I have a niece who is very special.Â When she was little Esther Raye would spent the night sometimes. She sat with us in church and would snuggle with me. Now that she is getting ready to graduate, it is fun to be able just to talk to her.Â She is growing up to be a beautiful girl!
This weekend she is helping to earn some money for Riley Hospital. She had to raise some money, and then will work with classmates to make different pots tonight. They will auction those pots to earn more money for Riley.Â I forgot how much they wanted to raise, but they are close to it. We went to visit her during “prison break” and the kids were fascinated with watching them work on the pottery wheels.
O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are theÂ work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NAS
When Mark was born, a Sunday School Class sent a HUGE care package full of surprises for us.Â They sent Mark a Pooh Bear, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet rattle toys plus other toys. But he liked his Tigger the best.
For his first birthday we got him this Tigger. WeÂ had asked Allan’s parents to buy him one. They brought it when they visited us when Mark was 9 months old.Â Sam sent a smaller one that Mark loved too.
Mark still likes his Tiggers, but shared his collection with Adrian, who loves Tigger too.
This week is the missionary conference at church. We had a commissioning service that was the best I have ever seen. After service, Mark got Adrian. When I first saw him, he was running toward me in a bright red and yellow hat.Â Strangely, none of the other kids had one.Â When I asked Adrian about it, he said ” My teacher said, ‘We worship’ and I said ‘when we say Wow!’ and she gave me it.” According to Adrian, that is their “verse” for the week.
I asked him about his class and what he did today. Here is what the four year olds learned in class today.
“The bear Bible story. They were going fishing and their boat got out of gas and then when they got on land, there was a bear! The black and white colorful movie there is a race car. There are two friends. Church preschool is the best! The end.”
I do know the “bear Bible story” is a story some missionaries in Russia told. Mark learned that their boat can go in 3 inches of water.Â But no one told me what happened after they saw the bear and their boat was out of gas.Â The movie is a video that all the kids are watching around a racing theme this year.
Josh and Angie invited us to their house to go trick or treating and then have supper. Sam and Angelique were able to come too, so we had a family Halloween party! We ended up with one pirate, a princess pirate, a Tigger Pirate, two crayons, a princess, baby Tigger and a moose (Olive was in costume also).
We did not know what to expect for trick or treating.Â The kids did their normal of bringing some of their candy to share with other kids before they went out “begging” for more. As we left, we could see a few children out. Angie had two places to try and we decided to try the island. Most houses had their lights out, but the houses that were giving out candy were very generous.Â The kids brought home lots of candy, most of it chocolate. One place was making fresh popcorn to share along with a big piece of candy.
Sam took Megan and was teaching her how to go trick or treating. He was able to fill her little bag with good treats. (Megan said that she did not want any candy and let Uncle Sam have her candy 🙂 !)
When we got back to Josh’s house, we enjoyed warm cider and a wonderful chili dinner. We made caramel apples. Audrey really wanted one, but discovered she could not eat it on the stick because of her teeth.
The kids and I have gone trick or treating down Main Street in Goshen most every Halloween for the last five or so years.
Today we met Lilly and Beth with David and Rachel there.Â It was fun talking to them and letting the kids have time together.
Megan went “begging for candy” for the first time this year too.Â It was the kid’s idea to give her a bag and see who would fill it.Â Surprise! People did give a newborn baby candy! Lilly was carrying her when someone gave her some Starbursts and Lilly said that “she prefers Skittles.”Â The candy was changed to Skittles! 🙂 My favorite treat for her was when one man saw her and commented “muy bonita”.Â I agree, she is very pretty.