In the past 4 weeks a ton has happened here and I got some great pictures so I wanted to share. It all started on Thanksgiving as we had our small group over for a huge feast. I actually a few days before managed for the first time ever to put all our outside lights up and started spinning the Christmas music. I have never done that before so Im not sure what's wrong with me.
If that wasnt strange enough late on Thanksgiving day over 80 elk showed up in our back yard and hung out to have Thanksgiving dinner on the green. Here's a picture as we spotted them around the corner a few days later.
In Phoenix a couple weeks ago Kathy and I drove by a group of hot air balloons landing in the sunset and got alot of pics. It was a beautiful day and
of course great weather for December
Speaking of crazy for the past four months we have been working on ou Christmas musical which we finally did last weekend. It went great as over 1300 people came and were touched by the story and the message. (pictured below is Kathys scene with the Grinch.)
Also last weekend we got pounded with almost 20 inches of snow so the kids got two snow days and we spent 3 afternoons building a snowman, sledding and making forts. Check out these awesome pictures taken in the snow.
California Adventure 07
We finally got to make our annual California trip this past weekend so we headed out on Friday and drove over to Irvine, CA just south of LA for our 4 day vacation.
On the first day, Saturday we spent the whole day at our families favorite southern California hangout, Laguna Beach. Its an amazingly beautiful beach with a great view of the town and the ocean. Let alone the fun spent jumping waves is the tide pools you can find at the southern end of the beach. The kids love these spots as you can spend hours exploring muscle shells, small fish, am and even a star fish.
As always we cram alot of things into a very short time so while we were there we also did another drive down Hollywood Blvd., a tour through NBC studios (where somewhere Tom Cruise and Jay Leno were getting ready for the show.) a day at Knotts Berry Farm, a visit to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Beverly Hills and a service at the Mosaic Church to hear Erwin Mcmanus speak. Great time and the kids had a blast. I have a ton of pics I'm putting online so you can check out the trip and everything we did. Click HERE to see the pics!
I wanted to say thank you to all the worship team, staff and congregation there who have already been flooding us with emails and messages encouraging us and helping us in this transition. We can tell already that we will have alot of great relationships and are excited about our new "family" there at C.C.O.F. ! We have been praying for an opportunity like this for a long time and are looking forward to serving there.
I also wanted to say thank you to those who have been supportive of us in our role at PCC through the difficult times and challenges. Its awesome to see how God works and answers prayers and its obvious that if you remain faithful to Him in all circumstances that He will be faithful and provide. (Two of my favorite verses that remind me daily of these two things are Psalm 77 and Psalm 40:1-3. Check them out!!) For all our other friends and family checking out this blog who arent familiar with CCOF check out their website in the works at www.ccof.net
We will keep you posted as things progress!!
Well we are back home after a 14 day journey across the state of Michigan. It was awesome to visit my family in Buchanan, Kathys in Grand Rapids, my brother in Jackson and even our incredible visit with so many of our friends in south Detroit. Thank you Meadows family for having us over to your wonderful home and for the opportunity to have so many great friends over that we havent seen in two years!!! On top of that it was great to visit the old college group and friends there in Woodhaven. Great to see you guys!!! We were in Michigan for the whole two weeks and there was absolutely no snow... until... of course... the morning we left. It finally started. We boarded the plane in Detroit and it snowed like crazy. Just in time for us to leave. During our flights to and from on our vacation as we flew into Chicago, IL, South Bend, IN, Detroit, MI, St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, OK, and of course Phoenix there was nowhere with more scenic snow than the view over New Mexico as the mountains and terrain out the plane window. Ethan woke me up, "Dad look there's snow!" I looked out and there it was, snow all over and as far as you could see up into the Colorado area and even on the San Francisco peaks in Flagstaff out in the distance. We didnt get to ski or sled but it was pretty cool to see coming back. We had to come back to the southwest to get the snow. Who would have thought.
Top Row: Ethan and Corey Signing the Guestbook inside the Gerald Ford Museum
Second Row: Kathy Signing and the memorial wall
Third Row: Grandma Parker signing and Ethan putting out flowers
Fourth Row: Kathy being interviewed by Channel 13/ABC
Fifth Row: Kevin at Memorial, Kathys interview
Bottom: Corey and Kevin filmed while observing Memorial wall
While visiting family in the Grand Rapids area we had the opportunity to stop back by at one of our favorite museums and be a part of the Gerald Ford Memorial where he was burried today. After signing the guestbook in the lobby we went out to the curb and got picked to interviewed about our visit to the service and spent time observing the items left along the wall. ( a home recording of the interview will be on youtube soon).