Saturday, June 28, 2008

Day 1...or is it 2?


Greetings from Turkey! We arrived safe and sound after about 14 hours of travel. We got into Istanbul about 10:30 on Friday morning. Since the airport is on the European side of Istanbul, we got to ride a sea bus across the Bosphorus to get to the Asia side. I think it took us about 2 hours to get to our flat in Istanbul... first we took a bus, then the sea bus, then a train, and then we had to walk a few blocks... phew! This is a big city!! We got kinda settled in, and then took a nap for a few hours. We had a team member meet us here again to take us to another team member's house for dinner. They surprised us by also giving Ty a birthday cake! We had really yummy Thai chicken and rice for dinner...yummm. After walking and taking the train and walking again it took about an hour to get back to our flat. We all went right to bed! The boys slept in pretty late this morning; Dev didn't wake up till 10:00! Jon had to be out the door pretty early to go to band rehearsal, and the boys and I had a pretty lazy morning. We watched a little BBC on TV... the only English channel! After lunch, another team member came and took the boys and I around our neighborhood to show us the grocery store and stuff like that. We also did a little grocery shopping for us... quite an experience since all the food looked strange to me! But, I managed to find stuff to make spaghetti, or at least something like it! This afternoon Ty, Dev and I also went for a walk down by the Sea of Marmara. I think that is where it hit me, "wow, I am actually in Turkey!". Since it was Ty's birthday we let him pick where we were eating dinner tonight. He picked a local outdoor cafe. The whole time we were walking there, he kept saying, "finally real Turkish food!", and then he ordered a cheeseburger! Go figure. He did order Ayran to drink, which is Turkish... kind of a salty yogurt drink. He said he liked it and did drink quite a bit of it. Devon ordered it also, and after his first drink said,"not a big fan of this Ayran stuff!". He also ordered a hamburger. Jon and I went a little more Turkish with chicken kebabs and rice. It was very good! We also tried the Ayran, and I think we agree with Devon. We will see if Ty actually orders it again! Well, it is almost midnight here, and I am tired. Tomorrow we are having a lazy morning and then spending the afternoon with friends. I think we get roommates as well. Hopefully they will like living with 2 not so quiet boys! Keep checking back, I am hoping to post regularly!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ty turns the big 1-0

Well, I am blogging this now, because I won't be able to do it on his birthday. Ty is turning double digits! I can't believe he has been in our family for 10 years already! God has blessed us with such an amazing young man. He is kind, sensitive, funny, smart, and always willing to help others. He is a wonderful son, and I am excited to watch him grow and become a man. My prayer is that he lives a life running after God's heart. To find the passions that God has placed in him and use them to glorify God and expand the Kingdom. I was watching a video of him the other night and it made me cry! He was 3 years old and singing "Be Still And Know That I Am God"...I will try and post it on here as well. Ty has been growing his hair out and it was past his shoulders, tonight he decided to cut it all off for our Turkey trip. So I am posting before and after pics as well!

Happy Birthday Ty! We all love you tons!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Devon gets dunked!

Ever since last summer's church picnic, Devon has been asking to be baptized. Today was finally the day (our church usually does a big group of baptisms once a year). It was so special to watch Jon baptize our youngest son and, yes, I did cry. Our prayer for Devon is that as he grows into the man God wants him to be, he will live out his youth with a desire to know God more, and with the love, freedom, peace, and purpose that only God can give. We love you, Dev!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Sad News

I just got news today that my Uncle Jim died unexpectedly last night. I guess he is actually my great uncle. He is my dad's uncle. I have tons of memories of him from my childhood. He and his wife (my grandma's youngest sister) Wilma have a ranch in Delhi, CA, and we used to go visit there quite a bit. There were grape orchards (is it an orchard of grapes?), walnut groves, and a river to play in. He always took us to the river to go fishing, and funny enough he always saw the big fish with our name on it just the day before! When I was really little he smoked cigars (it might have been a pipe, I don't really remember now), but I always like how the smoke smelled. He had a great laugh, and was always fun to be around. I will be unable to fly back to California for his funeral, which makes me a bit sad, but I hope I will be able to see him again someday! Uncle Jim, you will be missed!
Jon just told me that it is a grape vineyard (duh, don't know why I didn't remember that), and that it might be walnut orchards not groves. Anyone know?