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Christmas Came Early

Over the next few months, volunteers from around Richmond will be coming together to unpack, sort, label and repack literally TONS of medical supplies donated by regional hospitals for use by under-resourced hospitals and clinics in Uganda, East Africa.  After sharing the need for folks to give a few hours toward the effort, we’ve been delighted to receive many, many contacts from old and new friends, girl scout troops, school classes, retirees, immigrants … a true community effort!

A few photos from today’s adventures in the donation warehouse:

Pallets arrive from Bon Secours Medical Center

Pallets arrive from Bon Secours Medical Center

The recording system - pages of line by line descriptions & quantities

The recording system - pages of line by line descriptions & quantities

John, our fearless leader, explains the process.  Note this is the BEFORE picture early this morning...

John, our fearless leader, explains the process. Note this is the BEFORE picture early this morning...

The AFTER picture - just 2 1/2 hours of work - 180 more boxes ready to go to Uganda

The AFTER picture - just 2 1/2 hours of work - 180 more boxes ready to go to Uganda

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Thank you supporters!

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Hannah’s Triumph

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Our family spent the day at Shenandoah National Park’s White Oak Canyon – the trail is beautiful, running along a series of waterfalls and the stream that connects each.  For most of the four hour hike, Hannah led our family, choosing just the right path, stepping with ease across watery rocks, climbing steps half her size – she was truly amazing.  But even more than problem-solving or endurance, we saw a settled confidence in Hannah that we’ve long hoped and dreamed for her.  The picture perfectly captures that spirit.  Thank you God for colorful autumns, quiet paths, rushing waterfalls, but mostly for the healing and redemption of our broken places!

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Apple Fest – October 2010

With gratitude and wonder, we begin another gorgeous autumn in The Promised Land.  Below, a few photos from a family trip to Graves Mountain Lodge’s Annual Apple Festival.

So glad the bugs were invited, too.  Noah & Mom enjoying a grasshopper.

So glad the bugs were invited, too. Noah & Mom enjoying a grasshopper.

Hannah and Mia get lost in the hay maze (only briefly lost)

Hannah and Mia get lost in the hay maze (only briefly lost)

Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love

"The Twins" - Cousins Noah & Katy

"The Twins" - Cousins Noah & Katy

Sisterly love (much improved in our adulthood, eh, Amy?)

Sisterly love (much improved in our adulthood, eh, Amy?)

Joy

Joy

Sam - the only cousin who managed to keep the candy apple IN his mouth, not ON his mouth

Sam - the only cousin who managed to keep the candy apple IN his mouth, not ON his mouth

Into the Peace of Wild Things
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Blueberry Bliss

Just fun pictures from today’s great trip to a local blueberry farm — for you Richmonders, Swift Creek Berry Farm “U Pick” blueberries for $2.09 a pound!

Our great pickers - over 20 pounds in the buckets and lots more in the tummies!

Our great pickers - over 20 pounds in the buckets and lots more in the tummies!

Zach's favorite food is blueberries -- he's pretty sure a taste of heaven can be found in Mosely, Virginia for a few weeks this summer

Zach's favorite food is blueberries -- he's pretty sure a taste of heaven can be found in Mosely, Virginia for a few weeks this summer

Joyful Noah

Joyful Noah

Sweeeeeet Mia

Sweeeeeet Mia

Happy Hannah

Happy Hannah

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Family Photo Album – Dynamic Duos

A few updated family pictures celebrating the joy of beingTOGETHER!Ok, one trio of considerably cute cousins

Ok, one trio of considerably cute cousins

Daddy & Hannah at Bon Air 5K

Daddy & Hannah at Bon Air 5K
Noah ready for Greek Festival; Mia as Pocahontas

Noah ready for Greek Festival; Mia as Pocahontas

Mom & Sara chatting after church

Mom & Sara chatting after church

Daniel and Lauren - The Big Day is almost here!

Daniel and Lauren - The Big Day is almost here!

