The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Visitor and a Birthday

Last week we were "visited". My sister-in-law had an appointment and left her two precious ones at our house for the afternoon. How fun is that? The tribe and the cousins on the loose.

Josiah was born November 30th and really steals the show. It is has been so long since I got to cuddle such a little one.

Ahh! He takes good naps too.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of Joanne from that day. She was movin' too fast. One cousin to another, always on the run.

However, on Saturday we went to her birthday party (she's 5 now!)

It was a place called Jumpy's; with big inflatable slides. It was really fun for everyone.

Even the grown-ups!

Of course, I had to get a little time with the little man.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010



More snow. It's dreary and I can hardly wait till spring when there will be clothes hanging on that line and the windows will be open.


Adventure. They spent an entire day buiding this den where all three of them can get in, sit down and be warm. No one's home right now, because they have trudged themselves across the creek on yet another adventure -- sledding.


Joy. They struggle with school most days. Not today. Done early and correctly. In this entire day there has not been one footstomp, eye roll or screamin' mimi! Joy Joy!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

World Vision 30 Hour Famine

This year Mary, Riane and Braydon will be participating in our church's teen group 30 hour famine for World Vision. The famine takes place during the last weekend in February. They stop eating after lunch on Friday and meet at the church that evening. A few people will be opening their homes for devotions and fellowship. After the kids travel around they will stay at the church and Saturday morning some more events will be planned for them. This year they have even decided to fast more than food and give up technology. That means no cell phones or playstation, etc. during the lock-in. They will focus on prayer for the World's Hungry. Fasting and prayer is very scriptual and God always calls us to remember and serve the poor.

In preparation the kids have made T-shirts and are seeking financial sponsers to donate to World Vision or prayer warriors to pray for them during the big weekend.

You can find more information about the 30 hour famine at Please leave a comment or e-mail if you will be praying for them. I am sure it would encourage them to know that many were uplifiting them. If you would like to donate to World Vision by sponsoring one of the kids, please e-mail me and I will give you more information.

It's Still Winter and Some Pictures

I woke up this morning and stuck my camera out the door.

It is still winter -- in a big way! Of course, it doesn't sound anything like what Washington DC got hammered with, but still...

The kids had fun building tunnels while helping Dad get ready to run the big snowblower.

Lately, school has been in winter too. We are back to the routine and I really don't have any exciting news to report on the blog. However, I thought I would tack on some of our fun pictures anyway.

Here's a lovely picture or our old dog Dexter. He is getting so old that he is starting to act a little goofy and we wonder how long we will have him around. He absolutely loves this silly little toy I picked up for him at Christmas. The kids always want him to have a stocking and I totally forgot. As I was making one last run through Kroger I remembered and ran down the pet aisle and just picked something. He hasn't torn it up yet and he still plays with it. I call it Platy short for Platypus -- the funniest looking baby I ever saw.

Some of our children have unique talents! Wokelle's is sleeping in any position. Here he is sleeping sitting straight up -- it is amazing to me. I have even seen him sleep standing up. He just sort of slightly leans over onto something, but he is gone. I wonder if this will come in handy some day.

I just love digital cameras. It gives you the ability to crop stuff out. I have cropped out a sink of dirty dishes - disheveled rooms filled with toys and even sometimes pesky brothers who hop in and act silly. Take this lovely sister picture. Once it was this: