Sunday, July 6, 2008

Nepal, the USA, and a sad goodbye

What a weekend. On Sunday, June 28th, we headed up to our favorite lake for a week of camping. We enjoyed some great times with some friends. These are the friends I mentioned in my last post. You can check out their work in Nepal and India and learn so much about the truths over their on their blog:

Our days were full of sprouts running from our campsite down to the water, swimming, canoeing, fishing, biking, and a few hikes. Cade woke us all up one morning proclaiming, "I just saw two hawks dive into the water and grab fish at the same time!!" What a way to wake up!! In the middle of our peaceful week, with our lovely trailer parked right on the beach, we took a hike with our friends to the top of Paulina Peak. My phone registered 3 voice messages, which is unusual as I rarely use the thing. I knew something was up. Sure enough, our family had lost another Godly pillar of the family in my Great-Aunt Pauline Sager-Foster, my grandma Ruth's sister. We quickly packed up and headed home on Thursday so we could attend the memorial on July 5th.

It allowed us time on Friday to have the sprouts enter the 4th of July Parade as little cutie pies decked out in Red, White, and Blue. They were part of the float for Crystal Peaks Ranch where our sprouts have been riding horses. The ranch rescues abused horses and pairs them up with hurting or disadvantaged children. 20% of the kiddos at the ranch are from healthy homes, but the ranch seeks to open it's doors to all kids as being a kid these days is just tough!

princess Sprout couldn't add enough red,white, and blue to her look!
The Sprouts pictured above with one of their favorite staff - Sarah from Texas!This is the incredible lady who started it all - Kim Meeder. She and her husband have rescued over 400 horses and have served thousands of children on their 9 acres. They simply rose to the challenge of "whose going to do it" and DID IT!! Our 1000 mile trek to Mt.Vernon, WA and back was a blessed time indeed. Incredible family my Aunt and her hubby have fostered - huge welcoming arms these 2 had at their home on Big Lake. It was never, "Nice to Meet you" but always, "Glad to Know you" were instantly swept into the fold, and counted as one of them. She leaves an amazing Godly legacy, with a huge family that all live near each other and gather together often. So Aunt Pauline, as you enter his Gates, go give your precious sister, Ruth, a great big hug. You are home! You will never be lonesome for your sister again (after all those years of living so far apart).


jennifer said...

The kids look absolutely darling!! I can't believe I missed seeing them at the parade. I'm sorry to hear about your great-aunt, but glad you had the chance to see family.

Amanda said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt, glad that you're sure of her whereabouts now. It's good to see God loving folks go on to be with Him.

Kids are so cute, glad your adventures are going well.

Tipper said...

Looks like you all had a terrific time!! I'm sorry about your Aunt.

Randell said...

I can't believe how old the kids are getting!!! Especially #2. It seems like yesterday the 1st (not sure if I can use names) was born! What cute outfits
What fun dressing up under such sad news - sorry about your great- auntie . . . :(