Saturday, December 30, 2006

More L.A. Tourism...

Eating authentic Colombian Food in Pico Rivera: Playing in the surf and sand at Hermosa Beach:

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Vacation Days

Some of us are enjoying these Christmas vacation days...

Matty, Lindsay & Daniel playing at Seal Beach

Ethan at the park

While others are not...

Bill & Susan at the Dr's Office (green hues added by Pange)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Monday, December 25, 2006

Family Here For Christmas!

I hope to post some Christmas-time pictures here one of these days, but for now if you are interested you can read the Letkemans' blog about their time here in California. Susan is Bill's sister, she and Ron with their three kids, Daniel, Lindsay & Matthew are here. So are Ann (Bill's other sister), Mark & Ethan.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Christmas Lights

Our humble little Christmas tree.
Each year that we've been married, Bill and I have picked out an ornament with which to remember that year. I made several of them, others were things we bought together. Today it was fun to reminisce as we unpacked them and put them on our 1.5 ft high tree!

I love Christmas lights!


I was happily doing my grocery shopping last week in my favorite place - Trader Joe's - and I bumped into a very familiar product, but one that I'd never seen sold in the USA. We call it Bocadillo in Colombia. I am sure you can find it in other Latin American countries, but the what I found is actually from Colombia, and cheap at $1.29 for 10 pieces. Very cool.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Life recently...

... has been full!
We had a great Thanksgiving weekend with our family and friends. I forgot to take pictures, but here are some from the Talbot Student Holiday lunch with Julian, Diana and Vivi Gutierrez:

... we are wrapping up the semester, just two weeks till the end - here are a couple of pictures of Biola life:

Some of my statistics students doing homework.

Fountain with Jesus mural in background

Monday, November 13, 2006

Sunday School

This year I started helping out with a preschool Sunday school class! It has been a bit of a challenge to figure out how to impart a little knowledge of God to these hyperactive boys! I only have pictures of two of them... we have 3 regular boys and several others (only 1 girl) that visit from time to time. I don't know what I'd do if there were more!!

Oak Glen

Last month Bill and I went for a drive up to a nearby apple orchard in the mountains beyond Riverside. It was a beautiful day and great to get away from the city! We forgot to take pictures of the apple trees - but here's one of a raspberry patch and "fall" tree to illustrate "autumn" in southern California. In the month since we visited the area they've had fires and we've all enjoyed 80+ degree weather. It seems we've settled back in the 70s, but it definitely doesn't feel like autumn.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


Debbie requested I post a picture of our pet cat, Spotsie. She is a year old and loves playing with toy mice. My nephew Misha sent her this one from Scotland. (He didn't send me a gift!?)
She is a sweet kitty - lives for the moments I let her into the backyard. Since she lives indoors she doesn't really get to exercise her predatorial instincts much, however she has proven very capable at catching, playing with and eating crickets.
Any other requests? :)

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Eight Years of Happiness

On September 19th we celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. To celebrate we went on a Marriage Retreat hosted by Talbot. It was our first one ever! It was a nice getaway with some good sessions taught by a Biola professor. They gave us plenty of free time so we wandered down to Laguna Beach on the Saturday afternoon and enjoyed the coastal scenery.
We have been blessed by our marriage and thank God for these past eight years!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Blogging Problems

Not sure why my blogspot has not been viewable. Will work on it and add an update soon.
For those wondering where I've been...
the new semester started in late August and I'm teaching 3 classes, taking 1 class and trying to keep up with all the normal life stuff too. Blogging is way down on the list of things to keep up with!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Last weekend we had some good times with friends:

The Nolans came over for breakfast on Friday...

Bill organized a Lord of the Rings marathon with fellow fans from our church...

Jon dressed for the occasion...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Eleven Years Ago...

I don't have the picture from our Biola days, but here is the last time we were all together in the same place!

You also asked to see the rest of the family members...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Roommate Reunion

During my last year at Biola I shared an on-campus apartment with three friends. Last Sunday was the first time since Dana's wedding in 1995 that we've all been together! It was neat to catch up and see how God has worked in each of our lives.

Becky, me, Dana and Jennie (seated)
(We posed to match a "before" picture that was taken about a month before graduation.)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Summer Fun

Yesterday we had a day off from work and spent the day visiting several L.A. beaches with Julian, Diana & Viviana...

Venice Beach... it was very "tame" today as we walked along the boardwalk.

Hermosa Beach... picnic lunch.

The guys went for a long swim... doing battle with the waves!

We drove around the Palos Verdes Peninsula and ended up at the Korean Friendship Bell overlooking the Los Angeles Port.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

STEP article

A couple of the team members wrote an article about their experience here in Los Angeles. Here is the link, if you would like to read it:

Sony's STEP Article

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

STEP: Week 2

We joined Bethel Gospel Chapel for a week of outreach in their neighborhood:
Spent a day going to downtown L.A. on the metro:
Afternoons in the park inviting children to Vacation Bible School:
Nikita & Jaye:
Game time at Vacation Bible School:
Ian: Aaron:Mornings spent in training classes:
Cultural day celebration:
(most of the believers at Bethel are from the Caribbean)
A few relaxing moments at the end of the week:

Saturday, June 24, 2006

STEP: Week 1

STEP team at Westminster

Here are a few snapshots of our first week with the team from Wisconsin.
We've had...

...opportunities to experience open air evangelism at the beach...

...and had some fun there too...

...many hours of classroom instruction on varies aspects of ministry here in So. CA...

...good interaction with neighborhood children at the two vacation Bible school locations...

(Note: You can click on a picture to see a larger image)