Great in '08!

There are no other words to describe this vacation - it truly was great! We could not have asked for a better week (a longer one, but not a better one). I am still amazed at how well the adults and children got along. And I still want to be friends with all of them! :)

We did have to delay our trip by a day b/c of Hurricane Ike. There was a surprising storm surge in the area where our house is, so about 4 feet of sand got washed up under the house and over the driveway and streets in front of it. Yikes! We went ahead and left Saturday morning, met up with Joel and Alice in Shreveport, then Mike and Carrie in Vicksburg, then stayed the night in Jackson, Miss. It was a lot fun despite losing a day at the beach.

Highlights include:
  • Clark getting to spend so much quality time with the kids, especially Andrew - we have underestimated how much they both need that
  • catching up with the Fankhausers - such great friends who we love so much!
  • seeing Andrew and Silas become best buds
  • watching Corinne run around in the sand
  • having family pictures made
  • spending almost every afternoon in beach chairs with Alice and Carrie having "stare and share" time!
  • bonfires on the beach after dark - plus smores! Thanks Carrie.
  • sharing such a special place with family and friends - the beach is like breath to my lungs, it was a much needed vacation

The only difficult part of the trip was that the day before we left I found out someone very special to me had unexpectedly passed away. My youth pastor's wife died from a blood clot after surgery while in Bangkok, Thailand. They had just moved to China with their three youngest boys to teach.

I'll have to write another post about Ruth and how special she was and how much she means to me. I'm still processing a lot, and trying to reconcile her not being here anymore.

However, her passing did not overshadow this vacation. It encouraged me to enjoy life with my family and such great friends.

It was a great week. :)


the pictures are beautiful.. thanks for sharing them. and i'm so glad you both got a vacation.
love you.

Wednesday, 24 September, 2008  

The pictures of your family beach trip are soooo cute. I am thinking a Christmas photo card for sure. :)
We were sad that we couldn't stay for uncle mike's birthday bash but we were eager to get back to our home and start helping out. So glad we did too because so many people needed help. Its undiscribable what my eyes have seen over the days. Please continue to pray for this area.

So glad yall had family time. I do know how special it can be. :)

Wednesday, 24 September, 2008  

Can't wait until we do it again!

Wednesday, 24 September, 2008  

Can't wait until we do it again!

Wednesday, 24 September, 2008  

um, Can't wait until we do it again!

and what are you doing in the picture on the previous post?

and, clark, in case you missed it, we're apparently lovable people.

-joel f

Wednesday, 08 October, 2008  

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