BBTI Graduation 2019

Early morning on the 14th, we were awakened to the sound of seven alarms all going off at 2:30 A.M.! Within the hour we were headed to the Rochester airport to catch our 6:00 flight to Atlanta.

I got randomly chosen for TSA-precheck so I went through security much quicker! And I was able to pass out a Gospel tract while I waited for the others to come through. Can you find me in this picture?๐Ÿ˜‚

On the way to Atlanta

After all, we did get up at 2:30 that morning…

We saw this interesting rock near Atlanta

Landed in Atlanta!

After our 3 hour layover we headed on to Dallas Fort-Worth, where Reese picked us up and we grabbed a bite to eat before going back to the airport and picking up Reese’s fiancรฉe, her mom, and her brother. We got all the luggage and carryons fit into the church van we were borrowing, and then we went to the mall to drop off Stacy’s rings to be resized. We weren’t in there long and soon got back to the van… only to realize someone broke into the van and stole 7 backpacks and a briefcase!!!๐Ÿ˜ฒ (including 3 computers, an iPad, an iPhone, a flute, cash, clothes, and several Bibles) We finally got the police report filled out and could go on to Panda Express for supper.

We finally got to BBTI a couple hours later than planned and crashed at the duplex we were staying in.๐Ÿ˜ด

The next day some of us sat in on Reese’s class and some of us played a game:

We went to the first night of a missions conference that evening and Reese was able to present his vision for the missions field and he and Stacy did a special. The church also served us a delicious meal!

The next day we had lunch at the Longhorn cafe before going to a thrift store where they let us replace things that had been stolen, for free! We were able to find some nice things that would take the place of some of the stolen items.

Then we went to the second night of the missions conference where we did another special, heard great preaching, and ate a fantastic meal!

The next day was graduation rehearsal:

Later in the afternoon we rode horses.

Notice in the following picture that Reese is the only one standing and the rest of us are on horses… he got a spirited horse that started going so fast he decided to jump off!!๐ŸŽ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thankfully no injuries were involved.

That evening some of us went to the airport to pick up Mr. Coy. We stopped at the famous Braums and we won’t say what happened there!!!

The next day was graduation day!

Reese receiving his diploma.

Reese with his roommate and the director of BBTI

L-R; Mom, Jesse, Reese, Stacy, Mr. Coy, Karen, Mrs. Coy, Naomi, Annabelle

During the reception, Reese and “Pastor Joe” did their hilarious translation skit!

The Carpenters’ famous Jambalaya. If you’ve never tried it, it’s a must for your bucket list!

Later that evening back at the school we celebrated Mom’s, Miss Margie’s, and my birthdays!

This is just a small group of all of us who were there:

Can anyone read phonetics? The following says, “We’ll always remember you phonetics”

For dessert we had ice cream and Cocoa Cloud Pie!

The evening/night/morning was filled with food, fellowship, foursquare, pingpong, Catan, and Risk… the last of the group went to bed at 1:30!

The next day after church we took Brother Coy to the airport. On the way back to BBTI we stopped at the famous Bowie Knife for some pictures.

Sunday night Ticket To Ride!

The next morning, Reese, Stacy, Mrs. Coy and Jesse headed out early in the morning for Michigan. We went back to bed after seeing them off, of course!

We finally did get up that morning!

We had fun playing Catan that evening…

And of course we didn’t call it a night until we had played Ticket To Ride Europe!๐Ÿ˜‰ (Excuse “Mr. Special,” who seems to be camera shy…)

The next day we loaded up and left BBTI a little before 5:00 A.M. The Schnells were very kind to get up so early and transport us to the Dallas airport! Our flight took off late because several planes had to be completely rerouted because of storms that morning, including ours. (Not to a different place, thankfully!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…) After our flight finally took off we arrived at Atlanta and prepared to spend the next four hours there.

First we had to take the train to another terminal:

Then we had to go up the looooooong escalator to the gate area.

