Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fathers' Day

Last Sunday, we celebrated Fathers' Day in Virginia, where my mother and sister live.  An ice cream sundae buffet feted Jonathan and my brother-in-law Andrew, and I also treated Jonathan to a large bouquet of sunflowers, the symbol of Ukraine.  Later in the day, several of us headed to the nearby cemetery, where my Dad is buried.  After gathering there for an hour to reminisce, we sang a wonderful hymn stanza:

Children of the heavenly Father,
Safely in His bosom gather,
Nestling bird nor star in heaven,
Such a refuge, e'er was given.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Great News

Sarah told us recently that she will attend Concordia Texas next fall.  And last night she made it official by paying her deposit.

Yay!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Almost Empty Nesters

Yesterday afternoon, Jonathan and I enjoyed a few hours at Barnes & Noble--drinking coffee, visiting, reading, working cross-word puzzles.  With only one child at home at the moment, we're actually doing activities from our "before-children" life.  What a concept!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Eighth Grade Graduation

We have two graduates in our family this spring.  Here is a photo of Peter celebrating his completion of 8th grade and promotion to high school:




Wednesday, June 07, 2017

High School Graduation June 4


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Cute pic

How many kids get to hold their birthday balloons in a palace?  This is Princess Leonore of Sweden:


Monday, May 22, 2017

End of an Era

Our youth director told me that she is preparing a letter for the confirmation students next fall, and that her list of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade kids does not include a Stahlke.  That's the first time since 2006!

Here's Peter's confirmation photo, taken in late March: