Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Back to the Drawing Board

I am so ashamed and embarrassed to look at my blog, with my last post being back in March! What happened to me? Was it writer's block? Or perhaps a lack of anything interesting to report. I think I was a bit discouraged here in the work, and needed a shot in the arm. That is when I decided that I needed a bit of refreshment, and booked a trip to the USA to see my family and friends back home.

This time I would be the only one going. I knew the girls and Doug would be fine without me, and they managed quite well. Leanna was counting the days though until my return. It is nice to know that you are missed.

My trip to the US was timely, as I got to see all four of our married children and all 12 grandkids. I got two meet two of them for the first time. Would you believe that Doug has five grandkids that he has never met in person? Hopefully we will be able to take a furlough in the year 2016 when Rebekah graduates from high school and we help get her settled in Bible college, if that is what the Lord directs us to do.

Some of the highlights of my trip was going to Ohio to see my parents. They are both in good health and I thoroughly enjoyed their company--just doing simple things together, such as shopping trips (my mom is a fun person to shop with and we always have a good laugh at our antics), helping her hang curtains, going out for breakfast with my dad, and reminiscing about old times. I will always treasure these memories.

I was blessed to see two of Nathan's children get baptized at our home church, Old Paths Bible Baptist--and also attend a few church meetings with them as they are on furlough from Mozambique until January 2015.

 I also got to take a trip to Mackinac Island in Michigan with my daughter Hannah and her two girls. I have always wanted to visit the island and it was so beautiful (although a bit cold) with all its flower gardens and picturesque houses. It was like going back in time as we took a horse drawn carriage to tour the island. I always wanted to see the Grand Hotel, and it was just as magnificent as I imagined.

Well, I could go on and on, such as getting to see all of my sisters and brother Ture, and having coffee with friends in Rochester, NY. Needless to say I came home refreshed, with a sense of renewed purpose to continue our work here in the Canary Islands. I am thankful for how the Lord provided me this opportunity at a time when I really needed it most.

 Amy's four children playing at their cabin in the Adirondacks.

 Bethany with her daddy in the background in Airville, PA.
Little Nathan who I got to meet for the first time.
 My mom's garden in Ohio.

 My daughter Amy and her youngest, Julia.
 My sister Laura, who serves with her husband Phil Salerni as missionaries to the Jews with Hope of Israel.

 Hannah, my second daughter, at Mackinac Island in Michigan. The Grand Hotel below.
 Vanessa, Hannah's daughter, all bundled up for the ferry ride to the island.

 Meeting my newest grandbaby, Erika.

Me and my dad.