Saturday, June 30, 2007


It has been decided. We will be going to the Philippines for our outreach. I don't know too many details yet, so You will need to check back in from time to time as the story unfolds.

On Fridays, the COD kids join the CDTS class for worship. At that time, the director of our class told us that the we would be going to the Philippines. I thought it was great that the kids were able to hear it from him at the same time we did. I really want the girls to feel that they are a part of this whole adventure, not just compulsory spectators.

Tonight, before dinner, I was looking for Annalise. When I found her she was on the trampoline eating an ice cream treat she had just bought from the Internet Cafe. So much for eating a good dinner. But hey, at least it shows she has talent. How many 4 year olds do you know who could eat ice cream while bouncing on a trampoline and not end up wearing most of it? Now you know at least one.

Alayna and some of her friends became a cheerleading squad for the volleyball game we had after dinner tonight. They were so adorable - even if they did only have one cheer that they repeated over and over and over and over............ At least they did it for each member of the team - over and over and over.......


Friday, June 29, 2007

Happy Birthday, Lisa!

First and foremost! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LISA! Before breakfast, we had a little celebration. But during our class, she had a cake complete with candles. (If you counted the candles though, today she celebrated sweet 16.) At lunch the whole base sang Happy Birthday again. Happy birthday, Sweetheart!

After breakfast on Thursdays, the base takes time for intercessory prayer. Today our prayer emphasis was for the F.A.N. ministry (Friends of All Nations). They work with international students at the local universities. They help the students as they learn the language and culture. They help them obtain needed services. They provide fellowship and cultural activities. And of course, through it all, they share Christ. After interceding for a number of specific needs of the ministry, we prayed for the directors. It was a very powerful time of prayer. It was awesome knowing that God understood and cared about each prayer as people spoke out in English, Korean, and Madagscar-ean (Sorry, I suppose I need to find out what language the student from Madagascar prayed in.)

Adriana’s COD class joined us. She too, was moved by today’s prayers. How grateful we are to have the burden of discipleship of our girls shared by so many people: family and friends at home as well as new friends from around the country and around the world.

After that, it was on to class. We continued the topic of spiritual warfare with Dean Sherman. It has been a great class.

After lunch we had our small group time. The men decided that we would like to use some of our times together to do some work for a widow down the road. One of our group happened to meet her while on a walk. So today, we went over and chopped wood.

I helped with the ropes course again before dinner. It has been very enjoyable helping encourage people to work through their fears. Today the teen son of another CDTS family helped me out. It was fun working with Josh. I presume he had fun too, since the group that was here today is a cheerleading team.

After dinner Adriana and Alexie have been helping with kitchen clean-up. It isn’t exactly their idea of fun, but I think it is good for them to have some responsibilities. They have been doing a good job. It is nice to be able to see my family throughout the day and work alongside them as well.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

No-Snow Sledding

Who says you need snow to go sledding? Alexie, Annalise, Becca, and Karis enjoyed sledding today without needing to bundle up at all. There is a steep hill behind the dining hall that they were able to enjoy sledding down.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Better than I Deserve

Our class spent more time this morning seeking God's direction for where our outreach should focus. We look forward to God confirming the location and work we are to do. There are many things I would like to share about what He has revealed, but it seems best to wait to share that. Please hold us and our leaders up in prayer as we wait upon the Lord for this. We expect to make a decision before next week.

Annalise fell fast asleep during our evening service tonight. She continued to sleep as I carried her back to our dorm. What a wonderful blessing to be able to carry her in my arms. One day, I won't have the opportunity to carry her as she sleeps. I am blessed to be surrounded by my girls.

A beautiful and wonderful wife, awesome girls who still think I am something special, and a God who cares about all of the above; I am, indeed, better than I deserve.

It's not a recent photo, but it is does represent all that is important to me.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Spiritual Warfare

This week our topic is spiritual warfare. This is a topic about which I was somewhat apprehensive. The YWAM approach of knowledge being directly applied had me a little worried about what we may have been asked to do. Imagine the most outlandish things you have heard about "spiritual warfare" and that is where my mind was. (This had nothing to do with YWAM, just a personal association I have with that phrase.)

