Monday, March 31, 2008

pictures of DC

We had a great time in the DC area! Not only did we get to see the sights but got to see friends as well. We saw David Jung, Lori Smith and Shannon and Sheldon Bream.


Time in Lynchburg with friends! Lancasters and Bells at the Albertsons house.

Time with Cousins


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Our support trip so far

Friday, March 7 – 4:00 p.m., departed Southaven, MS through our only winter snowfall, en route to Jackson, TN. Our plan to move onward to Franklin, TN was scrapped due to illnesses with our hosts, the Fish family, and due to the weather. We spent the night with my brother, J.R., and his family, including a visit from Derek Hylkema, a friend from high school and J.R.’s neighbor.

Saturday morning, March 8 – Play in the 4-5 inches of snow that accumulated overnight! Yahoo!

Saturday lunch – Franklin, TN – we met Mark & Dawn Swain and their 4 kids. Mark was one of my closest friends since elementary school, yet we haven’t seen each other for 8 years. It was good to see my namesake again!

Saturday evening – Chattanooga, TN – we spent the evening with Jeff and Keri Jackson in Ringgold, GA. Keri (Luther) was another friend from high school and she had played the piano for our wedding 12 years ago. Yes, this is unexpectedly turning into a high school reunion trip!

Sunday, March 9 – I shared our ministry and a challenge from I Samuel 14 at Duncan Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, where Jeff Jackson is the pastor. Thank you, Duncan Park for the generous offering! I hope we keep connected in the future! Another surprise here was that our sister-in-law, Renee Dailey, and nieces Reanna and Taryn were able to join us at church and lunch since they live in the Chattanooga area.

Sunday evening – We had dinner with John & Candy Simmons in Sevierville, TN. Candy (Goodwin) has been friends with Amy since middle school. They were so encouraging. Pray about some potential developments with new people in this area.

Monday, March 10 – After finding a hotel with an indoor pool for some family fun time in Sevierville, we are now on the road to Lynchburg, VA. Amy is driving and the state police are out in force today!


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Coping with Moving

We had our carpet cleaned today so it will look better when we put the house on the market. I went through a lot of stuff today trying to clean out while things were in piles anyway. After the kids got home, I went to work going through stuff with each of them while the others went outside. Without going into detail I will just say that within 30 minutes all 4 of us had at least one good cry each and the carpet had several fresh mud spots. Now an hour later we all have found ways to cope with our "transition meltdowns" and the mud spots have been cleaned. Here are pictures of the ways the kids each coped with our moving.
Megan reading under her bed.

Titus drawing a picture.

Caralina painting her nails outside.