Dan, Kim, Erin, and Clayton visited with us this past week (7/20-25). We had a wonderful time hanging out, talking, working together on various projects, and playing with the kids.
Dan is the youngest of our four grown children. He lives in Albuquerque, NM and has worked for Intel Corp. for the past 13 years. He is taking on a new job with a church as part of their media team. Dan will be working with a group that maintains the church’s website. He is taking a major cut in pay, but both he and Kim feel that this change is of the Lord. Therefore, we may confidently say, “The Lord is my helper…” (Heb. 13:6)
Dan spent a great deal of time working on the website making some changes that I needed and helping me to get it ready for the changes the Lord is leading me to make. Some exciting things are forthcoming.
This blog you are reading is also a product of our work together. He goes through it so fast that I have no idea what it was that he did. Now that he is on his return home, I can spend some time trying to familiarize myself with this new format. (This is my first posting.)
Gracie took Kim and the kids to Branson to the outlet mall one evening to buy Erin and Clayton some outfits. You would have thought it was Christmas morning the way they came running into the house when they returned!! Excited is too mild a word for the joy in their little hearts! That was special; and Gracie said they had a rich and rewarding time together.
The grandkids love being out here with Gramma and Grandpa, because they get to do things that are not possible within their city life. They arrived asking if they could go pick vegetables from the garden. When I told them we had some new baby chickens, Erin wanted to hold one immediately. They went with me every morning to gather eggs and feed the hens.
Their uncle MIke (Dan’s brother) came for a visit Monday, and he brought water guns for them to play with. Poor chickens! Egg count went down for a couple days as the hens tried to regain their composure.
We picked blackberries and beans, ate lots of ice cream, played with Timber the dog, chased fireflies, read lots of books, played Sequence and Mexican Train Dominoes, got wet on the “Slip N Slide” and in the pool, and made the cats nervous with so much activity.
Erin wanted to read from her new Bible and she chose Psalms 1 and 2 (NIV). She breezed right through “inheritance” but stumbled over “pottery.” I was amazed at the skill she demontrated! She is only 6 1/2 years old. Kim and Dan have done a wonderful job.
We were sad to see them leave.