Thursday, August 1, 2013

More of Tim and Brenda, and visit to the Sterling Albertsons

 After the morning service, we left McPherson and drove to Sterling where our nephew and his family live.  Tim and Brenda went too; even though it was in the wrong direction from home for them, they wanted to see Herb and Jenny and their three youngest.  (The three oldest were gone on a mission trip to Moore, Oklahoma.)  These pictures are in Herb and Jenny's house. They are getting ready to move, so it was our last chance to visit them there!
 Herb and Jenny graciously provided lunch for us.
 Herb, Jenny, and Daniel
 Jenny and Zeke
 At the lunch tables...Jenny had made a yummy spinach egg casserole and a scrumptious zucchini cake, besides home grown veggies.
 Daniel, Zeke, Jenny, Zach, Herb
 Charissa and the boys played Duplos awhile.
 Zach was explaining something to Charissa.  The mirror added to the cuteness of the pose.
 We had to take some pictures outside.  It was a beautiful day.
 The Albertson guys had a good discussion.
 Jenny showed the girls her garden.
 Charissa traipsed around looking cute!
 Time for goodbye hugs!
 Charissa loves her sun glasses.
 She kept trying to put them on me!
 After a time of prayer together, it was time to go our separate ways: Tim and Brenda back to Missouri, and our van back to Colorado.  We appreciated the opportunity to see our loved ones and have a little time together.  God gave us a good week of refreshment!

More of KSHA camp, Tim and Brenda's visit

 We were thrilled when Tim and Brenda decided to come and see us at camp.  It was a four hour drive for them.  They got to McPherson at 5:30 p.m. Friday.  We met them at Freddy's for some fast food, since they could not make it by the 4 p.m. supper hour at camp.  Afterwards, I got to change Charissa's clothes.  She was very cooperative for her "computer grandma."  She has seen us more on the computer than in person in her short life.
 Later, she had had an equipment (diaper) failure and had to change clothes again.  That's why her hair bow does not match her cute outfit.
 Grandpa having a turn holding her.
 We were skyping with Jeff and Beth on the computer.  It almost made Beth cry.  She hasn't gotten to see Tim, Brenda, and Charissa in person since last Thanksgiving!  :(
 This was Saturday morning, on our way over to breakfast from our dorm.
 Brenda and I walking to join the others waiting at the cross walk.
 The Albertson breakfast table

 Emily grabbed this picture while we weren't looking.
 "If I close my eyes will the eggs go away?"
 Emily's happy face.  She had great news this week:  she won a Facebook contest for free braces from the doctor who did Jeffrey's orthodontic treatment!  Also, Jesus gave her a week without headaches!  PTL!
 Janet and Melanie Smiley!  What a dear lady who matches her name!
 Sharmen Wright and her brother, Michael Wright.  Michael was able to be at camp for the weekend, but he was not feeling well.  The tumors in his lungs are causing a lot of pain.
 Randall McElwain preaching about Songs to Sing in the Dark.  I was so glad Michael was there for that sermon, and the rest of us...
 Here we are listening to the sermon.
 Emily snuck into the children's service where the Apostle Paul was teaching the children.

Kansas State Holiness Association camp meeting, McPherson, Ks.

 It was our privilege to go to the KSHA camp meeting in McPherson, Kansas last week.  We so much enjoyed and appreciated the benefit to our souls and minds.  Below is Dennis Goodwin, left, camp president, and Ken Thompson, one of the speakers for the camp.
 Ken Thompson, preaching.  I have known Ken Thompson since I was a teenager.  He and his wife were missionaries to Papua New Guinea for many years.  In the 1990s, they pastored in Littleton, Co. so we got to be around them more.  Now they live in Missouri, but travel all over holding revival meetings, and it is rare we get to see them.
 Randall and Sue McElwain.  Randall was the Bible Teacher each morning and we feasted on his messages.  Randall went to KCCBS back in the early 80s when I did, and we hadn't seen him in person since we got married 30 years ago.  He and his wife have been missionaries in Taiwan and now live in Hobe Sound, Florida where he is the Hobe Sound Academy principal.  We sometimes see him online when we watch the Hobe Sound Bible Church services.  It was good to see him again and get acquainted with his wife.
 Jerry and Becky Glick and their son, Jeffrey were the singers for the camp.  We loved getting to hear them sing again.  They were the singers the first time we went in 2003.
 Emily and Jason worked in the snack shop at noon or after church, and in the kitchen at brunch 9 a.m. and dinner 4 p.m.
 Emily was manning the microwave in the room behind this curtain.
 This was a time when Jason was not working, so of course he was eating!  :)
 This was a morning meal with our friends, Jim and Anna Tremaine, Stephanie Thompson, Steve Sturtevant, and Martin Barnard.  One great thing about camp was eating with different folks and catching up or getting acquainted.
 These are the children's workers:  Bob, Lori, and June Owens.  We discovered during our meal with them that June is my brother-in-law, Charles Owens' first cousin!  It is a coincidence that their last names are the same, because their mothers are cousins.  We enjoyed visiting with these folks!
 Here are some pictures of the youth kitchen help crew.  This is the second year Jason and Emily have helped with KP duty and they enjoy helping.  They accidentally left their aprons there when we left, so we hope the person we asked to bring them back to Colorado remembered!
  Looking across the dining room and zooming in, we caught Randall and Sue and Chris Cravens in our cross hairs!  Chris Cravens was the other evangelist.  We enjoyed his preaching.
 Emily and Jason were asked to play the offertory for the Thursday afternoon missions service.  They did an excellent job.
 There was an "orchestra" every night.  Here they are playing prelude music before the evening service.  Julie Bush and Jason are the cellists; Emily on the violin, Lois Ann Query on the accordion, and Trint Castle on the trumpet.  There were others who joined in other evenings.
 On Thursday evening, our friends, Daniel and Sharonna Nuest came and we got to fellowship with them.  They had come to see us on July 4 when they were vacationing in Colorado.  Jeffrey knew Sharonna from GBS and I knew her dad when I was a teenager.
 Below is a picture of Ken and Vicky Thompson and Vicky's mother, Sister Sales.  I was so happy to spend time with Vicky.  She is a very dear friend.
 This is the new plaza outside of the dining hall at Central Christian College where KSHA camp is held.  It was new since last year.
 Our good friend, Martin Barnard.  He was the Youth leader.  Jason and Emily enjoyed being in his Bible studies.
 Our friend, Cheryl Mosley with her children Michael and Charisse, and her niece Hannah.
 The dining room, looking one direction...
 and the other.
 At this meal, we were eating with the Wrights, family of Michael Wright, one of our heroes fighting cancer.  His sister is next to Rowen, his mother next to me, and his wife and children in the other chairs.  Our constant prayers are with Michael and his precious family. 
  I think I will end this post here and continue with a new one later.