Monday, July 27, 2009

Bike Rides and Picnics

Since Nathan's work schedule varies from week to week, we really try to take advantage of his days off. Last week, we planned to ditch the paint brushes, toolbox and gardening gloves for a day of relaxation!

Of course, if you know either of us then you probably know that we can't sit still, so relaxation to us consisted of an 10-mile bike ride. Needless to say, by the end of our "relaxing" journey, we were so worn out that we decided to take a dip in the pool at the rec. center near our house!

It was so nice to get out and enjoy the beautiful day, and we both agreed it was the most challenging biking we've ever done. Our trip took us down to a nature conservatory about two miles from our house that was full of swamps and bridges, and then we looped around to the Erie Canal and rode on the bike trails that go through the woods. On our way back, I spotted a baby deer grazing in one of the neighboring backyards. It was so close to us that we had to stop and take pictures. The little guy (or gal--we really couldn't tell) didn't even budge! It just sat there smiling for our photo op. :)

We were blessed with beautiful weather and no major complications. Nathan's tire did go flat, but only when we were about a mile from the house, so we walked the bikes home. (Secretly I was a little glad--it gave our legs a nice rest!)

We had a great day at church yesterday. We were surprised with a visit from the Brian Williams family. Brian and his wife Emily are planning to start a FWB Church in Buffalo next spring, so we'll practically be neighbors! We are so excited that our prayers are being answered and that more people are seeing the need for FWB Churches in this area. The Williams' have such a sweet spirit about them, and Nathan and I got the chance to teach their two little girls, Lauren and Leah, in Children's Church.

After church, we had planned our picnic for the kids. Originally our plan was to feed them lunch and take them to the nearby park for games all afternoon. I'd been watching the weather all week and the chance for "scattered thunderstorms" never let up. So, we dropped the plan and decided to stay at the church for lunch and games. Of course, it never rained and we were blessed again with beautiful weather. :) We had 13 kids show up and my mom was gracious enough to help me prepare the hamburgers and hot dogs while Nathan kept them entertained with outdoor games. By 2:00, the kids were half as quiet as they were during Children's Church and everyone was red-faced and ready to go home! It was a great day of fun, and now we're busy getting things ready for this week--the Annual Sauerkraut Festival (yeah, it doesn't sound too appealing to me either-ha!). Our church will be passing out water and inviting people to VBS, which also starts next week. Keep us in prayer! We've got a busy month ahead!

Love,

The Atwoods


Before the bike ride . . .

One part of the trails . . .
Some of the bridges . . .
The Erie Canal . . .
The "easier" path . . .
The deer . . .

Us at the church picnic . . .

Little Mason--one of our sweet bus kids . . .

Group shot . . .

The boys playing baseball . . .

Me and Savannah :)

FAVORITE of them all--Nathan led singing last Wednesday night at church! It was his first time, but he did great!


2 comments:

  1. Great pictures! Everything is beautiful (well, except that hat that you are wearing!!!) Hee hee!

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  2. I really enjoy reading your blog. You write in an interesting way. Of course, I'm interested in what is going on with you two and the church. And the pictures are great!
    Richard Atwood

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