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Violet’s Birthday

Our baby girl turned 6 years old on Friday.  While she was riding her new bike outside today, she said, “I love to laugh and smile.” And she does.  She loves being tickled! It’s basically the only game she wants to play with mommy or daddy. Some kind of running around and when she gets caught she needs to be tickled.  She loves telling her sister what to do and doesn’t like it when her sister doesn’t listen. She is a very take-charge kind of girl. Violet does love her siblings and really does help me out when I need an extra hand. I love that she asks questions, about everything.  She has been enjoying homeschooling, most days. She really loves knowing she is beginning to read, but doesn’t exactly enjoy the process. Violet loves dressing up and doing lots of girly things, like painting her nails or wanting to put on mommy’s makeup. She has grown a lot this year and we just love her to pieces.

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Princesses

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Create a Snowman with Toilet Paper game

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They did a great job!

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Presents!

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Christmas in Pennsylvania

It’s been so nice to be with family for Christmas and now soon for New Years.  The kids have loved spending time with their cousins. It is really interesting to see their personalities come out with so many kids around. Violet is quite the little miss bossy girl and Keira was just following the other three girls around, wanting to be included in everything! And well, Keith is just his normal active self.

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Mom and Dad’s old farmhouse is definitely crowded with this many kids running around.

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Grandma and Grandpa with their nine grandkids

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Grammy and her grandkids

This time of the year it seems everyone catches a cold or flu or something.  Well, Keith started up with something over the weekend.  He was wheezing really bad and coughing.  And when he coughed the poor thing would cry and get all worked up and he really seemed to have a hard time to catch his breath. He was getting worse and not better, so my mom and I ended up taking him into the ER Monday night around 8 pm.  We had to wait about 3 hours to finally go back and see the doctor.  It was just a little busy there that night.  They ended up giving him breathing treatments 3 different times. They didn’t like the way his chest sounded so they also took some chest x-rays to make sure he didn’t have any kind of bacterial pneumonia. Thankfully, they didn’t find anything.  They said he had parainfluenza and rhinovirus with some croup as well.  They finally gave him a steroid shot in the leg to help loosen everything up and clear it out.  We went home around 2 am. Poor guy only had a little nap earlier in the waiting room, so he conked out right away on the drive home.

Thankfully today he already sounds better, not much wheezing at all.  Still some coughing and crying.  But I’m thankful we did go to make sure it wasn’t something more serious and he was able to get some kind of treatment that we couldn’t give him at home.  The nurses and doctors all did a great job! Thankful for the ER staff at Geisinger in Danville.


A way to help

Hi Friends,

As you’ve probably noticed over the years, we don’t often post about the ministry we are involved in. It’s mostly about our kids & life in Russia (now Florida). But, today we want to share with you about an important project that Micah has been working on.

One of the new ministry jobs Micah has is becoming familiar with all the business & community development projects that our workers are involved in in Asia. There is a great project going on now in North Asia with homeless, deaf street kids. The workers there are providing them with basic needs like food, clothing & education, as well as sharing the gospel and loving them like Christ would. Some great stuff is going on, but they are in desperate need of funds to keep it going. Micah has written a crowdfunding campaign through indiegogo. Go check it out and please donate if you are able!

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/children-at-risk/embedded/9057493IMG_4576

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