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Showing posts from August, 2010

Home Tour

I can say we are finally unpacked, pictures on the walls, organized, and getting ourselves into a routine.  It is now time for you to come visit us!  We are only 10 miles from Washington DC.  You can walk to the end of the driveway, catch a bus to the train station, ride the train into DC, save yourself the stress of driving, and have a great time touring our nation's capital (and visiting us!).

Until you come to visit, here is a tour of our house.  This is our front door with the coat closet on the left. 
I just realized the picture has slipped in the matting and the cardboard is showing at the top.  I've got to fix that!  I get a lot of my pictures printed through Snapfish and they gave me a free poster, so I had this picture of my friend's mom made up. 

The front entry goes right into the living room.  This looks a bit funny because of the back of the chair right there.  But we have a very nice fireplace and mantel with floor to ceiling bookshelves beside it. 
We have dec…

Moving to Maryland

The last two weeks have been pretty crazy.  We finished packing and cleaning the house in Pennsylvania.  I have to have my living environment/work space pretty clean and organized to get anything done, so it has been a pretty frustrating time for me. 
More than once one of us lost something important and couldn't remember where we had last seen it.  My biggest heart-stopper was when I couldn't find my credit card.  I was pretty sure it wasn't lost out in the world somewhere because I knew I had last used it at my desk. I just couldn't find it there!  Sure enough, I eventually found it in a different pocket in my wallet than where I usually keep it.

We did find some time for fun.  One night our family and Tam went to the Wayne County Fair.  Our favorite fair is the Harford Fair, but it was not open yet.
I'm pretty sure John is buying lemon aid, not funnel cakes or fried oreos.  He doesn't do junk food.I love going to the fair on a warm summer evening, just walking…

24 Years Ago Today

24 years ago today I walked down the aisle to meet my husband and to say, "I do".  I said that I would take him to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part."(A picture from when we first started dating.)
Vows made in love but without a full understanding of what the years together would bring.  We've been through a lot together.
*Living as the only missionaries in our town, at least most of the time we were there.  Some days were pretty lonely.  Some days the burden of the work was pretty heavy. *Watching our kids struggle with serious asthma attacks (Suzanne) and grand mal seizures (Daniel) *Learning how to help our friends and neighbors who had nothing....and the stress it brought to not ever be able to help enough *Exhaustion brought on by the emotional and physical strain of the exhaustion tha…

A Trip to Washington (State)

On July 23rd John and I flew with his mom to Washington State.  My mother-in-law is one of five sisters, all of whom are still living. 
She is the oldest.  

All five of them have the gift of hospitality, so we attended picnics
at each of the four sister's homes.  I think we had a picnic or outing almost every day.

One day we went up THE mountain. That is Mt. Rainier, the favorite landmark of the area. 

Another day we went to the beach
and spent the day in the beach house of one of John's cousins. 
It was a cold, dreary day, but we had fun anyway.  One of the sisters and her husband couldn't go on that outing.

One of John's aunts and uncle live on a lake. 
We spent almost a week just enjoying the peace and quiet there.

We got to visit friends from Niger,
including the Bankes and the Kozakowskis.  It was fun to see them on this side of the pond.

One day we drove north of Seattle and visited a friend from high school days.  We stayed overnight and then the next morning anoth…