Monday, April 30, 2012


The long anticipated concrete pour commenced on Friday. The weather was perfect and the job went smoothly. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

It was good

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1.9-10 NIV

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Having a ball

The ELP end-of-semester party was at the bowling alley this year. 

Friday, April 27, 2012


Tuesday I gave a writing final exam. Wednesday I gave a grammar final exam. Thursday I went to the water.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


While these aren't "after" shots, the Cookie House has come a ways from the "before" pictures. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012


The cement pour on Friday was delayed due to the weather. It rained. The cement trucks are scheduled to come today.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.
Joshua 23.14 NIV

Saturday, April 21, 2012

His & her views

What Joel would see at the Cookie House.

What Judith would see.

Friday, April 20, 2012


 Libby received a greenhouse for her birthday. Since then she's been starting flats of tomatoes and flowers and pots of herbs.
This was a couple of weeks ago; the plants don't look so spindly anymore.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


The plan is to pour concrete on Friday. Our crew has been building forms, hauling and leveling sand, laying styrofoam and arranging tubing. Brian is installing a heated floor in the shop, which is part of the reason for the extensive preparations. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


More proof that laundry (baskets) can be art.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Libby with Lilac

Libby wanted some graduation pictures with a kid. So, a couple of Saturdays ago Libby scooped up Lilac and we shot some pictures.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012


I am the vine...apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 NIV

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Passport to the World

Every year the international community at SVSU hosts Passport to the World, an event for local school children to "travel" to other countries in the world.

Yesterday, I spent most of the time snapping "passport" photos of busloads of students. The elementary school students then took their passports to visit different country tables and have their passports stamped. 

Along with the usual poster boards and PowerPoint presentations, we also had storytelling, origami, a world fashion show, music and dancing.

It was a loud, long day for English Language Program teachers and International Programs staff, but it was fun!

One of my students helping with passport photos

Another student helping with passport photos

For Aunt Gera--Brazil

Thursday, April 12, 2012


First the grass, then the bushes and now the trees are turning green.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012