Once we got to the gate and settled in for the next few hours, Annabelle and I went and filled up our water bottles.

Watching the tarmac doings, our favorite airport pastime!

After the long layover was over, we boarded and headed home to Rochester.

Naomi got exit row!

Homeward bound.

‘Til next time,

KarenJ.Parfitt

Last of the Texas trip!!!!

Hello all! Finally I found a free afternoon, and remembered that I never posted this last post of our trip to Texas! Please accept my sincere apologies! Seeing that we plan to visit Texas again next week, I figured I should finish posting about this trip first!๐Ÿ˜…

So to summarize it, I’ll just include some pictures of the last weekend we were there!

On Saturday with the Oliverios we went sight-seeing in downtown Oklahoma City.

We went to see statues of the Oklahoma Land Run. A man and his son made these one-and-a-half-life-sized statues of the land rush by hand. The attention to details was amazing!

Back at the O’s we ate a delicious late lunch.

We had a fabulous time catching on how to play Set. What a brain exercise!

Mom rested up for the 3-hour drive back to Texas.

I guess we all relaxed after all our walking around that day!

At last it was time to say goodbye to our fun friends and hit the road for Texas!

Sunday we worshiped at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur.

That morning we all ate breakfast and then had a devotional instead of their normal Sunday school. It was great to meet Reese’s acquaintances there!

Texas souvenir shopping at the Armadillo Grill!๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ˜

Four square with the Kilollays Sunday afternoon…

On Monday afternoon we went horse riding with the Schnells one last time. That morning we had been able to go to some thrift stores to pick up some cheaper souvenirs…including cowboy boots!

We rode out to the BBTI sign and back.

On Tuesday we were up bright and early– actually, before it was even bright– and left on Christmas Day for NY.

We hardly look awake!๐Ÿ˜ด

“Breakfast”

Air borne for Baltimore!

Best Chinese food ever….Leean Chin! Only in Baltimore….maybe. Karen and I were still finishing that on the airplane to NY!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s our hobby to watch the activities of the tarmac. (We even waved to the pilots eating Chinese food in the cockpit, and they waved back!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿคญ)

They lit the plane in green and red for Christmas!๐Ÿ˜‚


Trevor and Katie picked us up from the airport and we went to their house for supper. Katie made us delicious comfort food: lasagna! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‹

So there you have it! Stay tuned for the next trip, but I’m not making any promises….๐Ÿคฃ

~Naomi

Last of Longview..Back to Bowie!

Hello all! I hope to finish up the last of our fun stay in Texas shortly!

On Wednesday we had a relaxing morning. If you’ve never had east Texas kolaches, you are missing out! I never knew what I was missing all these years! ๐Ÿ˜‚

We kids played games with Mrs. Morrill in the morning. And yes, of course, we taught her Ticket to Ride!

This is a wild game! (Note Karen’s playing hand!๐Ÿ˜‚)

For church that evening, we went to a church that supports some missionary friends of ours. The Pastor said that both their piano player and their back-up piano player were not there. So I was asked to play for the service that night. We sang a few specials for the people there, as well. It was a blessing to go to a church that we had never been to, and knew no one there, but be able to be a blessing to our fellow Christians in Christ!

On Thursday we said goodbye to the Morrills. They were so hospitable and fed us so well while we were there!

Cleared for take-off…(clearing for take-off?)…and cross-checking!

We kids with Levi

Once again we were on the road. Outside Longview, we stopped at this sign for some pictures. Yes, it was Texas, but it was soo cold out there in the wind! ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

Now we were heading back to Bowie. But first we stopped at the Big Sandy campus that is now A.L.E.R.T. Mom went to college there when it was still Ambassador College.

Daniel and Kathryn Staddon had us for lunch. It was so nice catching up with them again.๐Ÿ˜

Group selfie

Then we piled into their mini van to take a tour of the Alert campus. It had changed so much since Mom went to college! Thank you, Daniel, for taking the time to show us around!

