would be almost impossible to move to another country without being nervous but our strength and confidence comes from the one who has been preparing us for this journey for the last five years. We know that He will never cease to provide for us!
In light of this, we covet your thoughts as we complete our visa process and begin packing.
A support update:
Currently, we are 73% supported. Of course our desire is to get as close to 100% as possible before we leave. We would appreciate your thoughts for that as well and if you would like to be involved in this way please let us know!
We are so thankful for you & thank you for thinking of us as we head out on the next phase of our journey!
Last week and half Micah’s mom was out here in PA visiting us. We are always on the go whether it’s shopping, eating out or checking out antique stores, she keeps us busy! Violet had a great time with her and was really happy the weather was so warm so she could walk outside around the house everywhere. Here are some pictures of our time together:
Hope you enjoyed them! And we always put lots more pictures on facebook, its just easier. Bye for now!
I just wanted to show everyone how fortunate we have been in the house we have been living in for the past year. Here is a picture of the yard and its size, there is so much room! We have loved living out in the country!
Thanks for checking us out!
This last picture is from our drive from Danville to Lancaster. We noticed all these cars had stopped along side the road and we were wondering what was going on! Then we looked over into the field and this is what we saw.
It was so cool, and they were really loud!
We are staying with Katrina’s family in Lancaster, PA for this whole week because we are involved in a week long conference. Micah is speaking six times during the week and Katrina’s job is to look beautiful and take care of Violet while Micah speaks. =)
Sunday and Monday have gone very well – we are thankful for this opportunity! Hopefully we will have some pics to post later. Thanks for checking our blog.
Lately, we have been getting a nice amount of snow here in PA. I love it during or right after it snows… it is so white and beautiful! Being out in the country is so nice, because it stays white so much longer instead of turning gray and black from all the traffic. Here are some pics for those of you who don’t get to see it very often.
My brother and his wife and kids were up this past weekend, so before they left we took some pictures of my parents with all of their grandkids. Not the greatest idea at 8 pm. Oh well… some of them are really cute, enjoy!
Last weekend we had the privilege of visiting our good friends Dave, Katie & Layla in Wisconsin. We had a great time catching up with them. They took us into Milwaukee a couple times for dinner and we watched the super bowl with them on Sunday. Here are some pictures of our time.
on the ride home
We stopped overnight at Micah’s aunt and uncle’s house in Northeast Ohio. His aunt Bonnie had a great meal ready for us when we got there and we got to hang out with Micah’s cousin Wes and his daughters. We’re sad we didn’t get to see you Kristy and Noah! And Micah’s cousin, Danielle and husband Jim we got to see briefly, but their kids were sick, so they were nice not to bring the germs in the house, but we’re sad we didn’t get to visit with them more!! Here are a couple pics.
We made it home just in time before the huge snow storm. Thank goodness we left the day we did or who knows when we might have gotten home. The snow is so pretty out here in PA, I’m hoping to put some pics of it on here soon! Stay tuned!
We are happy to have our baby back. She woke up Monday morning with her fever gone, but she had and still does have diarrhea. So she isn’t completely back to her normal self, but she’s about 75% better. Thank you so much for thinking of us!
We plan on trying to have Violet’s birthday party again this Saturday, since we didn’t have it this past weekend. So hopefully we’ll be able to get some pictures on here for you!
Last week, my brother had off a couple of days from work, so Micah decided to head down to Lancaster and hang out with him.
Our baby is getting older! This saturday, Jan. 23 Violet will be turning one year old!!
Every once in a while, I get the inclination to make bread! I used to be afraid of the whole process… making sure the water is the right temperature so you don’t kill the yeast, kneading the bread, letting it rise, punching it down, letting it rise again… but the end result is sooooo good I couldn’t let it hold me back any longer. So every couple weeks I’ve been making homemade bread, its actually fun and delicious!
Stay tuned for pictures from Violet’s 1st Birthday Party!!
