White House Gardens

Got a neat opportunity today to tour the White House Gardens. For one weekend a year the White House opens their gardens in the fall. Our family went in the mid afternoon and loved seeing the White House up-close and seeing the Rose Garden, Jacqueline…

Mom & Dad present: Sylvia Rose Hall

We’re thrilled to announce that 7lb 2.3oz Sylvia Rose Hall was born Sept 28th at 10:33am. She looks so much like her big sister Vivi but personality wise is a bit more cuddly and peaceful — we are so thankful for both of our amazing…

Dulles Plane Pull Day 2017

We love going to the IAD Plane Pull Day. The event is a fundraiser for Special Olympics and generates near $400k annually at this one event. We love the kids activities and bounce houses, touring through all the planes and cars, and of course watching…

Merry Christmas!

Are the yearly ‘family Christmas update letters’ corny or captivating? Remember how around early December your mailbox would be stuffed with letters that recapped a family’s happenings in the past year? Quite possibly these letters are now extinct, replaced by people sharing every detail about…

Elf on the Shelf

Christmas 2016 brought a new friend to the family: Elfie. (Thanks, Nicole and family!) Mum and dad had great fun with Elfie.

The hunter, collector and military man

Rest in Peace, Douglas Stephens. My cousin passed away on the 27th Dec 2015 and I was honored to present his eulogy. 1 Cor 1:3 & 4 states ‚ÄúPraise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and…

5 Years of UK Memories

Been thinking about our time here in the UK. We compiled some of the memories that we’ll not soon forget. However, words alone can’t express the 5 years of great memories we’ve had in Britain. Hopefully, the below photo montage will! Taking the 7:54 service…

A Princess Tea Party

Vivian turns 3 on 24th Sept. We held a Princess Tea Party (3rd birthday party) today and invited all her little princess and prince friends. Great time capped off with a Cinderella carriage cake. For the guests we did a kid or family photo and…

Rhodes, Greece

The island of Rhodes was just starting to buzz. Tourists will be coming in droves, soon, but we found the island ‘natural’ and sparse with visitors. A great time to holiday here! It wasn’t our first time to Greece. Prior we had visited Santorini, Athens…

Cambridge, UK

The long Easter Weekend (Fri and Mon were holidays) allowed us to visit Akiko/Jonathon/JoJo in Cambridge. We loved their hospitality and Vivi/JoJo got to play together. Our friends live in town centre permitting great strolls around the historic, college town. Even better, they live steps…