Monday, July 27, 2009

Our time with the Pauls'...Memories Past & Present

This post is full of pictures from the time we shared with The Pauls' Family this past March, and just a few weeks ago. These pictures give you an idea of some of the fun we had while we fellowship in Canada and Tennessee.

Memories Past

This is where our RV sat while visiting The Pauls'.

We loved seeing all the animals on their farm,
and there were "many" to see!

Here Madison and Caleb were pulling a few riders,
what great big brothers they are.

As you can see from Zachary and Stephen's
faces they were enjoying the ride.

Then you have Wesley and James pulling up the rear.

There was also lots of fun on the snowmobile.
Jennifer was treating Stephen and Elizabeth
to a ride.

There farm was covered in snow and
it was so beautiful. The kind of snow
that those of us from Tennessee
never see!

One of our girls favorite things
was the hockey and skating.
Each year The Pauls' try
to make a rink for hockey
and skating, they do a fantastic job!
Our girls had never played and have
skated only a few times, so this was a real treat!

This snow hill/mound Mark created for
the kids with his tractor....
as you can see they "loved"it!
90% of the time when the kids went out
to play you would find them here playing
king of the hill, or just sliding down...wheee!
One of my favorite things was the bay window
at the end of their dinning room. You could
sit at the table or on the window seat and
watch the kids playing right outside on the
snow hill. Between the beauty of the farm
and the kids having a blast in the snow
I could have sat there for hours.

One night the Penner Family invited us
to their home for dinner. That was a big invite
when you consider that meant having
23 people over for dinner. The meal was fantastic
Henry, Esther, and the children were so
kind to have us.

The above picture is at the home of the Penners.
It is a group shot of the Penners, Pauls', and
Munck children. We were missing Ryan Penner from
the picture but he had been there earlier. So 25 children
in the picture but a total of 28 children
between 3 families!
Behold children are a heritage of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows
in the hand of a warrior, so are the children
of one's youth. Happy is the man who has
his quiver full of them.
Psalms 127 3-5

(Josh is the Pauls' son & Rebecca is the Penner's daughter)
were away on their honeymoon
when we were visiting.
We feel as though we know them already,
but hope to meet them our next visit
Winter 2010!
They played the game "Pit"
we brought this game because it's a family favorite
that Arthur has had since the 70's.
We have never known another family
to own one....
but the Pauls' owned one too!

The little guys liked playing UNO.

The Pauls' girls introduced our girls to
Dutch Blitz.
I couldn't count how many games they played
while we were there.
Upon our return home our girls
found the game online and ordered it.

On March 7th, Wesley turned 2 years old.
The Pauls' ladies went all out and baked him
a cake and we ate homemade pizza.
It was all so tasty!

Wesley opened his presents sitting
right next to his friend "Kaya"
What a fun birthday he had.

All the boys really enjoyed playing
on the snow covered hay bales.

Here James is holding a
Tennessee Football,
they all loved football.
Even if it was snow football :)

Mixed with the fun and games
came chore time.
Our kids liked learning/helping with all
the different chores on their farm.
Jennifer taught Elizabeth to
milk the cows.
Elizabeth really enjoyed this and
she was amazed at how fast Jen
can hand milk.

This was our group shot taken the
night before we left. We were missing one
little person Miss Mikaya, she became sick
and went to bed early.
I didn't want to leave out Miss Mikaya,
so here she is looking super cute in her

The morning we left our sweet friends home,
we followed Mark and Rosalie out.
This is a picture of the back side of their
van, smiling back at us.
I can tell you right now that those
of us in the RV didn't feel like smiling back
because we were sad our fellowship was over.
Yet we were also very thankful for the time
we shared with them at their home.

Memories Present
The Pauls' came all the way to TENNESSEE!!!!
Here are both of our vans
parked in our driveway, this was great!
When we left their home in March
July seemed so far away, but now the time
was here. It almost felt like a dream.

Homemade ice cream....Yum!

We had a very relaxed visit while the Pauls' were
here. Our business was still open and it was a busy week
for boarding because of 4th of July.
So Jennifer,Megan, & Kerri
went to help out our girls at the store,
Caleb also helped Madison out in daycare.
This gave their girls & Caleb
an idea of what our children do each day.
Megan and Amanda taking the
smaller children on a golf cart/wagon ride.

There was swimming. The Pauls'
boys really caught on to swimming by the
time they left a couple were looking like little fish.

Wesley and Mikaya
really enjoyed their watermelon :)
There was fun on the trampoline....
bounce, bounce, bounce!

(photo by Megan)

On July 4th there were FIREWORKS!!!

There were trips to the playground,
and this picture reminds me of a
daycare.....but that's just Pauls' and Muncks ;)

There was lots of coloring.

Then there was a very special day
Brooke's 4th Birthday!

We were very excited to be able to
celebrate a birthday at our house.
What a precious girl Miss Brooke is and
it was so much fun to see her open her presents
and spend a special time with her.
Each time she opened a present in a very sweet
little girl voice she would thank the giver
and then give them a hug....precious!

On Sunday a few decided to take
an adventure and go whitewater rafting
down the Ocoee River.

The crew of rafters from front to back are

Left to Right
*Jennifer & Mark
*Kerri & Rebekah
*Megan & Amanda

Arthur took lots of action pictures and the rest of
us road up and watched from the van.
They all had lots of fun and I believe they would say
it was an adventure.

The Muncks and The Pauls'
July 7th....D day :(

"D"eparture Day

This picture was taken early that morning,
and I think reality had already set in with most
of us what this meant....saying goodbye :(

The pictures I shared from our trip to their home in Canada are just a small glimps from the over 1000 pictures taken, the same can be said for the pictures taken while the were visiting us in Tennessee. It's very hard to sum up a visit or fellowship in one blog post, one I've been working on for 2 weeks. It is also equally as hard for me to place in words the friendship our family shares with the Pauls'. It started out with 2 blog moms exchanging emails over the course of a year, and upon meeting it was quickly evident that our families were "very" much alike and
fast we "all" became friends. Rosalie and I have been pregnant at the same time 8 times, and 2 of our children have the same birthday. Rebekah and Kerri share February 11th as their birthday and are the same age 14. Zachary and Stephen have the same birthday October 16, but they are 2 years apart in age. Once again I don't have the words to convey what my heart feels for the Pauls''s as if we have known each other a lifetime, and they now are just like family!
I don't believe in karma, luck, fate, or chance. I believe all things that happen in life happen of God. So I believe that our meeting, becoming friends, and the bond we share is truly of the Lord, I count it as a gift.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights
James 1:17


Amy said...

This was a great post. Thanks for sharing all of those pictures. It looks like you and the Pauls had a great time during both visits. The children got to experience a lot of different things during both trips. These will definitely be great memories.

BTW, did you get my email last week?

Adama Diaries said...

Thanks for the pictures and words.. it was great to see how much fun you all had ! What a blessing friends are. You look so cute and could Madison get any taller? I love all of you !

Kelly Bigham

Esther Penner said...

Wonderful post Laura. It must be nice to have such close friends so far away. Looks like you have a beautiful place. Nice to see all those interesting pictures.

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