Saturday, July 8, 2017

Medina Life, June 2017

We were invited to join a bunch of friends from our home church to watch an outdoor movie in the Hollywood cemetery.


Aquarium of the Pacific
A friend gifted us with tickets to the Long Beach Aquarium and lunch at Bubba Gump!  This was such a wonderful day....and even though the sea life was pretty awesome, I think my favorite part was these amazing birds.

one of my favorite-ever pictures  :-)





Out with the family, go-karting and minature golfing.



Wiffle Ball
My normally soccer-obsessed boys have adapted well to America by appropriately obsessing over baseball.  They play wiffle ball almost every single day with their dad or grandfathers...sometimes for hours at a time.


Spirit West Coast
Daddy took Grace to her first-ever concert....and oh my goodness....this 11-year-old's year was made because she not only got to hear TobyMac, but she got to meet Hollyn!  



The Warriors Won
....and since we are California natives (and my folks are in the Bay Area), this was a very big deal!  My adventurous husband decided we needed to join the millions headed to Oakland to see the victory parade...and we were rewarded by seeing Steph Curry in the flesh.



Since we finally finished homeschooling, when they're not playing wiffle ball, my kids are in whatever pool happens to be nearby.  Almost every day.  Seen here with their sweet cousin.


Visiting my cousin who builds super cool things like this super cool wine barrel go-kart...

...and this super high tree house.  (Notice I am not up there.)


Gil and I went to a conference in Austin, and while we were there, got to re-unite with six friends from college. 

Meanwhile, Bibi (my mom) held down the fort by caring for all four kids and doing fun things like "letter of the day" meals.  


What is summer at church in America without VBS?  This year not only did my kids get to participate, but Gil and I got to be the "missionaries of the week."  The kids raised over $2000 for study Bibles for our pastors in Tanzania!
Grace with her leader and group


While visiting our home church, we had the privilege of staying two weeks with our pastor and his family.  What a huge blessing to us!



And if this looks like June was a crazy month, yes, it was.  Lots of great memories and wonderful times reconnecting with friends and churches, but also lots of travel and lots of ministry presentations.  We're down to our last few weeks in the States!

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