Sunday, July 18, 2010

Omaha Ordination

We went to Omaha for a week after Father's Day to visit Jonathan's family and because Jonathan was getting ordained into Christian ministry! He had a meeting with the ordination council early in the week and then preached all 3 services on Sunday the 21st at his dad's church (Westside) and was ordained in the 2nd service. It was a moving and special time - as you can see, both of us were at the front of the church, Jonathan on his knees. All ordained men at the service came forward and laid hands on us, each praying out loud over Jonathan, me, and our ministry together. At the end his dad, the head pastor, prayed a final prayer of ordination over Jonathan and it was just incredible. What a blessing over us! The rest of the week was spent just relaxing and enjoying time with Jonathan's parents and sister, Britni, who had just moved back to the States from a year in Japan. We spent an afternoon at the lake house of old friends from our 'newly married' Sunday school class days - our oldest and youngest kids are each 6 months apart and we had a blast together out on the boat. Jonathan's mom took Britni and me to the Michael Buble concert, too! We had amazing seats and it was SO much fun! Thanks for a wonderful week!
The ordination ceremony

Charlotte and Papa mowing the lawn!
Jonathan, Joe, Charlotte, and Jack on the paddle boat
Julie, Anna, Charlotte, and me - yummy cupcakes!
Ginger, me and Britni before the concert!
Jonathan wakeboarding
Charlotte and Jack
Naturally 7 - Buble's opening act. They're incredible!
The concert
The Burnaby-ite

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Family & Animal Kingdom!

Over Father's Day weekend we spent a day at Disney's Animal Kingdom with Jonathan's grandparents, aunt & uncle, and his cousins. They then spent 2 nights at our house with us - all 6 of them! It was SO much fun to spend all of that time together - it is a hilarious group of people and we were constantly laughing and having a blast together. I think Animal Kingdom is one of the most fun places I've ever been - can't wait to go back!!
Riding the tram from the parking lot to the entrance
The kids LOVED dinosaur world!
This fun play area kept us busy for a whole hour
Even though it was almost 100 degrees, they were still troopers!
Ready for the Bugs Life 4D movie!
These are some of the cool animals we saw on the safari:
Rhino butt
Flamingos turn the color of the food they eat; cool!
Rocco (8), TJ and River (10) - J's cousins - they loved TJ!
Charlotte and Poppy (her great-grandfather); TJ and Aunt Edye (J's aunt)
These guys are SO much fun and super silly
The fam w/the Yeti roller coaster behind us
Charlotte and Oma (J's grandma) on the dinosaur ride
Mmmm...pick a good one, TJ
Pluto hugs! TJ screamed and ran away crying, thus the solo child pic
We spent the evening at Hollywood Studios - can't wait to go back for a whole day!
The four 2nd-cousins! So cute!