Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Prom 2017

If you know Josiah at all, you know he wants to be wherever the party is! Earlier this year we had a discussion with Josiah and Olivia about prom and how Chad and I thought it was a waste of money and not a lot of fun. But, we didn't really think we would need to worry about prom this year though, as Josiah is just a sophomore. Well, a bunch of teens in the youth group starting talking about going to prom as a group.  Josiah wanted to be involved, so he and Ally (a senior) decided to go together just for fun.  (Remember, he's all about FUN!)  He had the best time and completely blew our theory about prom being a bore!  He also spent minimal money, because he borrowed a friend's suit.  He couldn't have asked for a better group of friends to have fun with either.


Josiah, Ally, Abigail and Josiah (I know! There are only 2 in the school!)





Us with the Bagleys.





Sunday, March 12, 2017

Happy 50th Anniversary!!

Today is my (Andi) parent's 50th anniversary.  To say that I'm thankful for them is an understatement. They have done (and still do) so much for me and my family and have been an example of sticking together even in difficult times. I'm grateful for the Godly example they have shown me and for the change in all of our lives because of God's work in their marriage.  So, even though you didn't want a party....I still have to honor you in some way!  Love you both so much!

What a beautiful couple!



Monday, March 6, 2017

Snow and Life

Although we could see snow on the volcanoes, we didn't really get to enjoy it much in Ecuador.  The truth is we haven't enjoyed it too much in Ohio either.  It's fun for about a day, maybe an afternoon but our blood has thinned too much for much more than that.  Thankfully it's been a really mild winter and we haven't had to fight it too much.

First snowfall of the year.

Charlie (the Ecuadorian beagle) is training for his new job as an Alaskan sled dog.

Obligatory snow angel

Rosey cheeks.  I think this was a selfie as we were too cold to go out.  The kids stayed out for several hours.

Josiah wanted to go to Taco Bell for his birthday.  Strange kid, but dad was happy with his choice.

16 years ago we were preparing to leave for Costa Rica with this little guy.

Josiah and his friends (on the left) after they failed to get out of an Escape room for his birthday. 

Chad traveled to Spokane for Moody Aviation's mission's conference.  Jonathan and Andrew made sure they all maintained a strict dress code.

Some of you might remember "Snowy" from Ecuador.  He was gifted to our neighbors, but Granny Franny surprised the kids with an exact replica from pictures. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Happenings

These are just random life photos....

Olivia and Charlie

Andi and her Grandma

Kerwin and Andi acting like they are busy at AWANA

Robyn and Andi helping with a youth group project.

Getting to bowl with the Monteros.  So good to see great friends from Ecuador!!

Chad and friends.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Football

Josiah's dream, since he was first starting school, has been to play football.  He was able to get a taste of it during our furlough back in 2008, when he was a sixth grader.  Well, this past fall he got to experience high school football for the first time and he LOVED every minute.  Josiah (like all of us)can complain about a lot of things....but I can count on one hand the number of times he complained about anything football related, even two a days in August!  Practice started as soon as we arrived in Ohio in July and the season ran until late November.  Another bonus was that the talented team he was able to be a part of, went the furthest into tournament that they had ever gone.  He learned a lot and also learned he has a lot more to learn! He can't wait until next season, unfortunately it will be with a new team, at a new school!








Good friends, the Pinions, who joined the "Knight Train."  Sorry Mark...it was the best I had!


Braving the cold! (Silvana....este era frio!!)

Last tournament game.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Fall


Well it's almost spring and here we are writing about the fall.  Life does get in the way sometimes.  We loved spending the fall with family and enjoying things we didn't get to do in Ecuador.  Here are some highlights.  We stayed busy enjoying the sports seasons and both of us have tried our hand at substitute teaching at the kid's school.


The fall colors never get old and we were thankful for the change of season.

First day of school - Josiah-10th and Olivia-7th

You're never too old to ride in the combine with your dad!

Chad always enjoys playing famer with dad.  None of the stress of being a real farmer, but all of the fun of driving big toys around.  


The view from our apartment.


Chad and his subbing gig with junior highers on a field day!


Fun times with the Dunbars in PA.

We aren't the only photographers in the family.  Josiah captured this shot of his sister enjoying one of the last warm fall days.



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What we're busy with

To say life is busy would be an understatement!  I have been meaning to blog for a long time and have lots to post.  Here are the most current happenings....

Josiah has been in swing choir ("Knight Vision") since August and they just finished up their competition season.  They won 2 grand champion titles and placed at several other shows.  They are preparing for an upcoming show they will perform at Disney World.



Olivia just finished her first time playing organized basketball.  She loved it and improved so much over the season.  She already has plans for what her workout will include on the off-season so she can keep getting better.