The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Friday, August 28, 2009

Vacation Delayed

We cancelled our summer vacation this year to handle cutbacks at Jerome's work. We took some smaller trips around our area and we were feeling pretty good about that.

However, a couple of years ago we had bought into a timeshare. Basically, it is time already paid for. Still, traveling with eight people is very pricey. I began to do some checking and found that since we didn't use any points this summer we had plenty and a very nice condo in Alexandria, Virginia has it's slowest points week in the beginning of January.

The wheels began to turn. Driving is expensive and we arrive pretty tired. Flying? 8 of us -- not a chance. Amtrak? What do you know the condo is right by the Amtrak and Metro stations! We can get to Toledo in two hours and travel straight to Washington DC and use the Metro while we are there.

We have never traveled via train before. Jerome and I lived in Virginia many years ago and toured DC by ourselves -- we can't wait to take the kids. We even have dear friends living in the area.

Vacation may have been delayed, but I believe we are going to have a wonderful time anyway.

Isn't that how God often works in our lives? We think that something we have lost or given up is sad, but He had already planned something better down the line.

Mighty Show

One afternoon our younger "mighty men" wanted to sport their so cool moves for the fam. Maybe we need to work on Wokelle's guitar holdin', but they put on quite a show.
The lovely maidens of virtue certainly enjoyed it.
I hate having my picture taken, but I relented.

It was a lot of fun to watch them goofing so much. Seeing Wokelle jump and move and do cartwheels was a most amazing feat. A little over a year ago he arrived from Liberia almost unable to stand on his own power. He was weak with a bloated little belly. Now he is flipping around the basement - wonderful!
Sometimes the fun things in our life require a little work. Jerome borrowed a friend's powerwasher and took on the playset:

He plans to put a new coating on it soon to preserve it.
Week 3 at our little homeschool has gone pretty well. I am anxious for a women's Bible study to begin at our church in September. I need a little balance to my life and Thursday evenings with grown up women might just do it!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Our nephew Nathan graduated from Marine Boot camp. Thank you Galie for including sending us the pictures. What a proud moment for Mom and Pop.

Congratulations Nathan!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Picture Round up

We have been having so much activity lately, that my blog has been neglected. We have finally made a decision on our new church home. We settled on First Baptist Church in Sidney. The church we often used to refer to as our "old" church. We started going there when Riane was 18 months old. I was baptised there, four of my children were dedicated there. I can remember sitting in the pew with Riane on one knee and Braydon balanced on the other and telling someone, "See I can't have anymore my lap is full." Well, I am going back "home" with my lap overflowing -- praise God.

We took a trip to the Creation museum, a trip to a holiness meeting, a missionary visit, Bible School and Ricky's Birthday. Here's some pictures from Bible School and the birthday to catch us up.

Vacation Bible School was at the Sidney church. A Bible School all about the Bible was a great time.

Keep an eye on your brother...

Be nice to yoru sister when you are in the same class.

Get a little goofy when the fish comes to you....
And never forget to bring your offering...

We went to our friends house for Ricky's birthday. The "K's" were awesome and even gave us a disposable camera when we forgot ours.
Here's the crew at the end of a big day.

They all caught fish -- A LOT of fish.

The paddle boat was grand.

See, even Riane snagged 'em in.

Allright birthday boy.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back in the Saddle

We are starting to climb back in the saddle of a regular routine this week. I started school. Sort of.

We have a a 4 week on 1 week off schedule during the school year. During the one week off we introduce our new unit study and work on some study sheets together going over the scripture, character quality and hymn of the month. The children do chores and we are done for the day. I decided to have that as our first week of school to begin to slide us into a routine and next week we will add on the academic work.

It felt so good today to be back in it!

This weekend was quite the awesome time. We went to our friends' house for Ricky's birthday family fun trip. They have a pond and we could fish, paddle boat and eat s'mores. Ricky was in heaven. We pulled in fish after fish and they paddled the boat all over.

Mr. K teaches gun safety and found out Braydon's interest. He took Jerome, Riane and Braydon off and they got to shoot a couple of targets. Riane and Braydon are pretty good shots.

On Sunday, Ricky was officially 9 years old and he asked for chocolate cheesecake (what a good boy!). Grandma sent a Gamestop gift card and today he got a handful of new games.

The birthday season at our house is officially over. The next kid birthday does not arrive until January. Whew!

I am again having trouble with my digital camera, and the K family gave us a disposable for the night. Soon, pictures will come soon.