Life Since Lynchburg

It’s hard to believe that we are half-way through June! It wasn’t that long ago we packed every corner of the Honda and moved our life to Michigan. Though we greatly miss our friends in Lynchburg, we have managed to pack our summer full of time with friends and family. Here’s some of the things we’ve been up to:

House Bouncing
Since we arrived in Michigan, we’ve been trying to balance our schedule between our families. It has been stressful at times because we are both “people pleasers.” However, with a little bit of communication, we have been able to spend time with everyone. This has consisted of fishing and swimming with my brothers as well as going to their ball games, watching Call of the Wildman and running with my sister-in-law, and much more. I’ve had time to get my farmboy on while driving tractor and helping my dad water the fruit trees on the farm. Leah even caught her first fish! For now we are house-sitting before heading to Mississippi for training.

Leah and Ben fishing


Mackinac Island
One of the first weekends back, Leah and I traveled to Mackinac Island with her mom and sister Mary. We participated in the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival 10k Run/Walk. After the race, we spent some time cooling off in the water of Lake Huron and touring around the island. We even ran into our friend, Jenny, who was working at a small gag gift store called Caddywampus. Per Jenny’s recommendation, we stopped by Joann’s Fudge before leaving the island by ferry. This trip was a lot of fun. Leah and I enjoyed getting to spend some quality time with her mom and sister.

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival 10k


Yet to come…
Tomorrow we will leave for an undisclosed anniversary celebration location. Leah and I have decided to take turns each year to plan a trip in celebration of our wedding anniversary, an idea we got from my parents. We decided that this would be my year to plan. I am very excited to surprise Leah with this year’s destination.

This weekend we will visit our friends Noelani and Devon in Mississippi. We will begin our training for our upcoming assignment in Turkey on Monday. We are greatly anticipating the chance to meet new people and learn about our upcoming opportunities. The training will be two weeks and we will be staying with a host family. After our training, we have two family vacations planned.

And so begins the traveling…  There are many miles to drive in the next few weeks, but we are looking forward to spending quality time with each other, new friends, old friends, and family!

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  • Reply Jenny Stange

    I’m so honored to get a mention on your blog. Seeing you and Leah on Mackinac Island made my day! It had been 4 years since I saw Leah and 5 years since seeing you, David. I am very happy for the chance to get to wish you well in your adventures in person. It was a highlight from my summer. Love you both, God Bless!

    June 20, 2012 at 12:58 am
  • Reply Bethany Barkey (@bethanybarkey)

    Our landlord’s daughter is teaching in Turkey!! I am sure you guys will make an incredible difference. Excited to follow your story here 🙂

    June 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm
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