Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FEBRUARY FUN


February has been such a fun month.  We were blessed to be able to attend the marriage retreat at our home church - something we look forward to each furlough.  We were at a beautiful resort that was very relaxing!

My best friend for 24 years.

This curious guy wanted my sunglasses.
Being in Texas for a couple of weeks has given us opportunity to enjoy the swimming pools again - something our children really enjoy.

It was such a beautiful sunny day.
This indoor pool was so beautiful with the murals and the fountain.
We have been in some very special churches.  Just this month we were in three with missions closets, and one church gave us an offering just for ice cream!

Patiently waiting for their ice creams.
Another church invited us to stay an extra day to attend their Spring Banquet, which included the teens.  I don't think I have been to a formal banquet since college!  What fun this was for all of us as this was Shae-Lynn and Shiloh's very first banquet.

My Amazing Sweetheart
Our middle two children all dressed up.
We have 23 more churches to visit, and then we will be busy with packing.  We appreciate your prayers for us.  We are enjoying all of the activities and visits, but we are ready to be home again.

He's a senior already!
Please pray for our boys in college.  Shane will be graduating in May, and Stanley is now living with his grandparents in California and attending West Coast Baptist College.  We praise the Lord that this week he finally got a job.

He's a freshman!

Our children are such a blessing to us, and we praise God for each of them.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHAE-LYNN

Traveling on your birthday may not be the most exciting thing to do on your birthday, but at least that means no school, right?

Chocolate covered strawberry "cake"
Shae-Lynn's birthday came on a 9-hour trip back to Austin.  But with the assistance of a very special lady at our home church, I was able to surprise the birthday girl with some special things.

Birthday balloon, bouquet, and bowl of ice cream!
We all loved her "cake" a lot!
Then another lady we were recently with gave us a gift card for The Olive Garden, so we were able to treat the whole family there for lunch.

Italian meal with the family.
We praise the Lord for the very special lady our daughter has become.  We pray the Lord blesses her with many more years as she gives her life in service to Him.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

JANUARY 2017

After the New Year, I think we all had the feeling of, "Now let's go home."  Although we are glad to see everyone, now that we have hit the halfway point of furlough, we are ready to be in our own beds and not see a suitcase for a while.  This week I got a letter from "my girls" on my soul winning team that had the following in it:


"Right now, we are at the countdown of your return and I can tell you that every one of us has put up a calendar in our sitting rooms just counting the months remaining for your return."

However, we are still enjoying some beautiful sights.  We entered New York City during a snowstorm.  But Keith is such an awesome driver, that we made it to our destination with no trouble at all.


Snowstorm entering New York City
During our last furlough, the 9/11 Memorial was not yet completed, so we were glad to be able to visit it this time.  We rode the subway and the bus, and took in the sights of the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, M&M World, Lego Store, Fox News, and Trump Tower.  It was SO cold, and we walked a whole lot.  


Savannah and I on the subway
At the 9/11 Memorial
Oh - so good 
Outside of Fox News
Trump Tower - our last stop of the day
January was the month that our family spread out all over.  Stanley was the first by transferring to West Coast Baptist College.  He is living with his Grandparents and really enjoying Grandma's cooking.  Please pray specifically that he can find a job soon.


He is very happy with his grandparents
Shane left the very next day on a missions trip to Ecuador.  He can now say that he has crossed the equator in two different countries.


Shane in the North and the South
Then Keith just returned from preaching a missions conference in Trinidad.  He really had a great time seeing another culture, and his brother Andrew was able to go with him, too.


Keith and Andrew
Please pray for us as we are now making purchases, seeing doctors, and finishing our meetings. Pray for our college sons and feel free to encourage them with a note, text, or care package.