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Oh No! Not Again!

Yep!  It's almost time to move again.  We have been staying at Missionary Retreat Fellowship, a beautiful place in the Pocono Mountains that rents homes to missionaries.  Because they work hard to keep the budget down, there isn't a house-keeping staff to clean up after missionaries, so we are expected to leave the house in spic-and-span condition.  This involves a thorough spring cleaning. 
Other times we have lived here I have left it until the last week or so.  I underestimated how much time it really takes to do it all and I would end up so stressed with all the other last-minute details of going back to Africa.  So this time I really got on the ball and am only doing a little at a time.  Of course the last day we will have to wipe down surfaces, vacuum, and mop, but the major cleaning will be done.


Moving also means boxes everywhere. 
This is probably the part of moving I like the least.  It ends up with boxes in the living room, in the bedrooms, etc.  And I don't like…

A Busy Weekend

We went over to Connecticut for the weekend and had a very busy time there!


We went on Thursday and that evening Mom D. had arranged a small service to dedicate a bench she had had installed in memory of Dad D.  His ashes are buried behind the church, so he has no grave stone. 
In fact, the bench does not have his name on it anywhere as he would not have wanted that.  But it is put there for people to enjoy.  They can sit and wait for a ride or meditate or just rest.  I won't say too much about it as I think John wants to do a blog about it. 


On Friday, one of our supporters took us sailing.  He loves to go and he loves to take people with him and we love to go with him.


It was a hot, sunny day, but as we got out on the water the breeze was cool and refreshing. 
There's nothing like leaning back, feeling the breeze on your face, and hearing the wind flapping the sail! 

We anchored near an island and had our lunch, then our friend took us to see some seals.

  From there we circle…

Independence Day

This past Sunday was July 4th....Independence Day.  Our celebration was pretty low-key, really.  Since it was Sunday we went to church.  Our pastor had a great message on "The Biblical Foundation for a Free Society".  It went along with what we've been viewing in The Truth Project series of videos that we've been doing on Sunday nights and in our life groups.  In The Truth Project, it was pointed out that God's plan for government is that the king (president, prime minister, chancellor) is directly responsible to God.  A king needs a standard above himself to guide him, and that standard needs to be God.  When the king and the country decide their own morals, they are "fixin' to mess up".


We can see that in Israel's own history.  When the king and the people obeyed God, the country prospered.  When they turned their backs on God, things went downhill fast.
  Sunday morning I finished reading the book of II Kings which ends with the people taken in…