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Summer 2013
We had an awesome summer! We made a bucket list of things we wanted to do together this summer, and we completed everything on the bucket list! We did lots of other fun things too, although we did not take a ton of pictures this summer. Some of the highlights are shown below.

Model Rocket Launching with the Rego's

We had Mission Week at church at the end of May. Kate did various mission projects with the rising third graders, Mommy and Anna worked together at Missions 'N Me, and Nathan went to nursery. During our four days of mission work, Mommy and Anna made care packages for the homeless, made cards and other crafts for various mission teams to take to other countries, planted seeds in the Asbury Garden, and visited the residents at 305 8th Street. Kate had an awesome experience that is definitely worth sharing. On the last day, the kids came home with several "take-home" mission projects. One in particular was a homeless food bag to be kept in the car. When we saw a homeless person, Kate was to give the bag to that person. Well, God has a plan, and we were able to be a small part of it on Friday. That very afternoon (before we had even gone home from church), we had to make a quick trip to Target. It was late, Nathan was ready for a nap, and I was tempted to just go home instead of getting the one thing that I needed. But as I was driving into the parking lot, there was a family of three standing on the side of the road. The Dad had a sign that he lost his job and was looking for money to feed his family. We drove by, and of course Kate had her food bag in the backseat. So we pulled over, Kate and I got out, and the little girl and her Mom came over to see us. Kate gave the girl, who looked to be about the same age as Kate, the bag. The girl was very shy and they didn't speak great English, but there was definitely much appreciation over this little bag filled with snack foods. It was a blessing to be able to serve God in this tiny little way on that day.

This is what happens when you let Kate and Anna play dress-up with Nathan!

Daddy took Kate and Anna to the bat cave with a group of friends one evening in June. They canoed out there, went fishing for a bit, and then watched the thousands of bats fly out of the cave at dusk. This was Anna's first trip out there, and she loved it! They are looking forward to going back again next year!

Mommy, Daddy, and Kate started a Couch to 5K running program this summer. When we went running together in the evenings, Daddy would push Anna and Nathan in the stroller. On this particular day, we went running in the late afternoon before dinner. Nathan hadn't had a nap that day, and both kids were obviously tired! You can even see that Nathan fell asleep with a Cheeto in his mouth. Anna at least finished her bag of chips before she fell asleep.

Mommy and Daddy took a four-day Bahamas cruise in July. This was a much needed vacation for just the two of us, and the kids had a great time staying with both sets of grandparents! While the weather wasn't exactly ideal (there was a tropical storm in the area that brought on-and-off rain), we had the best time!

We picked LOTS of blueberries at The Blueberry Patch this summer...and we had a silly time doing it!

Our three beautiful kiddos at an outdoor summer concert in downtown Madison.

We went roller skating one Sunday afternoon as part of our bucket list. Yes, they even had roller skates that fit Nathan!

A beautiful double-rainbow over our house....

Take me out to the ballgame...a night at the Huntsville Stars baseball game.

May 2013