Shhhhh! Jason fell asleep!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ด

Shhhh! Reese fell asleep!๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ˜‰

It was late afternoon when we got on the road back to Bowie. And even later when we arrived at Braums–another Texas stop sign, in my opinion! They are very famous for their ice cream and shakes, and will even let you swap a drink for a milk shake with your meal!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‹

Mom enjoyed her food!

We got to Bowie late and crashed to bed.

We weren’t in Bowie for long. The next morning we packed up again, and hit the road around 11 A.M. We drove to Oklahoma City to visit the Oliverio family!!!๐Ÿ˜

We got there around 1, just in time for a late lunch. The O’s are such a jolly bunch, and we had a blast!๐Ÿ˜„

In the afternoon we went over and saw the In the Gap buildings (school, chapel, dorms, etc.) and the house they are remodeling right down the street!

We girls made cookies that afternoon.

After supper it was volleyball in the gym!๐Ÿ˜„

We slept well after that! We were the first people to stay in the Oliverios’ new house that night.

Friday was some sight seeing…we’ll see those sights in the next post!

Always,

Naomi

Fun with Hannah and the Kids!

The last 32 days have been packed with fun! Our sister-in-law Hannah, her younger brother Jonathan (12), and her two children-Gideon (20 mo.) and Rachel (8 mo.) came for one month and two days (to be exact!๐Ÿ˜„). Here are some highlights of their visit.

Picking them up from the airport…how does this carseat come out again?!

Naomi and Gideon

How could you go to Millers’ and not get some of their fabulous hand-made sandwiches?!

Gideon loved the harps!

Piggy-back rides!๐Ÿ˜€

Rachel got so excited about that baby in the mirror!๐Ÿ˜‚


Rachel learning to crawl!

Gideon loved his sled rides inside, but wasn’t too excited about sledding outside!๐Ÿ˜‚

At Katie’s baby shower

Gideon, Rachel, and me

Rachel and me sleeping…wait, I wasn’t sleeping!๐Ÿ˜

Rachel and me awake…yes, I was awake, too!

Rachel’s 8 month photo shoot!๐Ÿ‘ถ

Gideon and cousin Lenny๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ฆ

a walk down to the mailbox

self-explanatory๐Ÿ‘‡

Rachel with some shades๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Ž

Annabelle and Rachel

Naomi and Rachel

Rachel and me

All three of us seem to be a bit disturbed about something in this pic!

Such fun putting this little girl to sleep!๐Ÿ˜

Donning our skates to go skating!

Supper the night before they left, which we sadly dubbed “The Last Supper” ๐Ÿ˜ข We don’t look very sad in the pic though, it looks like someone had just said something funny!๐Ÿ˜‚

Hannah and Annabelle looking at pictures

Saying our goodbyes at the airport the next morning

parting shots…

Rachel was not happy that she had to leave us!!!
Grandma playing with Gideon
Omi and Gideon
KK and Gideon
walking with them over to security๐Ÿ˜”

At last we had to say goodbye. We had a grand time with them and will miss them. We’re already looking forward to next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Writing for the Parfitts,

Karen J. Parfitt๐ŸŒธ

Trip Back in Time

The Lord blessed us with sunny skies and pleasant weather on Sunday!๐Ÿ˜

We attended Bible Baptist Church in Bowie.

Sunday school

Texas has some interesting road names.

The boys only had box-mix cookies which we mixed up after lunch. They actually weren’t too bad!

We headed to the school for more ping pong. We started before Mom (who took the car), but she still passed us.

More crazy ping pong

Observe the laughing Reese, gasping Naomi, and diving Philip and Kareni!

Score!

On Monday morning we finished packing up for a 4-day trip to Longview.

Karen and Snowball

Snowball and me

Philip took this picture for us before we left.

We said good-bye, and hit the road.

