As a way of catching up, then, I thought I would just do one huge post about all the places we've been. I should probably mention that we haven't been the greatest about taking pictures during our travels. We take pictures of the "fun" things we do, but we forget to take pictures of people and other activities. I plan to intersperse pictures with commentary here, lest you get the wrong idea about us and think that we've just been gallivanting around the country and playing the whole time. Actually, all of our traveling has been "work-related" -- we just try to do fun things with the kids every once in awhile, otherwise they would drive both of us completely bonkers!
|Kids asleep in the car|
|And there's the other one!|
|Dinosaur World -- Cave City, KY|
|Sunday lunch at the Eat 'n Park in Somerset, PA|
Mini-golf at the Mall of America -- Bloomington, MN
We left Hudson and drove to Fargo, North Dakota, where we stayed the night with some friends of the Hawleys, who graciously opened their home to complete strangers! What a gift it is to be a part of God's family and to have brothers and sisters literally everywhere in the world! Then, it was on to Manson, Manitoba to visit Rusty's Uncle Ken and Aunt Rae and the church there that has started supporting us. We spent almost a week with them, and it was lovely to just be in one place for a few days! Aunt Rae spoiled us with all sorts of yummy treats like her homemade Cinnamon Buns; Uncle Ken loaded us up with a few things for our future home, including Rusty's grandma's old oak dining table; the boys got to play in the snow; we saw Kemmy and Christina, two of Rusty's canuck cousins; and Rusty did a presentation and also preached at the church on Sunday.
|With Uncle Ken and Aunt Rae -- Manson, Manitoba|
|Snow angels -- Manson, Manitoba|
|Bumper cars -- Wisconsin Dells, WI|
|Mt. Olympus Indoor Water Park -- Wisconsin Dells, WI|
|Stephen getting his teeth cleaned -- Nashville, TN|
|With Uncle Dennis -- Clarksville, TN|
|Mackenzie and Alex -- Memphis, TN|
|Alex with Evertt Huffard, who shares his birthday -- Memphis, TN|
|At the fire station -- Germantown, TN|
|Lunch at Pops with Robbie and Cat -- Edmond, OK|
|All the kids at the "Japan Peeps" get-together at the Lj's - Edmond, OK|
Walking the streets of downtown Chicago -- Chicago, IL
So, the fact that we have visas now means that The Great Road-Trip is coming to an end at last. We are aiming to be in Ecuador by mid-April. Rusty is in Nashville this week getting all of our stuff ready for shipment. I stayed in Michigan with the kids and am working on a hundred other little details, like plane tickets. It's hard to believe after all this time that we are just a few short weeks away from actually leaving!
There are lots more pictures of all our travels on Facebook. Click here to view the entire album.