I am pleased to report that we didn't have a field trip to cast the demons out of the neighbors emu or llama. It was a very good discussion by Dean Sherman. In the few hours we had with him this morning, I jotted down several ideas I would like to share with you. I am not going to try to give you the lecture notes, just a collection of ideas.
  • Jesus talked about the kingdom of Heaven being like a treasure hidden in a field. Our job is not to sell fields, but to make people aware of the treasure that can be found. This is best done by living a joyfilled, loving, serving, compassionate, humble life. Then they will sell all they have to buy the field.
  • When He sent Jesus, God was not interested in starting a religion, He wanted to love the world.
  • If your belief system does not include the supernatural, you will tend to become too active towards humans. People are never the enemy (see Ephesians 6).
I look forward to the rest of the week with Dean as we continue to discuss this topic.

Tonight Adriana's Bible study met again. They studied chapter 1 of Ruth. They drew pictures of life before and after God transformed their life. She is very excited about how it went.

Grace to you,

Monday, June 25, 2007

Quick Tour

I don't really have much to say about the day. We went to the Salem Vineyard church again today. It rained in the morning but cleared in the afternoon. I took a nap. Lisa and I took a walk. That about covers it.

Then when I should have been finishing up my homework, I made this movie. I hope you enjoy it.


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Brazilian BBQ

YeeHaaw for Saturdays! While class has been very enjoyable, it was good to have a day off. The girls enjoyed free time around the campus. Lisa enjoyed getting to know some of our new friends better. I enjoyed helping a family (cousins, grandparents, the whole works) on the ropes course. We even hoisted a woman at 6 months pregnant with twins up on the flying squirrel! It was a lot of fun.

My timing was perfect. While it was in no way planned (of course I would have planned it if I had known), the ropes course staff was having a Brazilian BBQ for dinner. We were blessed to be invited.

Sal and Loly hosted it at their house (right on the base). Sal grilled up some awesome beef, pork, and chicken. They are from Brazil but have recently returned from Moscow, where they have been for the past 10 years or so. Sal is working with the course so he can learn the ropes to start that ministry back in Brazil. (I know, that was a bad joke. But you've already read it now so there's no taking it back.) Loly is currently working with Annalise's class in COD. They have 3 wonderful daughters that have become close friends of Alexie, Alayna, and Annalise.

A Brazilian BBQ is a very social event. They don't follow the American plan of cooking the meat, everybody getting as much as they want, and calling it an evening. Instead, they cook up more meat than you could expect the group to eat. Then the host cuts a small piece of meat off for you right from the grill. In this way, you are never satisfied and keep coming back. I know that when I was full, I had eaten more than I should have and that there was still plenty left. Sal has told me how hospitality and social gatherings are of great importance in Brazil.

I also found out that today is the Midsummer Holiday, or Jani, in Latvia. So be sure to wish any Latvian friends well today.

Another thing to ponder from Annalise's prayer tonight: God is real. He is not pretend.


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Korean Gospel

Today the Children of Destiny had an outing. They went out for pizza and putt-putt golf. It sounded like they had a great time.

After dinner and dishes, we had a volleyball game. It was a mix of competetive spirits, adults who had never played, and a swarm of kids. It became even more fun when we got ahold of a beachball sized ball to play with. Everyone had a great time. I didn't get any pictures or video - who do you think one of the competetive spirits was?

While the kids were showering though, I did slip over to the English as a Second Language classroom and take this video of some friends. Enjoy...


Friday, June 22, 2007

Ropes Course

Today I volunteered to help with the ropes course. A Japanese church group was on the base using the course. After I completed my school commitments I joined the group to help the ropes course staff with whatever I could. It was fun seeing people overcome their fears and the exhilaration on their faces when they complete one of the elements. One little boy (5 years old) was terrified and literally had to be carried up the tree by his dad so he could complete the challenge. We connected their harnesses together and Dad would carry him up then swing, zip, or whatever down. The boy would scream in terror then be excited that he had done it.

The ropes course is an extraordinary evangelism tool. It is used not only for the YWAM classes, but also churches, schools, National Guard units, police (including the SWAT team that was here last week), corporations, etc. Many people have heard the gospel because of the testimony of the YWAM staff here.

One other really cool thing about the ropes course here that wouldn't be the same at home; there are hardly any mosquitoes. I mean, here we were, standing in a dense forest on a warm day for about 2 hours and I swatted at less than a dozen of the little bloodsuckers. How cool is that?!

Today we had small groups again. The men took a break from being serious and spiritual. For our small group time, we played volleyball. It was fun. One of the men had never played before. The rest of us just looked like we hadn't.

