Wednesday, July 06, 2011

July 4th

We loaded up the van Saturday morning and spent the holiday weekend traveling to the west side of the state visiting with friends and family. We spent Saturday night with the Filceks. Ben met them during his college years when he worked at Camp Barakel during the summer months. They planted a church about two years ago and we enjoyed visiting their church Sunday morning. Our friends, Matt and Ashley, went with us. We had a good time.

Sunday night we met up with Jack and Kammy, Ben's college friends who were visiting Michigan. Jack is a pastor in New Jersey.

What an encouragement and a blessing it is so have so many friends in ministry who love Jesus Christ and are living their lives to reach others for Him! We are so thankful for conversations that revolve around spiritual things and friends that share our passion and love for Christ.

We spent Sunday night with Ben's Aunt and Uncle in Grand Rapids and Monday morning we headed over to Holland to spend the day with Ben's extended family. It was a gorgeous day complete with food, yard games, chatting, Lake Michigan, playing in the sand and swimming. I don't have any pictures of our time at the beach because my husband didn't want our camera anywhere near the sand. Here are just a couple of pictures from our day.

Little Miss America
You have to play the American game of baseball on America's birthday, right?

Daddy teaching Owen how to play Ladder Ball

Second Cousins - the only one missing is Bentley.