Sunday, August 12, 2007

End of Summer!

We’ve just returned from a great trip to Michigan to show off our handsome boys and are about to settle in for the upcoming school year. Our trip was great – we had so much fun! We stopped on the way to Michigan to visit our cousins and friends the Peltons in Colorado Springs (one of our favorite places to visit so we’re thrilled to have a free place to stay!). Christy and Ryan are soon to be parents so we enjoyed sharing diaper duty with them to get them ready. We also visited our friends the Boermans while we were there.

Once we got to Michigan the fun continued with a trip to John Ball Zoo, a Whitecaps game, a petting zoo, a weekend at Chris’ parents’ cabin, kayaking with Chris and Becky, meeting our new nephew/cousin Gibson (or Wibbey as he has been dubbed), trips to the beach, and picnicking with our friends Jeremy and Amanda and their boys. We also went to the Holland Farmers Market which we miss a lot, took Garrett blueberry picking (we brought a ton of MI blueberries home, yum!), reconnected with friends from Holland and from Hope and our church family in Zeeland, and Chris and I got to go out on a couple of much needed dates. We were so blessed to have the chance to be with people we love and we are so grateful to those of you who had us over for meals, took vacation time to be with us, and overall made our trip very special.

As we get ready for another school year we have been asked by people here in NM if we are ready to be back or if having been at “home” for a month makes us wish we were still in Michigan. We have been able to honestly answer that as wonderful as it is to go home, we are also at home here at Rehoboth. Each time we have been to MI our pastor at 1st Reformed has given a message that reminds us that we have been called to Rehoboth and that this is where we belong. We know that we will miss our families and our friends in MI, but yet we love our friends here and look forward to investing more into these relationships this year.

Our boys are doing well. Garrett is talking and is constantly making us laugh. His favorite word is still “no”. No, he doesn’t love mommy, daddy, or Clayton. No, he doesn’t want to be tickled. No, no, no. But, he also has lots of other “nicer” words, not all of which are totally understandable. He is now running, loves to throw and kick balls, and will desperately miss Daddy when Chris goes back to school this week. Clayton is starting to smile and coo and puts up with a lot of kissing from Garrett. He seems to be following in Garrett’s chubby footsteps.

The fall will be busy. Chris is going to start his Masters program. Nikki will be working with Calvin College again and working for the After School Program. We also hope to find new ways to connect with our community. We would ask for your prayers as we adjust to a new school year and new family dynamics.