Monday, July 14, 2008


Hi everyone!! It's been awhile since we've updated our blog, and we wanted to let you know what was happening.

Since our last update, Cayden and Logan have gotten an awesome, dark tan, they've gone to Vacation Bible School at The Chapel, as a family, we went on a trip to St. Louis, MO to visit the zoo there, to see the Arch, we saw a Mets/Cardinals game at Busch Stadium, went to a Nascar entertainment spot (Logan got to drive his own go cart!! He was all smiles!!), and best of all, we drove 3 hours further West to Smithville, MO to visit and stay with our good friends Kristen, JP, Kai, and Jacob Snyder!!!! It was such an awesome trip!! A much needed relaxing, low stress trip. We laughed so much----It was great!!!

As you can tell from the pictures above, our house has been torn down. It was a beautiful day, just a tad of wind, but a wonderful day to symbolize our "new start". Many neighbors, mostly from our cul de sac and surrounding streets, came to watch and support us as our house was taken down. I had planned ahead of time to try to make the morning a positive one. I bought about twenty different brightly colored balloons on brightly colored ribbon, roses for each of the families/neighbors/family that were our strength on April 14th, cookies, and water and juice boxes for everyone to join us and celebrate the new beginning John, the boys, and I were about to make. I said a little prayer , before we let the balloons float into the sky. We did have a good morning, and I think we will be able to remember it in a positive way.

Although there was a hint of sadness while remembering the memories we had in our house, we were also bathed in the warm sunshine and God's love that was present in all our neighbors and family.

This week, we will be finalizing the changes and floor plan for the new house, the builder will draw up new prints, and hopefully, we will be signing a contract very soon. We are all excited to get everything moving, so it won't be too late in the winter when we get into the house.

Before the builder can begin the frame work, he will first be cleaning and repairing the foundation where the fire damaged it.

Logan and I were over at the yard today to mow and clean up a little. Our four seasons room still stands just behind the foundation----a reminder that, with God, we can move on and stand tall in any situation.

We hope you all are doing well. God has blessed us richly with all of your friendships and love.

We will keep updates coming, so you can keep up with all the changes.

Take Care, and we hope God is blessing you now.

Lots of Love,

Jennifer, John, Logan, and Cayden

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