August 2015

Probably the biggest news for our family this month is the baptism of Ethan.

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The other big news is our new puppy.  His name is Rico and he is a long haired Chihuahua.  The kiddos love him.  He is 8 months old and is full grown.

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July 2015 Update

The Troxels are back from vacation!

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The trip was a bit trying at times.  Long flights and long drives were required.  We drove all day from Nenana to Anchorage and flew out late at night.  Upon arriving at LAX, we drove straight to Las Vegas.  Traffic in Vegas was a bit much for village folk like us.  Later we drove into bumper to bumper traffic returning to LA.  In LA, Disneyland was a must see.  After this, we flew to Portland and Village Missions graciously loaned us a van to drive to Cannon Beach for a VM conference.  After that, we returned to Portland for a day and a half and flew back to Anchorage.  We enjoyed some lunch with Rebecca’s folks and returned to Nenana.

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We spent two weeks in Las Vegas.  Las Vegas has spent time and money making the destination more family friendly.  We were able to rent rooms at a very low rate.  The city has a lot of things for a family like ours to go and do and see.  The hotel we stayed at had an indoor amusement park complete with rollercoaster.

We spent just shy of a week in LA.  The crowning event was Disneyland.  We stayed right across the street from the park.  Every night, we went out onto the balcony to watch fireworks.

Cannon Beach was a great time reconnecting with VM friends and making new ones.  The director gave us updates on the mission that were very encouraging.  A VM pastor preached several messages that were encouraging and convicting.  We learned the details of a great program to provide education and equipping of the saints to do ministry.  These materials are made available to all of us at no cost except any textbooks that are required.

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Portland meant a pilgrimage to Powell’s.  This huge bookstore is amazing and stocked with new and used books and covers a city block.

Home again.  We are still getting caught up on what has happened since we were away.  Among other things, the wildfire season is upon us.  Many fires are active very close to us.  That means a busy time for the fire department, smoky air, and concern over the loss of property that many of our neighbors have experienced and some still face.  Join us in praying for slow, gentle, rain in copious amounts and no lightning strikes.

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June Update?

Not so much I’m afraid.

We’re ramping up to a busy summer season. We’ll be on the road a lot, so please pray for safe travels. Nenana is also looking at a busy season for wild fires, so please pray for the safety of the firefighters and the folks who are caught in the path.

I will post a better update for July

Aerin and Ethan at the Spring Concert

 

May 2015

Family Update May 2015

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April has come and gone and so has most of the snow.  The ice on the rivers is starting to break up.  The Nenana tripod (which has eight legs) tipped over and traveled far enough to trip the wire, officially marking the ice going out.  With spring time coming, the temperatures are warming.  I have seen the first bird of spring, which for us is a mosquito.  The daylight is growing long, but I have yet to see an out of state RV.

Our family is already looking ahead to summer.  We’re not tired of spring, but looking forward to a vacation.  In late May, we will begin travel that will take us to see the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and hopefully see some family.  We have loose plans with some relatives to also travel toward the Southwest and reconnect and catch up.

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April 2015 Update

April 2015

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The weather continues to warm up in Nenana.  For the last week we have had daytime temperatures above freezing.  What little snow we have is melting quickly.  The roads are getting sloppy in the day and roughly frozen over at night.  In some places, pools are collecting to turn into treacherous ice slicks every evening.

Along with warmer weather, our days are growing.  We have almost 13 hours of daylight already.  That is up more than 8 hours a day just since Christmas.  I really enjoy going to and from work in the light.  These longer days will mean increased melting.  We already have our rubber boots out because things will be getting muddy very soon.

As the spring comes in, we are also looking forward to travel in June.  Rebecca has made a lot of reservations for our trip.  We will leave from Alaska at the end of May and travel to Nevada.  From there, we will go see the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.  Our hope is to visit Rebecca’s grandmother in celebration of her 100th birthday.  Unfortunately, her health is deteriorating.  That is a prayer request, dear friends and family, for grandma and also Rebecca’s parents as they care for her in these last days.

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March 2015

March 2015

February was an odd month. There are places on the river with moving water. The temperatures have been warmer here than in many places in the lower 48. Recently, we experienced freezing rain, yet again this winter. The glaciers of snow and ice on our roof top are starting to slide off.

The sun is also coming up earlier. We can even feel the warmth of it through the windows. We eagerly look forward to additional light and spring weather coming soon.

All was not warm and cozy though. One Sunday, we arrived at church to 40 degree temperatures inside the building. We were able to take steps to arrange the local repair company to come out, but the service was a bit chilly. We shortened the announcements and music, got done a bit early, and fled to the home of good friends to have a potluck.

We are down a vehicle for a little while. One cold snap in the midst of this warming was the final straw for the power steering of the Hyundai. After taking it in, the poor car is past due on some necessary maintenance and repairs for a vehicle with that many miles. Our local repair shop is top notch and the mechanic is a good man. He has quoted a very reasonable price and always does great work.

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