A Breath…

After the craziness of getting the pavilion up and shingled, Brian finally had a quieter week. While no “normal” vacation is in our plans, we are able to do what most people can’t – take random days or evenings or Saturdays and spend time as a family doing activities here and there. Thursday was one of those days. We have been wanting to take our kids to a zoo all year and the opportunity finally presented itself! A zoo not far from here is geared towards children so we headed down there. What an awesome day! My parents joined us. We were able to hit the entire zoo before 2pm. The kids got to do “extras” like feeding birds and goats and painting “toad abodes” for the backyard. We had a blast. It was a nice breather before we jump back into life this week. Here’s a few pictures:

She's been talking about penguins for awhile now, so to find the first exhibit filled with the feathered creatures made her day right off the bat.
She’s been talking about penguins for awhile now, so to find the first exhibit filled with the feathered creatures made her day right off the bat.
He had to sit on the crocodile. He was disappointed they only had baby ones.
He had to sit on the crocodile. He was disappointed they only had baby ones.
Petting goats with Grandpa and Mom
Petting goats with Grandpa and Mom
Face painted like a unicorn.
Face painted like a unicorn.
She INSISTED she was tall enough and refused to be held. Most of the time.
She INSISTED she was tall enough and refused to be held. Most of the time.
And baby James was there, too. Yes, that is a pacifier attached to his hat. Yes, Daddy was in charge at that point. :) He loved being there, but hated being in his stroller!
And baby James was there, too. Yes, that is a pacifier attached to his hat. Yes, Daddy was in charge at that point. 🙂 He loved being there, but hated being in his stroller!

Brian spent most of his time last week doing repairs in neighbor’s houses and general catch-up work that he hadn’t done while working on the pavilion. Electricity has started going in the bathrooms, so he helped with that one morning as well. A little bit of siding on the back of the pavilion needs to be done and then the ceiling goes in this week thanks to a generous, spontaneous donation! It will be nice to have it closed off so birds and wasps don’t think they can live inside the pavilion (or at least, not as easily!).

We said goodbye to one family this past week and on the 25th, another family pulls out. Our neighbors have been gone this past month and return in a week – much to Elena’s great joy. I know she misses her friend when she pulls out one of my old cells and pretends to have full conversations with her!

September 18 is our first annual MRF Banquet. If you are interested in coming, let us know! We’d love to have you join us for a silent auction, gospel music, and good food down in Olyphant at the Regal Room.

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Brian & Lisa

We are missionaries with Bible Centered Ministries International, living and serving in NEPA.

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