Monday, May 30, 2011
Our American Adventure
It was such a joy getting to go to Morgan & Margarets Wedding! Morgan is Loren's brother. We are so glad Margaret has joined the Holland family! What a treasure she is. Great choice Morgan! We are proud of you! We had a very fast visit to the USA for this celebration. It was wonderful getting to spend time with most of the Holland clan! What a joy they are. Loren's mom did an excellent job with the rehearsal dinner! We had plenty of food and it tasted delicious! She is such a wonderful host and all your needs are always taken care of before you even knew you needed something! I need to learn many hosting skills from her!! We had fun together shopping for the rehearsal dinner and planning. Every second together is cherished! We were able to fly in to TN when we first arrived. I wish I had pictures of the time I was able to spend with my roommates from college- but the camera I took those pictures on must have been stolen from our luggage because I can't find them! The time spent with Lydia & Ross at Cracker Barrel eating yummy breakfast was treasured. We also got to stay and have a big sleep over at Christa & Adam Robinson's house. Charley and Katelyn were able to hang out with us too and our conversations were so meaningful. I miss them so much! We were able to attend Fellowship Bible Church (one of our supporting churches and the church I went to throughout college days). It was a blessing seeing many of our supporters. They also threw a HUGE surprise baby shower for us! They even provided the suitcase for us to take the baby things back to Ecuador!! What a joy they are in our lives! We felt so loved, cared for, and just saw Christ's love oooozing out of them!! THANK YOU FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT TEAM! We had the honor of speaking at North Park Church for both of their services. They have blessed us tremendously and we are excited to be their missionaries abroad. THANK YOU NORTH PARK! We did a lot of shopping between hanging out with friends and family. And a lot of our shopping happened with friends and family so we don't miss one minute of time together! In this photo I am trying to find some maternity pants that fit my small height and expanding belly! Quite a challenge when I can usually shop in the little girls section- but now have a big belly with our baby boy! Our last day in America consisted of being on the phone with LAN airlines. They canceled our flight reservations without our knowledge and we had to contact them to get it fixed. NOT an easy task to accomplish. Lets just say finally a day later we were on our return trip back to Ecuador... and very exhausted!