Saturday, July 07, 2012

Top 10 things our family takes for granted

1. A hot shower
2. A clean bed
3. A pillow
4. The ability to eat pretty much what and when we want
5. Clean feet
6. The ability to communicate with the people we care about.
7. Clean water
8. The ability to flush toilet paper.
9. Toilet paper
10. Personal space
11. A person to potty ratio of less than 6 to 1.
12. Washcloths and hand towels.
Okay so I know that by writing this some people might think twice about doing this crazy adventure with us some day, but it was truly an amazing week and you really should join us next year! More later, we are exhausted and have clean beds and pillows, goodnight.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Still waiting, so excited!

We can wait no longer!

Dora is due here any minute!

Let the fun begin!

We are having a wonderful time at the Barcelo in Guatemala City. This place holds so many memories for our family. It is where We first met Lily. Also, this is where we handed her back to her foster mother for an unknown period of time until we could come back and bring her home forever.
The sun shinning and the pool is warm. This evening we will be having Dinner with Lily's lovely foster mother and her family. Lily is so excited, she has been asking "how much longer" about every five minutes . I plan to keep her busy swimming for the rest of the afternoon to pass the time.
Late this evening the rest of our group will join us here at the barcelo and tomorrow we will make the long bus trip to Panajechel.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Guatemala bound!

we are on our way! After months of Planning and weeks of work, shopping, laundry and much packing, we are waiting for our flight at the Muskegon airport. I am thankful for the great group of students from Forest park that prayed over some of us this morning. We are so excited to embark on this adventure.

Friday, January 27, 2012

You Might Not Get This, Unless You're a Homeschooler.

My kids showed me this video today, I love it!
Top 7 lies about homeschoolers.
All of these things are true for us, except for the last one. In fact, this is the one that tends to bother my kids the most (when people think we do this)!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

May the peace of Christ dwell in your heart this Christmas and in the New Year.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mother's Day

Well, Mother's Day is fast approaching and I have been very blessed by my Mom, Mother in Law and Grandmothers throughout my life. But right now I especially thankful for the woman that I experience life with everyday. One of the many things that I love about Carrie is her passion for our kids EVERYDAY. She NEVER takes a break from being Mom. Here are some great pictures from throughout the year. Obviously, there is a lot to smile about in each of these pictures. Smiling's our Favorite. But that is the reward for the daily work that she pours into our family.

Thanks for all that you do, Carrie.


Thanks for all that you do, Carrie.

With Love,


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2011 NAIAS

We had a great time at the Auto Show yesterday. Check out the link to see a cool family pic.

Monday, December 27, 2010


check out this video!

Friday, August 06, 2010

summer days

It seems like this summer is just slipping away from me, way too quickly. I am now realizing that all of the things that I thought I would Would accomplish this summer must be done in the near future, or I will soon be embarking on another school year with no time for all of these chores. However, our Michigan summer weather has been perfect this year, the sun is out, the water is warm, the waves are big, and the friends are close by. We are reminded that this is why we call West Michigan home!

We stayed at a cottage for a week with my family and found a cherry orchard nearby that was bursting with wonderful, juicy cherries that were crying out to be picked.

Sleeping Bear dunes must be one of the most beautiful places in the world, or at least in Michigan. We spent about 10 minutes to get to the bottom of the dune where this photo was taken. It took us about 45 minutes to get back up. Summer just doesn't get much better than this. If you haven't enjoyed the Lake Michigan lakeshore, come and stay with us in the summer, we would love to show you the sights.