Well, it has been quite a while since I last posted here. You know what they say, "No news is good news." And in our case that is certainly true!! We have been super blessed with an awesome, fun-filled summer! The weather has been great. The visits from family and friends have been amazing. The programs and concerts at Camp-of-the-Woods have been beyond great. But best of all, Dan has continued to feel good with minimal back pain issues and has even put on a couple more pounds.
We began the summer with a family trip to Hilton Head. We had a great time the whole week (although for MY taste, it was a bit too hot) with lots of beach time and pool time.
Emma and Aunt Megan were enjoying the beach together at Hilton Head.
We were able to share in two weddings of "kids" of families we have known for many years from College Hill Presbyterian and Evangelical Community Churches. What a blessing!
At the end of June we arrived at our cabin in NY for the summer. We had week-long visits from Tom and Megan and their friends/families throughout July. The weather cooperated pretty well and the cabin was alive with laughter, busy-ness, cooking and "stuff".
On the last day of July we were able to participate in the dedication of The Adirondack Bible Chapel's Ministry Center. It was an amazing day of worship and praise and thanksgiving for the many, many miracles we have witnessed in the process of purchasing and rehabbing a large property for the purpose of all kinds of Christian Discipleship. As we were reminded of many of these miracles, I once again realized how easily I limit God by not really, fully grasping His GREATNESS!! Even having witnessed all of this, not to mention the miracles He has done in Dan's situation, I still forget all too quickly/easily how powerful and faithful He is!! No wonder He continually told the Israelites to "REMEMBER"!! We ALL need to be reminded again and again!
A photo of the finished Ministry Center.
In August we took a week out of our NY Summer and drove to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a week of "Family Camp" with our home church family from Ohio. We have always been in NY during August so we have never been able to participate. This year we decided we needed to make the effort as a way to get to know some of the young families from our church. We had a great time at Cedar Campus which is located on a bay of Lake Huron. We were impressed with the effort and creativity of the families who organize and plan this event and we had a great time.
A photographer took photos of each family who attended. We wish we could have brought our grandchildren with us
They would have LOVED it. Maybe next year........
On the way home, we got to visit with my cousin and her husband over breakfast in Mackinaw City and then spend the evening with my sister, Sue and brother-in-law, John. Sue had just had a total hip replacement so we wanted to check in and see how she was doing. She has rehab in front of her but thankfully the surgery went well. We enjoyed the visit and John's great cooking!!
We recently had a wonderful visit with friends in VT and an adventure on their boat on Lake Champlain. That "adventure" included 4 ft high waves and some worried expressions on my face....prompting the captain to cut the trip short and return to the marina a day early. I was grateful :-) I think he was just as happy to have the boat secured in the marina with extra time to prepare for hurricane IRENE.
We weathered the hurricane with two groups of company from Cincinnati. Our area had lots of tree damage and power outages (thank goodness we have a generator!!) but not the horrible flooding of downstate NY and VT. We were thankful for safety and minimal damage.
Sept. 1, we got to go on a church group kayak trip where we paddled down stream on The Moose River and then loaded our kayaks on a train and rode back to near our starting point where outfitters picked us up in vans with trailers. It was beautiful scenery on a beautiful, picture-perfect day.
Here we are in Charlie John's parking lot ready to head north for our kayak trip.
Now we are in Sept. The camp schedule is over. For the Labor Day concert, musicians, who were already back in their jobs in the "real world" were replaced largely by guest artists. ALL the concerts were amazing and this one was no exception.
Sept. will hopefully bring more good weather and opportunities for kayak and bike trips before we head home to Cincinnati for Dan's next scans and doctor's appt. This will be his first scans since early June and his first appointment with his new oncologist.
So the time just keeps flying by! We hope and pray that you all have had great summers which included time with loved ones and friends as well as physical and spiritual refreshment.
We covet your prayers as we prepare to travel home in a few weeks and go through more tests, but we want to be sure to continue to share our joy and gratitude for the many miracles and blessings God has poured out on us, many of which came through your hands and words and prayers. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Jodee and Dan