Sunday, July 15, 2007

Peeks of the World...Unite!

That's right...they're finally here! After a three day cross country trip from Seattle, our dear Christopher & Sarah Peek have arrived in Louisville. And the best part is that they're here to stay! Apart from actually living with family, I don't think I've ever had any in such close proximity. This should be fun. Very fun!

The confusion has already begun though with that whole twin thing. Some of our friends from church already called to invite us to a neighborhood BBQ when they noticed that we were just moving into their apartment complex. No, no, that's the other Peeks. This should definitely be fun. Most definitely!

Our Bethlehem Village

Another things that summer means for us is our church's Vacation Bible School. Kevin & I have been teaching the four year old Sunday school since the beginning of the year, so I was more than happy to help teach one of the Pre-K VBS groups. And what a blessing it was!

We turned our church into a Bethlehem village, complete with Hebrew costumes, a marketplace, and Jewish traditions. We discussed Jesus' birth as if it was happeneing in our own village while we were visiting there. Whereas most VBS curriculum seem to involve penguins in a water part or something silly like that, I loved how our directors designed a program that combined Biblical substance with something that was fun for all of us. But we weren't just there to entertain them, sing some songs, do some crafts, and give their parents a few hours reprieve (though that did happen and is indeed a good thing). We taught about our need for a savior, God's promise of a savior, the arrival of the savior, and finally the death & resurrection of Jesus our savior. These are certainly the most important truths of life! I was encouraged & challenged by my kiddo's questions and eagerness to learn more of Christ. Truly such wisdom can come from the mouths of babes.

Pray with me that the seeds that were sewn in these little hearts this week would take root in fertile soil that would blossom into Christ-abiding, soul-saving faith.

School's Out for Summer...Sort of

For most of us around here, life revolves around the school calendar. Work, work, work from January to May and then summer vacation. Around this time of year, a typical conversation-starting questions I hear is "How's your summer going?" When directed at Kevin, he actually has some sort of response. Direct it at me, however, and the best I can usually do is a blank stare. My July isn't really different from my November. They just don't believe in summer vacation in the corporate world!

Nevertheless, between working 8-5 and Kevin still hitting the books with summer classes, we've managed to do at least something to eradicate the pasty, white color that the office's flourescent lights have cursed upon my legs.

The weekend before last, our friends Matthew & Nikki Savage took us out on their boat on Lake Taylorsville. We floated and chatted all afternoon long. I even got to wear movie star sunglasses, which Kevin teases me about all the time.

Last week, we walked to our neighborhood's Old Time 4th of July Celebration with our good friends Buddy & Kristen He.

We met them at new student orientation when we first moved to Louisville, and they have become some of our favorite people. Buddy is an international student from China, and he & Kristen plan on returning next year to do similar work as we hope to do. But they won't head back until their new baby comes at the beginning of 2008!

So here is our summer fun. All I can say is that I'm thankful for the sunshine.