Everyday that we go some place on shore to do ministry our kids are there with us. Of course most days we give them the option to go or not, so that they have a say in the ministry, but we want them to WANT to be involved. They are very thankful for family and friends back home that support them financially and just being thoughtful in sending candy and goodies at the right times.
Nickolas – Being the oldest, born 14 months prior to his sister, has been known by many as an old soul. He is very apt to sit with an adult and have conversations that are very adult like. Nickolas is getting very proficient on the boat, learning about electrical systems and plumbing. Nick is also getting his sea legs on watch and can navigate with the best of them. He continues to surprise us when he lays hands on people and prays over them an amazing faith based prayer. He excels in most subjects in school and reads without stopping, we can’t keep him in a book because he devours them!
Sydney – Then there is our adventurous and creative Sydney. She has taken her sketching to a new level and is producing some amazing paintings and has many times stated that school should just be art classes only! She is a kid magnet, if there is a child around they are immediately gravitating toward her, she has a huge heart and asks us frequently about the possibility of adding children to our family, need to pray more about that one! She loves to be involved with all the programs we do, especially when it has anything to do with kids.
We are so blessed by having such amazing kids! This is not an easy life and there are definitely days where they miss their family and friends and all the conveniences of what a “normal American teenager” might have, but for the most part they are here because they want to be.