Monday, February 25, 2008

A Late Valentine's Note:

Beth sent me these pictures of her kiddos on Valentines. They made a card for their daddy, that says, "we love daddy". We (everyone here) were in Colorado at the time and so we did not even notice it was Valentines day . . . .We must have been very busy relaxing and enjoying ourselves. We did miss everyone who was not there though.

all dressed in red and pink . . .

So loveable...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Let's See, Another Birthday?

Today is Clark's eleventh Birthday.
(strong smile competing with Cacey and Jeremiah)

Here are eleven facts about Clark . . .

1. He is mechanical and built Jill a doll house.

2. He likes to read history and can remember it.

3. He has five sisters and gets along with all of them (impressive!)

4. He plays piano and violin well.

6. He keeps up the grounds (fairly well).

7. He is upbeat and encouraging.

8. He is clean and organized.

9. He is willing and helpful to do anything us girls cannot do. (lift heavy things, figure out how to fix broken things [he is an expert at this], and etc.)

10. He is a good typer and likes to argue (is that called debate?)

11. We had to make this picture black and white because his teeth were so yellow.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy Birthday To The Monkey That Joined The Haven Almost Six Years Ago

Yes Beth, you must be as weird as us to have even considered marrying into the family.

We love and miss you . . . and Happy Birthday!

Caleb, Beth ( The Birthday Girl) and their kiddos Jed and Katie.

Quote for the Day

"The Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people."
~John Wycliffe~

John Wycliffe

During the 14th century John Wycliffe was an English theologian. He was an influential voice against the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church: the greatest power of his day. He founded the Lollard movement (a precursor to the protestant reformation) and became known as the Morning Star of the Reformation.

John Wycliffe was a fearless defender of Liberty. He believed that all men, regardless of their station in life, should have access to the Bible in their own language. He was the first to translate the entire Bible from Latin into English. As a result of his effort to make the Bible available to the common people translating it into English, literacy spread all over England. This frightened the Roman Church because the people began to think and had the courage to act on their convictions being unafraid of persecution from the Church. The Catholic Church began burning his followers (the Lollards) at the stake. John Wycliffe believed he would end his life either by being burned at the stake or in a prison in Rome. In spite of this, Wycliffe and his followers would not recant. Wycliffe died a natural death while preaching at his church. Forty years later the Pope ordered his bones dug up and burned, hoping that this would destroy his influence. Yet 1oo years later, it was said, if you met two men on the street one of them would be a follower of John Wycliffe.

The freedom we enjoy in this country today is a result of John Wycliffe's work.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Arrival and Relaxing

Here are some pictures when we first arrived in Colorado

Cacey unpacking...

Jenny looking serious

Jill warming up by the fireplace...

Clark and Jill with their cups of ???

Joy enjoying her cup of coffee

Clark and Jill on the winding stairway

Getting ready to eat...


Clark and Jill in the yard outside the condo...


Looking a little tired on the car ride here...

Wow...what's going on?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Vail, Colorado

At the top of the Gondola Ride

On Vail Mountain . . . Jenny, Mom, Clark and Jill

Vail Village . . .Christy, Jenny and Cacey

Jenny, Mom and Cacey

Jenny making a hat.

Clark and Jenny





Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ice Skating

An unexpected but much appreciated trip to Vail, Colorado enabled us to rest, swim, ice skate and more . . .
In Beaver Creek Village . . .

Ice skating at an outdoor rink in Beaver Creek Village