Life at the end of July and beginning of August was very full. Because of that we set aside some time to slow down, visit family and friends , and enjoy this break before we get busy again with preparations for leaving the country. This past week we headed up to northern California with Dan's dad and mom (Bruce and Barb) to visit family and friends, some of which we haven't seen in 5 years. This trip was such a blessed time to reconnect with everyone. It was extra special as we met a dear friend's husband (they were just wed two weeks ago). Plus, we got to meet two new cousins, both are very close in age to Ryli. We started our trip in Merced and then headed west to Hollister. We even had a day trip to the Monterey Bay aquarium and enjoyed dinner on the water, a special treat for Casi's 30th birthday.
This time was so fun for all of us. We are thankful for the family God gave us and look forward to seeing them again, in about 3 years.