We have been enjoying time with friends and family. Recently Mikayla, Kirsten, and I went bowling with friends from the home school group we had been involved in when we lived here. That was fun to reconnect.
Mikayla is old enough to start driver's training so the other day I let her practice driving some on Grandpa's farm. Thankfully he has a long driveway! She did pretty well, but top speed was about 13 mph!
Kurt shared at the evening service at Tyrone last night. His message was on suffering. It was really good.
Today we are heading up north with Kurt's brother and his family. We will be in Wolverine , MI for four days. I'll post on that activity when we get back!
Keep us in your prayers for safe travels and restful times!
We spent this past Sunday with my sister, Meredy, and her husband, Ron.
We shared at their Sunday School Class in the morning. It was a blessing to us to be able to share a bit of what we do in the Philippines with this great group of supporters.
Kurt explaining the DVD presentation!
Ben passing out Davao keychains to the class participants.
Then we spent the afternoon at "Uncle Ron and Aunt Meredy's farm."
We had a great meal cooked by Meredy. No wonder missionaries on furlough gain weight....though we are trying hard not to!
It was fun to see the horses and get a cart ride, too!
Playing with the dog
Saturday we had a Symanzik Family Reunion. It was really enjoyable to reconnect with relatives and friends.
Hannah and Kirsten - good friends and cousins!
Ben and Michael playing in the sandbox - cousins and friends!
Playing on the trampoline
What's a picnic without lots of food, fun, friendship, eating...?
We arrived in Michigan May 24, late evening.
Some of our friends from our sending church were there to greet us! What a welcome surprise!
Since then we have been busy visiting with relatives and friends, shopping, enjoying cool weather, spoke at our sending church, etc.
Kirsten got her ears pierced today.
Both girls were treated to new clothes by one of their aunts.
Ben is spending an overnight at a friend's house.
We've all had our teeth cleaned. The lack of fluoride in water in the Philippines seems to be causing problems with my family's teeth!!! So we will be shipping back flouride rinse for all of us to use.
Our coming week has scheduled a family reunion, time with friends, sharing at a supporting church, etc.
The plane we flew on.
Layover in Moscow, Russia
My sister, Sarah, met us in Houston during our layover there.
Flying a model rocket
Fishing in Grandpa's pond.
Kirsten with her cousin, Hannah, at their hydroponic strawberry
Mikayla helping Grandpa freeze rhubarb!
We've been enjoying visiting with our relatives, friends from our sending church, etc.
It's refreshing to be cold! Michigan is having a cooler than usual late Spring. Temps are 40f at night to around 70f during the day.
Yesterday we shared in a Sunday School class at our sending church and also a brief update during the morning service.
I really enjoyed being able to sing in the Praise Band during the evening service also!
I hope to post some pictures soon!