Saturday, August 24, 2013

A charleston summer

(Above: our home away from home for the summer) 

Each summer we get to staff a summer project with Cru. Students come to grow in their own faith, learn how to communicate their faith to others and have opportunities to minister in the community. We were so excited to be in charleston for project this time. We went from mid may until the end of June. 

It was such a great summer for our whole family! Josh did Ops (ie operations like handling the finances for the entire project, working with the hotel, etc) and did a great job taking on that job. I was able to co-lead a bible study of 4 students and discipled 2 of those girls. And Harrison had a blast being around 50 college students all the time!

Another added blessing was that there were 3 other families with small children. Having that community of other young moms was great and it was so good for Harrison to be around kids more than he has been in the past. 

Living in a hotel with your toddler for 6 weeks had its challenges of course (stir crazy anyone?!) but overall it was a great fit and we were so thankful The Lord had us there! I'm always reminded of the growth God causes in students even in those short 6 weeks. And we love getting to be a small part of that! 

Here are a few pics of our time in Charleston! 

Our hotel had a pool (score!), here is H ready to swim in his turtle hat!

Art time outside one day 

 First haircut by dad!

One of H's fav things was the dock nearby where he could throw rocks in the water 

Our fav restaurant. We got to go a few times. And now I'm drooling just thinking about it. 

Papa Q and Granny got to visit! Love this pic of them! 

Getting lots of hugs from granny! 

Wearing Papa Q's glasses. Makes me crack up so hard. 

Father's Day. Sure do love those guys. 

Walking through Battery Park with Gammy and G-pa who came to visit too.(nana visited too but I can't find any pics!) 

Getting to have a date night! 

Loved time with all these people this summer! 

My bible study girls! 

Three of my mom friends! 

Hoping we can go back to charleston again next summer! 


  1. This is probably a TOTALLY strange question - but did Josh volunteer with an FCA group in a small town of Chester, NE? The huddle leader was my dad, Lee Hoops. I stumbled across your blog when looking for other NICU moms and he looks so familiar.
    Again, I could be totally wrong - just had to ask!