Jeff and Nickie

Jeff and Nickie

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Soon to be July

Soon it will be July. Thursday marks the day. Thursday is also 'Canada Day' the Canadian equivalence to the 4th of July. Today is the last day of school for the kids and tomorrow for the teacher's. Summer should officially begin on Thursday.

We had such a good visit with Justin and Sunnie last week. They came to help for a week of Special Needs (at the Bible camp) and then spent a week with us. Kurt also came from Alberta to spend a few days here with Kittie and attend his brother's graduation. Both of the guys helped Jeff with the basement clean up and repairs. We are finally starting to dry out. The repair to the weeping tile helped and the sump pump is working to dry things out.

We are still experiencing rain and cool weather. We just hope it will end soon. I can't imagine anyone having much of a garden this year and the farmers are not having much, if any crop.

My grandson, Carter called today and told me all about the fireworks his daddy bought for the 4th of July. He is so excited!! he says "Nana, you and Papa can just drive here to come to grandma's and have fireworks with us and then you can drive home." 3 year old's just can't comprehend the amount of distance it is from there to here. I always fear they will think we just don't care enough to come see them when they ask us to.

Hannah, our only granddaughter always tries to talk us into coming to see her, and it just breaks my heart. I know when they are older they will understand.

This border problem down in Arizona is sure unbelievable! I am just shocked that it has been allowed to escalate to this level. There are actual parts of Arizona and Texas that the Mexican drug cartel have taken over! Since when did the United States of America stand by and let anyone take over land from us? Or allow the land to become a war zone? I stand by Arizona and the law they have passed 110% and I want to see every State adopt such a law!!
Good show of strength and independence by Fremont, Nebraska voting to add such a law!!!

I hear Missouri is going to let their voters decide in August if they are against ObamaCare (Missouri Health Care Freedom Act). Good Job, Missouri!! Now more States will hopefully get on the same page!!

Take care....that's all for today!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

An Update and New Blog Site


Welcome to my newer and updated blog. I stopped writing on my last blog a year ago because I never did care for the blog site and life got extremely busy with Sunnie's wedding plans!!

I hope to keep up better with this new blog and combine ministry, family news and my thoughts all together on just this one!

Let me catch you up. This December will mark 10 years for us at Hilltop Baptist Church in Manitoba Canada. There was a period of time not too long ago, we became very unsettled and wondering if the Lord was going to move us along to another church. However, God closed the doors on the things that came up and brought us new people to disciple and new ministries here. We realized after a year or so that even though we might have thought we were ready to move on, God was most definitely not ready for us to. So here we stay glad to be used of Him in whatever way He chooses.

Our children are all either in the middle of a move, getting ready for one or still unpacking from a recent move. Josh and Megan (Jaden and Braylon) bought their first home in Sioux Falls, SD and moved into it a couple of months ago. Sara and Dean (Dawson, Spencer, Carter and Caleb) are nearly finished with their move back to their home in Howard, SD which did not sell. So instead of selling it, they renovated it and are settling back in.
Heather and Ted (hannah and Hayden) just bought their second home in Yankton, SD and are in the process of moving this summer.
Sunnie and Justin (Married in February) are moving to their home out in the country of Rimby, Alberta.
Last but not least Kittie is preparing to move to Alberta in August, where she will be attending Prairie Bible College. This summer she will be back and forth helping at the Bible camp.

Jeff and I are in the middle of summer ministries and heavy clean up. We have had a ton of rain this Spring which has done much damage to our basement and many of our belongings. We are in the middle of cleaning it up. Jeff is also digging out to find the source of the problem and seal it up. We are very thankful for the help of our son-n-law Justin (he and Sunnie are here for a visit) and Kittie's very steady boyfriend Kurt (who came to visit Kittie).

With all the rain we were not able to get a garden in so far this year. We hope to try again soon when the ground dries out.

School is not out yet for our area. Teachers are finished June 30th. Then I will complete the school year daycare and go into the summer daycare. It will be only 2-3 children 2 days a week. I am looking forward to cutting back and having the extra time to get caught up on house and church projects.

My parents still live in Aurora, Nebraska. Dad is still the chaplain at Bosselmann's Truck Stop in Grand Island and he also is assistant pastor in his church. Mom is still on daily dialysis as well as my sister Penny (who lives in Washington State). We pray for a transplant for both of them soon.

Our church continues to grow and we have seen a large increase in the attendance of the children's ministries as well as the adult Bible studies during the week. God continues to bless us each step of the way and we are so thankful He has chosen to use us in the work here in Erickson. All glory is given to Him alone.

This should catch you up a bit and now I hope to keep up on this blog at least weekly from now on. Oh one very important update, that I forgot to mention!! Sara and Dean are expecting boy # 5 (Jace Nicholas Colling) who will be delivered via C-section on Sept. 15th!!