We had a fun filled birthday celebration yesterday. Phil's brother and family came and we all ate at Cracker Barrel, along with our son and his family. After dinner, we all went to their motel to swim in the big heated pool. Anne Marie is not the only little Chinese girl in our family, we have several, and her little cousins are just adorable!!! They have not learned to swim yet and were taking some pointers from Anne. Why are Phil and I not in the pictures? We did not get in the pool, we sat on the deck watching and laughing while I snapped the pictures. Next to last picture you see poor little Gabriella crying. She had taken quite a fall on the hard deck (she had been running after told not to, of course). But thankfully she was fine. And of course what would a birthday be without a card from Anne Marie? Wish I would have snapped the other side, she drew Phil wearing pink shorts!
“People of all nations, celebrate God! All colors and races, give hearty praise! And Isaiah's word: There's the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope! Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!”Romans 15