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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cooper Spur Resort

We did an overnighter at the Cooper Spur Resort a couple of months ago.  We came to play in the snow and do some tubing at their Ski Area.  We enjoyed a fantastic dinner at their Crooked Tree Tavern; their cheeseburger was phenomenal! And Benji and the girls even did an evening soak in the outdoor hot tub.  Such a fun mini-vaca!
















Hope Rising ~ Easter 2017

We are so thankful that the Easter story is a 3-day story!  Because at first glance, it looks hopeless.  But God does his best work in hopeless situations.  "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...."  1 Peter 1:3













Saturday, March 11, 2017

California 2017

We flew to California last month in order to attend Grandma Howard's 90th birthday party.   Ahmma & Dumpa hosted the party at their house.  Dumpa did a huge, underground pit barbecue, and it was quite the spectacle to watch him bury and uncover the meat.  The night we arrived, we sat through an unprecedented storm which brought heavy rainfall, wind and wide-spread flooding, and wondered if the tents and heaters on the patio would survive.  The small tent covering the pit barbecue got pummeled.  However, despite the cool weather the party was a huge success with over 100 people in attendance.  LuAnn even rented a bouncy house for all the kids.  The next morning we drove up to Apple Valley in order to attend Alan & Cassie's church, Ekklesia HD and to spend more time together with Benji's siblings and their families.  McKinley & Piper couldn't wait to have a slumber party with Lizzie & Abby!  The entire crew also joined us for our day-trip to Disneyland.  We enjoyed the Main Street Electrical Parade, thanks to Ahmma & Dumpa who saved us some prime real estate on the parade route almost an hour in advance.  The girls loved all the major roller coasters, while Tessa and I hit up the Peter Pan and Winnie the Pooh rides.  Overall, a wonderful week in Southern California!


Running along the Mojave River, one of the only rivers in the United States that flows backwards and underground.


Playing a little b-ball in Alan & Cassie's backyard.


We had an impromptu birthday celebration for Benjer & Silas who had February birthdays.

Howard cousins in age order.






Feeding the fish at the fish hatchery.




Luke was our driver for Autotopia.