Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer on the Hill

It has been a fast and HOT summer here in Arkansas.  We are on, I believe, our 23rd or 24th CONSECUTIVE day of temperatures at or above 100 degrees.  To make matters worse, we have had virtually NO rain.  Today there is a 50% chance, so we will hope the weatherman is right.

So much has been going on this summer that I don't even know where to begin.  Anna went on her mission trip to Port Arthur, Texas, right after school was out and had a blast.  She said that the one week wasn't nearly enough for the work that she wanted to do there.  She met a little 3 year old girl that stole her heart...

Jake graduated from 6th grade. 

Anna and Jake, outside the Fine Arts building on the CHS campus

Jake went to church camp for his first time this year.  He seemed to be okay with it since Anna would be there also.  I, on the other hand, wasn't so sure he could do it.  He surprised me by making it ALL week!!  As for me and was the quietest week we have had in over 12 or 13 years!!!!  I guess that was a test for us, as well.  

We DID get to work in a quick vacation this summer.  I wasn't sure we could find time, but Joe got on the internet one night and booked us a room at Universal Studios in Florida.  

We stayed at the Portofino Bay Hotel

It was actually on Universal's property, so we got to use an Express Pass for the rides and we got early admission to the parks.  The kids LOVED that they could get into a separate line for rides and practically walk right on to the rides without a wait.  Don't know if we would have paid the $87 or so dollars for the pass if it had not been included in our room charge.  

This is "The Rocket" as Anna and Jake call it.  The actual name is Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.

I have a lot more to share, but it will have to wait until another day.  Anna and Joe are packing for a medical mission trip to Peru.  They leave at 3 am tomorrow.  This will be Joe's second trip Peru, but Anna's first.  She will celebrate her 15th birthday in another country and I know God will be blessing her with a joy in which no presents can compare.  If you are reading this, please pray for their safety and for the work that they will do while there.

Bye for now.....

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