Ben is 14

Today, August 3rd, is Ben's birthday! He has welcomed in his birthday day by having an all-night Lord of the Rings movie marathon with friends. As I write this, 7a our time, the friends and Ben are tired and giddy - soon to disperse to homes and beds!

We will have a family party tonight for Ben.

Ben is growing in to a fine young Christian man.

Ben, may you continue to grow in wisdom and grace, following Christ all the days of your life. You are a blessing!

Love, Mom

New Family Photos 2015

A friend of ours, who is a photographer, took over 2000 photos of us in June. Don't worry! I won't post all 2000+ photos! But I will post some. And there are more to look at on my facebook account.


The people we are renting the house from for this year have a dog named Dude. He is a lab. He was staying with another family but it wasn't working out, so Dude is back here with us now. This works out well for us. We didn't want to buy another dog when we plan to be leaving the end of May 2016, so God provided us with Dude. I'd post a picture but my camera died.

It Still Works!

We are in a season of more frequent power outages, lasting 1 - 2 hours once or twice a day. Yesterday, our son, James, made us laugh when, after the power went out, he walked over to the piano, played a couple of the keys and exclaimed in great relief, "it still works!"

He is so technologically minded that the thought of something working without power seems to amaze him!!!

Bear 2007-2015

Funny the changes a day can bring.

Since we moved to our new rental a month ago we started noticing our dog, Bear, becoming lethargic.
We thought maybe he was eating a plant that might be poisonious so we moved them out of his reach.

But the last couple days there was rapid weight loss, labored breathing....

the vet came....

old dog, tumors under the skin, kidney and liver failure starting...

we had him put down.

He was a good dog.

James made a cross for his grave. Ben, Kirsten and Kurt dug the hole. I provided hugs, a cloth for Bear's burial. Mikayla witnessed some of the process via skype from the UK.

We'll get another dog as they provide good security here. But for the moments now we mourn the passing of this good dog, Bear.

Bear as a puppy.