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New Years Eve

Our New Years traditions have varied over the years.  In recent years we have gone down to Mexico with an organization called Club Dust ( and helped build homes for the poor!  This is something we want to continue to do on a regular basis as we are able to raise the funds.  It is so meaningful and this organization is very family friendly – we have taken the entire family – even Joy when she was only two! We have even had friends & family join us.  Something you should all think about doing – what a great way to start off a year. (and an easy way to expose your children to the importance of missions)

The families we build for go from this…..

….To this! Praise the Lord!

Our happy “adopted” family in their new home!

On years we are home we have done various things from progressive parties with friends, “Nerts ’til it Hurts” card parties or just staying home in front of the fire and playing games. 

This year Dan, Michelle and I went to the wedding of a dear friend and former student, Lisa Burruel.  It was a lovely evening celebrating a beautiful Christian young couple who waited for the right person and for the Lord’s will.  A wonderful testimony for many and a role model for single young people who are getting impatient about getting married.  It is worth waiting for!

We arrived home by 10pm in time to celebrate the New Year with my Mom (aka: Granny) and the kids.  We always eat cheese fondue for dinner and chocolate fondue for dessert on New Years Eve – a real treat! Another tradition is to ring in the New Year watching the ball drop at Times Square (someday I dream to be there “live”) with sparkling cider toasts, hugs & kisses and going out on the front porch to scream “Happy New Year!”

Happy New Year to each of you!

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Michelle comes home!

After six months in Australia, Spain and Africa…my eldest sweet daughter arrived home on December 16.  It was so very wonderful to have her home with us during the holidays.  We only had her here for three weeks before she headed off to Hawaii to work for some dear friends of ours – the Elliott’s for 5 months, but we enjoyed every moment. These pictures says it all the moment she arrived home!


She was so excited to share with us her many experiences during her six months with Youth With a Mission. It was a life changing and growing time in her life.  We are so very proud of Michelle!  During her time home she hosted a gathering for all her supporters where she had foods prepared from the countries she was in, a slide show of her many photo’s and she shared a presentation about her experience.  We are so grateful to be surrounded by friends & family who love and support our children.

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