The children were awesome! Jonathan kept them happy by playing baseball with them and giving them rides on the wagon. They had a blast! My son Matthew asked us if we could move to Pennsylvania so he could play baseball with them again.
One of the highlights this summer was the get together with the Landis family. Our family and my sister Vine and her family from South Carolina drove up to meet the Landis family in Pennsylvania. Jonathan had planned and arranged this get together for a while, and it finally became a reality. Jonathan, by the way, is my sister Leah's fiance. When we first met Jonathan two years ago at a Thanksgiving dinner at Karen's place, hubby and I were so interested to know if he was single. Just so you know, Jonathan is Karen's sister and Karen happens to be the wife of my husband's nephew. This is kind of a "merry go round" thing. In any case, for so long we have been praying for Leah's husband, so we tried to seek one for her. Not an easy task! We wanted to see Leah married to not just any Christian man, but a godly one who would accept and love her unconditionally. Back to that Thanksgiving evening, I noticed that Jonathan enjoyed playing with his nieces and nephews. For some reason, I thought about Steven, Leah's five-year-old son back in the Philippines, who did not have a daddy to enjoy and play with; I felt a pang of emptiness and sadness inside my heart for Steven. As I looked at this six foot, good looking man playing with the kids, my heart cried to the Lord to give my sister a man like him, yes, just like Jonathan. The question was, would he even entertain the idea of meeting someone not of his own culture and from a far away land, actually from halfway across the world. I realized that it was a long shot! My heart sank a bit. When hubby and I drove back to our hotel that night, we talked about Jonathan, and when he suggested he call Gladys, his sister, to make some inquiries about Jonathan, I became ecstatic. I noticed Gladys and Jonathan seemed to be close Thanksgiving night. Talking to Karen about her brother was out of question; we were not that bold. :) Hubby had to remind me over and over NOT to get my hopes up because we did not know anything about him yet. We found out from Gladys that he was single. HALLELUJAH! It was spring of the following year when we gave the pictures of Leah to Gladys. We asked her if she would give them to Jonathan. Gladys said that she would give them to Karen and let Karen give them to her brother Jonathan. Finally, one day Jonathan's dad and one of his brothers drove him to the international airport to fly to the Philippines to meet Leah while at the same time in Valencia, Philippines, my father dropped my sister Leah at the bus station to head to Cebu to meet Jonathan. Here are some of the pictures of them:
They got engaged.