The icicles just kept growing and growing until they were scary.
...and picnic table.
And as much as I wanted to stay under the covers drinking hot tea, we did manage to fit in quite a lot of winter activities. Our women's retreat was in February, mostly due to no one having anything else to do when it's below zero outside. During free time I went snow shoeing with these lovely ladies. Rachel, on the far right, is from India, and thoroughly enjoyed the novelty of excessive amounts of snow and special shoes to trek through it!
Cooper, Kayla, and I enjoyed another 6 weeks of Thursdays at Mt. Snow in Vermont with lots of our homeschool friends. I can still keep up with the young 'ens for the most part, but their skills improve and their speed increases with each year ~ complete with spins and jumps. I'd just like to be able to keep skiing each winter without killing myself. Honestly, the lift is the scariest part for me. I'm getting old.
|Mt. Snow is absolutely beautiful ~ and so is this little ski bunny!|
We had very special visitors ~ Romy and Matt ~ from Switzerland who always come bearing the finest of Swiss treats. Such a lovely time catching up with these two, and then just a couple of days later we FINALLY got to escape our ice tundra for warmer climates and a part of the country to which we'd never been...
It was wonderful to get away and participate in the Collegiate Church Planter Collaborative in Oakland with these friends and fellow church planters as well as collegiate church planters from all over the country. Our friend from Stillwater, OK, Brian Frye, was the mastermind behind the conference. I've limited myself to an hour for getting this blog out (the to-do list is LONG), so I don't have time to tell you about the wonderful people we got to meet and the incredible church ~ Gracepoint Oakland ~ that hosted us, but it was all so encouraging and fun. Robert got to speak to the whole group ~ about 200 people ~ one morning, and I helped lead a seminar called "Help, I'm Married To A Collegiate Church Planter" as well as with a video (horrors!) on ministering to collegiate women.
|The New England Contingency (Why am I the only girl?)|
We went back to San Francisco one night to visit with another dear friend, Greg, but for the life of me I can't find the picture that I know I took of him and Robert right here on the famous Lombard Street. Anyway, we had a wonderful evening walking and talking and eating In and Out Burgers and drinking Starbucks.
There have been babies born and hospital visits...
|The Worcester gals and Baby Analiz!|
|Soren was born in January ~ most prayed for baby ever!|
There was a trip to a casino (shhhh....) with friends and fellow church planters, Shaun and Deshni ~ but only for steaks at the Michael Jordan Steakhouse, I promise. We loved seeing their new church building (located between two major casinos and ministering to lots of folks who work there) and hearing about all that God is doing in southern Connecticut.
Now it's time for spring track for Kayla. She's tearing it up in the 100m sprint as well as the sprint relay. She also had to run the 400m recently and like a typical sprinter thought she might die due to the LONG distance. She did GREAT!
Oh ~ and it took us forever, but Robert and I finally finished this...
...which was such a great show. My goodness. Tears every episode.
But now we can give our full attention to this...
If Parenthood made us cry every time, Gilmore Girls makes us laugh out loud. Sadly, many of the 70's and 80's references are lost on our kids (there are hundreds!), but Robert and I crack up. If you're looking for a light, funny, and (almost entirely, but not quite entirely) clean show ~ this one's for you!
Okay ~ my hour to blog was over about 20 minutes ago, but there's a quick ~ even if it is kinda shallow (because it's highly edited to make us look all fun and carefree...) update on the last three months.
Maybe (hopefully) it won't be so long next time. Thanks for checking in friends!