Friday, December 19, 2014

all quiet on the home front

Life in the U.S. is just not as exciting to blog about.
We see many of you on a regular basis, and you know what we're up to and how we're doing!

But for those of you who are going through withdrawal from more details,
the following is for you.

Elise and Amy have completed their first semester at college.  
They've worked hard, made friends,
and assimilated into a student body of 20,000 pretty smoothly
for a couple of MKs*.
(*MKs - missionary kids)
Amy and Elise pose in front of their dorm building with Mark's mom who honored us with a visit
They are pretty happy to be on break, but are already buying books for next sem.
Michael's finished his first semester of high school,
and has been using his extra time to play some disc golf,
learn archery, 
and cut into new foam board
to create small r/c planes perfect for the front yard.

Mark and Michael do a Saturday airplane build together

Michael flies his Mini Scout in the front yard
December in Georgia means that it's cotton-pickin' time.

I had never seen fields and bales of cotton before coming to Georgia!
  It also means that it's time to put up some Christmas lights,

Michael does the high parts for Mark who doesn't like heights...
 ...and to bake Christmas treats.

Time for family ping-pong tournaments...
  (with thanks to Sunju for the perfect-sized dining room table, 
and to A&J for the removable ping pong net!)

Though it's been a busy season for Mark in his work,

it's been a delight to hear the voices of all our kids laughing together again,
and to see Amy and Elise have the time to read
and practice driving, and exercise creativity.

And now it's almost time for Christmas...
for a remembrance of the coming of our Savior,

and a reminder to come and adore Him,
for He alone is worthy!

photo thanks to Kay Heritage ♥
We wish you all a season of joy!

Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven.

~ Martin Luther


Judy said...

Yay! That was fun to see! Thanks Barb! Love that family photo! Very nice!

thechurchcook said...

:) ALWAYS excited to read about Us5! Love the ping pong table!

Rosalie said...

Thanks Barb. Great photo! Merry Christmas to all!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update! It satisfied my withdrawal pangs - for a little while. Merry Christmas to you all! Hank

us5 said...

:) thank you all! Merry Christmas to all of you, too! and i'll try to not neglect some family updates in the new year.