A new year and a new start? I sure hope so. I captured this just after Christmas and this pic PERFECTLY describes our Christmas break. LAZY and loving. You're about to see in pics that we did get it together sometimes, in order to see our friends, but this was what we did most of the time - hang at home.
When they're not fussing with each other, you'll see this and it's beautiful! Kevin is busy turning himself into a man and that sometimes means that his irritability results in him having to restore relationships, but it's not out of control and he certainly is remorseful. Ju is eight in a house with a bunch of teenagers and trying to grow into a big-little sister. The combo of these two can be somewhat tulmultuous, but they keep working out the kinks. They are either on the floor of Ju's bedroom playing legos or cars while laughing, on the Xbox playing a game, ooor fussing. There is almost no in between. I have faith in them though.
The weekend after Christmas we were invited to the Bundy's for some fun. We ate, talked, ate, shared our lives, and then ate a little more. I was priviledged to feed Sam before he went to bed. He's such a cutie. I sure wish he lived closer so that I could get to know him as well as Ellie. The Bundy's have some pretty great grandbabies.
Yes, we certainly did eat!
Some of us played for the crowd.
Uncles helped give Mommy some down time.
And, beautiful Ellie made everyone smile! :)
What I enjoyed the most (outside of feeding Sam because come on, I was feeding Sam) was watching Jared, Kevin & Ellie play with the old toys that the boys enjoyed at Ellie's age. It just made me sappy. Jared will be sixteen years old this coming summer. Valerie is ready to start driving and Kevin, as well as Cati, are 14!!!! We have shared many years together.
Thanks for the fun, Bundys!
On the Sunday after being at the Bundy's, we had the pleasure of joining our friends as they publicly proclaimed their acceptance of and devotion to Jesus Christ. It has been amazing to watch them come to know our Lord and joining them on this day was incredible!
Walking from the current sactuary to the part of the church that is being remodeled for future use. They have a baptismal in the new area and it was COLD!!
The crowd was beginning to gather. The baptismal was high above where the parishoners will eventually be sitting.
So grateful for these two. Not many people get to share as many monumental life experiences with friends as we have with Rich & Angela. We became parents together, we co-parented a daughter for a time, we continue to share Kari with them as they were her foster parents and we have been used by God in helping to bring them to Christ. Our friendship is a wonderful adventure that we are so very grateful for. We love you, Angela & Rich!!
I am so grateful for you, Rich!
Washed clean and publicly proclaiming Jesus as his Savior!
That water was COLD!!!!
Gone is the old.
New in Christ!
Shockingly cold water.
These people are our family.....
They are our Chinese family
They are our daughter's foster family
We are sisters & brothers in Christ's family
But more than that, they are our friends.
After the baptism we were off to lunch with eveveryone....
Our big kids at China Cottage
Lainey & Jaden
And that was just the weekend after Christmas. I'll be back to post even more of our Christmas break activities.
Love to you.