Thursday, April 26, 2012

On the Road. . .

We've been enjoying racking up the miles and seeing different parts of America. Best of all for us is connecting with friends and family. Here are a few shots from along the way

Greer, Arizona

 Albuquerque, New Mexico
 Jason ran a 10K and our friend Ben jumped in the 5k last minute, they both placed first for their age category!
DQ rest stop, who knows where
 Colorado Springs with cousin Stephanie and Chris
Garden of the Gods

Emily (friend from HK) in Denver
 Story City, Iowa Josiah rode a GINORMOUS tractor and helped the farmer plant seed corn

 Then he rode on a little "tractor" with Papa. Really, does it get any more fun for an almost 4 year old boy?

I go to visit my cousin Nicole's music class. We love her beautiful bump and can't wait for baby to come out any day!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Snow 'n Sun in Sedona

Here are some more photos from our surprise spring snowstorm. Josiah said in his usual cheerful voice, "it's like stairs up to the car!!"

This is the canyon wall we were camped next to, beautiful but brrrr . . .
Sunday we returned to our campsite to find it buried in snow. The tent was only a couple feet off the ground, but we shoveled the snow off and it popped right back up. Check out our picnic table

Our good friends Billy and Katherine, who we met in Mozambique, live in Flagstaff so we got to hang out with them a lot. They are really incredible people and we value their friendship and the history we share.

By Monday we were in our shorts hiking and playing in the hot desert sun. It was crazy weather and some fun memories that will probably just get more funny with the passage of time.

We are now staying at a cabin in Greer, Arizona where Josiah has blossomed as a fisher man. Tomorrow we are staying with an old friend in New Mexico and from there onto Colorado. If you are along our route give us a shout (Jennifer, we might be able to make our route pass through Kansas City- I'll get back to you on that soon).

Saturday, April 14, 2012

And We're Off. . . . Sort Of

Back when we were in Mozambique God told Jason to go to Sedona, AZ. So, on Thursday we set off on our two month road trip around America, making our first stop (after one night in a Route 66 Motel in Needles) Sedona. Sedona is in the high desert and the weather the last few weeks has been in the 80s. We knew some weather was coming through but thought we might just get some wind and rain over night. I can't really begin to describe how crazy our last 24 hours has been, except to give you a play by play
4:00- set up camp, cook dinner, make a fire and get cozy in our tent.
9:00- 11:00- Josiah began scratching like crazy and breaking out in hives all over his body. We give him anti- itch ointment and then some oral steroids. Finally he drifted off.
11:00- 2:00 am- CRAZY winds and rain pummeled our tent. The wind would whistle and roar down the canyon then ram our tent like a freight train. We managed to stay dry and warm however.
2:30 am- I woke up (not that I ever really slept) and realized our tent had collapsed on top of us. I woke up Jason who managed to find the door, unzip the tent and announce we are surrounded by snow. The huge flake floating down may have seemed enchanting, were it not for the thought of freezing to death in the blizzard. I snapped this photo of Josiah's chair before we abandoned our camp
2:45- We throw what we could in the car and the kids (of course) and drove into the city of Sedona (we were camped 12 miles outside of town). Jason had never driven in snow before. It was dark, freezing so we went about 20 mph the whole way
3:30- We arrived to Sedona and tried to check into Super 8, but nobody woke up to answer the bell. We decided to sleep in the car until morning in a church parking lot. Looking for the church Jason ran a red light and got pulled over by Sedona Police Officer Peyote. He was stern, but took pity on us cause we looked so pathetic. At this point I cried out the Lord, "I don't want any more adventure or 'stories', I just want rest."
4:00- We found a dark road and pulled over to sleep with the seats reclined, kids in the laps and big sleeping bags over us. Surprisingly we all slept really deeply til 8:30. Whew, what a good feeling to make to daylight. We are not superstitious people, but did have to laugh at the events that unfolded on our Friday the 13th!
Today we recovered from our night over a cozy breakfast at the Coffee Pot Cafe (Annette loved her happy face pancake), followed by 3 hours in the wonderful Sedona library, then we drove to Flagstaff where we had booked a hotel for the night. The drive to Flagstaff was pretty white knuckle as we were in a blizzard the whole way. We saw two cars that had gone off the road.
Sedona really is beautiful as you can see from below and the storm should be passed tomorrow and temperatures up again. Most of all we are excited for God to reveal why he sent us here.

One last story. . . I should report that a really cool thing happened Thursday night when we were in Needles. Jason and I were praying together and God gave Jason a message for a man he had meet earlier that evening at the gas station. It was 10 at night, but I encouraged him to go back and share the word with the man and bless him with some money. Jason went back and the message spoke right to the man's heart. He shared with Jason all about his drug addiction and recent release from jail. It was a powerful encounter for the man being touched by God's love. It is our hearts' desires to be used more in these ways as we travel led by the Spirit.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Own Little World

I just saw this video tonight and it really resonated with my heart, plus I love Matthew West. One word that God spoke to me in Mozambique was that He wants us to go back to Hong Kong, not as "ex-pats" but as missionaries. It is as easy in Hong Kong as anywhere else to get caught up in our "own little world", so we are asking God what this looks like. What does that look like for you?

He Made It!!!

For those of you wondering, Jason made it to the wedding!!! I haven't heard much from him, other than the wedding was beautiful and Karina was gorgeous. Here is a photo my mother- in- law sent me from her iPad. Thanks for all of your prayers. God's grace covers everything. What a relief that we can release control and trust that He is in and over all things.