Who Are We

Wayne, Hilary & Adelaide Denny. Preparing to Serve in Leadership Training in Senegal, Africa. God has called us to take advantage of a unique window of religious freedom in Muslim Senegal by equipping church leaders who have a heart for reaching their country and the Muslim world.

We should be jealous. . . for the honour of His name – troubled when it remains unknown, hurt when it is ignored, indignant when it is blasphemed. And all the time anxious and determined that it shall be given the honour and glory which are due to it.” John Stott

Monday, June 22, 2009

News Flash!!

Addie parle le francais!!!  (Addie speaks French!)

Some things she has said to us...

Ça suffit  (that's enough)
Ne touche pas  (don't touch - I think she must get told these two phrases in the nursery :)
Un bisou (a kiss :)
Qu'est-ce que tu fais?  (what are you doing?)
Je ne sais pas (I don't know)
Allez, viens (come on, lets go)
A tout à l'heure (see you later!)
And every once in a while "Oui" will pop out of her mouth instead of "yes", even when we ask her a question in English.

And to see that she really does understand what she's saying, I said to her yesterday when she was trying to do something I told her not too  "J'ai dit non"  (I said no!) to which she replied with a big smile "J'ai dit oui!"  (I said yes!).  Now we need to keep working on the obeying part.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Fortunately, Mother's day is a few weeks later in France and so I had a little extra time to prepare another video for the greatest mom in the whole world!

We love you!!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

High heel shoes, baseball gloves and books...an update on us!

So here's an update on what is going on in all of our lives ...

Addie (first because she's the most interesting right now!)
 - she is now potty trained! (I'm sure some of you really don't care, so sorry, but it's exciting not to have to pay for diapers anymore!)
 - we enrolled her for school next fall. Yes, our daughter will be starting French preschool in September (aahhhhh!!!!).  I'll blog more about this later
- she can do a 12 piece puzzle all on her own.  Not only that, it's a puzzle that's made up of blocks, so it's really 6 puzzles in one.  We think she's a genius (although we're trying to teach her that she can't call herself a genius :)
-she loves wearing high healed shoes, even outside. I think that's the only pair of shoes she wore yesterday.
- she's speaking a little French.  The other day, she said "Ça souffit!" which means "That's enough!"  When I asked her where she learned that, she told me that Nadine (her teacher) says it.  Hmmmm..
- she's almost gotten rid of her black eye.  Not quite sure what happened, but she and her buddy Elias were playing and as she tells me "We crashed together and I cried."
- she is looking forward to Grandpa and Grandma Van Dine coming next week!  She can't wait to get her new pink baseball glove!

-is still greatly improving in French (at least I think he is!)
-he's started to read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in French.
- he actually likes to watch movies in French now, it's kind of relaxing for him (as long as he's seen it before)
-he's wrapped around Addie's little finger.  All she has to say is "Please Daddy!" and he'll do just about anything!
-he does just about anything for his wife too, which gives him the Best Daddy and Best Husband awards!
-he is looking forward to Grandma and Grandpa Van Dine coming too.  He can't wait to get his new books that he ordered from Amazon!

- is making progress too.  
-  I'm reading Pride and Prejudice in French.  I got it from the library, but even when I read it everyday, it's still so slow going that I'm only about a third of the way through.  I had it for a month but had to actually go buy a copy because I think it's going to take me all summer to read.
-I'm actually learning to cook.  We haven't had pizza for dinner in about a month!
-I'm trying to get into running, but getting up at 6:30 am has been really hard!
-I'm really looking forward to mom and dad coming!!

Addie thought it would be fun to take a pretend nap with Wayne and read in bed!  I think they're both pretty adorable!