Archive for July, 2008

This is a copy of portion of an E-mail we received from Sharon, one of our leaders for our missions trip to Moldova.  Please, pray for the situation mentioned.  Thanks.

If you would like to see the whole letter, which gives a glimpse into the life of a missionary in Moldova, click HERE.


E-mail from Heidi Darrin

Thought you all might enjoy this e-mail from Moldova.  Heidi Darrin is the wife of the newly appointed missionaries to Moldova that you will meet when we are there.  Blessings, Sharon—On Wed, 7/30/08, Heidi Darrin wrote:

The Women’s Side of the Story…

July 2008

Dear Sharon,

This is Valentina and LaraI would like to ask you to pray for these two young ladies.Valentina works at a new store next to the market where we shop. Troy and I decided to see what the store was all about and that is how we met Valentina. Valentina was amazed that we are learning Romanian and that we truly like Moldova. We invited her and a friend to our house for dinner. A week later, we welcomed Valentina and Lara to our home. We ask for prayer because these two ladies have gone to America to work this summer. They left in May. I received an e-mail from Valentina and she shared that the job that was to be there for them (in a tourist area); was not. They went to America with an agency that works with their university here in Moldova. This agency helps students experience work in America. Valentina and Lara were so excited. It has been a long time since that last e-mail from them; which makes me worry. I worry about their finances, about how they are being taken care of, what kind of jobs are being offered to them and who is doing the ‘offering’.  Human trafficking is very real. The longer I live in Moldova, the more I realize and understand how this is a reality around our world. I’m not saying that this is what has happened to Valentina and Lara. But please pray for protection and safety, for financial stability, that they are able to make great memories in America, and they will have safe travels back to Moldova this fall. Troy and I are anxious to see them, hear about their experiences in America, and continue to share Christ’s love with them.
Thank you for your prayers.

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Have you wondered how I got those nice frames around my photos? And, how about the text or “watermark” with our web site lightly on the photos?  I use a great free program called FSResizer by FastStone.  Visit them at www.FastStone.org for several very handy photo tools.  FSResizer is specifically made for Windows.  I do not use Window, however.  Our family computer runs on Ubuntu Linux and FSResizer works wonderfully under Ubuntu with WINE.  WINE is a program that enables certain Windows programs to run under Linux.  How Cool!

Besides making frames around the photos, and putting a watermark on them,  FSResizer also does them in BATCH mode, that is, a bunch at one time.  FSResizer also will resize the photos, rotate them, crop them, change the canvas, color depth, and color adjustments.  It will change the number of dots per inch that the photo is made up of.  Give FSResizer a try, it is a real slick lightweight program that I couldn’t do without.

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Our real inexpensive (Cheap) Luggage

Our real inexpensive (Cheap) Luggage

Many of you may know that I am a miser, and get lots of things at good deals.  I don’t want to call my lovely wife a miser, but she is very thrifty.  We find all kinds of good things for real cheap at garage sales and thrift stores.

This past week, we visited Wal-Mart’s luggage department to look at travel items for our missions trip to Moldova.  We did not make a purchase.

Last week-end, we went to several garage sales and at two different places, we came across almost identical luggage.  We wanted something with wheels, and just a little smaller than the luggage we usually take on vacations.  Smaller?  Yes, SMALLER.  We are going to attempt to bring the bare essentials with us to Moldova.  It will make things much simpler if we can. John

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Carol had her blood test done today to determine what type of blood she has.  She also received her Doctor’s ok to take the trip to Moldova.

Carol and I are planning a trip to Moldova with our church on a short term missions trip in October.

Click HERE (or click the blue and white cross in the upper right hand corner of our home page) to see information on our trip.

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Click to see pictures, video, and comments.

Click to see pictures, video, and comments.

There have been some nice comments left about Carol’s Mom’s 80th birthday party.  You can read them HERE, along with lots of nice pictures and a ten minute video.

  • What a fantastic bunch of pictures you have done.
    Thank you very much for puting them on Internet, we really enjoy watching you all. Hugs
    Birgitta-Lars (Sweden)
  • You all did a great job honoring a great lady!!!!!!
    Douglas C. Houtz
  • WOW! What a special time.
    We all have benefited from the legacy we were given by our parents and grandparents, when I pause to ponder ( I’m told I do it frequently ) I’m truly humbled. It was so wonderful to see you all, and share this memory. Debby has been continually amazed at the family. I told her early on in our relationship that ‘this is as much fun as you can have without needing liquor license’, (joke).
    EyeLuvEwe-all,
    Steve Nordberg
  • Dear Auntie Myrtle: It was so fun to visit your birthday party in pictures! I’m so sorry we missed it, but it looks like you had a wonderful time. Our best wishes.
    Phil & Ruth

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Click the picture to see more.

Click the picture to see more.

I enjoy collecting old radios of any kind.  I came across this little gem today at a garage sale for only fifty cents.  It is a simple transistorized AM radio with a leatherette case that snaps closed on the back.  It runs on 110 Volts or with batteries.  The only marking on it is “Passport”; and I can find no model number or brand and internet searches come up with nothing.  It is a cute little radio that includes 6 transistors and 2 diodes.  I thought it was clever that they even listed the two diodes in their count of solid state devices. 🙂  Click the picture to see more pictures of the radio.

See http://www.transistor.org/ for a real nice collection of transistor radios.

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Click the picture to see a slide show of our picnic.

Click the picture to see a slide show of our picnic.

We went to the Boulder River at the Galena Gulch Campground near Boulder, on Thursday evening for a simple picnic and to wade in the river.  We had a great time, playing around, finding pretty rocks, skipping rocks, playing tag, reading, and eating.  It was fun and refreshing.  John

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Just how many toys can a wading pool hold?

Just how many toys can a wading pool hold?

Our kids making full use of the wading pool.

Our kids making full use of the wading pool.

Did you ever give your kids an expensive gift and they decided that they liked the box it came in better than the gift? I find it pretty funny when people go crazy with play stuff, like trampolines, swimming pools, and other expensive toys.  It’s like they are trying to buy happiness.  We have a cheap eight dollar wading pool and boy does it get used.  From this picture, does it look like they are being deprived of fun because we are not spending a gazillion dollars on entertaining them?  HA!  Click the pictures to see larger views of them.  John

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HERE is a ten minute video of the memorabilia at Mom’s 80th birthday party.  Enjoy

Also, visit the page we have set up to see this video and lots of pictures from the fun party we had for Mom on July 5th, 2008.  See them HERE.

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We had our first official meeting at our church for preparations for the missions trip to Moldova, in October, that we will be particitating in with our church.  There will be 15 to 17 people going on this trip.  We discussed many of the do’s and don’ts about traveling abroad, and the first part of a good teaching about our sufficiency in Christ.  Much of the to do lists can be found at our missionary’s web site.  Please, pray that all preparations will go fine, both here and in Moldova.  Click HERE to see our Moldova page. Blessings to you all! John

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