When we got to this stop sign, we were sure to stop to avoid a ticket…

After about 3 hours of driving we reached Longview. The significance of going to Longview was that Mom and Dad met in Longview and got married there. Dad went to Letourneau College while they lived in Longview.

Some scenes while driving…

We stayed at the house of some friends. (Mr. Morrill was Dad’s best man, and Dad was Mr. Morrill’s best man.)

On Tuesday we went to a Mexican restaurant that the Morrills really like.

How can you not like a restaurant that gives you free sopapillas and ice cream?!

Then we drove around Longview all afternoon seeing places Dad and Mom lived and worked.

Looking around the Letourneau museum

For dinner we went to a sweet couple’s house. Mr. Graff was one of Dad’s professors.

But first we had to stop at the store for a rotisserie chicken and BBQ sauce. Look at the Texas-size sauce shelf!

We finished our crazy game of City Monopoly.

We finally counted up our assets after 10 o’clock. Karen won as a multi-billionaire!๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ง

Tune in later to hear more of our Longview excursion!

Until next time,

Pleasant Photography

Rainy Friday…Sunny Saturday

Welcome to BBTI–Baptist Bible Translators Institute!

Since it was winter when we got to BBTI, almost everything was brown, but I found some color on this bush outside.

When we awoke on Friday, it was raining and cold. Where’s all this hot, sunny weather I’ve heard Texas has? Well, let’s take a quick stroll through the school since it’s raining outside, anyway!

Main hallway

Nursery

MK (missionary kid) classroom

Kitchen

Library

Everyone at class had finals in the morning so we sat in for some of them.

There are lots of interesting pictures around the library. Also, there are pictures of each graduating class at BBTI. Comment below if you know any of these missionaries…or perhaps you are one?๐Ÿ˜„ Editor’s note: Reese graciously pointed out that the whole world can access these pictures and even read the names connected with them, so we have removed the pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was really fun getting to meet Reese’s classmates!๐Ÿ˜

Once everyone was done with their finals, we went to Reese and Philip’s house for the morning.

First we made brine for the turkey. Then we broke out the Ticket to Ride and competition was in array. We first played the U.S. version. Not once, but twice. This game sure seemed to be a hit!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

For lunch we went to a young married couple’s house.๐Ÿ˜Š We had a really nice time visiting there and playing with the littles.

In the afternoon it was more Ticket to Ride! This time we did the Europe version.

After supper we headed back over to the BBTI classroom for some ping pong and Pictionary.

What do you think Mom was drawing? Comment below for any guesses.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค

We had a great time with that. Reese and Philip had papers that had idioms to draw…quite hilarious at times!๐Ÿ˜‚

Next we started a game of ping pong to help burn off all the calories of our cookies n’ cream ice cream!

Service!

After a while it got so crazy that we had two balls going and Reese, Philip, Karen, and I just played with our hands and no paddles. The rules were basically keep the ball going!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰ We played until midnight. Then we rewarded ourselves with more ice cream and finally got to bed after 1 in the morning!

On Saturday it was sunny! Praise the Lord! We spent the morning at Reese and Philip’s house.

We first made carrot salad and made marinade for the chicken. Then guess what we played? Our favorite past time…Ticket to Ride Europe!๐Ÿ™„โ˜บ๏ธ

After an amazing lunch of grilled chicken (yes, it’s grilling weather there!) and mashed potatoes, it was time to ride horses!

The Schnells let us borrow boots for the occasion. They saddled up horses for us all and away we went.

We finally got all the horses lined up and standing still long enough for Nathanael to take the picture.๐Ÿ˜…

Mom and Punkin๐Ÿ˜Š

After some more Ticket to Ride in the afternoon, we headed over to the Schnells’ house for supper. Besides the turkey and carrot salad, Mrs. Schnell had worked hard to prepare quite a feast! We didn’t even have room for dessert when we were done, so the guys went to help a church unload pews, and we girls and Mom went to play music for a couple there. When we got back to the Schnells’ house for dessert, we played Settlers of Catan. Lots of competition involved!

