Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This Is What It's All About

This is what its all about folks

This Children's Neighborhood Outreach

Once a month we go to their neighborhood and play with them.  We always play Soccer or Flag Football.

While they do that, some others have their nails painted, or paint ours.  Then there is another activity like decorating crosses

or making turkeys like we did this time.  Or face painting which they love.
There is always some group game like a relay race of some sort, sinking the ping pong ball,

or catching marshmallows with your face like last month.  This time we had a three legged race.  We always have hula hoops

and frisbees, stuff like that.  After that all the kids sit down by this old truck

 and Todd teaches a short Bible lesson while they have a snack.  After that they get a treat bag and we are on our way.

This month was a little different though.

This month our church decided to invite the children and their parents to have Thanksgiving Dinner with us.  So all of the great people at Cornerstone Church got together, made yummy dishes, gathered together tables, chairs, plates, cups, drinks, dishes, sound equipment, microphones, game supplies, and all the other things we needed and went out again to their neighborhood to celebrate Thanksgiving with our new friends.  We set up those tables right outside.  Right in the place where they normally play soccer.

  It was great.  It was cold.  But honestly we prayed the really cold away.  It was suppose to be frigid cold.  And it was the day before and the day after too I think.  But the sun was out and the temperature was up a little,  and it turned out fine.  More than fine actually.  It was amazing.  I was blessed to no end.  It was so great to see so many come out to help with this.  There were even others who helped prior to Saturday that couldnt be there that day but did things that needed to be done before then.  I looked around and saw all of the kids, all their parents, and all of our church family there together.  I loved it.  It was great.

Some memories from the day

  • The little boy who straight up told me his daddy was in jail
  • The little girl who kept wanting me to take her picture.

  • The little boy who was so sad that his mama wouldnt come to eat with him but seemed very happy that I told him I would be his buddy and he could stay by me.
  • The girl who was happy to see her daddy come

  • Singing Happy Birthday to the birthday girl

  • The sweet lady that brought a dish (yummy potatoes) Our conversation
  • The pile up with me at the bottom when kids in their own version of the three legged race ran right over me.

Overall it was a really great day spending time and building relationships with the precious people in that neighborhood.

This is what its all about folks.

And this is what we saw chasing us as we drove away.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Little of Peru Right Here

Since we returned from Peru we have done a Neighborhood Children's Outreach once a month.  We chose a neighborhood where we go and play games with the children there.  We bring a snack and have a little bible lesson with them before we leave. Very similar to one of the things we did in Peru.   It has grown since our fist visit.  We are so blessed by it each time.  This time in particular I was moved almost to tears by the blessing of it all.

This month we did something a little different.  I will share more about that in the next few posts because it would have been major picture overload if I had done it all in one post.  Therefore, I am splitting it up.

Each month I have intended to bring my camera to get some images of these precious faces and the things we do out there.  Each time I have forgotten my camera.  Last month I finally remembered it.  However, the battery died just as I turned it on.  Finally this month I remembered my fully charged camera.  I got some great images.

As I was there with the kids taking pictures, in my minds eye I kept going back to the place that sorta began this in the first place.  Peru.

When we got home from Peru we knew that we wanted to incorporate some of what we had done in Peru with the children there, and bring it to children here.  That is where this Neighborhood Children's Outreach was born.  The precious Peruvian children touched our hearts.  We were incredibly blessed by spending time with the children there and sharing our love and Gods love with them.  That is our intent here as well with precious children in our own town.

As I looked at each little face I saw a child that deserved to be loved well.

I saw a child that deserved to be played with

 and made to feel important.

I saw a child that deserved to know they are special

and deserved to be hugged.

This weekend these smiling faces made me smile too.

They made Todd smile too.

The next post I will have more pictures from the weekend event and will go into more detail of what we did.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


It's her birthday.

It's so nuts.

You know that she's 30

Like 30 years old.

My little girl...

is 30

So, yea.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


These two were making secret plans here.  Well I think Avery was making the secret plans however letting Uncle Mickey in on it.

If I recall correctly she was letting him know of her plan to sneak up behind Poppa and scare him.

After she and Mic Mic worked out the details,

she carried out her plan.  She did scare Poppa.

And then she ran away.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Balloon Chase Sunday

Sunday after a great morning of worship at our church, a nice lunch, and a little UNO we headed down to the river front to see a balloon chase.  

It looks like Avery is breaking out in song here.  Actually the tug boat blew its horn and she was waving to them.

We had to get a little creative in the entertainment department for a bit as the balloon chase took forever to decide they would actually take off.

So Avery decided to add a few head shots to her portfolio...

Then she and Lesley snuck up on Uncle Mickey and threw something at him.

They played a little chase.

The day was beautiful.  The river was beautiful.  The girl was too.

The real chase finally began.

Getting a little sassy here...

And, I have good news.  The paper reported today that the balloon race will go on as usual next year!

WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!