Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Unexpected Adventure

We drove home on Saturday (Aug 23) from Gatlinburg, a 10 hour trip. Halfway through, a strange sound from the engine. But we were far from anything familiar, unsure of where we could stop and whether help would be available on the weekend. So, we kept going, Robin doing the driving while I continued preparing for Sunday. Halfway up the Mt Rose Avenue hill, the belt broke - water pump, alternator, power steering - and we managed to pull into the driveway just in time. We are so thankful that this didn't happen any earlier in our drive - a miracle!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

In a state

In Gatlinburg TN on family vacation and watching out for state tags on other cars. So far, 29 states, 1 Canadian province, and US Govt tags. But I won't be breaking them down into red and blue states! Some states of mind . . .

State of Ignorance - Caleb, assuming he'd wipe the floor with me at pool and ping-pong.

State of Exhilaration - Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, Misti May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh at the Beijing Olympics.

State of Exhaustion - Me running in the mountains.

State of Amazement - our family taking an unmarked trail up a creek in the Greenbriar area of the Great Smoky Mountains and visit a remote cemetery and find the family name (three different spellings) on a number of the stones

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Catching up on some of the early adventures . . . back in June, Caleb and I were able to join a group headed to Marie Lindauer's place in the Raystown Lake area. Absolutely gorgeous landscape, wonderful food, and great fellowship.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Boundary Waters

Jesse and I spent last week in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota, a canoeing trip of 45 miles or more in only 4 days. We went through our church camping program.

Bible School

One of the highlights of the first month was our annual Vacation Bible School, with over 70 children involved. A couple pictures are included.

Flying Time

Time flies when you are having fun, and we've had lots of fun in the first month and a half at Bethany. From moving in on June 26, to the "first official day" of July 1, to reaffirming the baptismal vows together, to sharing in Holy Communion . . . . Visits in homes, restaurants, nursing homes . . . . We have been welcomed, our sons have been loved and fussed over, and (other than the remaining boxes!) we feel at home.

The folks from CrossWalk Community have come to Bethany and have affirmed over and over that they have been made welcome. We are all excited about what God will do with us together.