The Toy Cleanup

Today Nathan and I were home alone for a while, so we made this cartoon about cleaning up toys. It’s so fun to be creative with him.

Nathan’s First Big League Game

Nathan’s First Big League Game

Furlough, or “home assignment” is a time for a missionary family to get to do some things that they don’t necessarily get to do while on the mission field. Yesterday was one of those days.

We’ve been Tampa Bay Rays fans since they came into the Major Leagues, and this year, they are playing really well. So I decided to take Nathan to his first baseball game yesterday. We got some cheap tickets on StubHub and took off for the day.

Our tickets were 2 rows behind the wall in left-center field, and every Sunday at Tropicana Field, they have Family Fun Days, with all sorts of fun things for families with kids to do. They also happened to be giving out Super Hero Capes (which is why Nathan wanted to go, I think).

So, we ate peanuts, got a foot long hot dog, ate some Carvel ice cream, and watched baseball. It was fun to hang out with my big guy all day.

Check out all of our pictures on Flickr.

First Day of Kindergarten

First Day of Kindergarten

One of the major milestones for our family this year is Nathan going off to Kindergarten. When we first started thinking about coming to the United States for Home Assignment, we thought it would be great for him to be able to go to Kindergarten in Florida.

We were blessed by Grace Christian School to be given a full scholarship for Nathan to attend there this year. Grace Bible Church means a lot to us. It is where we got married. It is where I (Dennis) attended school from 2nd-12th grade. We have lots of friends there and many great memories.

So today we took Nathan to his first day of Kindergarten at Grace. I pray that he will have fond memories of this school, too, and it will be a place where he can come to learn many great things. One of the things I am most thankful for about having a Christian School education is knowing many things about the Bible that I wouldn’t have known without attending Grace.

Reading with Nathan

Reading with Nathan

One of my life goals is to disciple my kids. If you read the Bible, you’ll understand that it is the responsibility of the parents to share God’s message with their children.

Since Nathan is going to a Christian school for Kindergarten, we bought him a new Bible for class. Today I found him reading it in the chair where I read mine. One of my greatest desires is that he will get into a habit of reading his Bible and know the Author of the book in a personal way.

(Here’s the picture on flickr)

Nathan went to Build a Bear

Nathan has been really wanting to go to Build a Bear since we got back from Mexico. He’s been good, and Janell got a coupon (go figure), so she took him today. He made a doggy, named him Buzz, and got him a Buzz Lightyear outfit. He loves him so much already.