We are back home!! After almost a month of traveling like gypsies, :) we have returned and have finally gotten a handle on bags and bags (and bags and bags) of "stuff" to unpack, mountains of laundry, hundreds of emails, stacks of dishes, etc! But it was all worth it!! The Lord gave us a terrific time, and so many unexpected blessings during the month! We'd like to share just a few of these with you now!
Our first stop was Illinois to stay with my dad's sister, Diane, and her new husband, Don! (on the very left in the picture above) While there, we got to spend an evening with my dad's other sister, Julie and her husband Randy (in the middle of the picture) and their children Meagan and Nick and Nick's fiance (not pictured). And of course we had to make a stop at Whitey's ice cream with everyone! On the Sunday that we spent in Illinois, we visited one of our sending churches, and saw many of our special ministry partners and friends! Though we don't have pictures of any of them, we were so blessed by our time with each one!!
Next stop was Union Pier Michigan (the very southern tip, and I do believe one of the most beautiful places on earth!!) We rented a little cottage right on the beach and stayed up there as a family for the first few days, then Aunt Diane and Uncle Don came up from Illinois to join us for the rest of the time! It was wonderful to be able to take a little break from our busy schedule and rest by the beach!
Walks along the beach,
Bike riding along the darling little streets of Union Pier,
Reading aloud as a family,
A campfire and s'mores,
And of course swimming!
There were huge waves on a couple of days!
Here I am trying to tame "Finley"- my out of control blow - up dolphin! Impossible! lol
One morning we took a bike ride to "The Whistle Stop:" a little breakfast place,
And another morning, we had special visitors walk by our site on the beach!! :)
Out to eat as a group after a long day in the sun!
Sweet Mom and Dad!
Beach twins! :)
Stay tuned for part 2 of our summer travels: to the Rocky Mountains and beyond!! :)