Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Mark is in his last two weeks of this semester. He has one paper to finish and three exams. He has a hermeneutics exam on Monday 27th at 11a.m.(US time), a Greek exam Tuesday 28th, at 8a.m, and a NT exam at 11a.m. You could also pray for more work, as the holidays afford an opportunity to work full time, and at present Mark only has about 15 hours per week. If you have any extra time to pray we have one more need. We are privileged to be going to Mississippi (Yes, the birth place of Elvis), for 5 days, to help with the disaster relief effort. We are going as a family with a team from our new church, Immanuel Baptist from Dec.2-7th. This is a little bit of an unknown so please pray that we would be able to faithfully serve, and that it would create in our children's hearts a greater desire for Christ and His ways. Under "links," you will find information on the church we are going to, Lakeshore Baptist Church. Thank you so much for your faithful support. Christmas may get a bit lonely so please keep up your correspondence, you don't know how precious your e-mails are. God Bless
Kid Fit and Motor Skills has come to an end. Matthew enjoyed showing me all that he had learnt at his last Motor Skills and the others ended Kids Fit with a few games of dodgeball against the parents.
Rachel received this special award signed by President Mohler for being one of the two most fit children in the class.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
We have been blessed with many hand me downs for Matthew for the winter and also some lovely new outfits (thank you Fleeners). They make Matthew fit right in and we feel like he is our little American. He loves the way that they speak differently and often says "Yes Ma'am" to me now, although I'm not sure that it is with the respect that it should be with. He also calls me "mom" and tells me that he needs to use the "potty"(which is what the toilet is called). This photo was taken as we arrived home from our first African American Church experience. The church that we are attending walked down the road and joined them for a wonderful time of praise and worship. They put on a wonderful meal for us. They certainly sing and interact during the preaching with great enthusiasm, charisma, yet humility and sobriety. As Anna-Marie said, "We have never heard so many 'Amens' during a message."
Friday, November 03, 2006
Mark has been enjoying the chapel services at the seminary. Last week C.J Mahaney was the guest speaker and this week it was Dr John MacArthur. The whole family went to their first service to hear Dr MacArthur preach on Thursday. It is a wonderful atmosphere where the Word of God is much revered. We enjoy the way that the Southern Baptist Churches have you stand during the reading of the Word.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
This weekend Mark ran in the Louisville Half Marathon (21 km). It was a good opportunity for us to wear our New Zealand gear and support. He did really well and completed it in 1:37:33. He came 28th out of over 200. Matthew loved showing off the New Zealand flag. As you can see it is pretty cold here already. We had a high of only 9 oC today.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Mark did not really have a break with work, study, papers to write and two midterms to do on the web at home before the break ended. We did spend the usual Friday together and went on a day trip to this horse park in Lexington. We had a beautiful day, although quite cold. Matthew was able to have his first pony ride but the others had to settle on a plastic horse. It was another good day though, we even just enjoyed the drive through the countryside which was very picturesque.
We are all back into school now. Mark is managing to pick up a few more hours at the recreation center which is a blessing. The children continue to be settled, slowly making more new friends and learning to speak the lingo. I get corrected all the time now, even at home, when I speak "Kiwi" and not "American" and tell them that tea is ready and not dinner. We are trying to make the most of the last of the warm autumn days as winter is fast approaching.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
The cow is a mascot for a fast food chain called 'Chick Fillet'. It is a Christian company that we have already visited that only sells chicken and has a very good reputation with its employees and customers. Something that really impressed us it that it is never open on a Sunday.
With our family is Mike Withers the international advisor from the seminary wearing his New Zealand jacket that Mark brought him earlier in March. Mike and Patti have been very good to us in many ways.
The children had a great time and as you can see were able to get into a basket and experience the flame above.
I have to confess that I have cheated and the last photo is from the web of last years glow. As all the balloons set up and began to glow it also began to rain. Our photos did not come out and we had to pack up and head home. It was still a great evening.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
It was a wonderful evening. The children had such a good time sitting up the front of the boat, helping pass out snacks and eating dinner on the boat. The river is huge compared to anything we have in New Zealand and we saw the Bell of Louisville pass, which is an old paddle boat that we hope to go on in the future. The other piece of history that we passed was the crest line of the 1937 flood.
God blessed us with a beautiful evening and with these lovely, giving families who gave of their time and resources for our enjoyment.
Monday, September 11, 2006
"It was a great afternoon. I really liked seeing the mountain lion and the tapir. It was the first time I had seen a tapir and they were kind of weird."Anna-Marie
We had a really good time at the Zoo and my favourite animal was the big, huge gorilla. I also liked the tapir, it is related to the horse and the rhinoceros."Rachel
"I liked all the cat species. The lions, tigers, mountain lions, lynxs, snow leopard, and the jaguar. I also liked being with the Smith family."Joel
"I liked the seals and the sea lions. The funniest was the orangutan and the coolest was the gorilla."Matthew
Saturday, September 02, 2006
For our Friday Family night this week we went to this three story sports store, the 'Bass Pro Shop'. We went with a family who are our neighbor's at Village Manor, the 'Manly Family'. It was a lovely evening just looking around this amazing store. It even had a restaurant in it where you could eat wild game. There were taxidermy bears, raccoons, deer, wolves and a pond with many different live fish. We had some shooting competitions and Dad will be proud to hear that his daughter cleaned up. We really enjoyed being with T-Ray, Dawn, Anne-Marie, Victoria and Madison.