Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A New Niece

We are proud Uncle and Aunt and cousins to Amy Olive. Born on 14th February to Ben and Nicola, my younger sister, who lives with her husband in Switzerland. Isn't she beautiful!!

Art Lessons

Several months ago we met this wonderful family, Simon and Mandy and their two children Isaiah and Miles who they have adopted from Ethiopia. They have been very good to us and have looked after the children several times for us and Mandy, being very artistic, offered to take the children for art lessons. The children all really enjoy going to Mr Simon and Miss Mandy's for art and have done some really neat things. Isaiah and Miles are so cute, the girls fight over whose turn it is to hold them. I'm not sure if it is the art lessons or just being around this lovely family that they enjoy more.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Another Birthday

It seems that the only events going on in our lives at the moment are our birthdays. With Joel's coming up at the end of the month it will be four birthday posts in the last few months.
For my birthday Mark and I had a night away at a little town about an hour from Louisville called Bardstown. It was established in 1780 which makes it the second oldest town in Kentucky. We dined at a restaurant built in 1779 which was originally a western stagecoach stop, the oldest in America. A wonderful family who have four girls of their own looked after our children for us. We had a wonderfully refreshing time away and the children had a great time also.

Elizabethtown was on our way home which is also an old town made famous by the recent movie "Elizabethtown". It brought back memories of sitting in our Hastings, NZ, home watching the movie and trying to gain some insight into what life in Louisville might be like.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Winter in Louisville

After a very unusually mild December, winter is definitely here. We have really loved waking up the past two mornings to Village Manor being covered in snow. It is such a beautiful sight, especially early in the morning before it is even light. All the trees around Village Manor make it even more beautiful.
Yesterday we thoroughly enjoyed getting out in the snow and having snowball fights. The children stayed out there for hours with their friends from around the village.

Despite the snow, Mark has been determined to continue to bike to seminary. Some mornings have been very cold, down to -10oC.