Probably the most interesting thing (I saved the best for last) is what Adriana has begun. She has begun a Bible study/book club with several of the Korean ladies. Several were excited about coming. They met for the first time tonight. They read Psalm 1 together tonight. I understand they will begin a study of Ruth next time. For the book club portion, they read the highly contemplative works of Calvin and Hobbes. The Koreans understood Psalms, but Calvin and Hobbes required much explanation. Lisa said the ladies were looking forward to the next meeting. What a unique and wonderful girl Adriana is!

While Adriana was leading the BS/BC, Lisa attended an aerobics course led by one of the staff ladies from Latvia. Lisa said Christina did a great job leading the workout and expects to be sore in the morning.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Community life has been a new adventure for us. We have found that it is easy to lose track of our kids at times. But the good news is that there are lots of parental eyes all around campus. Several times I have felt like a terrible parent when one of the girls hasn't been seen for a couple hours. But hey, Mary and Joseph lost Jesus, of all people, for over a day. I now have a better understanding of how such a thing could happen. Kind of an odd way to learn more about a Bible story, but then again, maybe not.

I have a new video. (Lisa was teasing me about how much I am enjoying videos now. This one is complete with transistions. We have years of video at home we never watch. At least now we get to enjoy some of it.) This is one of our friends Nat playing with the kids. He is in the CDTS with us. It is great to see people connecting with our kids. Nat is a rancher from Texas who recently retired from his position as an airline pilot. He is a trained professional. Don't try this at home.

Nat's daughter is currently in the outreach phase of her DTS. His wife, Shirley, created a new proverb, "Train up a child in the way he should go; then follow them." I know we have been learning a lot from our daughters this past week. And Jesus did say that we must enter the kingdom as a little child. Yes, Shirley, there is much wisdom in that proverb.

Today we started school up again, as you may have seen from the 3 previous entries. It isn't like we have a full school schedule. We feel that the girls are doing much learning just with COD and life among the various nationalities. But they will be doing some grammar, writing, and math while we are here.

From Adriana - Nana News

My top ten list:
  1. My friends
  2. Nature
  3. Being with my family
  4. The C.O.D. crafts
  5. Being outside all day
  6. The food
  7. Learning about God
  8. Learning Korean
  9. Meeting people from different countries
  10. A loosely structured life
Funny News
Our C.O.D. class has had 2 crazy Wednesdays. Crazy hair day was first. I put a bandana and 3 pencils in my hair. Today was inside out day. We wore our clothes inside out!

School News
We started school back up today. I have to do math and grammar every day now. I also have to do a writing assignment every Wednesday.

Prayer News
Thank God! I had the stomach flu but now I am better! Unfortunately, one of the C.O.D. teachers has strep throat. Pray he will get better and we won't get sick!


From Alexie - Every Day

Every day, we have class at 8:30 a.m. We start with a time of worship. Then the Elephants (Annalise and Alayna's group) has their teaching time; then my group (the cool white huskies);
then Adriana's group, the Pirate Monkeys. Then we snack time and game time. Then we have lunch. Then at 1:15 we have an oral presentation on a country.

My top 10 list:
game time
crazy days
learning about God
the park
the time with my family
climbing wall
the Koreans
learning about Sudan


From Alayna

I had a fun time with my friends Yana, Yena, Abby, Anna, Karis, Beka, Bryce, Paige, Ashliee, Kilee, and, most of all, GOD.

We have school (Children of Destiny or COD). In school we play. There is a box house and dishes, two sinks, a fridge, oven, and freezer. We have been learning about God speaking to us.

There are lots of hills for riding bikes. There is a playground, merry-go-round, and volleyball court so we love to play in the sand.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Community & Snowball Fight

Please pray for Adriana. She woke up during the night last night with
some sort of stomach illness. She spent the day sleeping. (Sleep is a
rare thing for Adriana when she is healthy.) We did get her up after
our class was over so she could sleep tonight. She is sleeping again.
We couldn't get her to eat much during the day. (Eating is a big thing
for Adriana.) Please keep her in your prayers.

Speaking of
prayers, the young man who is heading for Tibet has gathered all of his
needed finances. Now he is waiting for the approval of his visa and he
will be on his way. It is such a cool thing to be surrounded by so many
people who are following God's calling to different places and have
paused here on their journey.

