Archive for June, 2008

Click to see our pictures of the McDougall Family ReunionWe attended the McDougall Family Reunion last week-end, June 27 – 29.  We saw many relatives that we haven’t seen in a long time and many who we did not know.  It was a real fun time for the family.  The reunion was in Bonner and Missoula, Montana.  Bonner is just a few miles east of Missoula.

Friday evening, we had a nice get together at St. Ann Church in Bonner.  We enjoyed a great home made spaghetti dinner and good fellowship.  Saturday afternoon, we had a nice picnic at Greenough Park in Missoula; and on Sunday, we gathered once again at St. Ann Church in Bonner for a great breakfast buffet.

During the weekend, our children enjoyed a nice swim at the KOA campground where one of my brothers, and one of my sisters and their families were staying.  We went to church at SHEC, “South Hills Evangelical Church”.  What a wonderful service that was;  God certainly showed up there.   At our Saturday picnic, we took a nice hike around Greenough Park.  It is a very beautiful place.

We took lots of pictures and you can see some of them HERE and let others know that they can see them here.   Click “Comments” at the bottom of this post and leave a message.  We would love to hear from you.  John

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We are off to Missoula for a big Family Reunion of McDougalls.  Stay tuned for plenty of pictures.  Victory or Death.

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Carol and I plan on going to Moldova with a group from our church in October.  We applied for our passports on June 6.  Carol received her passport on June 18. I did not receive my passport that day because I made a mistake on the application and had to fill out a simple form to fix the problem.  I received my passport today.  I can hardly believe how fast we got our passports.  One more item checked off the to do list.  Yeah!

John

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Beautiful Sunset at Jefferson City, Montana I haven’t had much of a chance to post anything the last couple of days because I have been so busy working long hours.  Tonight, however, a couple of my children came running to me to see the beautiful sunset. It was very beautiful at that.  Click the picture to see a larger view.

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Montana Pioneer and Classic Auto Club This morning as I was coming home from Helena, an MPCAC parade of classic cars were leaving Clancy, heading south on the frontage road.  I, being on the interstate, easily passed them and arrived at home in Jefferson City before they made it that far.  I went running into the house telling everyone to climb into our Dodge.  Most of the kids were still in their PJ’s, as we headed down the hill to the intersection of the frontage road and I-15.  We made it just in time to see the cars turning in front of us to head south on I-15.  I shot a little video of the parade.  Enjoy!

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JJ loves to play his guitar… even though it makes no sounds. Patrick, our worship leader at our church, gave JJ one of his guitar picks. Here are the results. If you are wondering what he is saying, he is singing “Oh No” from Matt Redman‘s – “Oh No,” You Never Let Go, and “Yes Lord”

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Carol and I plan on going to Moldova with a group from our church in October.  We applied for our passports on June 6.  Yesterday, Carol received her passport.  That was twelve days for a passport.  Wow!  As of the time I have written this, I did not receive mine.  Maybe it will be in today’s mail.

See our Moldove page HERE.

Update: After I posted this, I got today’s mail.  I did not get my passport; but instead, I got a notice that I made a clerical error on the application.  I filled out a simple form to correct the error and popped it in the mail.  So, now it is time to wait… wait,,, wait,,,

John

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The little forest in front of our house.This is our first week-end in many many weeks without rain. The rain has been such a blessing, but yard work was piling up. Our lawn (weeds) has grown to be about a foot as we have not had time or dry enough weather to mow it. Needless to say then, working all day, really just did the first layer. I mowed with the lawn tractor, carol used the push mower, I used the weed-eater, our children picked up toys and hoses.

We also have a little forested area in front of our house that the girls cleaned out so it would be less of a fire hazard. They got two truck loads of branches out of the area. Good work kids.

A good burn pile started.The kids have had their first full week off from school, and Carol has too, since she works at the school. They have been busy all week cleaning one room in the house at a time, from top to bottom. It is now time to relax and have a good Sunday off. Make time to make it to Church! It will do you good. And, if you are a father, “Happy Fathers’ Day”. And be sure to make the day special for your dad. John

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Carol and I are preparing to go to Moldova in October 2008.  We are going with a team from our church – Neighborhood Assembly of God.  We are actually the second team going; as our first team went in May.  As we prepare, we ask you to keep us, our team, and our missionaries in prayer.  I put together a web page with information and about our preparations about the trip to Moldova.  See it HERE.

Our missionaries in Moldova are Andy and Nancy Raatz along with their children.  They have a web site with a lot of information, and Andy and Nancy have their own web logs (Blogs) that journal their journey in Moldova.  Here are those web sites.  Visit them to get ideas on how to pray for them.  John

Andy and Nancy Raatz websites

Andy and Nancy’s main web site – http://www.harvestmoldova.com/

Andy’ blog – http://raatz.blogs.com/

Nancy’s blog – http://raatzmoldova.blogspot.com/

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Spring snow storm near Bonner, Montana I travel around the state for my job. I am an Electronice Repair Tech for the State of Montana.  Today, I had to travel to a site near Bonner, Montana.  A strong spring snow storm blew through right at the same time I had to do some repairs at a site.  I do most repairs at the site and out doors.  It was an interesting experience trying to “Solder in a Snow Storm”.  There was no “Solder Smoke” created today; just “Solder Steam”.  I was able to get the job done and get on my way.  HERE are some pictures I took at the site, along with a bunch of other pictures I’ve taken while I travel around the state.  John

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