Some dear home school friends, the Van Riper family, came over for dinner and fellowship last week. We had a very enjoyable evening with hamburgers and grilled chicken for dinner, fun at the park for the kids and wonderful fellowship as brothers and sisters in Christ.
They have a lilac bush in their yard and knew that we greatly admired the blooms of this bush, so they brought us a beautiful bouquet, which while it lasted, filled our dining room and kitchen with it's most delicious perfume!
The Van Ripers have 7 children, with #8 on the way!
Jamie is the youngest and becoming quite the little talker at 20 months old.
Emily is quite the pianist, and if she didn't have anything else to do, she would be composing some new piece of music for our enjoyment!
Mrs. Van Riper is one of the very ambitious ladies that took over the homeschool group that mom was leading and has done a great job in helping others out in their home schooling endeavors.
Daniel, the second youngest, is a very friendly little fellow and near the end of their visit was delighted to be able to try on our huge sombrero! Doesn't he sport it well!
We are so thankful to the Lord for being able to know the Van Riper family and spend time with them before we move.
May the Lord richly bless them as they continue to serve Him and be a blessing to others!