14 December 2009
the girls have been so sick we've hardly done any of our advent activities but this one seemed possible. it was a little crazy with the dough and the paint. gwyneth ended up with more on her face than on the ornaments. as usual, it was a time for the parents to grow in patience=)
30 October 2009
21 October 2009
school has been going pretty well. on fridays we try to get together with the nicholsons to have a special snack and craft. it is supposed to correspond with the letter we are working on but that doesn't always work out. "b" for bears and "a" for apples, for instance.
16 October 2009
15 October 2009
13 October 2009
23 September 2009
maggie took this picture of lois and me. she took one photo and then asked us to lean forward a little bit so that she could get a better one=)
in other news, we've been having a great time with steve's parents and aunt and uncle. they left on monday and we are meeting up with them in york today. we'll stay there for a few days before we say our goodbyes. also, we put in an application on a new house yesterday and we're gearing up for the first after school Bible club to start next week.
that's all for now, folks!
off to our holiday!
10 September 2009
marcia, you are a Bohemian Classic
You have a refined sensibility and bring a sense of history and tradition into your decor. You appreciate how symmetrical arrangements and beautiful, well-crafted pieces create a solid foundation to a room. But you like to shake up this restraint with objects and accessories that express your personality and your love of other cultures. When traveling, you seek out unique objects that reflect what you love, and you use them in a sophisticated way. You want people to feel comfortable in your home, and cozy chairs, ethnic fabrics, unique pieces, and even a little touch of quirk or humor give your house a laid-back, Bohemian flair.
You value comfort. Your home is a warm and open friendly place, and you feel happiest when everyone is cared for and relaxed in your space. Elements like pillows, throws, overstuffed furniture, and good lighting set the mood. You may also enjoy layering different fabrics or mixing patterns to create a cozy effect.
07 September 2009
04 September 2009
01 September 2009
last friday steve was able to help out with the "party in the park" in part sponsored by the youth centre where he has volunteered. they had a good turn out and he was able to make some contacts and continue relationships with adults and teens alike. "crazy steve" was also there and the 2 steves did race on the bungee course. they said it was a draw but i think my steve won. "crazy steve" and his family have been a real encouragement to us. he is employed at the youth centre and and they attend a church in another town. the best part of the night was watching maggie do the bungee course. when we got there she said, "i want to do that." now, maggie can get excited about things only to flip out in fear when she actually tries to do them. but not this time. she did the whole thing by herself. she even let the police support officer help her. i was really proud of her!
28 August 2009
it seems that most children maggie's age around here will start school this fall (part-time) so i am going to do some "school" with her at home. we are excited and sobered by the responsibility. we don't know what the future holds as far as education goes. we're going to take it one year at a time. we'll keep you posted!
24 August 2009
steve "maggie, do you think you'll get married when you grow up?"
maggie "yes and i'll have 2 children named molly and elizabeth!"
a few days later:
maggie "i'm going to a wedding."
steve "oh really?"
maggie "yes, i'm going to marry christopher robin."
31 July 2009
we visited gwydir castle & gardens and had a cream tea down in llanrwst yesterday. the Lord gave us beautiful weather and great fellowship! it's hard to believe that we've been here for over 8 months. in some ways i feel like we've been here forever. in other ways i feel so unsure of everything and everyone. very thankful for the friendships that are beginning to form.
29 July 2009
we hiked up a hill not too far from our flat on monday night. it felt weird to not have any visitors with us. we just kept thinking "the boys would have loved this!" at the same time, it was good to just be with our little family! i was just glad to get a picture where gwyneth was actually looking at the camera.
25 July 2009
17 July 2009
10 July 2009
we experienced the train for the first time when we all went to llandudno on it. it was a fun and relaxing way to travel! we enjoyed some shopping and walking along the promenade. daniel did have to fight a sea gull for his sandwich but other than that, we had a great time!