This past weekend I had the opportunity to go on a men's retreat with my missionary co-workers. The theme of the retreat was courage. It was very refreshing in every way. We had four in-depth devotional sessions on the theme of courage and what that means for a Christian man. We had excellent fellowship with one another, great food, and a little adventure to boot.
The retreat was held at a cabin about 1.5 hours by car away at an elevation of about 4000 feet. That meant that it was cool, which was quite a refreshing change for us since in the city we are at sea level. In fact, I neglected to pack my jacket mostly because I had trouble imagining that it could/would get cool enough for me to need it!
Here we are starting out on our Saturday morning hike to a cave. This was the easy part of the hike.
This is the entrance of the main cave that we visited.
The cave had an underground river running through it.
Sitting down for some great food and good conversation.
A devotional session during one of the evenings.
A large beetle that I was trying to pick up. He would latch his legs onto the material so well that I couldn't get him into my hand.
Our good friend, Beth S., is teaching Kirsten how to cross stitch.
She's also been helping Mikayla with some needle point, doing crafts with the kids, and being a BIG BLESSING to our kids and us.
We thank God for good friends like Beth.
The kids had Friday off so we decided to start baking Christmas cookies. We turned on Christmas carol CD music and made roll out and chocolate chip.
We need to make lots as we've been told many carolers come to the door during the holiday season. We plan to pass out cookies!
Ben really enjoyed helping crack eggs and mix the flour in by hand. We made a friend's recipe that makes like 10 - 12 dozen cookies!!
Kirsten really enjoyed rolling out sugar cookies. She was glad we had a Michigan cookie cutter to make some Michigan cookies. She misses her cousins and friends,.....more so now with the holidays coming.
Kirsten and Ben rolling out cookies.
Our good friend, Beth, helping the kids frost cookies!
Some of the finished product.
Recently, I sent the kids to school dressed as pirates!!
It was the school's carnival day. This year's theme was "Pirates of the Philippines."
The kids had a lot of fun playing the various games the different grades had set up....sword fighting, sunken treasure, sink the boat, etc.,
All proceeds will be going to a local orphanage.
Ben came home from Kindergarten yesterday and was singing a song for me....I had to chuckle when I heard it!
In the United States a familiar song kindergarteners sing is "Here we go 'round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush"
Ben is learning
"Here we go round the Mango tree, the mango tree, the mango tree......"