Our family has been in the states for almost 3 months now. Let me tell you, life has been busy!!! There seems to be something going on all the time between reporting to churches, serving and being a part in our home church, and spending time with extended family.
I have two brothers and a sister. Since my brother is also on furlough (from Cambodia), we are all in the states right now. This is a very rare occasion.
Our first "get together with the whole family" was at Knott's Berry Farm!
|watching the rides from the parking lot - anxious to ride them|
My brother, Stephen, planned and organized this exciting event.
We all met at my sister's house, loaded in the vans (with all the super excited kids), and headed out for an adventurous two day family trip.
Amidst all the excitement, we faced disappointment that my mom got very sick a couple days before the trip and was not able to go with us. My dad stayed home to take care of her. Wasn't that sweet of him? We sure missed having them with us.
|Uh oh!!! Sarah is driving!|
On a positive note....one of my cousins, Malinda Benefield, joined us for our trip. Everyone enjoyed having her with us.
|all the girl cousins|
(back row left to right) Gabby Benefield - 4, Elizabeth Farrell - 11, Candace Benefield - 12
(front row, left to right) Megan Farrell - 6, Emma Benefield - 9, Emily Farrell - 8, Sarah Winkler - 9, Deborah Benefield - 11
Now, our family fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows. However.....I heard that it didn't work that way in all the rooms. Some people just can't stop having fun :)
|sweet little Gabby|
Day 2 started with donuts and fruit. Then back to Knott's Berry Farm for more fun!
|all the cousins|
Day 2 ended with dinner at Jack in the Box and an exhausted group of people driving back to Visalia.