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Maddie’s Great Adventure

There is still a bit of the glow of our great week with Maddie going on here.  As I’ve sorted through the pictures, I’ve been trying to figure out what’s the best way to ‘put into words’ all the fun we had and all the memories we made.  Do I make a list? Post a bazillion pictures?  Maybe I’ll just talk about all the LOVE! Continue reading Maddie’s Great Adventure

Wait? More fun?

I had every intention of getting right back to work on the Monday following the cruise. Honest, I did. But when our daughter called over the weekend and asked if we’d like to join them at Knoebels Amusement Park on Monday, well, it didn’t take us too long to say – “Of Course!”

Even though we’ve only been to Knoebels once before (during our 2015 Adventure with granddaughter Hayley)
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we are big fans of this amusement park. We love that there is no admission fee, that you can either purchase an “All Rides” wrist band or just purchase tickets for the rides you want to take. The food isn’t too pricey, the rides are everything from vintage to state of the art, and the general feel of the park is oh-so-very family friendly.
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We met with Lara and Herbert and kiddos Ellie (11), Maddie (Toby’s daughter, 10) and Alexandra (3.75) by the Ferris Wheel and the park did not disappoint!

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Grams and Pops took care of some of the more mild rides.
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We also handled all of the watching of the bags and keeping track of kids that were too small to go (or didn’t want to go) on the big ‘coasters-
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(Despite the look on Maddie’s face – she WANTED to go on that ride!)
Lara, Herbert and Maddie did all the big roller coasters, but only Maddie and Herbert were brave enough to do the StratosFear!
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Yikes!
Spending the day with Lara and Herbert and these three cuties
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was a total delight. We got home late that night, exhausted but happy and content. It was a totally unexpected, totally delicious, impromptu day of fun!
Here are some additional pictures of our time at Knoebels. But I think this one, taken by Herbert, is one of my favorites!
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Oh, those faces!!!

Just a little randomness

Did you have a good Memorial Day? We were busy here at the conference center. Not only was there a full house at the lower campus, but they hosted a community picnic and chicken BBQ up at the upper campus.  So the kitchen was super stretched on Monday, but as always, everything worked out well. I was taking a turn in the kitchen (I’ve been mostly helping out with housekeeping) and they even let me play at the griddle!
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Hotdog, anyone?

Today the busyness continued!! I was back on housekeeping (after all, it was a full house over the weekend so ALL the rooms needed attention) and we were mostly working on the the preliminary stripping, collecting trash and towels, since today was also the day that over 100 new mattresses were delivered!
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Oh yeah –
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Mattresses, mattresses, everywhere!!
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These are some of the old ones waiting to be hauled downstairs. Pretty sure it was time!
But while the rest of the guys were hauling new and old mattresses hither and yon, Gary was still working on leveling that foundation.
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I think the ‘jack up the building’ phase of this job is about done! Thank-goodness!

Oh, the random thing? Well, I got a video from my daughter this week that absolutely made my day. For the last several years, each spring I send each of the grands a new book to start off their summer reading. I enjoy reading reviews and trying to find just the right book for each of them. I know they always appreciate them (and I can only hope they actually read them!), but this video that Lara took right after Alexandra (age 3.5) opened her book is absolutely priceless –
Alexandra and her new book!
My heart is full!

Another year is dawning…..

A friend that I have reconnected with on Facebook reminded me of this beautiful poem/hymn, written by Frances Havergal in 1874 –

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above;
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

When I first read those lines several days ago, they really resonated with me. For truly, my heart’s desire is to have a year of progress in my relationship with my Savior, to savor His mercies and His grace and His faithfulness, and to serve him well. But recently, those words have moved from ‘resonating’ to being an imperative. We finished out 2017 with the joyful addition of Anderson Jude Conrad, who made his appearance 3 weeks early, but at a hefty 7#11oz, is healthy and perfect (so is his mom!).

Seen here with his big brother Taran and bigger brother Weston.  Welcome to the family, little one!!

We then ushered in the New Year with some potentially devastating news (no diagnosis yet, but a CAT scan that showed some very suspicious masses) in our family (my oldest sister for those of you who know us personally).   While we wait for answers, our  prayer is renewed –
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
    Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
    Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

We don’t know what 2018 will look like. Truthfully, good news or bad, we never really do, do we? May my prayer always remain –
          Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
         On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.