December 23, 2010

Something to be thankful for...

This year I received a really neat gift for Christmas - my Grandfather's WWII dog tags. He served in the 66th Armored Regiment of the 2nd Armored Division in the US Army. When I was in my early twenties, I went to school, played music, ate out 5 times a week, payed bills (when I had to), & in my free time I goofed off. When my Grandpa was in his early twenties, he spent almost 3 years of his life on 2 different continents - experiencing what I couldn't imagine. I often think how today our perception of reality is skewed; all I really know is peace & prosperity, but history tells another story of who really are and what we're capable of.

Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, & Me

I guess being thankful is kind of a thanksgiving thing to do, but who says we can't be thankful at Christmas? I'm thankful for the huge life altering experience my Grandfather went through as a young man, so that others did not have to. I'm thankful that my Grandfather & Grandmother are still married 60 plus years later. I'm thankful to God for watching over them through the years, and how He has blessed the 3 generations that now follow. And, being that it is Christmas, I cannot express how thankful I am God came to earth in Human form for the soul purpose of paying an uncountable debt I owed, to reconcile me to Him.

Merry Christmas from Ben, Amy, Luke, Simon, Helena, & "No.4"

December 3, 2010

A trip to Revelstoke

This last weekend myself (Ben) and our two boys headed to Revelstoke, leaving Amy and Helena to have a bit of "girl time" back here in the Big Stink (sorry, I mean lovely Prince George - The Spruce Tree Capital).

The reason for the trip is that (along with my brother and my Dad) I had a chance to attend the Revelstoke Baptist Church Men's Retreat held at Sunnybrae Bible Camp. The topic of the weekend was "Living Faith", and as always, between hearing some really neat (and encouraging) talks on faith, there was plenty of eating, card/board games, and floor hockey.

If you weren't there, your "do I really care" meter might be pointing at "not too much"...But check out a couple of the usual suspects going for a nice warm afternoon dip in lovely Shuswap Lake.

I was more than happy to watch Mike and Gerald make the long walk our to deeper "swimmable" water, while I stood there, camera in hand, with my toque and jacket on. Um, I had a bit a of a cold, yah, that's why I didn't jump in too. The fact that they're not braking ice to swim kind of says that this isn't really that big of a deal.

Back in Revelstoke, Luke and Simon got to spend some time with Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie's, Uncle, & cousins.

Candy snowman time with Grandma...

An early dump of snow this year - and Simon with a perma-grin.

Luke & Grandma (thanks Mom for taking care of the boys!)

November 22, 2010

Back Home...White & Leafless!

The last couple of weeks has had us back in Prince George - home sweet home! (for now of course). As a family we spent almost 4 weeks on the Sunshine Coast and in the Lower Mainland. We were able to meet a lot of neat people and speak at a total of 4 churches! Meeting new people and making new friends is such neat aspect to the support raising we are now involved in. The reality is that we'd never know these people or have a connection to them if it weren't for the work God is now doing in our lives to prepare us for the Mission Field, and build up our Support Team.

But for the whole family being home back in PG has been a much needed break from the road!

This last week winter has officially arrived in Prince George, temperatures below -20 deg. C, and white stuff. Next year this time we expect to be learning Indonesian in the city of Salatiga on the Island of Java. Besides ash from their local volcano (Mt. Merapi) I don't think they're getting any white stuff!

Mmmm...home cooking, why so excited Simon? Maybe he's thinking of a meatball sub from Subway he had while on the road.

Christmas cookies, that's more like it!

The 'scarf' Helena's wearing is a knitted doll sweater she seems to find lying around and promptly pulls it over her head...Accessories!

Lego is a big hit with the boys, and just what Santa likes to bring more of to good little boys. I (Ben) may have helped Luke with his gas station - purely to help, I didn't enjoy it at all :)

October 22, 2010

At Home on the Sunshine Coast!!

So we're at home with my family on the Sunshine Coast!! We've been enjoying catching up with family friends and sharing about our ministry with MAF.

Last Sunday we had the opportunity to share at "Calvary Baptist" Church in Gibsons, BC. We had a lovely time meeting the church family there and sharing in a yummy potluck following the service.
This coming Sunday October 24th we will be sharing at "Christ the King Community Church" in Lower Gibsons, BC. It's always a treat for us to visit CTK as my oldest brother Matt is the Lead Pastor there. The kids have the bonus of seeing 3 of their cousins too! If you are on the Coast this coming Sunday please join us at CTK, the service starts at 10am.
Also next Sunday (Oct 31st) we will be sharing at "Christian Life Assembly" Church in Gibsons as well. Having the chance to attend CLA again is exciting for me, my family first started attending CLA in the Spring of 1980 and were faithfully involved until my Dad moved out of Gibsons in May 2006. I haven't actually had a chance to attend a service at CLA since Ben and I got married in 2002, so to say the least I'm excited to go and visit with old family friends!!

We are enjoying getting to visit with family and friends on the Coast and if we haven't seen you yet we'd LOVE too!! Please email us @ or call us at my Mom's house. We will be on the Coast until Oct 31st/10