As I look at the picture above I rejoice in the family God has given me. My precious family, the treasure that God has placed in my hands to guide and disciple. Please keep them in your prayers as they grow. Tanya in now 16 and starting to think about college. She has many choices to make in the next year or two. We are hoping to get her started with classes over the internet and at least let her get some basics finished. Christy is 13 and loves life. She has a servants heart and can be counted on to help whether it is with cookies or cleaning. Josh (9) is starting his personal race. He loves action, mechanics, building, and good stories. Pray that we can guide him into meaningful service for the Lord and that we can help all of them grow in the Lord.
(The new background and Title is courtesy of Tanya and her new computer. :) )
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
We are now in the states and doing well. I want to finally get the rest of the pictures from Germany posted so that you can see some of what we got to enjoy in Germany and have an understanding of the differences between the US, Kenya and Germany. We enjoyed visiting an old church that can trace its roots back to the time of the Romans. It has been a church for over 800 years at least in the building. It is amazing and sad to see at the same time. The beauty and art, of and in, the building is amazing. It showed the reverence that God was held in at the time they built. The sad part is how it has stopped influencing the area around it and has become a beautiful attraction instead of a light house to reach out to a dieing world.
The second series of pictures is from an alpaca farm. Alpacas are related to camels and are valuable for their wool, much like sheep. They are also desired for breeding as many people are looking for them. They are coming to Germany from South America by way of Australia. A typical top notch breeding pair can sell for between 20 and 30 thousand dollars. We laughed at them as they look like a cross between sheep and camels. Their wool in the photos is over 5 inches deep. The neatest thing was how curious these animals are. As we came in and looked around, they ran out and then returned to stare at us. We enjoyed seeing them and learning about them incredibly.
We are doing fairly good as we are over the jet lag and getting into normality again. If you think of it, please keep Josh in your prayers as it seems to be hardest on him. He understands about the travel, but it is still hard on him as it seems that every new friend is pulled away from him after just getting to know them. Tanya and Christy have been returning to friends and have some very warm and special relationships with there friends blossoming. Last Sunday I watched Tanya get hugged by five really neat girls at the youth group here in Eliot Maine. It was neat to see the joy of the six of them at being together. God truly has blessed us all with wonderful friends and family, but it isn't a guarantee that life will be easy. :) We are encouraged to keep on keeping on to holding on to Him who lives and is alive forever more. We will continue to post as we get time and a camera. :) At least I have the software now and it is all in English. LOL