Harder Family

Harder Family

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Family Fun #2

Psalm 8:1-9 
"O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is Your name in all the earth!
You have set Your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
You have established strength because of Your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which You have set in place,
what is man that You are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of Your hands;
    You have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is Your name in all the earth!"

Wednesday: August 12th

On Wednesday we took the kids to the pool for the afternoon. The pool not only had a kiddie pool, but it also had a splash pad for the little ones. If you want to wear your kids out, take them to the pool for five hours...water and sun is perfect combination to wear them out.

If any of our local friends want to join us, we plan on visiting this same splash pad a few times this next week (the pool is now closed but the splash pad will be open and it is now FREE!!)

Thursday: August 13th

On Thursday we took the crew to the zoo. We attended the dolphin show and the Flight of Feathers show. It was a beautiful, but very warm day for the zoo. We still managed to visit a lot of animals and we all had fun. Spending time at the zoo is always fun...visiting the zoo with family is even better!

The girls told me to raise my hand when they asked for an adult participant...and I was selected. I was asked to sit on a bench and take pictures of this bird flying right toward us. It landed on a piece of wood behind our head.

We sat in the front row hoping to get wet and we hardly got a splash. Everyone was hoping to get cooled down since it was so hot outside.


Friday: August 14th

Friday was a fabulous day. Wayne was feeling well enough to go to the beach with us. Karen's family has never been to Chicago and the kids were hoping to see some extra states while they were here. We decided to take them up to Michigan to go to the beach. We chose Warren Dunes since we had never been there but had heard wonderful things about the beach. When we arrived, red flags were out warning people not to enter the water. In order to redeem the time, we ate an early lunch and then decided to hike up the huge dune. That was a workout! It was extra hard since I ended up having to carry, or drag, Joella up the dune. The kids had a blast, once they were at the top. By the time we were done hiking, the flag was changed to yellow and we had fun playing in the lake.

The cousins at Lake Michigan

Chloe and Naomi

Grace riding the waves

Looking for rocks...by the end of the day I think she had a collection in her swimsuit

Watching the kids from the comfort of our chairs

Cousins at the top of the dune (Shane and Grace disappeared for the picture)


Micaela burying herself in the sand

Enjoying the view after their hard work reaching the top

Look at the height of the dune!

Saturday: August 15th

Saturday was a relaxing day. We needed a day to relax after a busy week of fun. We took a family walk to Lake Katherine. While we were there, we took some pictures of the family. On the way home, we stopped at 7-11 for some slurpees, which were super refreshing on such a hot day. We had a wonderful time with Karen and her family!

Cousins in age order

Finally a shot of all of us (but the random person we asked to take the picture wasn't very good at centering the picture...Wayne's head was almost cut off)

Hansen Family

Wayne and his sister Karen


Psalm 31:19 "How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You, that You bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in You"

Thank you for all of the prayers for Wayne during his third cycle of chemo. This cycle was so much easier on Wayne. He had a ton of energy and felt really good the whole time. He rebounded this time from his treatment quickly. This was evident in the fact that he was able to make it to the dunes on Friday. On Saturday, Wayne was feeling so well that we rode our bikes to get his weekly blood draw. God is so good! Thank you again for all of the prayers!!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely photos. I'm so glad that you were able to do so much with the girls and with Wayne. Awesome that he had enough energy to ride bikes to get labs. God is so good!