Friday, September 19, 2014

Summer 2014 - August

The first of August we visited Canton's Trade Days.  It is the largest market in Texas, it was the first time that we had been. My parents go frequently and I was glad to have them as our tour guides because the place was huge.



The following day we left of a trip to Arkansas, were we spoke a two churches and then headed to Washington DC.  For a few days of family vacation.  We are thankful that friends hosted us in their house during this part of our travels...a true blessing, I would think it hard to invite a family of 7 into your house, but many did.  In Arkansas we took some family pictures at an old mill.


We had a great time in Washington DC.  I had visited the Smithsonian as a child and it was great seeing some of the stuff that I remembered.  I would take a week to see it all and we only have three days.  But we did get to visit the Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Abraham Lincoln Memorial, White House and Capital Building (from a distance) and the best part is that it is free entry for the museums to all public.  One of the highlights for me was seeing the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner, it was larger than I had imagined, but sorry, no pictures allowed.



Gettysburg Valley
Following the trip to DC, we headed back to Texas, stopping in West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to visit churches.  We drove through some hard rain at times and saw several serious accidents.  We are thankful to God for his protection while we traveled during the summer.  We arrived back in Texas and had a couple of weeks for some brief revisits of family and friends, and as always sharing with churches.  

We had a great time in the States, and even though goodbye's are hard we were ready to get back to France and find our own bed, our friends, and the people that we care about across the sea. next picture was taken at the airport, August 26, by my parents as we left out of Dallas. Last picture is the kids waiting for our connection flight from London to Toulouse.  God bless, JASON

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Summer 2014 - July

July started with Angie and I on our little trip (I say little, realize that it was about 3000 miles) to the Northwest.  We were going to visit some churches and see some sites.  We also read a couple of books together while on the road. We drove 29 hours roughly, across Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Minnesota, Idaho, and arrived at Spokane, Washington.  We visited in the services of a church there and made some good friends, and reconnected with others. The following day we drove to Walla Walla, WA, were we stayed in the home of the Emry's for the week.  We shared Wednesday in Hermington, OR, and then Thursday in Walla Walla.  We were able to help them hand out flyers for their church and also enjoyed spending July 4th with them and their family.



We really enjoyed our week with them.  We headed out Saturday to drive over to Olympia and share with a church there Sunday morning, followed by Aloha, OR that evening. Monday the 7th, we started the trip back home driving through the Columbia River Gorge, which is a beautiful drive.  We stopped just before arriving at Yellowstone National Park and spent the night.  We are thankful for the generosity of people, the whole two weeks, we only had to pay for three hotel rooms. Tuesday morning we made a rushed trip through Yellowstone, after the Grand Canyon, one of the most beautiful places in the world, at least from my point-of-view.  We stopped at a few sites and grabbed some souvenirs for the kids.  (Clothes - which is always a souvenir that I like getting for the kids because...hey, they always need clothes anyways right).  

Arianna meets a cousin for the
first time.
We left Yellowstone, headed for Denver, CO, where we stayed and had a good visit with my aunt.  The headed for the long drive back to TX.  Along the way we stopped for Wednesday night services in Abilene, where were had a God arranged visit.  We picked a church at random and ended up that one of the members attended the church that my grandfather planted in Ayer, Massachusetts.  Amazing!  We made it safely back to TX and to the kids, who were waiting with stories of how they had been spoiled by the grandparents.  The following Saturday, 12th, we had a reunion of Angie's family.  There were over fifty present.  That following Sunday we visited two churches in Austin.  Then rushed to meet my sister to pick up two of her kids and get them and Lilia back in time to head off to Teen Camp with our church.  While Lilia was gone, we spoke at at Ladies meeting in Tatum, TX and a church in Jasper, TX.  The following Sunday we visited with two churches in Shelbyville and then drove straight back to Hillsboro, where we would be leaving for church camp as a family.  Along with 30 other kids.  Angie and I drove the two church vans which was a fun experience.  
Our group.

