From early Monday morning until even now, late Tuesday night, Matt's been off in Philadelphia for EBS board meetings. Being from Philly, this has been a special time for him, not only of good meetings and vision casting, but also spending time with the board, from Texas, Kansas, Canada, Ohio, Haiti, Indiana and Florida at Independence Hall, eating Cheesesteaks, going to a Philly's game and seeing the Liberty Bell.
and with Rocky, of course, who has always just been a BIG fan of Emmaus.
Meanwhile, while they've been budgeting and problem solving and envisioning, I've been trying to give the girls a few relaxing, slower days...so thankful for Uncle Don and Aunt Brenda giving us a place to be at home for a few days. Uncle Don took today off and planted flowers with the girls, rode four-wheelers, and even got the girls in the pool. They had a blast!
Whereas Lily will warm up to just about everyone in two seconds flat, Sofie almost never warms up to anyone. I love and cherish the rare relationship Sofie has with Uncle Don...she loves and trusts him well, and I'm so thankful for his role in her life since infancy.
We also (separately :) celebrated our 13th anniversary on Monday...this picture was taken in Haiti when we were dating and Matt came to visit me, so almost 15 years ago! We sure have packed a lot in since then, but I'm so thankful for how God has continued to lead us in His faithfulness and that through thick and thin we're in it together, following Jesus.
Tomorrow we spend the day with Uncle Terry and Aunt Lori, Amy and Patrick, and then we're on to North of Philly, where we'll spend a few days at the dentist and with my sister's family as their girls are dedicated this Sunday! We continue to be so thankful for the men and women God has alongside us, from the ones who flew far to help serve Emmaus these two days, to those letting us drink their milk and use their car and genuinely love on our girls!