Thursday, April 15, 2010

Special Visitors

"A friend is one who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with love and encourages you with hope." -Author unknown

This quote describes some special visitors who blessed us with their company yesterday...

The Hogans!
All 9 kiddos together!

We met this fabulous family when we lived in Iowa City. We ran into them at church and Cindy recognized Richard from when they had worked together at the Green Mill in Grand Forks. To make a long story short, we quickly became friends. Well actually the Hogans became more like family to us. They opened their arms and their home to us on many occasions. They took care of us often, feeding us, watching the boys for us, and challenging us to live our lives for Christ.

When we met them we were pregnant with Jonah and they had 3 children. Now we have 3 kids and they have 6! They moved to Wisconsin shortly before we moved back home to Grand Forks. We haven't seen them since we moved and miss them lots!

It was a quick visit, but a wonderful one. The kids had a great time playing and everyone was pretty disappointed when it was time for them to go. We will just have to go visit them in Wisconsin this summer I guess! It was so nice to see Cindy and catch up a bit. She has always been a wonderful mentor for me as a mother, friend, and fellow sister in Christ. It was so encouraging to visit with her, even though it was so brief. (Thanks for the verse Isabelle! I certainly needed to hear that!)

I made a batch of apple snicker salad for the occasion. This was a common treat we ate together when we both lived in Iowa City. It disappeared pretty quickly between the kiddos and the mommas!

Thanks again for taking time to stop by our home Hogans! We love you and miss you and hope to make a trip your way this summer! Elijah is still talking about bringing his sword and playing in the "castle"!

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