Friday, January 29, 2010

Why Is It Called Greenland?

I was rummaging through pictures from our trip to Iceland and Norway and came across these crude but interesting shots of Greenland taken from our flight from Iceland to Minneapolis.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pastor Dave has gone...

Sadly, but not unexpectedly, our beloved pastor died of leukemia yesterday. He was 51. He lived with what he called a "blood disorder" for many years but it wasn't until the last year that we really understood what was wrong. He tried valiantly to stay-- twice-weekly blood transfusions kept him in the pulpit for the last three months. But, by the last Sunday of Advent, he was too weak to deliver his sermon. At that point, he decided to stop the transfusions and we never saw him again. His parents came to nurse him with the help of Hopsice and he died one month later.

He was unmarried so he belonged almost completely to us. The one good thing about this is that we have only ourselves and his parents to comfort after our great loss. One comfort: Our Haitian missionary is here and can help us celebrate the life of Pastor Dave next Wednesday.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Toasting the Marathoner

Becky Lynn and Virg hosted a toast to the marathoner this evening. We drove to North Fort Meyers to celebrate one more time. We gathered in the pool area as the sun began its descent and stayed long enough to enjoy the lighting of the night--the lamp posts linked like diamonds on a necklace along the canal.
Here's to the hard year of work that Adam put into preparing for his run around Disney World. It paid off with wonderful success!
No champagne for the marathoner's wife. She gets lemonade...note the baby bump that's beginning to show. :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

He DID It!!!

Yes, the confetti is flying at the finish line of the 2010 Walt Disneyworld Full Marathon. Our man Jerdee passed through the portals unseen by those of us who waited long after he finished...he suffered for 50 additonal minutes until he could finally make contact with us--we were still standing at the finish line waiting for him to come racing through. Missed him!!!
It was bitterfly cold and nothing much has changed temperature wise since then...we're talking 29 degrees and we tried to dress for the occasion.

We did manage to connect with him midway as he passed by Magic Kingdom's Castle. It had been a tough first five miles given the extremely long time he'd had to wait in the dark and low temperatures...we left our hotel at 4:00 a.m. (as instructed) and the race started at 5:40. Evidently, it takes a long time to get the 24,000 runners in place to begin the event.
But no was what it was and when all was said and done at the finish line, Adam said, "This is the hardest thing I've ever done, including the kayak incident on the intracoastal waterway/Gulf of Mexico mixing bowl of currents."

So we're proud, proud, proud of his accomplishment and took time to do a couple photo ops with Disney characters before departing for the hotel where we're staying. We're warm and cozy, sleeping this afternoon until 7:00 p.m. when we rouse ourselves to attend the "After" party.

26.2 miles is quite a bar to reach and he did it in under 5 hours, his expected rate.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

It’s a Boy (or will be)

We (Kim and Adam) are happy to announce that the little one we are expecting is a boy. We found this out from some detailed sonograms a week ago. To avoid any embarrassment in the future of our son we are not posting the proof :).

Friday, January 1, 2010

Hunter's Torte Cake

It looks a little messy but it was delicious. Nana Becky and I made this cake with chocolate pudding and cool whip and blackberries. Happy New Year!

What do you think of it?,

Into the Cockpit

Landon's on his way home from Ireland. He was invited to sit in the cockpit of the Aer Lingus plane.