Bekah heads to overnight camp for the 1st time – ever

Who had to fight tears? Yep, the mom who’s never had to send her baby away. Yep, I home school her, spend most moments with her, never parted to send her to kindergarten, and am now dealing with the tears of my youngest child growing enough to head to the 2nd – 5th grade, one night away, in Issaquah, camp experience. Wow. How time flies. Our pastor put it best the other day when he referred to time passing by saying “Trust me, I’m sending my preschooler to college in the fall!”

Getting checked in with Ms. Kim

Jordan and Bekah say good bye

Love, love, love

"Bye" some more

Sitting on the bus with friends brought smiles

Alderwood Community Church bus - hopefully it doesn't break down...

Carolina, Bekah, and Bella - roomies!

When Bekah returned she said she missed me lots, but others reported that she did just fine.

In the notebook she brought, I found the following:

“It was so fun. the chaple was lowd [loud] we sang the bannana song on and we sang a tatet atutetu the song was a holy god song and I loved it so much”

Don’t recall what the song was, but she sure loved it.

Next year ought to be easier…

(While Bekah was gone, the remaining family members watched Avatar. Liked it!)

Dynamic Praise Kids – ACC’s kids’ choir

More photos to follow…

Trunk or Treat

Each year on Halloween our church holds what they call Trunk or Treat. At this event, nearly 25 vehicles are used as candy distributors where owners ‘pop their trunks’, decorate them in any fashion (hoping to perhaps win a prize), and allow all the kids to go around and collect their goodies. Inflatables, face painting, carnival-type games, food, and hay rides are also available.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, made with love by Mommy

Laura Ingalls Wilder, made with love by Mommy

Our All-Star

Our All-Star

Our Pirate

Our Pirate

This year, when our good friends Bill and Leah announced they were moving back to Ohio, I came up with the idea of going as them on Halloween. Bill and Willie are both bearded red-heads and Leah and I are both tallish brunettes. We even have a group picture at a marriage retreat where Bill and I are out of the picture because we are photographing and with Leah and Willie standing next to one another I’m not even missed!

Whistler Marriage Retreat 2007

Whistler Marriage Retreat 2007

 Here’s another one I love of Willie, Bill and Leah:

Camano Island - August 2007

Camano Island - August 2007

So, Willie and I just couldn’t resist representing these friends at the place we’d met a couple years ago. Since Bill had been on staff at church, and well-loved, it was perfect. Being huge Ohio State Buckeye fans, we borrowed ‘some’ of their gear and posed. Except that I got sick and didn’t get to participate. But Willie went with it:

Willie, as Bill Montgomery

Willie, as Bill Montgomery, he won "Most Original" Trunk!

Midwest trip: June 29, Day 11

Today we attended church with Gammy and Pa at Central Assembly. Bekah and Jordan attended children’s church where Jordan had the thrill of playing ski-ball in their game room! Bekah got linked up with another visitor and they had a great time. A bouncy house was available as well.

Ashley attended the adult service with us and were we ever wowed! We hadn’t thought about how close to the 4th it was, and when the Colors were presented it really got our attention! Willie wondered if that was the way they opened all their services. But, being the Sunday before Independence Day – and being that we were in the midwest where patriotism is honored, the service was called “Celebrate America” and had a full orchestra which led worship, patriotic songs, and Gershwin’s amazing “Rhapsody in Blue” with guest Greg Morris.

Aside from the orchestra being fantastic, my favorite part of the service was when they did a “Salute to the Armed Forces” where each branch’s hymn was played and those who had served in that branch went to the front to be recognized. Two of my great-uncles as well as my dear Pa went forward. Oh, I am so proud of them. Once all had come forward, few men remained in the audience, and a standing ovation continued for quite some time. So powerful!

Following the service, and removing Jordan from the Game Room 😉 , we went to lunch at the Center with my great-uncle Ken and Mary, great-uncle Wes and Miriam, Dort and daughter Gerri, as well as Gammy & Pa.

Bekah cracked us up with “Your shoes are pretty, Gammy, but I thought they were for younger people.” Stinker!!

Following lunch we went for a hot walk to the library in search of a puzzle for Jordan. He kicked the ball and managed a pretty long and hilly walk. After our walk we went to Fantastic Caverns – America’s only ride thru caves, which, aside from being far to expensive, was neat since the use of a tram allowed all of us to see the caverns. It was neat that the formations definitely could have been formed in thousands and not millions of years based on the growth that had been seen since they’d been discovered. (To Sonic for dinner afterward.)

AWANA Awards night

Our proud PalBekah and Mrs. Gallusha

Congratulations, Clubbers!

We are so proud of all you have accomplished this year and how hard you have worked to hide God’s word in your hearts.

<— Bekah completed her first book and received awards for that and attendance. Best of all, she accepted Christ this year!

Jordan worked hard memorizing,—> understanding, and explaining verse after verse in his second year of Pals. Jordan has also prayed to accept Christ as his savior!