Playing night basketball.

Caleb won third place in Chess.
After camp, things slowed down for a little bit.  We still visited in three more churches before finished out July.  We tried to give a hand and stay cool.  God bless, JASON
Over 100 degrees at 11 am.

Helping my Dad build a bunk bed.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Summer 2014 - June

Where to even start? Summer has come and gone.  Let's go through and hit the highlights.
June 1st-Carcassonne church anniversary, they had two that were baptized.  An exciting time for the church in Carcassonne.
June 4th - Our year end business meeting for the AVF.  I was officially approved as the president of the AVF, in spite of a little opposition by some who were worried about the fact that I was a pastor.
June 5th - Andrew's 8th birthday.
June 6th - Our English Camp/VBS team arrived.  Had a crash course in French and supper with them.
June 7th - Hang out with the team in the morning.  Afternoon went to a wedding where I lead the ceremony.  What a great evening.  I did the services in French and English since the husband was french and the wife was from Singapore.  Great time meeting new people, had some in depth spiritual conversations.  Owner of the castle wants to offer my services to other married couples that use the castle for marriage.  Castle was near Albi, about two hours from our house because of some roads closed for construction.  

June 8th - Didn't get home from the wedding until after 3 in the morning.  Up early to take the team to church in Carcassonne.  Afterwards had our annual lunch meeting for the basketball club.  Services in English that evening with the team in attendance.  
June 9-12 - English camp each evening.  With various activities during the day.  Camp went real good and was well attended with about 25 each night.  During the day had other activities with the team...taking baked goods to the firefighters and police men, helping the elderly with their gardening and house work.  A great week.  
June 13 - Team day off, I drove one member of the team back to the airport as he had to leave early.  Had our last Friday night bible study.
June 14 - VBS went well, 9 kids in attendance.  

June 15 - Team leaves.  Lauren takes them to the airport while we start packing.  Lilia has her last swim  competition.  She swims in 6 races and receives 4 golds, one silver and one bronze.
June 17th - Lauren takes us to the airport.  Flight back home goes well.  We spend a few days in Hillsboro and then head to Henderson.
June 21 - Family reunion for the Taylor side.  First time that we have had the whole side together since I was a child, I believe.

June 22 - We spend the service with our sending church, eating a meal afterwards and enjoying a visit from some friends from Paris.  
June 23-25 - Hanging out with friends and family.  Took a trip to the zoo with my parents.  Getting ready to hit the road.  My parents are watching the kids while Angie and I take a road trip to Washington state to visit some churches.  
I'll include the road trip on July's blog.  God bless, JASON

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Countdown

Since I have a few minutes, I'm going to work on a blog because I do not know when I will have the next occasion.  Last week I had a good AVF training in Lyon.  The food was great, the sites amazing, the training was very professional, a good time of sharing as well.  The only worry was while I was on the train to Lyon, they announced that we would not be arriving at 6:45pm but would be late, and later they said it would be at 2am.  Thankfully they changed again and we only ended up being two hours late, but that did give everyone a scare. 
 
 
 The training laster Thursday and Friday, I got back late Friday night, but we woke up early to attend our inter-AVF picnic.  It was a good time.  We arrived early and had a walk for two hours and saw some beautiful sites.  And then had lunch together. 
 