After finishing our Ticket to Ride game at Reese’s house, we got to bed!๐Ÿ˜ด

Texas Trip-Expect the Unexpected

Well, here we are, sitting on flight 969 to DFW. On the tarmac. Still. First we were informed by the flight attendants that they had over-fueled the plane; which they said wasnโ€™t a problem, except that our weight is so heavy that Dallas wouldnโ€™t allow us to land. So they had to de-fuel some of it.  

Now we just had another announcement. โ€œWe have good news and bad news: the good news is that they have finished fueling the plane that they were fueling, and they have started to de-fuel our plane and that should only take another 10 minutes. (They had been saying that all along!)  But the bad news is that there seems to be a hole developing in the runway, right between both runways.โ€ They have issued a ground stop, which means that all arrivals and departures are shut down out of this airport! 

Out my right window are several vehicles on the runway, including 4 or more yellow trucks with flashing lights. Hmmmm. Fixing the problem? I hope so! They are estimating that we wonโ€™t take off for another hourโ€ฆ

So this morning we drove to Trevor and Katieโ€™s house. They took us to the Buffalo airport where we checked in and said good-bye.

 We grabbed a quick breakfast at Checkers… we had never heard of it before.

Next we got on a plane and flew to Baltimore, Maryland. 

Annabelle, Mom, and Karen

I love flying!!!


Upon arrival, we hurried to our next gate to get in Zone B for boarding. Mom got two milkshakes to help liven us up and cool us down!๐Ÿ˜‹

Before long, we were invited aboard, and we found seats.

That is when the fuel problem and runway issue came up. Since we were told that we had an hour to wait, I decided to get working on the blog post. 

DSLR selfie…

Shortly after our fuel truck arrived, one of the flight attendants announced that we were all to exit the aircraft because of the hold. So we gathered up all our things once again and exited. Who knows how long until we leave? The gate area was filling up with people and then they shut all the gate doors. What now? 

We found some tables to sit at and decided to get a little food since we hadnโ€™t really had any lunch. To our surprise, we located a Chick-fil-A! Who would pass up the chance to support a Christian business and get some classic waffle fries and Chick-fil-A sauce at the same time?! Another plus was that we were able to give out some more Gospel tracts! Who knows; maybe God had that come up so that some people would receive the Gospel!

It seemed that more yellow trucks and other airport vehicles were arriving at the scene on the runway. There was even a helicopter hovering over the runway, and the incident was on the news. We sat and waited. Were we ever going to get to Texas?! More waffle fries (to finish the Chick-fil-A sauceโ€ฆ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฅ) At last all the vehicles were gone, and the flight attendants began opening the doors to the jetways. 

It was quite funny how as soon as they announced the lift of the ground hold, flights were called one right after another! 

โ€œFlight 177, with service to Orlando, please prepare for boarding. If you have left the gate area, please make your way to gate B47 as soon as possible. Thatโ€™s Bravo 47.โ€

โ€œFlight 327, departing to Los Angelas, please line up in numerical order. We will begin the boarding process shortly.โ€

โ€œAll passengers on flight 687, with nonstop service to to Chicago, please make your way to gate A16, thatโ€™s Alpha 16.โ€

โ€œFlight 969, if you have wandered away from the gate, please return immediately. Zone A, prepare to board.โ€

969 was our flight! At last we were in line. A lady in the end of the jetway near the airplane said, โ€œOne more done; 30 left to go!โ€ She still had thousands of passengers waiting to come to Baltimore, who had been rerouted other places!

That was the longest 3-hour flight I had ever been on. Long flights (like 14 hours long) are my favorite, but due to a bad headache, I was ready to be done flying for the day!

At last the captain announced the weather and time in Dallas and said we should be on the ground in 15 minutes. It was raining when we arrived. After docking at our gate, the flight attendants de-armed the doors and cross checked. Soon we exited the plane and gave the pilots tracts.

