Sunday, May 31, 2009

Following are some recent pictures and videos. Most are from Evan's 1st birthday party, which was last Monday. I'm sorry there's not many pictures/videos and that I'm putting them on late. Our camera has been having some issues, so I haven't been able to take many pictures or videos. I may try to put some on here from my mother-in-law later on. Well, I hope you all enjoy these. This picture was taken a few weeks ago before Evan's bday. The rest of them are from his bday on May 25.
Evan with Grandma, Aunt Laura and Audrey on his bday.
Evan with daddy, looking at his panda bday cake that was made by mommy and Grandma.
Here's Evan with his Uncle Paul.
Evan with his first balloons. He really enjoyed these.
Evan eating his birthday lunch.
Evan with one of many gifts. This is his bathtub penguin from his Grammie.
Evan on his new truck from Daddy and Mommy. Audrey is also there. She came to the party as well. She will be turning one in about three weeks. These kids grow up too fast.
As I close, I want to mention some prayer requests.
1. First, I ask you to pray for the music minister of our sponsoring church (Frederick Boulevard Bapt) Chad Crooks and family. He just lost his brother the other night in a car accident. Please pray for God's comfort, peace and presence in this difficult time.
2. I also ask you to pray for some Guatemalan neighbors that we have met this last week. They seem pretty open and friendly. We pray that we'll have a good chance to minister to them. Pray in particular for Santos, who is looking for a job. There are four brothers living in one house, with one of the brother's wife and their family.
3. Speaking of Guatemala, I am preparing for a mission trip at the end of June with Frederick Boulevard Baptist. We are beginning the preparation and orientation. Pray for this time as we prepare and get ready. Also, pray for the trip and for the people that we will come in contact with.
4. I also ask you to pray for my Ugandan friend, Jackson and his wife Esther. Jackson was just accepted into a Masters program in Cleveland. Pray that God will provide the way for him to go. (Jackson is the friend I knew in Uganda and went recently to see him in Cincinnati.)
5. Please pray for a summer volunteer (Robin) that is coming to work in the St. Joe area this summer. She is bilingual and has a heart for missions and Hispanic ministry. We'll be meeting her today. Pray that she will have a good ministry here this summer and that God will show us how we'll be able to work together.
6. Lastly, I'm asking you to pray for a new part time job. I'm working with the church part time and had a job with HeadStart as well. The HeadStart job is ending for the summer, so I need something else. There are a few options, just pray that the right one will open up. If I have a good enough opportunity then I may not go back to HeadStart, so we'll just see what happens. We know that the Lord will provide.
Now, I want to close with some videos. These were all taken on Evan's birthday. Sorry there's only one that's long at all. As I mentioned, we have been having problems with our camera.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Recent cell phone pics

The following are recent pics that I had taken on my cell phone. I hope you enjoy them. We have been doing well and are glad to be back home now. We went on the Cincinatti trip and were here for about 4 days before going to Texas last week. We had a great time there and it was great to see the family.
These were taken on the Cincinnati trip. He's so cute, he was wanting to kiss himself.

Here's Evan at home between trips in his Liga (favorite Ecuadorian soccer team) shirt.
She didn't have to take the whole trip this way! She was just in there for a bit to pack the trunk. In case you don't know, Christine is an expert packer.
Here's a picture of Evan with Papa and the cows. Evan liked being on the farm and he liked the cows, as long as they weren't too close to him.
Evan sleeping on the way back home. It was a long trip and he was a real trooper.
This picture was taken at the Rangers game in Arlington. I was able to go to go to the game last Friday night with a couple of Ft. Worth friends and it was nice, especially so that the Rangers won!
Evan sitting on the floor before our church service.
I took this one today.

Friday, May 08, 2009

cincinnati, part 2

The following are some pics and videos from our recent trip to Cincinnati. We went there to catch up with some friends and we really had a great time. We went there to see some of Christine's friends from college that recently had a baby- Amelia, Andreas and Andrian. We also saw Jackson and met his wife Esther. We were also able to do a bit of sightseeing. I'll go ahead and apologize that the captions don'g quite go with the pictures, but I think you'll be able to figure them all out. I hope to be able to fix them but not now because it is quite late.
Here's Evan sitting in the grass at a rest stop. Welcome to Indiana! We drove through Indiana on the way to Cincinnati and it was really quite beautiful there- a lot of farms, old barns, rivers and forests. Here's Jackson and I. He is the first Ugandan student I've seen since leaving Uganda in September of '02. I knew him in Uganda, particularly at our Guy's Bible study there. Here's all the crew in Newport, Kentucky. Here's Jackson and Esther. Travelling wore Evan out a bit. Here's a nice picture of downtown Cincinnati with a the ballpark included. You knew that me the baseball nut had to take this picture. Too bad the Reds weren't in town and I didn't get to a game but I made it to this park last time and also gave Jackson a short lesson on baseball. These next three were taken at a couple of parks in Cincinnati. That was one thing we noticed about Cincinnati, is that there are a lot of beautiful parks and green areas. It is really a beautiful city and we enjoyed our time there. Here's a couple of pictures of Jackson, me and Evan. This picture was taken in Indianapolis on our way back to Missouri. We stopped there in the downtown canal area and got this picture there at a fountain. Think you could do this? I tell you that our kid has some talent and some flexibility. This last one was taken here at home on our porch and i just liked the pensive expression on Evan's face. As I close I just want to ask you all to pray for our friends that we saw in Cincinnati and I also ask you all to pray about a situation that happened here in the Hispanic community in St. Joseph. While we were away, there was a young Hispanic man that was killed. There was someone that paid to have him killed. As you can imagine, this is quite a shock to the community and has been quite a blow. I just ask that you can pray for the young man's family and for the hispanic community in general here.
Here's a video of Evan on the swing. I hope this one doesn't make you sick.
Here's Evan waving at some ducks. Sorry this one is kind of short.

trip to cincinnati, part 1

Here's a video of Evan eating ice cream for the first time. You can see that he's a big fan. Too bad this video isn't any longer. I hope to put some more pictures and a couple of videos on later this evening.