We enjoyed a weekend away with friends in Breckenridge in October.  It was fun to see the colors again and as always the fun of Breckenridge.

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For the past 3 years Kara has helped to organize a conference for people who are a part of or interested in simple church.  The conference is put on by the LK10 organization and has been attended by 50-60 people from all over the US and sometimes the world.  It is such a great time of sharing with others about simple forms of church. We practice “table churches” for the weekend where everyone is a part of a small church to share their hearts and listen to God together.  As we have attended these past 3 years we have enjoyed getting to know others who are like minded in this area. We had the conference this year at Bear Trap Conference center and had such a great time relaxing and enjoying the mountains.

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Every year since I have known Nick we have returned to Kansas in April to volunteer at the Mennonite Central Committee relief sale. It is fun to reconnect with more distant family and family friends. We have in the past talked friends into coming with us as well.  This year some friends of ours who have come in the past were able to make it again.  It is always a fun time of eating great food and giving to a good cause.

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We sell: hats, yardsticks, snacks, books, magazines and whatever else we can find.

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Nick’s niece, Alexa.

 

 

 

 

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Grandma catching up with friends and family.

 

 

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The Lehr family.

 

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Kansas Scenery

While I was away in WA, helping my grandparents, Nick was busy working on finishing the back splash of our kitchen. After finishing most of the remodel we just could not make any decisions about back splash, so we didn’t. This fall, I brought home every possible tile out there for back splash, and we finally asked around, got some advise, picked and purchased our tile.  Nick used the time to finish. Thanks to a friend, Nick got for help with the cuts around the outlets.  I came home to a terrific surprise and together we finished grouting and sealing the tile.  We are pleased to be finished with remodeling for a while. 

 

Nick and I were able to again attend and help with the Labor Day Lk10 simple church conference.  We had a fabulous time reconnecting with friends and “family” as well as meeting and creating new memories. We all were able to experience church in small groups and learn from others as they facilitated sessions on sacraments, family, leadership and money.  We had a great time and already have next year on the calendar.

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Check out this video made by our friend Jordan Bunch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67kiEcBR6os

I have enjoyed experimenting with making my own lotions, scrubs and other cosmetics.  Last year I tried having selling parties, which did not go over very well. This winter I got the idea of trying a make and take party. I sent out an email asking if there would be interest based on a few friends.  I received positive feedback, so decided to go ahead and plan it.  I organized the party so that people could make lotion and sugar scrub to take home based on their smell and texture preferences.  I had the recipe that if they wanted could take to  be able to make it at home with basic ingredients.  Many of my friends have babies, so we had to structure in a way that kidos could come and play and moms took turns making and watching.  It turned out great and I had a blast.  Next time  lip balm!

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Wax and butters melting on the stove.  Water boiling for sterilizing and for tea/water.

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Coconut oil

IMG_4243Recipe and ingredients with samples to try as well

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Almost every year we try to get members from our church to come camping with us over Memorial Day Weekend.  This year we were blessed by the Curry family with an overnight. We then had almost everyone else come join in on the fun Sunday morning.  We made biscuits on a stick and eggs.  Had fun watching kidos and playing games. We found a great spot in Deer Creek Campground right along the creek which was great for sleeping.

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