Rain, Rain On My Head

When you're already wet and soggy, a little summer afternoon shower isn't too much to bring you down.

The sudden burst of high winds; now that was interesting...


Not That Pebble Beach

As a life long golfer and lover of the sport, I always dreamed of going to Pebble Beach.

Not what I was expecting, but I'll take it.

Wet & Wild Connections

Funny how people's paths cross when decisions are made in life.

When Robyn and I decided to host Mark for the summer, I was completely unaware about how many different organizations do similar programs in and around Frederick.

The church we typically attend (not the one that the ABRO program with Mark is connected too) found out about what we were doing and also learned that a few other families within the congregation were doing similar programs for the summer.

One of the elders, with whom I had know but never really had a chance to connect with, invited all the families over to swim, cook-out, and enjoy each other's company and fellowship.

Though each family has it separate struggles and challenges, it's always nice to connect with someone that is going through some of the same experiences you are.


I MUST buy one of these water balloon launchers...

Ocean Side Family Moment


First Timer Was All-In

For someone whom had never seen a grab, much less the beach, Mark was all about our crab-night while at the beach.

The boy easily cracked, shelled, and ate 4-5 grabs by himself.

Good thing he wasn't allergic to shellfish - since we didn't even ask him until after we were done with dinner...

She's Excited For The Beach...


July 4th Beach Week

Annual journey to the eastern shore beaches of Delaware...

Street Walkers

Post family pictures after church on Sunday; the weather and the sunshine were begging us for a walk to the park.

Funny how these three act like they've known each other for years.

He's Part Of Us Now


Farm Futbol


Extended Family Picnic

A local family that has hosted a child before had the entire group over for a family picnic.

Great to see the kids be able to talk to one another, great for us to meet some new local families, and great to see both cultures mix-and-mingle around a camp fire and some S'mores.

Long Distance "Call"

We were finally able to call Mark's family via Skype; after some technical difficulties and language barriers.

The roles were reversed as we sat back and listened to conversations that we had no idea what was being said.  Occasionally a word or two would be said in English so we could follow along.

His family was very happy to see him and it definitely made his day to be able to talk to his mom, dad, and brother.

International Language - LEGO's.

They may not speak the same language; however, toys have no language barrier - especially LEGOS.

Mark Has Landed

For the past six months, we have been anxiously awaiting our Belarusian exchange kiddo - Mark.

Lots of planning, lots of anticipation, lots of wondering if we are doing the right thing, and lots of excitement all came together a few days ago.

The group arrived from Belarus on Thursday at Dulles Airport in Virginia.  After a little issue with customs, and a minor stomach issue in the car on the way home, we finally got him settled in the house and his new home for the next six weeks.

Lots of adventure in the coming months.


Vacation Bible School - Mission Incredible

My wife is a saint.

She loves kids.  She loves being involved with our children.  She loves being involved with other people's children.

Our church host a Vacation Bible School every summer.  It really is an incredible event and very well organized; I'm not sure if Robyn or the kids look forward to it more.

Father's Day 2014