:: This sweet newborn calf enjoying Sam's fingers ::
We were sure to teach the guys all about the 'good stuff' while at our house. Stuff like John Deere tractors being the only kind to drive and that the Iowa Hawkeyes are the only team to cheer for in Iowa!
Chris bought the guys Iowa gear so they could go home in style! (Note: this great gear was given deep in Cyclone territory... for our out-of-state friends, the Cyclones are the Hawks biggest in-state rival!)
The guys taught us a few things to... like how huddling is the only real way to make a team decision! (This was a common scene when they were trying to decide things! "Huddle!!"
We were really encouraged by the godly example of Nate, Peter, and Sam while they were in our home! They displayed many acts of service, thoughtfulness, and brotherly love. It has already made a visable impact on our family and for that we are grateful!
Peter and Sam doing dishes after one of Mom's great breakfasts!
Peter stole Aubrey's heart while they were here. It's amazing what happens when a young person gives a little one some special attention. It only takes a couple stories or encouraging words to grab their hearts!
Wednesday night was when we pulled out our favorite games like Apple to Apples and Guesstures. (What's not 'bear' about this act?! *smile*)
In our highly competitive family, games like these can be stressful...
...but always full of laughs!!
- Mary - Nate - Peter - Nicole -
(Our little China reunion)
While following the guys to Ames where they shared about Bring Me Hope on Friday night, I was so excited to meet up with one of my roommates from China last summer, Mary Yoder! Ohhh, what a joyous reunion! Love ya, girl!
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Well... there is so much more I could share, like all our code words for the week: "BRIDGE", "Guaranteed to work!", "Huddle", "The core issue!", "Uhh... you know... yeah!"... and so on. But we better quit for now. We are so grateful that God brought Nate, Peter, and Sam into our lives and home! They have such a heart for God and it showed... not in a preachy-sorta-way, but rather, 'He's-my-life-so-I'll-live-it'!
It's our prayer that we can be such an encouragement to those we meet. Thanks again guys, and remember, our door is always open!!! You never know when you'll be driving through the neigherborhood!