|July 17, 1999|
Posted by Kristi at 3:21 PM
It's exhausting, but I do somehow enjoy my time in the kitchen at Camp Loy White. The only part that is super duper tough is saying goodbye to my kids at the end of the weekend.
|when did my baby boy get so long?|
In the immediate days after I got home, when I was exhausted, my knees hurt from standing so long, and I just didn't feel like cooking a thing, I probably would have told you that 2014 was my last summer. But now that a little time has passed, I find myself mentally tweaking recipes in my head and wondering how to make them work for a large crowd...
Posted by Kristi at 11:45 PM
Several weeks ago Ian, the littles and I had a special lunch date.
Natalie for one could hardly believe her eyes when she saw who it was...after all, we did part ways with "our Hannah" in Changsha back in September.
We were blessed to share a meal with three-eighths of the Samuels family!
Just who are these folks?
Well, Hannah spent a crazy week with us as we
And dad and eldest brother ~ Brian and Jeremy ~ of the family...well, they were part of Daniel's story before we were. They knew him back in the time he was called Jamison, when his color was primarily blue before heart surgery and through his days of physical therapy to catch up on developmental milestones. As the years have passed, Daniel can't quite seem to place them, but it is clear that he feels a connection on an instinctual level.
|jeremy is the pied piper with kids!|
This is a family (along with the other five members, an amazing mom, another cool brother and three sweet spirited younger sisters) that is near and dear to our hearts. We're pretty sure that these are folks we'd love to be in community with on a regular basis. There's just the issue of an ocean between us...
Anyway, Hannah and Jeremy are both in the states to take some classes for a season, and Brian came over with his oldest kids to help them get settled into their digs with friends. During a brief time in NC to visit family, they managed to squeeze us in for a lunch date. We were honored indeed.
We laughed and chatted and reconnected. All too soon though they needed to get back on the road to help prepare for a big family dinner.
|you really have to go now?|
But we sure enjoyed our little piece of time with some amazing folks. We got the scoop on the latest of what's going on up in their corner of the world. It's exciting stuff y'all! We'll be following their work at New Day North and if you like to see miracles happening in the lives of beautiful orphaned children, I suggest you do too!
Posted by Kristi at 9:10 AM
Even so, he played aggressively that day and had a good game.
One bit of natural talent our boy was gifted is energy.
I seriously don't know where he gets it sometimes. He may not always be the fastest, or even the most talented on the field.
But 9 times out of 10, he's got energy to run circles around anyone. And in a fast paced game like soccer, energy is pretty important.
Caleb also attended futsal clinic on Friday nights this spring. The skills he picked up there combined with his desire to kick a ball around the block instead of riding his bike when we took family walks showed up as the season went on.
Caleb shifted from being a high energy kid on the team to a valuable player.
His love of the game was contagious enough that we decided travel out of town with the team at the end of the season to attend the Powerade State Games. The heat was almost unbearable, and they played two games a day just one hour apart over the weekend, but managed to come up with the bronze medal for their age bracket.
|just before they received their medals...accidentally did video of the medal shot instead of a still shot.|
The time has come to put shin guards and cleats back into the closet to wait for the next season, but it's good to know that our soccer family will be back when it's time to start kicking a ball again!
Posted by Kristi at 11:20 PM