Since Max has decided to come home and do school full time, we have all enjoyed having more time with him!
He's the best floor mopper around, and Lilly loves to offer her moral support. :-)
"Max is our hero!"
January 31, 2007
When 'sunny' is replaced with 'freezing', Orange Cove, California declares a state of emergency! The unusually frigid weather we've been experiencing has hit our orange groves hard. Consequently, everyone who depends on their industry: the farmers, workers, local businesses, and packing houses, not to mention the tastebuds of consumers, are enduring record-breaking losses. God has sent us yet another reminder that He can change our lives using a force beyond our control; the wild, wild weather!
Orange Cove has hit national news because of the disaster. An estimated 80% of the city's population depends on the citrus industry for food. Local businesses suffer because residents don't have money to spend. Desperate farmers endure exhaustion as they battle to save their crops. Workers worry about how to feed their families. "This is devestation" Orange Cove Mayor Victor Lopez told the press. " For Orange Cove, it is the worst disaster we've seen in the history of our city."
Sally Parish reporting on location. Orange Cove, CA.
January 29, 2007
January 19, 2007
A few weeks ago, we had the privilage of driving up to Oakhurst to spend a wonderful New Year's at the Telian's home. This family blessed us once again with their energy, their wonderful hospitality, and loads of fun! :-) Unfortunately, we did not come home with very many pictures (we were enjoying fellowship too much) but we do have a few. Thanks again, Telians!
All the guys, enjoying one of Mrs. Telian's delicious meals.
The girls loved Susannah's story reading. :-)
'Banging' in the New Year. :-P A lot of laughter erupted in those moments!
The other day, Lillyann was able to get all our names out:
Bop (Bob or Simon)
January 06, 2007
This holiday season, we had the opportunity to praise, worship, and honor Christ more than ever before. In a word, it was wonderful!
Last month was also a season of "firsts" for the Parishes. :-) It was the first Christmas and first birthday of our sweet little Jaelynn Grace, the first Christmas we celebrated with our precious new children, the first birthday we celebrated with Jacob, and the first time we exchanged gifts. It was the first Christmas that a nativity set graced our piano, and our house was cozily decorated more than ever. ;-)
All these new things made December a unique month that was significant in the change of thinking that we have been experiencing the past two years.
The pictures below are a summary of our holiday season!
Happy Birthday Jacob (December 17)! Praying that you will grow to be a man of valor, and humility. May you become a man who is close to the heart of God.
We love you!
Here's the clan at Grace Community Church, waiting for their Christmas concert to begin. We enjoyed this concert the same day we took our family pictures with Daniel and Kendra. Amazed and inspired by this majestic outpouring of praise, we all were awed again by the miracle of Christ's incarnation.
Jaelynn is growing up so fast, and is walking now. Every time we see her we are all amazed at how much she has grown and changed. :-)
The Seymour children preformed in the Fresno homeschool choir this year, and we had the opportunity to attend! It was a fun night, and we enjoyed their beautiful voices.
Christmas time. . .
Our sweet Christmas baby.
December is just not complete without a gingerbread house! ;-)
and we all enjoyed some great guitar music!
It was a great evening, with Mr. Castang keeping us in stitches, singing old patriotic songs, and playing some lively games of spoons. :-)
Jayni and Lilly recently were given a darling little tea set by Mom. They have been playing with it constantly since, and have enjoyed many tea parties! :-) Sometimes a gentleman is needed to make the party complete, so Jacob happily obliged.