Sunday, July 26, 2009

Swimming with Nana Lynn

"Oh how I love the pool!"
Sierra even got to go on a pontoon ride with Grandpa Greg

On our way home from the airport we visited Minnehaha Falls. They were a little dry this summer =(

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Faulkner Family Reunion - Fort Robinson, Nebraska

Welcome to the Faulkner Family Reunion. All in one day we golfed, swam, played tennis, read, and hung out with the family. The Faulkner's rock.

Claude and Kelly on the links...

Kelly, and her three aunts: Eli, Ellen, and Lynne.

The Clan.

Renovare International Conference

Days after we got back from D.C., I headed to San Antonio with Matt Farmer (below) to attend the Renovare International Conference on Spiritual Formation. While there we represented Denver Seminary...I hope the school was ok with us giving away a half dozen free scholarships while we were there.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Summer Fun in the Pool

Here's Sierra's first trip to the pool. She was a little terrified, but overall, her first experience as a fish went well.

Holding onto mommy for dear life...

A few days later, Heather and Caleb went swimming with Kelly and Sierra. That's one good looking quartet.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Library of Congress

Our very last stop of D.C. was the Library of Congress, which turned out to be our favorite destination of the entire trip. The world's largest library is an architectural masterpiece and a total work of art that inspires the imagination. Founded primarily on Jefferson's own personal library, it contains topics from all spheres of knowledge, from phil0sophy and literature to art and science. The walls are adorned with quotes from great authors and the main reading room (you'd recognize it from the movie National Treasure) is adorned with great bronze statues of great thinkers from each field---from Moses and Paul in religion to Bacon and Plato in philosophy. The Library has 22 reading rooms, each with a different theme (ie. one is literature of the Middle East), as well as two fantastic exhibits on Jefferson's library and the Discovery of the Americas.

This is the entrance to the Main Reading Room. Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom (I believe), is holding the Lamp of Learning, which the founders thought was the light to building a stable and prosperous republic. A side note: the Library was renovated only a bit more than a decade ago, and the art is literally pristine.

How can daddy's girl not be overjoyed in the world's largest library?

Minerva again...
Here we are next to Jefferson, both the great statesman and the cunning politician, depending on who you ask. We thought we'd give him the honor of being in our family blog.

The Botanic Gardens

Ok, we've been back from DC. for almost two weeks now. So I'll try to expedite the last pictures. On the last day we headed to the National Botanic Gardens, right by the capitol. This trip simply serene. No lines, no noise, few people. As you can see, Sierra shares my sentiments.

Sierra wanted to show off a bit in the jungle...

Not sure what to think about fountains...