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Thanksgiving, Two Weeks Early

Most people know that I (Lindsay) like to cook. In fact, I spend so much time in the kitchen, that Caleb’s favorite activity is “cooking” and he has claimed the seldom used, small pots and pans for his personal use in the living room. In spite of all of my experience in the kitchen, last Saturday had me a little concerned about roasting my first turkey.

Of course, I wouldn’t have been as nervous if the turkey was for a small group of friends and family. But we had sent an invitation to IFA (the international student ministry we work with), inviting the 200 people on the email list to a Thanksgiving-themed potluck at our house. Come Saturday morning, I was starting to sweat a little when I thought about roasting the 17.5 pound turkey sitting in the refrigerator. And the two loaves of bread spread out on the counter waiting to be made into dressing taunted me with the fact that I still hadn’t figured out how I was going to bake it at the same time as the turkey.

In one of my semi-panicked phone calls to my mom, she told me, “Maybe you should have bought a smaller turkey since this is the first time you are roasting one.” I was starting to agree, especially when I realized that we might not have many people show up.

Two hours before I expected it the little button on the turkey popped, so we kept the turkey in the still-warm oven, hoping it wouldn’t dry out. But one problem was fixed and I baked the dressing without a problem (and the turkey stayed hot enough without overcooking, too!) And at 6:00, our doorbell rang and for the next 20 minutes we had a stream of people filling our entryway. Caleb charmed students on the couch while Hans carved the turkey and I helped organize the kitchen. And the fear of two weeks of turkey leftovers disappeared.

About 30 people came to join us for dinner, and everyone had a great time talking and eating. I didn’t know most of those who came, and it was great to meet everyone and get to know them a little. I’m looking forward to having more potlucks in the future – especially if I don’t have to roast a turkey!

Thankgiving potluck 1

Thankgiving Potluck-2



New International Students!

Last week all of the new international students at MTU arrived in Houghton. To get to know them, we worked with a group of American and international students to offer a variety of activities. We met a lot of people throughout the week and are excited to get to know them better in the coming year.

Here’s a glimpse of the week:

blueberries group

Blueberry Picking! From what we’ve been told berry picking is not common in many other countries. Everyone enjoyed themselves so much that there is talk of another blueberry picking trip this week!

Lindsay and Caleb picking berries

Caleb is a big fan of any berry, but he particularly likes “blue awberries”, as he calls them. His favorite part of picking blueberries was having so many friends who gave him blueberries to eat!

Hungarian Falls

A smaller group was invited to go hiking at Hungarian Falls. It was a big hit with everyone who went and it gave time to chat with students to start getting to know them better.

After the waterfall hike, a small group joined Caleb and I at our house for a pizza dinner.

After the waterfall hike, a small group joined Caleb and I at our house for a pizza dinner.

Group at bonfire

One all-American activity is the bonfire, and it attracted a nice group of new students. Hans enjoyed chatting with a few guys from India, who have started getting to know our family since then.

Of course, no bonfire is complete without smores, and everyone enjoyed roasting marshmallows, too!

Of course, no bonfire is complete without s’mores, so we made sure to include that at the bonfire!

Welcome Picnic

Saturday held our big event – the International Welcome Picnic. About 250 students came and enjoyed food, sports, and new friendships with returning students and community volunteers. It was a great afternoon and we enjoyed spending more time with students we had met earlier in the week as well as the opportunity to meet more students!                photo courtesy of Eric Hackney


This week is orientation for incoming first year students, as well as for the new international students. Join with us in praying for opportunities to meet and get to know students (both American and international) better before classes start. Also, pray that students will find fellowship and choose to follow God in these critical first weeks at college.