After the picnic, Angie and Lilia headed directly to the youth meeting.  I took the boys and Arianna back home, because Andrew and Caleb had been invited to a friends house.  After we got back together to eat with some friends in Carcassonne we met through basketball, and we stayed visiting until midnight.  Sunday afternoon everyone but Lilia got a good nap in before our English services.  Monday night we had our Annual meeting for the basketball club.  Tuesday, I had the annual meeting for the Regional AVF at Montpellier.  Wednesday I returned to Montpellier to take Lauren to her visa appointment, and continued to Avignon to help a friend move into a new apartment, and then pick up some stuff from her cousin in Montpellier to take back to Limoux, as university is finished for summer, many students must move out.  Thursday, we helped hand out flyers again, we have passed out over 3000, and hope to have a good turnout.  Angie and Lilia are at a swimming competition yesterday and today.  I'm trying to get things done while watching the kids, doesn't always work out.  I did manage to finish a report, do some translating, prepare a flyer for our Ranch friend, and answer a lot of emails.  God bless, JASON

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

One month past, one more to go

I see that the last blog was a little over a month ago.  And we have a little less than a month until we make our trip back to the states for summer. 
The kids put on a puppet show from their bed.
I show that last time I blogged  was the 18th of April. That following weekend (Easter), I had Referee training all weekend long.  I missed Easter services, but I did get to share with a muslim friends on the ride to and from the training about  Easter.  The monday after Easter is a holiday in France.  We had some friends over for supper and had a good visit with them.  Tuesday, I had AVF as usual, and Angie had to take two of the kids to the dermatologist.  Two of the boys have a few little bumps that ended up being some kind of virus, and they needed to be burned off with dry ice.  Thursday Lynn and Brenda arrived, thankfully Lauren was willing to pick them up at the airport for us.  Lynn spoke in our Friday night Bible Study and we spent most of Saturday with them.
Micah and Arianna and Yousef at the park.
 What followed was two weeks of spring break with the kids.  We had a good time, got to visit a little more with Lynn and Brenda, enjoyed some good Bible studies.  The weather turned for the worse during the vacation and it was chilly and rainy most days.  Lynn and Brenda left the first of May.  Sunday I went to the organization service for the church in Barcelona.  It was a great service and it has been great to see and share with them growing together and organizing. I met the pastors sending pastor, and another missionary that is now serving in Spain as well.  From what they said, this is the first ABA church in Spain.
 The one pretty day, was Thursday, we took the kids for a walk around a lake, and to play basketball at a local park.  They had a good time.
 After the vacation finished things really took off.  We really jumped into preparing for the team that we have coming in June.  Besides four meetings (including one with the Mayor), helping a handicaped man get ready to move, basketball, I was able to get a website up and running so that people could register for the English classes online.  We also created, had printed, and handed out about 1500 flyers as well.  The following weekend Lilia had a swimming competition on Sat. and Sunday.  I had my last training session for the referees (I passed!) on Saturday.  Sunday the boys had their last basketball tournament as well.  Needless to say we were all over the place last weekend.  We did meet some new visitors from Australia at church Sunday, one who will soon be moving to the area with her family.  We also manged to squeeze in the English services.  Though it was a tiring weekend, it was very fruitful and blessed.  God bless, JASON 

Friday, April 18, 2014

God is still in heaven.

The above title is the first words that Arianna spoke when I woke her up this morning.  She makes a good point. 
 Arianna had been sick since last Friday.  I took her to the doctor yesterday and got her some antibiotics and she is back in school today.  We had a good visit from our friends in Bordeaux.  They arrived Sunday night and left Tuesday morning.  Their daughters performed a piece from the orchestra they will soon be performing.  I will try to add the video below. We saw the city of Carcassonne together, visited the beach, and just had a great visit.  Monday night we celebrated their middle daughters 18th birthday with cake and tacos. 
 Above the boys help prepare dessert with mom. Andrew lost both his upper teeth and one lower tooth in three days.  He made out good with the tooth fairy. 
The market went will this morning.  The weather has been really nice this week, with temperatures in the mid-70s each day.  Arianna did get stung by a bee yesterday, she tried to pick him up.  I think she learned her lesson.  The kids Bible study on Wednesday afternoons kicked of this week.  It went well.  I helped out for part of it.  Hopefully we will see more kids coming in the next weeks. This evening I have my computer class, and Caleb has a doctors appointment, all before Bible study.  This weekend I will be busy with the training for referees.  God bless, JASON