Monday, June 25, 2007

Our Vacation in Pictures...

This is one of our favorite photos from the trip. French Creek runs just a mile behind Mindy's mom's house and was an idyllic spot for John to take his books to study, reflect and pray as well as to take the kids for fun. The kids LOVED throwing rocks into the creek.

This is a mommy and baby snake getting some sun while intertwined. Makes ya look at snakes a little differently, eh?

Hannah got to meet her paternal grandfather (Pap) for the first time.

Paw Paw (Chinese name for maternal grandmother) holding her newest grandchildren: Elijah on the left and Hannah on the right.

3 generations: Paw Paw with Melanie and her boys: Luke (2 1/2) and Elijah (3mos) and Mindy and her three: Christopher (4), Sarah (2 1/2) and Hannah (2mos).

Mindy's uncle David and aunt Rosetta (Paw Paw's brother and sister in law) were visiting from Hong Kong. Our kids would call them "Kao Gong" and "Kam Paw" for great uncle and great aunt.

All 5 cousins together. Ok, so they may not all be looking at the camera...but at least we figured out a way to get them to stay put long enough for a photo! Here they are in birth order - clockwise starting with Christopher. What's funny is we didn't plan it that way; we just threw them down in that position for pictures and noticed it later.

Here we are at Longwood Gardens. It couldn't have been a more perfect day (weather: blue skies, in the 70s).

Sarah rode on Kao Gong's shoulders for the better part of the afternoon (and loved it, I might add!) I honestly don't know how he had the energy to do that...

Rosetta, David & Philomena (Mindy's uncle David and her mom are the oldest of 7 brothers and sisters).

John with the kids in front of the fountain gardens (we saw a couple of fabulous fountain shows).

Have you ever seen a hanging hydrangea basket?!? There were dozens of these hanging in the conservatory.

Sarah jumps at every opportunity to hold baby Hannah. Have you ever seen such deep blue hydrangeas??

...or hot pink ones??

We're thinking of adding a room like this onto our house...


More orchids. You could buy these for a mere $75. Hey, at least it included a pot with some dirt.

David & Rosetta in the orchid house (I cannot tell you how wonderful it smelled in there!)

Sarah sitting by the Dianthus flower bed. I planted these same kind of flowers in my flower bed in Texas and they DIDN'T look like this!

Rosetta performing Tai Chi by the lake. She's actually a Tai Chi instructor back in Hong Kong.

As you can imagine...with so many Chinese tourists in our midst, there came many, MANY photo opportunities! Sarah decided to have a little fun with this pose. That's Mindy's cousin, Andrew (whom Sarah called "Agrix"...we're still not sure why) who lives in Toronto.

Living in Texas, you're just not used to looking up and seeing a canopy of trees blocking the sky (or the "SKAH" as we say it down here).

Hannah was smiling before we came to PA, but she really started smiling, cooing and laughing responsively as well as punching and kicking her arms and legs while we were in PA.

Sarah gets a haircut. Actually, we all got our hair cut by Paw Paw (except for Hannah, of course), but we didn't feel the need to post pictures of John and Mindy's haircuts...

Christopher gets a haircut (before)...

After...with some spikes that he requested.

Hannah meets her great grandmother - MamMam.

The kids were reunited with their distant cousins - these are our two Sarahs: Sarah Jane and Sarah Ruth.

2 full days of family chaos finally wore Christopher out.

Christopher and Paw Paw wave at the camera.

Christopher poses in front of peaceful Black Moshannon State park.

Officially a thumb-sucker now

After a few days of trying out her index finger, her first two fingers, her middle two fingers and her thumb, Hannah has decided (like the rest of our children) that her thumb is most soothing.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Today's Kids Pics

Mindy took these pictures this morning while I was teaching a new members class at the church. We still haven't updated our blog with a vacation story, but oh well... we had a good time and life moves on. Enjoy the pics!

Hannah has discovered her fingers and thumb.

Proud big brother.

Christopher, Hannah and Sarah

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Friday evening with Gov. Mike Huckabee

A couple in our church co-hosted a social on Friday night at a home in Plano for Presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee. We were really impressed with Gov. Huckabee. He is strongly pro-life, warm, funny, has a history of reaching across the aisle to work with Democrats, and accomplished some outstanding things in his 10 1/2 years as Gov. of Arkansas. He was the first Gov in the nation, for example, to get health insurance for all kids in his state. But most of all, he is very thoughtful and strong on culture of life issues. I understand that he was on the Jon Stewart show recently and I'm looking for a tape or download of that episode. I've heard even from liberal friends that he was quite impressive! He was also on Hardball and Hanity & Colmes this week as well. I think that we will see him continue to climb in the polls because the more people learn about him and hear him, the greater and broader his support becomes. He also lost more than 100 pounds - an inspiration for me! You can find out more about him here.

Monday, June 11, 2007

After 1480 miles of driving, we're home!

We got home last night sometime after 10pm. We're all safe and healthy and there have been no recurrences of the stomach virus. The kids did VERY well on this trip! More later.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

On our way home from PA

After a good month away in PA, we are finally on our
way home. the stomach virus thats been circulating
around our home the past two weeks is finally gone.
Mindy is the only one who didnt get sick, which is
good since she is the glue that keeps our house
together. Hannah has really grown while weve been
gone. she has also slept through the night 2 times
now. well post a more extensive entry with many
pictures when we get home