We met Reese who was waiting at the waiting area. We recognized him by his big cowboy hat and a silly smile on the mustached face!โ˜บ๏ธ

Dallas is so huge! After we were out of that metroplex, we ate at Panda Express in Decatur. They heap on the food until they can barely close the box! That was the best Chinese food Iโ€™ve ever had.

We finally rolled over the cattle grid at BBTI around 11 P.M. After taking the groceries to Reeseโ€™s house that he had gotten, we headed to the guest rooms and crashed! 

More laterโ€ฆ

~Naomi 

for the Parfitt ladies

A Run to PA…..and Back!

On Thursday morning, Mom asked if we would like to go down and visit Trevor and Katie. (They were in Pennsylvania, helping the company Trevor worked for get their new shop up and running that they had moved from New York down to PA a few weeks ago.) Of course we liked the idea, so Mom called them to see if it was all right still.(They had talked about the possibility of it before, but weren’t sure which days it would work out.) He said it was fine, and, in fact, he had work for us to do! Having worked in the print shop while it was in NY, we had an idea of how the machines ran and how to use them. So we packed some stuff for an overnight trip and headed off on our impromptu 4-hour road trip to Greenville, PA!

Thankfully, the roads weren’t too bad:

At the rest stop we stopped at, we had to walk through a long hallway with windows all the way down it. The neat part was, it was right over the highway. It makes you kind of dizzy ๐Ÿ˜ต when all those cars go whooshing underneath you, but really, they’re just going the regular speed and it just looks faster than it actually is.

View from the window:

We got to Ridgeway Books and Publishing at about 5:15. The new building was at least twice as big as the other one and very open with lots of bright lights and a huge upstairs break room.

Mom and Annabelle got the meatloaf into the oven upstairs, and then we helped Trevor a bit before the food was ready. The first thing I did was break paper. Now this paper is not your standard piece of printer paper! It is about 4 times as big as that, plus edging. So, it’s pretty big! To break paper you get a stack of it, fold the two ends in, and then quickly fold it back out and under, causing air to go between the pages and separate them so they don’t stick together. After you do a three-foot stack of these huge papers you become two things–experienced, and sore! But it’s fun.๐Ÿ˜ƒ (The reason I say sore is because you’re bending down to get the paper, standing up and turning to the machine, bending down and putting it in the machine, standing up and turning back, bending down for more paper, etc., etc., etc.! After a while it kind of gets to your legs and back!)

(Notice the air between the pages in the third picture.)

After supper we cleaned up the machines…

Sometimes cameras catch strange moments…

The picture below makes me look very short compared to Trevor because of the angle it was taken. In reality, I’m just standing right behind him, reading over his shoulder. Just so nobody jumps to the conclusion that I’ve shrunk! ๐Ÿ˜‚

When all the machines were cleaned up we drove to the nice motel Trevor and Katie stay at.

The next morning Trevor left for the shop little earlier than the rest of us, and we came later with Katie once we ate breakfast and stopped at the store for lunch supplies.

Since they have just moved, the Amish family that owns the shop don’t have their house quite finished yet. So while the mom of the family was painting inside their house down the road, we watched their youngest daughter, Alannah, who is 3. She’s so cute and so much fun to play with!!๐Ÿ˜˜

Naomi and Annabelle worked at the folder. Those papers I “broke” all got signatures printed on them, and then they got folded into quarters in the folding machine. While they did that, Mom helped Trevor set up the saddle stitcher, which puts the booklets together, puts staples in them, and cuts the edges off of them.

It was kind of dirty work…(putting the machine together, not folding signatures!)

Katie helped Trevor and Mom or Annabelle and Naomi, whoever needed the most help at the moment. And what did I do? I watched Alannah! (by the way, that is pronounced just like Alaina or however people decide to spell it!๐Ÿ˜„)

After lunch in the break room, we looked at a puzzle book and tried to find the difference in pictures.

