Celebrating Ben's Birthday Early

Today we celebrated Ben's 8th birthday 11 days early!


Birthday Boy with cake!


Grandpa and Priscilla


Aunts Anne and Meredith being silly!


Aunt Meredy with Mikayla, Kirsten, and Ben.


Ben and Michael - good buddies and cousins!


Uncle Kent and Hannah being silly!

Fun Family Fotos!

Family Reunion

We had a good trip to Wisconsin.
It was good to reconnect with relatives, even if just for a short while.

Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.

A tradition at the family reunion is to end by singing "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." It is a beautiful song, filled with musical harmony from all the musically gifted singers in our family.

God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Neath His wings protecting hide you;
Daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
When life's perils thick confound you;
Put His arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Keep love's banner floating o'er you,
Strike death's threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus' feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

Arrived in Wisconsin

We arrived safely in Wisconsin after 8 1/2 hours travel time. It is good to see some of our relatives. Tomorrow we go to a Family Reunion picnic.

Activities from this week

A photo show of some activities from the week.....


Mikayla talking with a penpal on the phone...an MK guy!


Ben lost a tooth this week.


Kirsten had to have a tooth pulled this week.


Youth group silly photo!


Ben, Kurt and Kirsten playing volleyball with the youth group.


Kurt sharing with the youth group about life in the Philippines.

Our friends, Brian and Betsy, invited us over for dinner last night.
Brian and Lydia enjoy cooking and had a great meal for us.
We really enjoy spending time with this family.


Brian grilling the meat!


Playing with friends.


Lydia, Eva, Kirsten.


Kirsten and Eva.


Marcus and Ben.

Today we travel to Wisconsin for a family reunion. We will come back Sunday night. Please pray for safe travels. Thanks!