Skipping School


Yesterday, I skipped school! I told the kids and Allan what needed to get done, and I left the house.  I spend the next few hours enjoying a different morning.

Jared and RachealOur pastor and his wife areexcitedly waiting to meet their first grandchild. Kay likes some of the pictures I have taken and asked if I would take some pictures of their daughter in law, Rachael. I went to their house yesterday and learned some new things.

Rachael SittingRachael had seen a picture that she really wanted, so we took a lot of that pose. I wanted to get it just right. Kay helped a lot by noticing things I did not see.  I still struggle seeing details through the camera. But those little things do make a big difference.

I enjoyed my morning out.  I was able to play with my camera and practice what I have been learning.  Reading is good, but doing is so much better Laughingwhen you are trying to improve. I had fun being able to try something totally new.  Plus, it was a short break from my daily routine, so I had a mini holiday 🙂


John and Alysse’s Wedding

This weekend we were able to go to Canada to celebrate a friend getting married.  I got to know John and his family when Allan and I lived in Swaziland. Then we all got to know the “grown up” John when he stayed with Allan’s parents during school holidays.

It was a nice surprise to see some of the other missionaries we knew in Swaziland too.

Congratulations John and Alysse!

Thanksgiving Praise…Lauri

My sister Lauri is recuperating from a bad fall!  She had the flu and  fell when she got dehydrated.  She is better and getting lots of needed sleep.  I am very thankful that she was not hurt worse in the fall and that she is able to get the rest she needs to heal.


(Dad just gave me a few fun slides of when we were little, and I thought this one of Lauri very cute!)

Thanksgiving Praise–God’s Protection

I am so thankful for God’s protection for two of my friend’s families this weekend.

The Woods were driving home when a deer ran in front of them. The car spun 180 degrees and the deer hit the passenger side mirror.  They landed in a ditch across the road. Because they landed in a not to steep section of the ditch, they were able to drive out, snap the mirror into place and go home.  The deer ran away, leaving a little fur and skin.

Another friend’s son Thomas, got sick and started acting strange.  After a visit to the hospital, he was sent home.  He slept most of yesterday and today is feeling much better.

Thank you God for taking care of us all the time!


Thanksgiving Praise–Laughter

While there are many things that make Allan wonderful, one thing I really appreciate is his ability to do crazy things that make me laugh.

We helped rake leaves at church.  There were millions of them!  Mark  mentioned that it would be easier to count the sand on the beach, than the leaves at church 🙂 I am sure that was only a slight exaggeration!

After the leaves were put on tarps, they were drug over to a huge pit.  We had to wade through leaves in order to pile more on top.  It was fun and challenging.  After dumping our first load of leaves, Allan took my hand and as he helped me over the leaves, said to be careful and then he bumped me.  We ended up in a huge pile of leaves with someone’s kids (they sounded vaguely like some boys that I know) throwing leaves over us.

Andrea “just happened” to be there with the camera, and managed to capture a fun memory for us.

To give you an idea of how many leaves there were, Mark dug a hole that did not quite reach the bottom.  He was standing straight up in these leaves.  More leaves followed later in the day!