Small World

Yesterday Mr. C landed in LA and he got to call us.  Oh it was so good to hear his voice.  He was exhausted from his 11 hour flight but still bubbling over with news to share.

The experience seems to have been incredible for him and the 30 minutes Rich and I got to talk to him only touched the tip of the iceberg with the details.

I shared this on Facebook last night:

One story I will share is a day they were out evangelizing in the street. They just handed flowers out to people and asked if they could pray with them. One guy stopped and Caleb said he was a “New Zealand Hippie”. He talked of weird things and Caleb asked if he could pray for him. He said yes and Caleb did so out loud. What a life changing moment and a challenge to me to step out of my comfort zone and shine my light.

He also said the teams main job was to level the ground and set the foundation for the new chapel.  Originally it was to build the chapel, but the camp was not able to level the foundation before they arrived so they got that job instead.  In the month they were there they moved 630 TONS of dirt to make this happen!!  They also fixed a sidewalk and worked on some building project.  The building was were he hurt his wrist.  Seems he was tightening down a screw and the screw driver caught and twisted his wrist around.

Mr. C said the Australia Zoo was better than he could have ever dreamed and told of petting and feeding the kangaroos and even laying down next to one to look like he was sleeping for a photo.  Oh I can’t wait to see the photos!

BUT, last night while I slept, I got two emails within minutes of each other.  One was from the mother of a girl {Ms. K} on the team, the other was from a blogging friend Kim.  It seems Kim and the mother of Ms. K have a mutual friend who went to the airport to see Ms. K after they landed.  Kim happened to be talking to her last night and said she knew someone on that team!  Ms. K’s mom sent me this picture {and so did Kim}.  Isn’t that the coolest thing?  God is so good to provide me with this peek at my boy!  Ms. K is the one in the gray sweatshirt.  And the hat Mr. C is wearing he bought there {a pig leather Aussie hat}.

Seven Days

I can hardly believe that in seven days I will be seeing my boy again!  Fifty two days after we dropped him off in Florida he will be landing back home to tell us all about his trip… what an adventure.

Tonight they begin the trip back to the states landing in LA tomorrow around 4PM.  They have a long layover in LA so he will be able to call home before taking the final flight to Florida for the debrief days before heading home.

Yesterday an update was posted and there was a picture of the back of Mr. C.  So nice to see his curls!  He is in the red Buckeye shirt.

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The update said that they ran a children’s Sunday School program at a local church and that on Monday they were going to the Australian Zoo.  I can imagine he was excited to have Monday arrive.  I hope it was everything he has dreamed all these years.

I was also blessed to receive a letter from him yesterday and he also mailed my parents one!  In my letter he told me that he “twisted his wrist and they had to wrap it” which caused him not to be able to work for two days.  The next sentence was “Please don’t worry”.  How sweet…. another story I get to wait to hear about!

Link to the most recent update

Link to update from the 17th {Mr. C is in this picture too, just have to click on it to see him.  They are all in their “Teen Mission Uniform they wear when they are out}

 

 

Horse Back Lessons

Ms. A has been dreaming of taking Horse back lessons for some time.  So for her birthday we gave her that as her gift.  She was giddy with excitement, but with our busy June, we were only able to start two weeks ago.

I didn’t embarrass her by taking my camera the first week… but I can tell you that she COULD NOT keep the smile off her face.  It cracked me up how joyful she was!  She said that she tired so hard to keep from smiling but couldn’t help it.

Last week I brought the camera in with us.  It was a bit crazy as quite a few young ladies were there getting their horses ready for a show that night.  Two were in the arena with her as she road, but she handled her horse well.

She is riding a Paso Fino horse for now.  They have a smooth gait which makes an easier ride for beginners.  I like the horse because it is shorter so she is able to reach even the top of the horse when brushing it.

Her instructor started her right off with brushing the horse down with all those brushes and even picking the yuck out of it’s feet.  I have to stop here and tell you that horse slightly freak me out and I don’t know much about them at all.  New learning curve for me….

The second week she was able to control her smile better, but you could see that she was loving life.  I don’t know much about what she is doing, but she looks like she has been doing it a long time.  Her instructor said she looks relaxed on the horse and she really does.  Crazy!

Not sure how long we will take lessons, but for now she is enjoying the time.  Great instructor who is patient and laid back.  A great fit for us.