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I love Family Retreats!
Saturday, August 04, 2007
♥ 7:49 AM

I don't know if I have ever told you how much I love family retreats. The family retreats are with Joni & Friends http://www.joniandfriends.org/. This year we put on a carnival for them. Their theme was Joy. It was so much fun. We had so many games and activities for them-everything from a Tattoo Booth-ran by Melissa-to Jumpers, water slides, photo booth, bowling. And even Hot Air Balloon Rides that fit 2 wheelchairs. And by far the water slide and water jumpers were their favorite.

Faith is the cutest little girl. She is 6 years old and has down syndrome. When she saw the water slides she was so excited she jumped right in and then ran around the carnival soaking wet!

I ran the Cotton Candy booth. And it was very windy. So needless to say I was tasting very sweet by the end of the day. This is Josh. We met his family at family retreats about 3 years ago and they now attend our church.

This is Natalie. She is good friends with Josh's sister Sarah. She has come to our youth group a couple times. This was her first Family Retreat. Her story is amazing. Quick Rundown: When she was born the doctors told her mother that she wouldn't live more than a few minutes-maybe an hour. She was so doped up on drugs-the put her in a room below the maternity ward and put the baby to the side to basically die. Well, she called up later that night and she was still alive and then the next day and she was still alive and here we are now about 19 years later.

Here Josh and Natalie are Fencing!

Here is Amanda (Al's sister)-she was an STM-Short Term Missionary-this year and she was assigned to the sweetest family with a little boy named Lucas. I am not sure what his special needs were but he was too cute. His mom decided to put him under the water jumper and let the water fall on him (it was a mister) and we got the most precious smile from him.

This next guy is Blake. He is one of my favorites. He always gives me a hug and tells me he loves me. He said, "will you marry me?" I said I'm sorry Blake I'm married. He said, "It's okay just break up with him!" He was so funny. He then wanted me to get a picture of him sliding down the water jumper. You can also see Melissa trying to get in the picture in the back :)

Here is Staci with my cousin Lindsey and her puppet Mari. Staci has come and visited us and stayed with my Aunt Pat for the weekend. They live in San Diego. Her mom is the sweetest person in the world. She got married young and had Staci and then divorced. She is my age. I am 23 today. Anyway- Staci loves puppets. Lindsey had her laughing so hard. It was so cute to watch. When Staci was in the hospital earlier this year Lindsey went down there and for 2 hours never took that puppet off her hand.

Okay- I could load 100 pictures- I have so many. But, like I said earlier-today is my birthday so Tim and I are off to the beach-but not before stopping by my moms. Jimmy is making me breakfast-How jealous are you? I will fill you in some more later. I am going to try to go to the Talent Show tonight. You thought these pictures were cute? Sneak Peak-Faith and her sister Emerald are going to sing, "I can only Imagine."


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