Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Catching up.....Life Just Doesn't Stop

If this blog reflects life at our home it kind of did a poor
job of it over the past couple of weeks.
Information was scarce around here.

It has been crazy busy and more than a little bit sad
as we said our goodbyes to Johnny.... for now.

He and Chelsea have changed their status back to friends.
And great friends they are.
But we surely miss having him around here.
No one else could have fit so seamlessly into this craziness.
And I mean that as a compliment!!
He is loved.
And definitely not forgotten.
Gotta love that internet and how it allows us to keep in 
touch with loved ones on the other side of the ocean!

Jonathan finally got his car back after months of a very dead engine.
It took time and research on Warren's part but we were able to 
find a good engine with low mileage and a three year warranty to have installed.
This is a blessing to all of us.
We loved spending time with Jonathan as we drove him to work
but it was also a bit hard on him to have to rely on us.
He had grown very used to that freedom.

Good Neighbors Candle Co. is going strong.
Record breaking summer months....
that so surprises me.
But is pretty awesome too!!

We joined the YMCA yesterday.
Guess that means I need to go there and do something
very soon.
Chelsea did a trial week and really enjoys it
but we decided to get a family membership to help all of us
get in better shape!
I look forward to meeting Warren there after work some days.
Then we can have a bigger dinner, right?
We are even discussing a Ballroom Dance class.
Fun, right?
We'll see in the Fall when it is a real possibility.

Our Moms were gone on a bus trip to Maine when we got news of a bus 
crash in Canada involving a bus from their same company.
We were so sad to learn of the death of one of those travelers.
We were thankful that other than bad weather, 
which cancelled a whale watch and fogged in a lighthouse
Mom and Georgia enjoyed a trip which was uneventful.
So sweet that our moms are such dear friends.

I'm back off of white bread.
I do love the stuff.
But the physical toll it takes on me is obvious.

Our most recent adventures involve spending time with some children
whose families are refugees from Burma.
Chelsea instigated this as she misses the Thai people 
after her YWAM trip.
We found that the Karen People from Burma have 
spent many, many years in refugee camps in Thailand and some 
are being moved into the U.S.  
We are helping with English retention for the children 
as they go through the summer months without school.
Chelsea has two little girls
whom she adores.
I have three girls who are smart and sweet.
I was warned that they are a bit of a handful but 
so far they must not know me well enough to 
challenge anything I have asked them to do. 
Instead, they have been enthusiastic and a joy to work with.
What a blessing to our hearts (Mom was able to go along)  yesterday
as we pulled away and their sweet faces were in the window
and their hands waving goodbye.
They had asked if we were coming back today.
Awww...not until next week girls.

So all in all, I would say that life is good.
It has its hard times.
But it is still good.

A very good thing?
Michael and Emily's wedding is now just over 
one month away!!
Oh yes. 
This is good.


Theresa said...

Love the butterfly pics! I have missed you! Thanks for catching me up with what has been going on around your home and family! I know you were relieved that your MOMS were Ok and having fun! Have a blessed day dear friend, sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Beautiful butterfly!

The summer is flying by, isn't it? Can't wait for the wedding! It's so wonderful to see our young adults marrying!