Kirsten's 18th Birthday

Kirsten on her birthday

Today we celebrate Kirsten's 18th birthday. We took her to her favourite restaurant for lunch. I pray that God, our Father of peace Himself, will continue to sanctify her completely, and that her whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls her and each of us if faithful. He will surely do it. (based on 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).

Kurt with kids on Father's day

Father's day falls on Kirsten's birthday this year. We enjoyed lunch at a favourite restaurant and giving gifts to both Kirsten and to Kurt. He is a great dad to his kids and I'm thankful for him as my husband.

I pray and commend each member of my family to my Abba, God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build each of us up and to give each of us the inheritance among all those who are sanctified (based on Acts 20:32).

"You want to pay us ..."

Sometimes kids come to our gate looking to earn a bit of money. Today, two young girls came by, and in their best English while pointing to the dirt on the sidewalk outside our gate, they said,

"We want to sweep and you want to pay us."

Of course, we let them clean, and we did pay them as well as gave them each an apple.

Kids cleaning

Another day, this group of five stopped by to clean. My heart goes out to these kids.

kids cleaning two

kids happy

Kirsten has graduated

Kirsten graduated from high school May 26, 2016. We are so proud of her. She is taking a gap year. She and I will come to the USA in August.

The main speaker encouraged the graduates to find a place (community) to worship with, pray, make wise choices, and put God first in all they do. It was a great message.

One of their teachers gave them a blessing from Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

This is my prayer, too. For Kirsten and her classmates to be filled with hope, to have joy and peace as they confidently rely on God to lead and guide them in all their life journeys.

Walking down aisle

Receiving math award

receiving diploma

with Arlene

with dad

with Mikayla

with Ben

with James

with parents

graduated class

me with Kirsten

Cast buddies

One of my friends broke her wrist a while ago. We were laughing about being two moms of seniors graduating and we both have an arm out of commission!

Cindy and I

Ben's 8th Grade Celebration

Ben's class poster

The 8th grade class celebrated the end of middle school with a special chapel. Each of the 8th graders gave a short speech, there was an excellent challenge message given to seek God's way first in all of life, and food!

Ben and me

8th grade guys

food line