Thursday, September 07, 2017

First Day of School, Smoke, and Family Photo

The kids by grandma's flowers before they begin 10th, 9th, 7th, 4th grade and kindergarten. 

Some pretty smokey days here from forest fires has limited sports and schools in nearby areas.

Hoping this picture might become an updated prayer card for us.  Please ask for one if you see us.


Monday, September 04, 2017

Counting Summer Blessings

We had an amazing summer season in Ellensburg!  Here's Lydia at one of our frequent stops to get 69-cent ice cream cones.  That helped out with those 100+ degree days.

Also enjoyed many visits from Kirkland cousins and trips to take a dip in the local swimming hole, "People's Pond".

Four of our family made it to the summit of Manastash Ridge in about 75 minutes.  And back down again, the hike was only 45 minutes, about 2 hours total for a 2 miles each way.

We stayed in Ellensburg for the big solar eclipse, but were still able to see that historic event.

A lot of time was spent on Camano Island this summer too.  
Here the kids gather logs to make their raft.

Down by placid Elger Bay, still waters restore the soul.

Ellensburg Rodeo and Fair happen every Labor Day Weekend.  Our family enjoyed serving at our church's BBQ Beef Booth - their 40th year in a row serving sandwiches for charity.

The parade features local Native Americans.  Clara is pictured with one passing horseman.

Here are the kids (and cousin) in the Indian Village.

I talked with Wilson about Mongolians always asking about Native Americans.  He in turn asked the same thing about Mongolians:  "How are our people doing over there?"

The kids enjoy cold pickles on the porch of "Frontier Village". 

After all that fair time, a waterfront meal with family on the Yakima River.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Settling into America

Here the kids are with their cousins on our new street in Ellensburg, WA.

This picture represents a lot of fun so far with lots of cousins.  It's great to see family and friends on both sides of our beautiful country.  God Bless America.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

European Vacation

This time coming home from Mongolia, we had to visit Germany.  So we decided to see France, Switzerland and Austria while we were close.  Here are pictures from 10 days of that tour.  At the end is a picture of the purpose for our trip, a visit to Black Forest Academy...






















Saturday, May 20, 2017

Goodbye Mongolia (for a year or so)

Dawaa and Baynaa came to say goodbye the day we left Darhan.

Josiah holds their daughter, 'Gentle Gift'

Zola came to see us off too and pray.

Date night at 'The Veranda' restuarant
Genhis Khan statue and Suxbaatar square behind us.

Brunch out at 'California' restaurant

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fun, Field Trip, Food


Kids had fun playing with their friends from UB who came for last FLT.
Josiah enjoys a last ride on his favorite swing.
Girls with their friends on a field trip to a local felt slipper factory.
Meal to celebrate 4 months of basketball outreach ministry.
Baggie and Dawaa split a rack of mutton, I believe it was, to celebrate success and say goodbye.
May God get the glory from seeds sown on the playing field of faith.

Long Shadow on KAMA Service

This gate sign threw a symbolic shadow toward a main ministry space for the past 15 years.
Dawaa at the helm as manager to drive the transition church-based services.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Good Friday and Easter Sunday

The girls floated their boat at the river on Good Friday.  


The kids hunt for eggs, some of which were in trees.
Johanna and Clara join a dance group of girls celebrating the resurrection at church.
Maggie enjoys fellowship following the service with some hot dairy beverage or Pepsi?
He is Risen!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fun and Games

The International Workers Kids School in Darhan held its end of the year party on Friday.  Seeing all the schoolwork was followed by a meal and games like this one, and line dancing (not pictured).

Jeremy's friends at the Iron Factory of Darhan invited him to play in a tournament in town.  Teams came from UB and Erdenet, but we defended our home court and got the gold!

Josiah and his friends Jimmy and Mercy get a lesson in archery from "Uncle Ryan" at the children's park on Saturday.  
Letting them chase the arrows reminds of two old friends from long ago, David and Jonathan.