Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Time with each

Before the family was going to move to Wisconsin, I wanted to spend time alone with each of the girls.  I had had time with Claire and Sophia and now it was Hannah's day.


We began our day with a trip to Krispy Kreme!  Still warm donuts to die for!

We went to several stores - shopping is so fun with this girl!  For lunch, Hannah chose to go to Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.  We could not eat it all and had to ask for doggie bags.


Movie time!
More shopping!


"Should I get the high-top or ankle height?"


"I love this!"



I will miss you so much, Hannah!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Soaking it up!

One late afternoon while their mom was busy packing, we took the kids to a splashpark nearby.






This park is just a little strange and probably the slide more suited for older kids.  Definitely not our generation's playground equipment!






We were the only ones there for most of the time as it was close to dinner time.








We are soaking up the time we have left with these kiddos before they move several states away!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

House church

This was my home church in Aburatsu, Miyazaki-ken, Japan.
Just a small church.  As I look at the faces, lots of memories of these sweet people come to my mind.  The kindergarten teachers, our dentist, the pastor and his family, our house helper and "nanny", Nobu...  What precious people!
 This is a "potluck" after church.  Sometimes the noodle man would come on his bicycle carrying trays of hot noodles in one hand.  Instead of pizza delivery, it was ramen or soba delivery!

And we had a worship time at this home (Hattori-san's, I think).  I don't recall the circumstances, but remember singing and Dad reading the Bible and prayer time.  Japanese Christians really know how to pray!


With Adam having completed his pastoral position here in Kansas and until the family moves to Wisconsin, we have taken the opportunity to visit area churches with them during the interim.  Pastors don't generally get the opportunity to do that!  It has been so interesting to see people all over worship the Lord and in a variety of ways.


 The communion styles were different at each place, the worship styles different too, but each church loves Him!  Just think of the Body of Christ all around the world praising Him!!  It would be cool to be in outer space and be able to "see" that.


When the cousins were here, we had the idea to have House Church one Sunday.  The children were so excited for this and they had so many ideas when we said they should all participate using the gifts that God has given them.

They came up with the idea to print out a bulletin even!


Hannah gave a welcome and also a little devotional.

Eli played "Jesus Loves Me" on the piano

Hannah and Sophia did a duet, "After You".

Claire sang a piece and did a worship song that she made up on the spot



Emeri had a sermonette

Being "old school", I shared a flannelgraph children's story using our birth certificates.  When we are born here on earth, our names are written on birth certificates.  And when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to save us, we are born into the family of God and our names are written in the Lamb's book of Life.

Rev. 21: 26,27 says of heaven "The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.  Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life."


 It was interesting to show them my birth certificate written in Japanese.  Allen's was written on black paper and then we showed the children their parents' birth certificates.


Sophia shared a devotional
Papa shared about the big picture of the Bible and there was time for questions and answers.  They asked good questions!  

 We sang "This little light of mine" in the dark bathroom and lit our flashlights.


 It lasted about an hour and we knew we had had church!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Bang!


Celebrating our nation's birthday can get quite noisy!  Ever wonder why we do fireworks on July the 4th?

I looked it up and one site said this:

"Because John Adams wanted us to. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the occasion should be commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777. The Pennsylvania Evening Post wrote that in Philadelphia, “The evening was closed with the ring of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.” The paper noted that “Everything was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal.” 


Claire was 
LOVING
it!


We normally don't spend $$ on fireworks.  To "some" people in this family, it is like taking a dollar bill (or many dollar bills!!) and lighting them on fire.    Ha!





But Jason loves fireworks and he spent some $$ on them and we added to it and we just had a blast!






This picture cracks me up.  Run for your life, Al!


Sparklers do light up better after dark, but Claire goes to bed before the sun does...


After dark, we set off some big, very noisy ones off our bridge!!  It was so fun!  Thanks for helping us celebrate, Jason and Mindy!  That was on the 2nd. 

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On the 4th, we took the older two with us and went to Kidron Bethel for the fireworks there.  Bethel Kidron is the retirement village in North Newton where my parents used to live.

There was a drone flying around (you can barely see it in the middle between the smaller trees).  They plan to post the video on the Bethel Kidron facebook page sometime in the future.

They've been doing the fireworks there for 13 years.  I remember Mom telling me to come see them.  I didn't expect much, but I was surprised how good they were!  It is the maintenance department's gift to the village and they do great!  And now we go almost every year.

There were free watermelon and ice-cream and activities like a hula hoop contest, football throwing through toilet lids, cake walks, etc.  One little girl said "there's a lot of grandmas and grandpas here!"  

I enjoy running into my parent's friends, my dorm mother from Japan, and lots of church friends too.


While waiting for the fireworks to start, the girls had fun on my phone.