Semi-formal Winter Country Dance

Saturday evening, a group of young people (mostly home schoolers or home school graduates) met at the Duck Club in Irvine for an evening of old country line dancing. Since this was Josiah’s first time, he was skeptical as to whether he’d enjoy himself. Of course, he had a GREAT time and said that he’d […]

Christmas Day 2018

We started with a Christmas Day service at 11:00 AM. We sang some Christmas carols, shared some stories of God’s blessings, and Pastor shared a Christmas message. Back home, the women worked hard in the kitchen. Jeffrey got Jeri’s saxophone out of the attic and worked at playing it. Just before dinner, we took our […]

Christmas Recital 2018

Normally our church’s Christmas recital is in early December. But our vacation caused it to be pushed back (to Lizzie’s birthday). Victoria, Sarah, and Joanna sang a beautiful arrangement of The First Noel. Jeffrey played bass guitar with the guys on What Child Is This and Angels We Have Heard on High. The youth ensemble […]

Souplantation with Grandma Stogdill

Grandma Stogdill is visiting us this Christmas for a week. She’ll get to celebrate two birthdays (Lizzie’s and Josiah’s) plus Christmas plus hear some of her grandchildren perform in the Christmas recital at church. Josiah was initially a little discouraged because he was still full from a big lunch at Carlitta’s Diner. But later he […]

Carribean Cruise Photos

Carnival has a lot of photographers taking pictures when we are at port as well as in the evenings. We purchased a few of them. Pre-Carribean Cruise 2018 Carribean Cruise Day 1 – Leave Fort Lauderdale Carribean Cruise Day 2 – At Sea Carribean Cruise Day 3 – Grand Turk Carribean Cruise Day 4 – […]

Carribean Cruise Day 8 – At Sea

Saturday morning, we head to the gym. After our 20-minute aerobic workout, we switch to weights. John, who we met and talked with the day before, helped us and his wife workout on four weight machines. We enjoyed getting some instruction and encouragement on using the machines. As the four of us took turns on […]

Carribean Cruise Day 7 – At Sea

Friday started the same as most of the days: gym, plate of fruit (with some pastry), shower, then a trip to the buffet for salad and more. Today’s lunch menu included cauliflower with green tahini (we both loved it), broccoli mac-and-cheese arancini (deep-fried panka-coated arancini stuffed with broccoli and cheddar). For dessert, Tim had a […]