Friday, July 17, 2009

July newsletter page 2

Newsletter page 2. For the life of me I couldn't get both of them to enlarge when in the same post. :)

July newsletter page 1

July's newsletter (click on image to enlarge). If you don't receive it and would like to, or if you get snail mail but are happy to switch to e-mail, let me know at and I'll switch you over. Blessings!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Little Big Day Out

Our church in Melbourne, Grace Baptist Church, had a VBSish day today called Little Big Day Out. Lenna, the pastor's wife, is the mastermind. Here's some pictures and a (long) video from the day (don't bother watching all of it unless you're my mom - just there if you're REALLY bored). :) A (shorter) video of Gretchen teaching the kids our verse, John 14:6 follows. The included video is Gretchen and I doing our story. Gretch, Tania & I led the 1st and 2nd graders for the day. They were great fun. Pray for all the kids who came that the Lord would remind them of what they learned today and that they would have come to know Jesus more or for the 1st time. There's pictures here too of us having lunch at Lee and Janet's. They go to Grace and are a fantastic couple. Their girls are super sweet too. We enjoyed the fabulous food Lee crafted for us too. They are a blessing to us. Enjoy!
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Another one bites the dust

Another term that is (bites the dust). Hooray, we made it through Semester 1 by God's grace and lots of chocolate. Here are some pictures of the fun things anyway. Who wants to see pictures of me sitting on my bed typing away on my computer for hours? :) So I didn't take pictures of that obviously.

Some of the pictures show one of the projects we had for our Phonology class. It is a tribute to Bruce, our instructor for that class, that we left the class with a ginormous packet, were told it would take us an average of 20-35 hours to finish it, and we were all excited to start. He gave us little "stress release" packets every week (with chocolate) and a certificate of completion when we were done. Plus, he was clear in his expectations, made it manageable, and fun. He's a great teacher. Here's those pictures!
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Wish I could show you pictures of my friend who is responsible for the buns in the pictures, many of the monkey games, and the decorated white board! We had to see her off at the airport the end of June. She's off to start work in a country a long long way from here. Pray for her for safety and that she would be a witness where God leads her! The Dodgy D Dorm dames will look a bit different next semester without her. We miss you already, dear friend!

Proud to be an American

The longer I'm away from the States, the more I come to appreciate America. It's a beautiful country with fantastic opportunities, generous and encouraging people, great ideas, taken-for-granted freedoms, quality goods, smart progress, fair laws, great hygiene :), the best prices in the world, and great unity through diversity. I'm proud to be an American and to call that my home country. Other countries may want to tear America down, but God bless the USA!