Happy Birthday, Grandpa Hofen!

This week is Grandpa Hofen’s birthday!  If I could use just a few words to describe the world’s greatest father-in-law, I would say: integrity, faithfulness, and a hard worker.  Even now, I realize that he probably won’t even read this post for a few weeks because he’s busy right now working on the wheat harvest.  If you know Elwyn Hofen, you know that he will always put others before himself, he will always keep his word, and most of all, he will always give first consideration to God’s Word and God’s ways.

We love you, Grandpa Hofen.  We thank God for you.  Happy Birthday!

Japanese festival

This spring we were able to attend Bend’s annual Japanese Festival.  It was put on by my friend, Ami, and her students at Summit High School.  This is the third year that we’ve gone to the festival.  It’s always well organized and full of fun activities for the kids.

practicing our Japanese calligraphy

Making fish prints. Believe it or not, they were using rubber fish from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to imprint the designs on their fabric.

face painting

Look out for this Samurai warrior princess!

We enjoyed a yummy lunch from Bend’s newest Japanese restaurant.

Great job, Ami!  We look forward to doing it all again next year!


feels like summer

The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and we’re almost done with this year’s schoolwork.  It is definitely feeling like summer around here.  A few weeks ago, the kids had swim lessons at our local Juniper Pool.  Spending all of that time in the pool really got us in the mood for summertime.  I can tell that I’m in the same predicament as every other teacher in America:  trying to keep my students focused on academics all the way to the end of the school year.  We’re doing our best, but the outdoors is calling!

Happy Birthday Brent!

It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate our Superman!  Brent is definitely a superhero to me.  I am fully aware of how cheezy that sounds, but it’s still true.  If you ever wanted to see a man of purpose and vision, look no further.  Here he is.  If you wanted to see a servant leader, he’s your man.  If you want to see a man who makes sure that his family knows they are his priority, just look at Brent.

Have a blessed birthday, Superman.  Love you.

Here we are in McMinnville last week. I’m squinting into the sunset, but the birthday boy looks great.

weekend at church

This weekend was full of excitement at church.  Saturday was Cinco de Mayo and the ladies had a great time celebrating together for breakfast.  How can you go wrong with homemade breakfast burritos, handmade tamales, and fresh salsa?  Delicious!

a beautiful centerpiece

a welcoming table setting

festive handmade decorations to set the mood

During the weekend services, we started a new series called “In Rythym.”  It’s all about getting our hearts to be in step with the heart of God.  For fun, there were some additional drums on the stage to add to the “rythym.”  Brent had Emma, Blake, Lauren, and some friends join in on some of the songs.  They had a great time keeping the beat and banging on the drums!

keeping the rythym

Once again, we saw how church can be like a family, where we share special moments together as fellow followers of Christ.  No one is meant to walk this journey alone.  We all need the encouragement and accountability that can only come from the family of God.  It’s a blessing to be able to share in so many things, especially in the joy of the Lord!

May Bible reading

For the month of May, I’m going to read through some of the Apostle Paul’s letters in the New Testament.  I’m going with the T’s plus a little Philemon tacked on at the end.  So that means that I’m starting with 1 and 2 Thessalonians, going on the 1 and 2 Timothy (some of my favorites!), then Titus, and Philemon at the end.  These books of the Bible are filled with encouragement and instruction.

I have another study about the prophet Elijah that I am anxious to work through, but I think I need to be done with the school year before I tackle it.  In the meantime, here a few great verses from the 4th chapter of 1 Timothy:

Verse 12:  Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Verse 16:  Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save yourself and your hearers.

Happy reading!