May 2015 Crystal Graduates!

Wow, it’s hard to believe that Crystal has finished 4 years of Biology studies, but she has.  She graduated from Bryan College May 9, 2015.  This past year, she finally discovered what she loves to do:  Tutoring and teaching students science!  After much prayer and seeking the Lord for direction, she is heading to Liberty University Graduate School this fall to work on her master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with the goal of getting better qualified to teach.

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Crystal Graduation3 5.9.15

Crystal Graduation2 5.9.15

Crystal Graduation 5.9.15

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May 2015 Update on Alissa

I was glancing back over my blog posts and realized that I never posted an “Alissa graduates from Bryan College” post! (She graduated from Bryan in May 2012 :)) The reason I never posted about this milestone in her life is because in May, we were searching diligently for a house to buy at the time and we had some pressure on us because the lease was ending on our rental home in June. So right after she graduated we were busy packing and moving into our house on Troy Drive that we bought in June.
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I remember Alissa was REALLY busy her senior year, as one semester she had to perform her senior piano performance recital to complete her Piano Pedagogy major, and then the other semester she had to finish her senior thesis for her English major. The house we were renting that year was perfect for Alissa because she had her own room in the basement and I remember one day going down there to check on her and she had papers all over the floor as she was putting sections of her English thesis in the order she wanted them in. It was a exciting and fulfilling year for her! 401769_3573526028241_355600792_n
In the next couple months, Alissa will be preparing to go back to school, something she didn’t plan on ever doing. She has been accepted into the Music Education masters program at Liberty University, so will join sisters Beth and Crystal in new adventures in Lynchburg, Virginia. I can’t wait to see all that God will do!

July 2014 Summer at the Point

Every summer we like to come out to the coast of Washington state where we own a house. We used to live here when Bob worked out here for Air Canada, and we have just kept the house as it hasn’t been the best time to sell in past years. Alissa and Crystal will get to come later in the summer, but for now it is Bethie and Danielle with us. Bethie and Danielle and Crystal love the Icelandic horses here on the Point. Bob saves some vacation so he can be here as much as he can. It’s nice to get away from it all and enjoy God’s beautiful creation!

Geese crossing in front of our house :)

Geese crossing in front of our house 🙂

Danielle on Skila :)

Danielle on Skila 🙂

This is Tinna, a friend Danielle has known for 9 years now. .

This is Tinna, a friend Danielle has known for 9 years now. .

Agir, nicknamed "Mango" by the girls

Agir, nicknamed “Mango” by the girls

This is Stjarni . . Danielle just fixed his hair :)

This is Stjarni . . Danielle just fixed his hair 🙂

Bethie and Karl

Bethie and Karl

Biking at Lighthouse Park

Biking at Lighthouse Park

They built this nest right outside our front door :)

They built this nest right outside our front door 🙂

We pray for our nation!

We pray for our nation!

Summer gives us time to do fun things we usually don't have time to do--check out Danielle's  curled hair!

Summer gives us time to do fun things we usually don’t have time to do–check out Danielle’s curled hair!

November 2013 — Bob built a schoolroom!

The room is finished!

The room is finished!

And Alissa and Crystal's new bathroom!

And Alissa and Crystal’s new bathroom!

My husband is very creative and built me a schoolroom and a new bathroom for our older 2 girls.  I am sooo thankful!!!!!  (And he finished it on my birthday!–that was Divine!).  I love when people show progress pictures so here is how the room progressed: <

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February 2013 Bethie Update

BEFORE SCD Diet

BEFORE SCD Diet

AFTER SCD Diet

AFTER SCD Diet


Bethie has now been on the SCD Diet (described in Breaking the Vicious Cycle) for almost 14 months. She has done very well, and we thank the Lord for leading us to this diet. She has been able to gain weight and reach a healthy weight for her height and her hair is much thicker and healthier. She has also faithfully taken Vita Lea, Vita Lea Gold, B Complex, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Omegaguard) daily. And yes, she does have pointed elvish ears on in the above picture. This is the “Arwen” dress she made for the premiere of 1st Hobbit movie. 🙂

June 2012 Bought a House!

Danielle and Soffi This is the house we bought in the background. There was quite a bit of fix-up to do to this house, but at least Bob and girls pulled out carpet and got flooring down before we had to move in. Here is Danielle walking “Soffi”. . She was hired by our neighbor to walk Soffi at lunchtime, and has been enjoying her new job!

November 2011 Adventures on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

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I’ve returned to cooking many new and old things from scratch with adoption of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for Bethie. It’s very time consuming, but hopefully, by the grace of God, all the healthy food will enable Bethie to gain weight so she is not underweight any more, as well as sleep better at night. Thank you dear friends for your prayers as we seek God for wisdom and help. James 1:5 🙂