Friday, January 30, 2015

Uncle Walter's Funeral

Dad, Mom, and I went down to Dad's Uncle's funeral this past Tuesday. They had a display of pictures of him and his family.
He was in the army in WWII
Uncle David, Aunt Lin, and Grandma looking at Uncle Walter and Aunt Clara's wedding picture. (See it below.)

Pretty architecture!

There was an honor guard that gave a 21 gun salute at the cemetery.

One of the soldiers playing taps. 
It was fascinating to watch them fold the flag that was over the coffin with such precision and respect.
Aunt Clara and Grandma at the reception.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Helping A&C Move!

Last Sunday afternoon we went down to Ana and Caleb's apartment to help them move out.  
Greg and Gabby were there too and we all enjoyed working together!
Many hands make quick work!

A quick picture before leaving the apartment for the last time.

Unloading things to store for 1-2 weeks until their new apartment is ready.
Part of the moving crew. =)

I rode with Greg and Gabby to the "in between apartments rental house" which was great fun!  The house address was entered into GPS just slightly wrong and we were guided to a huge grain silo next to the train tracks, where we were cheerfully informed by the GPS lady that we had arrived at our destination! =D Apparently a mistake had been made!  
(We found the house eventually!)
After getting things in the house we headed out in two cars to find a place to eat.
A yummy ending to a fun day!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Games With Friends

Thank you to the Gilson family for a fun evening of games Saturday night! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Amy's Birthday!

 Amy requested "Creamy Chicken Picasso" for her birthday meal.  It is a new recipe and is definitely a keeper!! SO delicious!!

Gluten free chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, chocolate ganache, and peanut butter cups!

With our "adopted" sister Ashley! 

Happy Birthday Amy!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015


 A little farewell party with the worship team and tech booth workers after church for Marc, who is leaving for more schooling out East. We will miss having him on the worship team, and his friendly, joyful spirit.
 Pastor took this picture - he knew how to make us laugh!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Leica Freedom Train

Ernst Leitz II was a German businessman who inherited the Leica camera company from his father in 1920. After Hitler became Chancellor in 1933, the Nuremberg laws were enacted, depriving German Jews of the rights of citizenship. Leitz began receiving desperate calls from his Jewish employees, begging him to help them escape.

Leitz hatched a brilliant plan. He began "transferring" his Jewish employees, along with their extended families, to Leica sales offices all over the world. The refugees were actually sent to America, where each was given a Leica camera, a stipend, and help finding work.

Known as the "Leica Freedom Train", Ernst Leitz' bold plan saved the lives of hundreds of Jews. Leitz' daughter, Elsie Kuhn-Leitz, was imprisoned by the Gestapo for trying to smuggle Jewish women into Switzerland. She was badly beaten but survived.

A rare light in a sea of darkness, the Leitz family never wanted publicity for their heroism. The story of the Leica Freedom Train only came out after the last Leitz family member died.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Christmas at Uncle David's!

 Visiting and playing games after lunch!

Brother and sister! <3

Little cousins visiting. =)

 A couple of cuties!

Aunt M with the chocolate bar Amy bought her.
She is recovering from cancer and loves chocolate.

N. brought her violin along and played for us!

Playing 3-13

With Grandma =)

Opening gifts
Baby gifts!

Family picture for Grandma.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Good Thoughts for the New Year!

"There is a strange wonder that happens the minute we stop comparing our lives to those we perceive as having more, and instead begin intentionally appreciating all that we really have."
"In other words, living radically for Jesus might not look that radical at all. And you might never be recognized for your ordinary Christian life. But that’s ok. The ordinary Christian life is about the fame of God’s name, not yours."