Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Progressive dinner

The Cookie House was the first stop on our church's progressive dinner. Ironically, I didn't serve cookies. Instead I offered my guests homemade pitas with hummus or honey-butter. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Psalm 127:3 NIV

Joel, Judith, Kaelyn and Janessa welcomed
Austin Jeremiah
into their family on Thursday

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A good book

                      is worth sharing

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013


What better captures the essence of spring on a farm than a manure spreader parked in huge puddle?

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, among those taken captive with Jehoiachin king of Judah. Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died. Esther 2:5-7 NIV

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hadassa Eden

 Jimmy and Carmen's fifth daughter, Hadassa Eden, arrived on Wednesday.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

See ya

Charlie, standing on his back legs, peers out
the window to watch me as I leave.
When I work he spends the day at the farm.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Passport to the world

School kids waiting to have their passport photo taken
Last Thursday, area school kids went on a field trip that took them around the globe. Around three hundred elementary students spent the day at SVSU where college students had prepared displays from countries ranging from Venezuela and Brazil to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for the annual Passport to the World event. After having passport pictures taken, the elemtary students visited each country table where they had their passport stamped. Along the way, they took time to listen to a story, learn how to write their name in another language, try to fold origami, listen to music from other countries, and watch a fashion show of international clothing.   

I spent most of my time in the passport photo booth, troubleshooting technical difficulties. Even though we didn't get all of our photos printed before the school children left, I still considered it a success because my students were working together to solve the problem. Besides, what's more internationally authentic than a passport photo booth that is closed?

One of my photographers who worked all day shooting and printing pictures

Photographer's assistants working on printing passport photos

Jose tells a student about Venezuela

Isabella answers questions about her home country of Brazil

Yingwen models a dress from China during the fashion show

Sunday, April 14, 2013


"...I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
Genesis 22:17-18 NIV

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Who am I?

When students turn in a paper, I require them to include their name, my name and the date in the top left corner.

It's amusing to read the variations on my name. Recently I've been referred to as

  • Miss Kook
  • Mrs. Cock
  • Ms Emmy
  • McCook

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Photo credit: Betsy

Betsy and I went camping last weekend near Lake Michigan. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the weather was conducive for Michigan in April. 

Betsy started that fire with one match.

Photo credit: Betsy

Monday, April 8, 2013

Rebecca's wedding

for Julie

P.S. Lydia Vz asked when you are coming home. She misses you.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

Cake decorating

I helped Naomi create a sweet, sticky mess on Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Intercultural Night

Intercultural Night is one of my favorite events sponsored by the International Club at SVSU. Last Wednesday, students from Germany, France, the United States, Cameroon, South Korea, China, Pakistan, Egypt, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia sang, danced and talked their way across the stage.