Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Field Trips and Feasts...

Last week I got to join Levi's class on a field trip to Tradewinds Park.  We had a great day learning about the animals and the farm and he even got to ride a pony!

Then yesterday, Levi's class prepared us a Thanksgiving feast!  He was in charge of serving up the turkey loaf...yummy!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Check out the new website for our church in Vienna.

Thanks to Lindsay for all her hard work in putting this together, and to Daniel for helping get it up!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


When Brad and I were first married and just starting to do ministry at St. Andrews, I would take Miss Kerry out for some "girl time"! That was a long time ago!  Now she is all grown up and married herself. Yesterday after church we met up for lunch, and she asked if she could spend some "girl time" with my baby girl!  It was such an encouragement to my heart, and a blast for Abby!  Thank you for lovin on us :)

Sharing a bit of our lives...

Last night Brad had the opportunity to preach at First Pres Margate, and then today we got to share at our kiddos' school chapels.  We spoke with the elementary and middle school kids.  It is always fun getting to share a bit of what our lives look like in Vienna!

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Beach...

This weekend we had the privilege of attending the wedding of Brad's aunt Cheryl.  It was so fun to be able to celebrate with our extended family!  Times like these, we certainly don't take for granted since moving overseas!

Monday, November 15, 2010


This is a blog that I check out for recipes,  and she never disappoints me!  Every recipe I have stolen from her is delicious...and these mini chocolate turtles are no exception!
Just in time for the holidays :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Operation Christmas Child...

Samaritan's Purse has a project called "Operation Christmas Child", where you can fill a shoebox with goodies for a child in need.  Luke, Abby and Levi loved picking out the treats and packing up the boxes!  It's not too too can send off a shoebox!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Our little fishies...

When we originally left Vienna, we were only planning on being here about 7 weeks...not 6 months.
Thankfully many friends have come to the rescue, and have been caring for our little fishies (cause they are family too you know)

Melissa, thanks for giving Luke and Levi some actual proof that they are doing just fine:)

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Let the traveling begin...

Flying is not my favorite thing to do.  Even as I sit and write this, I am in an airport waiting to board a plane that is getting something fixed, delaying us by 2 hours.  Always anxiety producing.  But flying gets us to people and places that we love, so I say my prayers and take my Xanax.  Seriously.

Last week we traveled to Illinois, which is my old stomping ground and where I consider to be one of the best places on Earth.  The good ol' Midwest.  Friendly folks, farmland, Monicals pizza and Gene's ice cream...really what more could one ask for.  Certain people in my family, who will remain nameless, think that I actually idealize the town where most of my formative years were spent.  He is right. But many of those friendships that I made a long time ago, are still intact and are very rich and deep.  We share a history and I love that.  They know the good, the bad and the ugly about me and still love me anyway.  As a result of this history, we saw over 48 people in about 48 hours.

Crazy I know, but so fun and encouraging!  I got to see friends from many stages of my time in B/N... my jr. high and high school years, my nursing school years, from my working days at the hospital,  those who I attended church with and went on my first mission trip with,  and friends who we have adopted as "grandparents" for our kiddos.  Along with friends, we got to spend some time with my brother who we don't get to see very often.  The only problem is that there is never enough time to share all that is happening in our lives or be able to listen long enough to what God is doing in their lives.

Besides hanging out with friends and family, we also got to make some really fun memories with our kids.  Our first stop was Chicago, and I got to take Abby for a date to the American Girl doll store, while Brad got to take the boys to see a ND football game (his Alma mater).  Yes, they lost...but it didn't matter.  Brad just loved showing them the campus and giving them a taste of his college days.

When we asked the kids what their favorite part of the trip was...they said ALL OF IT!
(you can't get better than that!)
More craziness...
I started this post at the Ft. Lauderdale airport and we have since been driven to Miami to try and take another flight out to Philly, as we were pretty sure that we were not going to make it out today from FT. Lauderdale.   This week is the WHM's team leaders retreat.  Lots of planning, praying, training and strategizing.  I return home on Tuesday and Brad will return home on Friday. 

The rest of November we are trying to visit some of our supporting churches,  speak at some chapel
services where our kiddos go to school, finish up with Neena's house in preparation to sell, celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and then Brad will be headed to Vienna for a short trip to help get our newest teammates, the Beilmans settled! :)

So that is another quick update from us. We continue to be thankful for your prayers, financial support and times of getting to catch up with so many of you!