Thursday, June 25, 2009


A long time ago, I posted that we were training for a 5k (3.1 miles) race in Grand Rapids. Well, I just realized that I never posted the results! =) We did actually run the 5/3 River Bank Run on May 9. Jake's brother, Jon and (his then fiance, now wife) Summer ran with us. We trained long and hard for it and had a great race. We both surprised ourselves with our finish times and we were very eager to run another race. Erin ran the race in 32:46 and Jake (with a bum knee) finished in 36:37.

It didn't take long for us to sign up for the Cheetah Chase at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek. We will be running this 5k on Saturday, June 27th. Our good friend Megan is running with us this time. We're hoping to beat our times from the last race, but we'll see what happens! Jake's knee is feeling much better so hopefully he'll be able to run this race pain-free! It should be a fun race and the surroundings will be much different than the last one. Our last race had about 4600 participants and we ran on the streets of downtown Grand Rapids with thousands of spectators. This race will have about 700 participants running through the zoo with lots of wildlife watching us! =)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Mystery of History

To be or not to be obedient!!

This week our mornings are busy volunteering for Vacation Bible School at my (Erin's) home church in Bellevue. This year's theme is The Mystery of History. We've been studying key stories in the Old Testament and the big question is always whether or not the main character will be obedient to the Lord. We are helping out with the 5th and 6th graders this year. Today was our third day and it's going well. We've had a steady amount of kids coming and they seem to be learning a lot. Some are even asking some tough questions which shows us that they're really thinking and paying attemtion!

If you think of it, please pray for us this week. We only have two days left and then a program on Sunday morning, but it's such a valuable time. Most of the kids in our class don't go to church so a lot of this teaching is new for them. Also, I think that most of what I learned about the Bible growing up was because of VBS. It's amazing how the things you learn as a child, one week out of the year, can stick with you for the rest of your life.

Our VBS is done by RBM Ministries every year.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

First Fruits

Our garden is growing quite nicely and we even harvested our first vegetable on Thursday! Here's a shot of the garden where you can actually see things growing... =)

On the left is the lettuce, to the right are some potato plants and in the middle are our radishes.

Pulling up the first radish!! (Don't worry, the snake doesn't bite.)

Hooray! Our first veggie!!

Shortly after this picture, we took the little thing inside, gave it a bath and ate it. I have to say that it was the spiciest radish I've ever had in my life!! I even had to drink some milk afterward to extinguish the flames! haha! Do you think it's because the radish is of a certain variety, because it's very fresh or some other reason???