Month: June 2017

Throughout my 5th grade year – Reagan

The first time we got to Europe we went to Harlem, Amsterdam. One day we walked over several bridges and we ate some ice cream (I got banana!). Then, we got some dinner. Finally, the 7 of us got back on the train and walked home. Another day we went to Corrie ten Booms house. I’ll tell you what I heard. Corrie Ten Boom hid Jews in a hiding place so they wouldn’t be found. When Corrie was arrested she hid 6 people. Corrie was released from prison and spent the rest of her life telling people about Jesus.

The next place we went to was on a ferry onto the Amalfi coast and checked out all different and colorful buildings. We sat up top of the boat and sat along the water. It was soooooooo beautiful!!! Then, at one point of the year we went to Florence, Italy. I learned a few things and I’ll tell you them… the duomo in Florence is the third largest in the world, the Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge in Florence that survived in world war 2, 61.3 million people live in Italy (not just Florence), and in Italy 1 Euro costs 100 American cents. And here is a cool fact, Florence has had 2 floods. One on November fourth 1333 and the other on November fourth 1966! Same day and month!!!!!

The second time we went back to Europe one time we went to Cyprus. I’ll tell you a few things I learned… Cyprus is a small island between the Mediterranean sea. Some of the world’s oldest water falls can be found in Cyprus. In Cyprus we went on a tour I would like to talk about. So, first the tour started at a pottery shop. Then we went to a church and here are a few facts. On top of the church are 1, 2, 3, and 5, domes. All the domes have meanings. The first domes meaning is heaven, 2 dome means Mary and Jesus, 3 dome means the holy trinity and 5 dome means the cross. Then across the street is a delight factory. So, we went to that and got to try ALL different kinds of turkish delight flavors. The flavors I tried were original, strawberry, pomegranate, vanilla, orange, and rose! THEY WERE ALL DELICIOUS!!!!! The best part was not only tasting we got to see how u make the delights.

My favorite place

My favorite place I’ve been to has been Cyprus. I liked it because well not just the tour but also because we were in a great house, near the water, had a pool in the backyard and had a park super close by us! And, it was warm!!! I also liked having a pedicure at a hotel with my grandma. I had my nails redish- pinkish and with SPARKLES!!

My least favorite place

My least favorite place was Rome. Well it was okay because we were right across from the colosseum. I didn’t like it that much because every night we had dinner late. I thought it was WAY too warm and the house I thought was too small for all six of us.

Human Kindness

Back when we were in Palma Mallorca I began to pray more earnestly for God to direct our steps and give us wisdom. I knew that June was coming–which meant that we needed to make a decision on whether we were going to continue traveling around Europe for the following school year, come back to the States, or figure something else out. This is when I know God gave me a verse from Hosea 11 verse 4:

“I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love.”

Since then, I have been praying daily that God would continue to lead us with cords of human kindness and with ties of love–unsure as to what that would mean.

There have been three significant answers to this prayer in the last couple of months–and I am more clear and aware of what it means to be led with cords of human kindness and with ties of love–and I am so grateful and amazed at how God works.

From the very beginning of this journey we have been blessed to have 2 families take on our animals. This journey started out as a 1 year commitment and within the last month, both families have said yes, with no hesitation, to adopting our beloved pets. I see these two families as 2 cords of human kindnesses that have become a beautiful part of our life story. These were answers to prayer before I even knew they needed to be prayed for.

More recently I wrote about how we found ourselves a 5th wheel to live in this summer. Not only did we find a fifth wheel, but the current owners offered to store it while we are gone in the fall–for free. I was just blown away by their generous offer. 

“I led them with cords of human kindness. With ties of love.”

Pictures–snapshots, really, of how God is taking care of us as we walk by faith. Trusting that He will continue to lead us as we learn to trust His voice through this journey we call “life”.

The Year of Traveling- made by Liam

The year was very fun. One of the times I went home at Christmas and I stayed there for 2 or 3 weeks.

My favorite place is Castro Urdiales, Spain. I like that there are so many parks and the water is really beautiful at night and day. I have gone swimming and most of the time it was cold.

My least favorite part was going to India. There were so many bugs. I did like the pool.

The waffles and pancakes for breakfast were good–but I don’t remember where we had them.

I have been on trains, airplanes, taxis, subways, tubes and busses. My favorite was ridding the tubes. I liked picking my own seat.

I am looking forward to seeing my cousins when I get home. I want to play with them. I have missed them very much.