Wednesday, October 29, 2014

pictures from France

Caleb sent some pictures.  
He got to enjoy some time in Paris over the past week while his companion had to update his legal status.  This allowed them the opportunity to see all the tourist sights, which he loved.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014


I have had the opportunity (and will continue to do so for the next year) to mentor this sweet girl.  I have known her for the last 6 plus years.  Recently she made choices that were contrary to law abiding citizens and also decided to drop out of school.  She bravely decided to try a military school in Northern Idaho to get her head back on her shoulders and make something of her life.  I could not be more proud of her and the path she is taking.  Being her mentor, I got to go visit her in Pierce, Idaho (near Orofino, Idaho).  It is about 200 miles from Nampa, but about a 5 1/2 hour drive.  We got to work all day long at this beautiful reservoir and just talk as we worked.  I get to go again in November and then back for graduation in December.  It has been a big commitment, as we write at least weekly, but I hope through all she is going through she knows I am there for her and I know she can do hard things!  So proud of you, Kyla!

Fall sports

We are just finishing up with Fall sports.  Chase got to experience his first season of soccer.  He enjoyed himself.  He plays in a league where it is 3 against 3 with no goalie.  He really enjoys the defensive play, so he often runs back and jumps in the goal to keep it out.  It was just instinct for him to do that.  I fear we may have a goalie in our future and that position stresses a mom out more than any other on the soccer field!!!  I have been down that road with Madeline.  
Dad and Chase
 running down the field
 shooting to score
 Posing just before a new kick off
 Madeline decided this fall to try her hand at volleyball.  She did a volleyball camp this summer and fell in love with the sport.  We signed her up only to learn the team did not have a coach.  Before I knew what happened Mark and I were the coaches.  Never having coached or played seriously, I began searching the internet to learn some skills I could teach.  Needless to say, we played 5 weeks, 2 practices per week and a game every Saturday and we were the only undefeated team.  it was a really fun few weeks and she reports she is ready to try out next year for the school's 7th grade team.  
Here is a picture of Madeline in ready position waiting for the ball
 Madeline bumping the ball over the net