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Faithful Word Church Camping Trip 2017


 We had a great time at this year’s camping trip. It is really special to not only get away from it all but to hear great preaching twice a day and be surrounded only by like minded believers and your best friends..well it doesn’t get better than that. I love the feel of my kids friends comfortable coming in and out of our cabin, sharing food, an just playing outside all day…it really reminded me of growing up and living near family in Mexico. Since it was just our group at the campsite I was more than comfortable leaving it unlocked all day and probably the most stressful thing those days were that my kids didn’t get hurt in the stream, but they did really great.

Picture my Friend Katie took.

The first day we got settled, Joe went off with the guys for a little bit and then at night after the preaching I got to walk down to the main hangout spot with the large crowd,and play a fun game of Trivia, Pastor had created. After that and S’mores, some of the ladies an I played Nertz..freezing fingers edition lol It was a little chilly compared to Phoenix lol Oh I will so miss those nights with a fire in our cabin, now that it’s hot hot hot here in the valley.

The second day we heard a great sermon in the morning and then the guys went out shooting. When they returned we all headed over to a lake with the families. After dinner we got to hear another great sermon, this time from Pastor Jimenez, which is a great treat since I really enjoy his preaching online. I stayed out by the main fire for a little bit with some of the kids while Joe was back at the cabin with the sleeping baby. I got back early and we played card games ourselves with the kids tucked in upstairs with a nice fire downstairs. It was so cozy, I really think I could live like that permanently but I say that and my husband laughs..I think he knows me better than myself.

The next day I stayed back at the cabin with the little ones who were developing that bad hacking cough that I was told before was allergies, but I wasn’t sure so just Joe went ahead to the morning service with the big kids. After that we packed up and ready to head back to Phoenix. We stopped at our now favorite pizza place and then headed home. The return was bitter sweet but at least we got to enjoy hearing Pastor Jimenez preach another great sermon at FWBC that Wed night.

I’m grateful that FWBC is so generous and always making everything free. We just had to bring our food and pay for gas of course, they really go above and beyond for their church members and we appreciate it. They don’t have to do things like this and I can imagine it’s a lot of work. The priceless part though is just being with friends. I can’t wait for the preaching conference this summer!!

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March 2017

Diving right into March happenings..
Our sweet friend Michelle got engaged and just like with her sister Jenny, we went wedding dress shopping together and had Pho for lunch. They got me hooked on this yummy soup!
We have been getting a lot of extra free food at food pantries and reporting all the info on our savings sistas facebook page. The kids favorite activity is setting up a table and little by little seeing all the food be taken from the table. 
Our friend’s super cute dog that my kids are totally in love with. Joe still will not come around to the idea of a dog for us, so I am so grateful and happy that they can get their fix with Pua when we visit 🙂
So much fun having friends over and making breakfast for our 14 kids combined, ha!
Little Sophie is just super adorable and sweet as always. She is still not walking even though she is one but getting closer. She also still has NO teeth!
One day Joe went shooting in the dessert with his friends, and I can’t believe I went to a restaurant by myself with the 6 kids. It’s always risky ha! They were great though and my whole meal cost less than $10 since all kids eat free.
Joshua still very much likes to spend most of the day in the kitchen. I am glad I get so much food from food banks so I let him play around with a lot. It’s fun to see what he creates and shares with his siblings.
Sophie loves this Taxi cart at Safeway.
The kids made a birthday snack and fort for James and sang him Happy Birthday. I just stood back and loves how sweet they were with each other. I really hope they stay close growing up.
Izzy still really loves to draw and spends a lot of time doing that and frequently leaving me notes everywhere.
The kids took the red stools and Christmas lights and made their own China Town.
Enjoying the outside!
I wanted to remember this special meal I shared with Sophie..
Then somebody photo bombed it 🙂
Found a new library and really enjoy it. The girls are taking Coding classes and Elly has her piano lessons there. They also have a cool park adjacent. 
I love seeing how sweet Josh is with his baby sister. He really adores her and every morning comes to my room to play with her until I fully wake up.
Enjoying the cooler temps before it gets super hot. We also found a second bike trailer at a garage sale for $5!!! The other day Joe and I and all the kids rode to the closest shopping center. It feels good to get some real exercise. 
Enjoying lunch after church at the Foster’s house.
Still my favorite time of the day, Bible time. 
That’s our month in review. We celebrated 2 birthdays like I posted about before. We have so much to look forward to in the month of April. Joe got a new job so no more traveling and we have the church camping trip which is something we really look forward too. I hope you are having a good spring too!