Stop Hunger Now Event:

Our church hosted its second Stop Hunger Now event tonight and we packed 30,000 meals in less than two hours!  Justin wasn’t able to come with us because of a business trip, so Grammy filled in for him.  It’s unbelievable that someone in the world dies every 3 seconds due to hunger and/or hunger related diseases.  We are sooo blessed here in the United States and giving a few hours of our time and donating a little money is the least that we can do!  Plus, it’s a ton of fun to serve together as a church family :)!  For more information go to www.stophungernow.org .

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Science Museum

The boys had a fun time at the science museum on Tuesday with two of their cousins (Casey was away at camp).  We watched a game of rat basketball, learned how certain products are manufactured, watched a snake eat a mouse (fascinating ;)), studied bugs using microscopes, and lots of other fun activities.  Everybody had a great time and we were thankful for the air-conditioning on such a hot day!

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Baby Shower

My Sunday School class hosted a baby shower for a sweet family last night.  They are getting ready to welcome baby #5 and we can’t wait to meet little Isaiah :)!  It’s sooo much fun to see all of the tiny little outfits and share each others birth stories (Justin and the boys “escaped” to my brother-in-law’s house – LOL)!  I’m very thankful for such a caring, Godly group of friends!

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Back from Philadelphia Safe and Sound!

Brendan made it back to church around 5:30 tonight and said that he had an “awesome” time serving on his first mission trip!  He worked with children at a community center, packed boxes for a food bank, and worked in a thrift shop.  He met some really neat people including a woman who escaped persecution in a Middle Eastern country. Her husband threatened to kill her after she converted from Islam to Christianity, so she escaped to the US to live with her son.  Brendan also met a Vietnam veteran who helped to drive away drug dealers in his neighborhood.  It’s pretty crazy to hear your child talking about crack houses and persecution – heavy stuff.  Brendan loved the worship services and came home wanting to get an electric guitar so he can learn some new praise songs.

One of the chaperones told me that Brendan “did great” and that he’s an “outstanding young man”.  I am one proud mama :)!  Brendan shared lots of funny stories,  explained some minor accidents (see pictures of the bruises below), and told me that he can’t wait for the next trip.  He wants to grow his guitar skills and continue working with kids – it’s such a privilege to watch him discover the gifts that God has given him!  I’m sure we’ll hear more details over the next few days.  We are glad to have him home – thanks for all of your prayers!

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P.S. – The new signs on Brendan’s bedroom door were his doing…don’t ask 😉