After lunch Alannah took her nap, and I had instructions from her mom to check on her in their trailer every once in a while. So between checking on her I helped Trevor finish setting up the saddle stitcher. But she woke up in an hour, and my role as baby-sitter resumed! (I actually enjoy babysitting over working with the machines, even though working with the machines is also very fun!๐Ÿ˜ƒ)

Babysitting Alannah was so fun!! Since they were going to be busy on that side of the wall once they started making the booklets, Trevor had me keep her on the other side of the wall. I flew paper airplanes with her, gave her rides on the paper cart, hid (in plain sight๐Ÿ˜‰) for her to find me, spun her “not so hard” or “harder” (instead of not so fast or faster๐Ÿ˜…), blew up a glove “balloon” for her, and played squinting eyes with her. She got so excited when I taught her how to shoot a ponytail holder and watch it go sailing across the room. We had fun conversations in Pennsylvania Dutch. She would ask me, “Va bish un dua?” and I would say, “Nix.” Then we would go back and forth, saying “Va bish un dua?” and “Nix!” to each other. She thought it was the most hilarious thing! She would ride her trike around the room, and if she didn’t see me she would get scared and yell, “Karen, Karen, Karen!” at the top of her lungs until she saw me!๐Ÿ‘ง

Alannah and me๐Ÿ˜˜

While I entertained her, the others were also busy:Annabelle keeping racks of signatures full as the machines took them and made them into booklets.

the saddle stitcher running

As the day rounded up, Mom and Annabelle went to the store and got some things for making supper while the rest of the others finished up the booklet making. When they got back I had to say goodbye to Alannah because her parents were done working and it was time for them to eat supper.๐Ÿ™ We made our taco supper and ate it quickly so that we could get on the road before too long!

We gathered up all our stuff, and then went to buy a few books before leaving! With our books purchased, we said goodbye to Alannah’s sister and the other Amish girls that were working there and headed out to our vehicles for the long trek home. At least we had some new books to read!๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰ We arrived home about four hours and two-and-a-half books later, at 11p.m.!

Until next time,

Writing for the Parfitt Family,

This isย Karen Joy Parfitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Special Sister

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Seventeen years! I find it hard to believe that I have known Naomi that long. I was only 2 1/2 when she was born, so I don’t remember when she was a baby, but it is reported that I used to say, “Where is the Naomi?” ๐Ÿ˜„

 

Naomi and I are quite opposite of each other in many ways, and we used to not get along very well! ๐Ÿ˜ณ But we’ve both grown up a bit since then, and now I can honestly say that she is one of my very best friends! I’ve even learned how to take her friendly teasing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

We called this our “hobby horse”! ๐Ÿ˜„

I have learned a lot from Naomi. Her boundless energy and zeal for life are a constant inspiration to me. She is an efficient, hard worker, and I feel like I still have to catch up to her! She also is a great example in faithfully reading her Bible every morning.

Her outgoing personality and witty ways have been the cause of much laughter. Life would be so dull without Naomi! She is not afraid to be herself. Her name, Naomi Ruth, means pleasant and friendly, and that fits her to a tee!

 

I am so thankful that God has allowed you to be my sister for seventeen years! Happy birthday, Naomi!

 

I looked up classic in the dictionary, and this is what I found:

If you have any special memories of Naomi, feel free to share them below!

~Annabelle

Virginia FEW Conference 2018

Hello All!

Here we are in the van, nearly to New York! Annabelleโ€™s at the wheel while Mom gets some rest. To cut the boredom, Skit (Karen) and Omi (Naomi) are attempting to write a report of this weekendโ€™s trip!๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ’ป

Soโ€ฆthis weekend was Family Encouragement Weekend in Virginia! ๐Ÿ˜„

Early Friday morning we girls and Mom finished packing the van and headed out!

A quick stop for chocolate milk and gasoline. Waitโ€ฆthose donโ€™t go together very well!!! ๐Ÿ˜

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