Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014~Week 29

Wednesday was our last day with the DeKornes.  We hated to say goodbye but had to get home to our kiddos!  We had such a great time with Micah, Betsy and Porter at World Venture!!!
A huge thanks goes out to Alex who had a great few days with our kids at home while we were in Littleton!!!  What a blessing!
Thursday morning hike!  I love the views from Medaris trail.
Took Levi, Emma, Owen and 3 friends to the River Park Friday afternoon...they had a blast swimming in the river and catching frogs in the pond.
Over the weekend we had a bunch of people from the front range join us for a weekend of prayer, worship and fellowship.  We had a gathering at the Price house Friday night and it was such an awesome time!
Saturday we had a time of worship and discussion and prayer at the River Center in the morning.
The group broke up and some went fishing and others came hiking with us :)  So fun!
Sunday we had an awesome all gathering at the River Center in the morning and then Music & Movie Night at Burning Mtn Park that evening.  Feeding Giants played and then we watched Despicable Me 2.  We had a bunch of families and people come out to the park and River Center gave away free food and drinks.  It was such a fun night!
Today we got to help get pea gravel into the community garden at the River Center.  We have a team of mostly teens here from Oklahoma for a missions week.  Fun!
I took our kids (minus Owen) and two of their friends to the River this afternoon to swim...and I joined them!  We had so much fun jumping in and riding the river to the beach :)  Desi came for a bit and he and I floated a longer stretch of the river.  It's a fantastic way to beat the summer heat.
P.S. My parents are moving back to New Castle next month!  They had a great adventure but the heat and humidity, among other things, were a big factor in their decision to come back to the states!  I honestly didn't think they'd come back so this is very happy news!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July Newsletter

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014~Week 28

We got a new couch!  I've been jonesing for a new or different couch lately as our old one was not comfortable to sit on!  I found a couple I liked at the local furniture store but they were pricey!!!  Desi got on Craig's List and found a beautiful, 6 month old couch for a fraction of the cost of the new couches I was looking at!  Thanks to Chase for helping us pick it up and get it in the house...it's heavy as it's got recliners on each end.    
Emma's cat:
We enjoy going to the River Park after dinner and tend to meet the nicest dogs and people.  This little guy was so cute!!!
These two were busy builders the other day...
Looking at a new family album...
I love walking/jogging our town!
Hope got back from Student Life summer camp in Durango last Friday.  She had an awesome time and would love to go again.
After dinner that day Hope and I walked the town and she told me all about camp.  I love walking and talking with her :)
The sunflower jungle continues to grow by leaps and bounds every day!
Last Sunday Desi and I drove down to Littleton to meet up with Micah and Betsy DeKorne who asked us to be their mentor couple.  They have recently been appointed as missionaries with World Venture and one requirement is to have a mentor couple.  We LOVED our time with them...especially with their son Porter whom we met for the first time!!!  We learned a lot and World Venture treated us super well while we were there for 3.5 days.
On Monday all the new appointees shared about themselves and why and where they are going as missionaries at a Celebration Service.  Man, it was so awesome to be there and see people filled with passion to go out and reach a lost world with God's love!!  Micah and Betsy nailed their 3 minute presentation and now have a great tool to use as they share their story.
Cheryl is one of the lovely ladies who will help Micah and Betsy with all they need to do to get back to Uganda.  She was so sweet and we loved meeting her and learning from her.
World Venture took all the appointees and their mentors out to eat on Monday night.  YUMMY!!!
Alex Malaska who used to live with us back in Denver came up to New Castle to take care of our kids.  He and the kids had a wonderful time together.  What a blessing!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2014~Week 27

Last week we had the joy of hosting the Giampa family for a night on their move from Southern California to Western New York!  They have 4 adorable children and Jeff's wife's sisters were along for the ride to help with the kids and spend some of the summer in Cuba, NY with Jeff and Denise.  We've been friends with Jeff for many years and have loved seeing his family grow!
Friday morning I took the younger two kiddos to visit Sage, Miss Vivian's little baby horse.  She's the friendliest little horse ever!! So fun!
Friday afternoon we went to Apple Tree Park for their annual Freedom Celebration.  We went last year and really enjoyed it so the kiddos were super excited to go again.  $5 per kid for all the wet games, bounce houses and carnival style games.  Hope and I volunteered to help with the Garden School concession booths.
We had a lovely and restful weekend.  Man, it was nice to have the 4th on a Friday!  Saturday and Sunday were lovely and included a lunch date for me and Desi :)

 Desi took Hope to the meet up place for camp early Monday morning.  She headed down to Durango with some of the teens from our church for a 5 day summer camp.  Later that morning after finishing school, Desi and I took the rest of our kiddos to a pool in Lakota.  We had a punch card left from last summer and made the most of our not cheap day at the country club pool!  That big beach ball is something Owen got with tickets from the 4th of July.  It was pretty fun to play with in the pool.
This morning I took Emma and Levi back over to Miss Vivian's to watch her farrier (I had to look it up...it's what you call someone who trims hooves and puts horse shoes on).  She had 3 horses get trimmed and filed (no horse shoes this time).  He was quick!  He wanted to look at Sage (the 3 month old) and boy oh boy did she give him a run for his money!!!  She had quite a fit and fought being tied up for such a long time!  She even broke an old rope!  She's really, really strong.  Thankfully she got worn out and let the farrier look at her feet and trim them up a bit.  It was very educational to watch!
Our sunflower jungle is starting to BLOOM!!! HOORAY!!!  I don't really like summer, but I do love the flowers!!
A blurry photo of my evening jogging spot.  Desi and I ran for 20 min straight on Sunday night!  I could not believe I did it!  I'm committed to running a 5K on the 26th and I think I'll be ready for it.  My poor shins get sore but other than that, I'm stoked to have this goal and be working toward it.
It's been a lovely week and I have so much to be thankful for.