In the last few days I have received three complaints/requests for us to update our weblog. Because I thought no one was reading our family log, I was surprised to know that there might be as many as thirty plus people (I read somewhere that every communicated complaint represents ten disgruntled people.) viewing our site. Wishful thinking aside, below are the promised updates, in brief, for our three loyal and impatient readers.
11, Lincoln’s Birthday – Lincoln posted on one of his communication sites that he was looking for a hobby that did not include books or the internet. In our family a gift giving occasion that does not include at least one book is unheard of and may be against some unwritten code. I thought it might be nice to share with him one of my pastime joys – birding. To that end we sent him a nice pair of binoculars (Why do we call them a pair of binoculars? It seems redundant.), three birding books, and some suggested internet sites. While we failed the whole no books or internet thing, it is a hobby that drives one outside. New England, with its beautiful forests, nature preserves, beaches, and parks, is a wonderful place to begin the pursuit of birds.
21-26, BJU Bible Conference – While we did not get to attend as many services as we had hoped, we greatly enjoyed the Annual Bible Conference at Bob Jones University. We have not attended Bible Conference for over thirty years. When in school, we enjoyed not only the services, but the added opportunities for dating. It was fun to see the evidences of young love all over campus. The services we were able to attend were spiritually meaningful and challenging.
3, Living Gallery – Because we cannot adequately describe the blessing of attending Living Gallery at BJU, we would ask you to visit its link. We expected to see beauty – we saw the love of God.
9-12, Abby’s Visit – It was wonderful to see Abby during her visit with her family. She had come primarily to visit with her mother, who has not been well. We are always overjoyed to have our children with us.
10, Ladies’ Tea – Tammy had the joy of hosting a southern style tea party for a number of the older ladies from our church. She had a wonderful time preparing and a better time sharing her culinary delights and many different teas. My job was to visit with my father and care for Izzy so my mother could attend. Some of the ladies, very sweetly, brought Tammy girly gifts in girly bags. I got to enjoy the leftovers.
15, Moriah’s Birthday – Last year we celebrated Moriah’s birthday from the distance of 999 miles. This year we were not only able to be with her, but celebrated the event for three days. Part of the celebration fell on a day off from school, an added and much needed gift for her.
6, Lincoln’s & Abby’s 2nd Anniversary – It is true that children make the passing years fly by. It is hard to believe that our children are all grown up and that Lincoln and Abby have been married for two years. We are thankful for the Lord’s blessing in their lives at every turn. By God’s design, they could not be better suited for each other or more in love.
8, Moriah A Junior – With the completion of the 2009/2010 school year, Moriah is a Junior – an upper classmen. She has worked hard for this honor and is looking forward to the privileges of her new station in life.
9, Sharon Isben Concert – For my birthday (February), Lincoln and Abby sent me tickets to the Sharon Isben concert at the Peace Center in Greenville. Because the concert fell on Mother’s Day, it was one of those gifts that keeps on giving. We both love classical guitar and therefore had a wonderful time listening to one of the finest guitarist of our time. On the way to and from the concert we were able to enjoy an art show being held in Falls Park and Main Street.
14-21, Lincoln’s & Abby’s Visit; 19-26, David’s & Emilia’s Visit – We had the great joy of overlapping visits from our married children, the highlight of our year. Apart from visits with the grandparents and a walk through the zoo, Falls Park, and downtown Greenville, we enjoyed our time together, mostly at home. It is always great fun to laugh at all the old and new stories (Sometimes it was pick on dad night, but never mom. I wonder why that is.). Lincoln and David are continuing in their doctorate programs (Early American History and Chemistry, respectively) and Emilia and Abby are working at Ace Hardware Stores (Abby also volunteers as a guide at the Minuteman Park in Lexington. She would love to get a job with the park service.). Lincoln and Abby are enjoying the history and beauty of New England and Emi and David are enjoying the rugged beauty of Montana (They have recently gone whitewater rafting and attended a professional bull riding contest.). Both couples are members of wonderful churches and are activity involved in serving the Lord.
1, Moriah Leaves for Camp Chetek – Moriah announced to us in the middle of the school year that she would be spending the summer at Camp Chetek in Chetek, Wisconsin. We, of course, said, “Ok.” While we have missed her, practicing that empty nest thing, she has had a wonderful time of learning and service. She has had two weeks of training, four junior weeks, and one teen week. She has two more teen weeks and then she will be home (August 8). If you would like to see some action shots, you can scroll through the pictures on the Camp Chetek site.