During the Christmas break I had the chance to play in my high school’s basketball alumni game. It was really fun and we had a better turnout that I thought. There were about 5 real alumni girls and 5 other girls connected with the school that played too. It was a small christian school so it doesn’t have to just be people who graduated. It gives the high school players a good workout during the Christmas break. We were neck and neck the whole game and then in the end, one of their forward’s took a 3-pointer… and made it! Unbelievable!
We took a day trip down to Hershey with Micah’s mom and brother, and then met up with my brother later on.
On New Years Eve, Micah took his mom and brother down to Shady Maple (a huge buffet with awesome food) in Lancaster to see the Couriers, one of her favorite singing groups.
Here is one last picture of Darlene playing with Violet before they left to go back home.
Thanks for checking out our blog!
Micah’s mom loves going out to tea and since my sister-in-law was here at my parents house and she had never gone to a tea, well we just had to take her out to one! The last time Darlene (Micah’s mom) was here in PA we went to a great tea place in Reading, but that was a little too far to go this time. We went to teamap.com and found a place, Sarah’s Tea Cup in Selinsgrove. How convenient! It was a cute little place right in the center of town. Here we are at our table. Darlene, Sheri (my sister-in-law), Rachel (my sister), me and my mom, Sharon.
Here we are in front of their Christmas tree.
On Christmas Eve, Micah and I decided it might be fun for us to take his mom and brother to walk around downtown Danville a little bit. It was so nice to hear Christmas music playing as we got out of the car. We had a bite to eat at the sub shop and then walked around to a few stores. But before too long, they started closing! We thought we would get to a few more places than we did, but the timing worked out with Violet’s schedule anyway.
Here are some pictures from Christmas Eve.
Here are Christmas day pictures.
Thanks for checking out our blog. We hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
Here are some pics from the day my sister, Rachel and I made Christmas cookies together.
Also, Micah is at the airport right now picking up his mom and brother. They will be here for 2 weeks! Pray for our sanity, haha, JUST KIDDING!!!!!! We are very thankful they can be here with us during Christmas.
We didn’t really put that many pictures on from Thanksgiving, so you’ll have to go back in time with me a little bit. Only a month ago, so not its not that bad!
This last picture, Violet, Jenna and Colton were all born within about 3 months of each other. Violet the end of Jaunary, Jenna the end of February and Colton the beginning of April. It was getting late in the evening so us moms had to hold the little kiddos or it was a cry fest. The cup was entertaining Violet for a little bit.
And here is one more cute pic of Violet, getting into things all the time now!
We have been back in PA for over a week now, we had a great thanksgiving with Katrina’s family on Thursday. But we had a surprise sitting on our front porch yesterday morning. 6 bags of groceries! The fellowship of believers next door to our house knew that we had just come back from our trip, so they wanted to bless us with some supplies! Check out the picture of all of it on our kitchen table – awesome!!
Thanks for checking out our blog =)
Well, after 8,000 miles, 11 stops in 7 states, 6 speaking engagements & 2 months on the road we made in back safely to PA last night. It was a great feeling to sleep in our own bed and wake up in our house this morning!
It was an amazing trip, we feel so blessed and encouraged – it couldn’t have gone any better. We raised about 10% more of our support as well which is a huge encouragement. We need to raise at least 10% more before we leave in May so please think about that for us.
Thanks to all of you who welcomed us in your homes, fed us and encouraged us as we drove across the country.
And a big thanks to all of you who checked our blog faithfully and followed us around the country, it was exciting to see how many people checked our blog each day. Please keep checking back, we will be updating this blog for the next couple months as we prepare to leave for N. Asia and we will continue to update it while we are there.
We leave you with some final pictures of our stay in Ohio!
Thanks for traveling with us!
We will be home tomorrow!! We are at our last stop tonight here in Logan, Ohio with Katrina’s Aunt Elaine. It’s been an awesome trip but we will be thankful to be home tomorrow night. Here are some pictures from our time in Indiana – enjoy!
Thanks for traveling with us.