Friday, April 18, 2008

Laisser les bons temps rouler!

For those of you unfamiliar with 'cajun speak', that means, 'Let the Good Times Roll!' The last month or so I was really busy planning a New Orleans fundraiser for our church's mission trip to New Orleans in July. I'm looking forward to going in July to help victims(still) of Hurricane Katrina.

I think the fundraiser was a success, especially for a small church with only about 200 members. We raised close to $2000 for the trip. This will help with some of the transportation costs and fees for our stay at the church where will be staying.

I found this fantastic 7 member jazz band to play free for us and got lots of food donated for the dinner as well as a few raffle prizes. I was really overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and our church.

"The Dixie Nuts" With the dimmed lights, our fellowship hall really did have some atmosphere, you can't really tell in the picture.

Silly Claire!


Here is a picture of Olivia and Claire with our exchange student, A, who stayed with us at the end of March. She was only here a week, but we had a great time. This picture was taken at the Sayonara (goodbye) party the night before the group left. She understood English pretty well and she was really trying to learn English. When we watched t.v. or we were driving around town, she would whip out her electronic translator and type away to learn new English words.

We had a really busy week with her and it was sad to see her go, she already emailed us the day after she got back home to Japan!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Happy Easter (belated)!