Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Has it really been a year since...............


Roma, Venezia, Cinque Terre, San Gimignano, Sienna, Milano, Lago di Como, Firenze, Verona


The Genesee Valley Branch & YW

High Adventure in Canada

girls camp at seneca lake

Time has flown by so fast and we are so glad to say that these benchmarks are over! We look back and think of how grateful we are that the first year in our callings is done, that Chris is done with graduate school and that we are no longer dumping money into rent. We do wish so badly however that we were back in Italy. One day...soon. We love the YW and the singles. What great lessons we have learned and experiences we have had. At times crazy but we love it!

italian + elvis???

you no longer have to decide between the king of rock-ELVIS and italian food. chris & i found a little place in denver that you can have them both. we were starving ok! i guess we have become food snobs. but the best part was after the video had played through once. they started it all over again.
love it!!

oh! yes....wyoming!

We made the trek home last week! It was kind of a whirlwind of activities and travel. We flew to Denver with a few delays-five hours in the airport and then drove the two hours to OWA. The outdoor wilderness adventure camp that James & Chelsea are running. It was a fabulous location and a beautiful drive. This was our first Faerber Family Reunion. Mom brought boxes of Durrant memorabilia and through a long and very fair system we all got special pieces. Chris fished a beautiful river while the family rock climbed and played in the water. We took a train up to Pikes Peak-14100 feet (or something really high) and finally enjoyed a great FHE sharing memories of Grandpa & Grandma Durrant. It was a highlight! It is hard to describe all that we did in one short week of time.

Get ready for an overload of pictures.....

Saturday-Wednesday was spent in CO and then we drove through Laramie-Pokesville to Lander to see Packers. Katie is home and looking oh so hot! It was Roy's Birthday on Friday and Father's Day. It was great to be back in Lander and enjoy family!

We then had to make the trek home. Driving to Laramie to spend the night with the Livingston's. Thanks guys for the fabulous meal and fun reminiscing! Also fun with Erica-Walmart. After a short night's rest we drove to Denver on Sunday to catch separate planes to NY. My day was filled with delays and after ALL day Sunday in airports and a short nap in a plush Chicago hotel I made it home on Monday around noon. Yek! You have to love traveling.

The great thing about family, and any lasting relationship, is that we recognize and appreciate that worthwhile endeavors seem to be packaged with a certain amount of inconvenience and heartache. All the travel delays, long hours in the car, preparing meals, doing dishes and simply putting forth a great deal of effort is something we are willing to do even when and especially when any of those events are not convenient or do not serve our own purposes....

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Play Therapy!

It is REAL and I spent an entire day of training learning about it! I love this field and enjoy so much the times I can expand my understanding of it. It reconfirms to me that the leaders of this gospel know what they are teaching us. Or the Lord knows what he is talking about. It is great to have the research from scientists to back it up.

The Family Services Society Professional Training Institute
Dr. Helen Benedict
Touching Small Lives:
Attachment Disorder, Bonding and Play Therapy!