Today in church the youth group gave a report to the church about the mssion they took to Mexico in July. I'm not sure why the report came two months after the trip, but it was encouraging to hear about the mission. Calvin was one of the youth who gave a testimony to our church about the trip. The youth helped a small church in Tijuana. They conducted a vacation bible school, a sports minisrty and a women's ministry, as well as conducting nightly evangelistic meetings. Calvin was on the children's ministry team. The first day there were seven kids; but by Friday, there were fifty-two kids. The Harper youth were able to boost the awareness of the church in the community and some ninety people made commitments by the week's end. Our church youth were humbled by witnessing God's blessing on their work.
On Saturday we brought Markus over to start his second year at Seattle Pacific University. He has the same room, but a different roommate. Clinton is a friend of last year who is from Redding, CA. We trust that Markus will have another great year. The good-bye was a lot easier this year as Markus has lots of friends in the dorm already. We immediately feel his absence in our home however, and we are adjusting to life with just the three of us.
Check out the awesome photos of the wedding on Jenny's flickr. These are the wedding photographer's photos. The photographer was Rhonda Fast, a friend from their church. Just click on the photo and it should bring you to Jenny's flickr.
Thirty years ago two children embarked on an adventure into the great unknown. With two years of college under their belt, they spent their honeymoon checking out prospective colleges on the west coast. Finding none to their very finicky needs, they enrolled in a midwest college, and worked the fall quarter. The young man kept his hammer swinging and the young lady facilitated the serving of fine cuisine at a Mr. Steak. The 500 sq. ft. studio apartment provided all the space that this newlywed couple needed. Thirty years has brought numerous adventures and many, many blessings. If they are fortunate, good health and more adventures will bring them another thirty years.
Bjorn and Jenny made a quick trip to Southworth for the day. They were hoping for a nice sail. Unfortunately, the wind did not cooperate; so we made the best of the situation. The whole family piled in the boat for a picnic lunch on Blake Island and a hike on the trails. After a leisurely log lunch we followed the very long and windy 'red trail' though the island. I think that it is longer than the perimeter trail!
When we named our first son Bjorn, somewhere in the back of my mind was the anticipation that maybe someday he would take to the court like his namesake (re: Bjorn Borg) Little did I suspect that his younger brother would take up the racket. Calvin has joined the South Kitsap High School tennis team. He is enjoying his initiation to the organized sport. The school year got off to a good start this week. We are trying to enjoy the sunny weekend.
Bjorn and Jenny are renting a house in Lynden for the year. They moved off of the Eide compound and into a small older house in town. On Saturday we helped them move in. They are thrilled. The house has two bedrooms on the main floor in addition to a small basement and 'a hobbit house' on the second floor. They have already made the house feel comfortable. Esther, Markus and Calvin all slept over on the maiden evening.