Sunday, August 19, 2012

Summer Adventures

The five of us in Immanuel's beautiful sanctuary on Micah's last day of vicarage.

Micah preaching his last sermon. (Uncle David was brave enough to snap this during the service!)
The beginning of August brought the end of Micah's vicarage. It was an amazing year of learning and blessings. We are so grateful for the people of Immanuel - St. Charles for welcoming us into their church family this past year.

Micah has four weeks between the end of vicarage and the beginning of his last year of seminary classes. We decided to take full advantage of his down time by having some outings! Missouri Botanical Gardens had a beautiful Chinese Lantern display this summer. All of the lanterns were gorgeous, both in the daytime and when they were lit at night.

Then we made our first trip as a family to Six Flags - St. Louis. The boys had earned free tickets from their reading program at school. We had so much fun!

Our dear friends from the seminary took a call to Milwaukee last summer, so we took a quick trip to visit them. We got to spend an afternoon at Lake Michigan, having a picnic and frolicking in the waves! 

 Jonah and I decided to spend part of our summer "training" to run/walk our first 5K together. It was so fun to do this with my big boy. We had a blast.
We marked the end of the seminary summer sessions by celebrating with the students who had just completed summer Greek at  - what else but a toga party!

And now it's time to buckle down and get back into our school routine. Our boys are in 4th and 1st grade. We can't believe that Joel is now the age that Jonah was when we came to the seminary.

We wish you every blessing as we head into fall!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Six months gone by?

I'm a little embarrassed that since my last blog post, a new year has begun, 3/5ths of our family got a year older, and the seasons changed from winter to spring to summer. Not too much has changed for our family, though. We are still thoroughly enjoying Micah's vicarage year. He's learning so much. The kids are excited to end their school year and start their summer fun. For me, the balancing act of being vicar's wife, mom of three, and full-time worker is going as well as can be expected. Through it all, we are immeasurably blessed.
During one of our two small snowfalls this winter, the boys got a chance to go sledding on Art Hill in Forest Park. They had a blast.

On Easter we experienced our first holiday ever away from family. Although we missed everyone back home, we were where we needed to be, at beautiful Immanuel - St. Charles celebrating the Lord's resurrection with our vicarage congregation.

My sister had a baby girl in February. We got to go visit her in March, and again for her baptism in April. Our kids are crazy about their new cousin.

We had such fun at Immanuel's annual parade and picnic earlier this month. We were so surprised to learn that we were going to get to ride in a Mustang convertible! We loved every minute of waving to spectators from that fancy car.

Unfortunately Micah's schedule hasn't allowed us to go camping this year, but we make do. On Mother's Day my wish was to spend the afternoon in our screen tent so I could pretend we were camping. I thought it was lovely.

This weekend has brought some very welcome rest and relaxation for all of us. Now we feel recharged and ready to for whatever adventures lie around the corner for us.

We wish you all a blessed summer!