Zach & Cairo - faithful homeschool buddies

Zach & Cairo - faithful homeschool buddies

Dad & Amy at Rockwood

Dad & Amy at Rockwood

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It’s Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

What a thrill to hunt for a live Christmas tree this year!  The house smells wonderful, and most of our tree decorations returned from China (and storage) unscathed.  Our newest family member, a rescue-cat we’ve named Cairo Tigger Kennedy, seems mesmerized by the wonder of it all.  A little snow even fell this evening to put the icing on the proverbial cake.

Getting the tree in place

Getting the tree in place

Time to decorate!

Time to decorate!

Noah and Cairo

Noah and Cairo

Sara finds her "happy place"

Sara finds her "happy place"

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Zach’s Photos (by Zach), Part II

Here are the pictures I took at Forest Hill Park on Thursday.  Mom is making me include a picture of myself, the photographer.

Leaf Pattern

Leaf Pattern

Camoflauged Tree

Camouflaged Tree

Man Hole Cover Pattern

Man Hole Cover Pattern

Pinecone

Pine cone

Autumn Berries

Autumn Berries

Red Rock

Red Rock

Into the Log

Into the Log

Life Inside a Log

Life Inside a Log

Purple Pumpkin Plant

Purple Pumpkin Plant

The Photographer

The Photographer

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Zach’s Photos (by Zach), Part I

Thursday I went around Crossroads coffee shop and our house taking pictures of interesting things.  Here are most of the ones I took of indoor patterns.

Chairs

Chairs

Chair Pattern

Chair Pattern

Mosaic Table

Mosaic Table

Lamp through the Window

Lamp through the Window

Table Star

Table Star

Glass Bubble

Glass Bubble

Rug Pattern

Rug Pattern

Woven Basket

Woven Basket

Bamboo Shadow

Bamboo Shadow

Mac Keyboard

Mac Keyboard

Blurred Curtains

Blurred Curtains

Diagonal Floor

Diagonal Floor

Handle Illusion

Handle Illusion

Water Heart

Water Heart

Through the Screen

Through the Screen

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August 2009 – Goin’ Local

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Greetings from Richmond, Virginia!  We are now home and unpacked after our final family travels of the summer.  Simple joys like hanging wash on an outdoor clothesline, knowing where to find good running and biking trails and handling the cereal aisle with some measure of decorum are now part of our lives.  The kids can find their Sunday School classrooms at church (Stony Point Pres for those of you familiar with Richmond), we found a farmer’s market (imagine their surprise when we tried to bargain!) and will even enjoy a local county fair this week – complete with dog shows, rides and yes, funnel cake!

With all this settling in comes the inevitable need for Daniel to begin his travels for Kumveka in earnest.  He left Tuesday morning for a four day trip to Indiana and Michigan, later this month to Atlanta, then to China for a ten day trip at the end of September.  He will be meeting with financial supporters, key advisors and continue work on his first Kumveka projects.  We are thrilled that God is allowing Daniel to use his unique gifts and passion in this ground-breaking ministry to ministries!

We also want to express our sincere thanks for your prayers for Zach.  He is sleeping much better now.  As you may know, Sara will be homeschooling Zach this school year, while Noah, Mia and Hannah enter a local Christian school (Veritas Classical Christian School). Zach and Sara are excited about getting caught up on US and Virginia history (field trips are going to be so much fun!), reading aloud wonderful novels in the park, beginning a Latin course on DVD and blowing up stuff in chemistry (mom is less excited about this part).  Zach will be teaching Sara from his math book, as it was never her strong suit and will be a good opportunity for him to be the teacher, too (we are only a little kidding about this)!

So that is what we are up to these days … reveling in God’s goodness to our family, pouring out grace upon grace, restoring our energy, feeding our souls, reviving our spirits.  What an unimaginable privilege to be The Beloved!

With our heartfelt thanks for your continued support and love for our family along this journey,
Dan & Sara

PS  Below are a few fun pictures from this summer’s travels!  More Kennedy photos on Dan’s Facebook page. )

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