Beginning today, we have small
group time. Our class was divided into 3 small groups to discuss what
the teaching has been and what God is doing in our lives. We will
continue to meet twice a week for the rest of our time in Salem. I look
forward to getting to know the men of our group better.

new connection was when Lisa and I had the opportunity to encourage one
of our Korean sisters. I won't share the details, but we had a great
time of prayer with her. Neither Lisa nor I understood the words of her
prayer since we encouraged her to pray in Korean. But our spirits
connected, nonetheless. It is fantastic to be a part of such a
community of believers and come alongside someone who needed

On a completely different topic, here is the
snowball fight video Adriana has been eager to have on the blog. It is
the snowball fight we had on June 7 in Yellowstone National Forest.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hearing God's Voice

This week Donna Jordan is teaching on hearing God's voice. I'm sure that she is an excellent teacher based on this first day but God has other more powerful ways He often speaks to me. As we heard in class today, unless we come as children we won't understand the kingdom of God. How blessed am I that God has given me four precious daughters to show me the way. Tonight Annalise knelt beside her bed, folded her hands and prayed. "God, I need to have some quiet time with You. I talk to You but don't know what You are saying. Can You shout so I can hear what You are telling me?"

What can I say except, Amen, so be it! I have been challenged this last week. Sure I pray but do I really take time to listen? Maybe I could hear God if I let Him get a word in.

Also, tonight...

Alexie was climbing the climbing wall and Dirk, staff assisting Alexie, commented on how trusting she was. I think I have clearly communicated my fear of heights yet my 10-year-old is struggling to reach higher and higher and if she loses her grip she knows Dirk is holding the rope so she keeps stretching and trying until she makes it all the way. That's how I want to be. I want to have the faith that I can keep climbing. I don't have to waste time worrying because I know I can trust God to hold the rope.

The question today was "Do you believe you will go to heaven?"

When all in class answered confidently, "Yes." Donna continued,

"If you believe you will go to heaven why can't you trust Him for tomorrow?"

Good question...certainly I can.


Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day

This first picture is actually from Friday, but it is what Father's Day is all about isn't it - kids and ice cream? Well, at least the ice cream - er, I mean, kids.

I couldn't resist taking and sharing this picture with you. Annalise was beside her bed praying when I walked in on her Friday night. Maybe she was thanking God for the ice cream she had eaten in the picture above.

This morning we went to the Salem Vineyard church again. It isn't yet what Cornerstone has been for us, but everybody except Adriana seems to like it there. I think I can add that to the answered prayers list. But I think I will add Adriana's adjustment to our new lifestyle to the prayer list. She is having a difficult time adjusting sometimes. She loves the freedom. She loves getting to know our new Korean friends. But I think she misses the known and predictable.

Tonight after dinner, our friend Kevin brought out his computer and projector and we gathered the kids (and plenty of adults, too) to watch a couple movies. It was a fun time. We moved the couches around in the lounge and put a mattress on the floor for the kids. Everybody had a great time.

A funny thing happened during the movie. One of the little boys got up, stepped out of the room, and pee'd on the sidewalk just outside of the building. I am not sure if it has to do with his culture or just that he is a boy. Whichever it is, I hope he will soon learn to at least use the flower beds instead of the walkway.

Believe it or not, I am done with my homework assignment before Lisa! Of course, I doubt I would get a better grade. I guess that's the burden I have to bear for marrying someone who is not only gorgeous, but intelligent also. I am soooooo blessed!This picture is of our friends Norma and Natalie with Lisa. They are all working on decorating their journals.

Sunday, June 17, 2007


Since I have now learned to put video on our blog, I thought you may find this interesting as well. Along they way to Oregon, Adriana, Alexie, and Alayna interviewed people about (most of) the towns we stopped. This one is a little bigger, so it will take a while to upload.

This morning, after much stress and strife, we went into town. In the literature sent to us about Salem, we understood that temperatures would be in the 80's and 90's. Our experience has been mornings in the 50's and highs in the 60's and low 70's. Well, the shorts and T-shirts we packed have been a little cool. We found a consignment shop and were able to get some spring/fall clothes and jackets for the kids. Great deals for what we got. We also got Adriana some new shoes. The ones we brought from home were too small for her already.

This afternoon, Lisa and I worked on our homework. I think it will take a little longer than either of us had expected. After dinner, I have spent a while working on the above video. (Adriana is eager for me to get the snowball fight put on the blog as well.)


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Flying Squirrel

Enjoy the video of Tom & Lisa, the flying squirrels.

We started the morning out with the CDTS families in worship. It was the first time just our class and families spent time together in worship. It was a nice time.

This morning, our speakers gave us more insight on YWAM and, specifically, some of the history of the Salem base.

After lunch we did some more team building. Once again, Lisa conquered her fear of heights. (Hopefully the video is working when you read this.)

One week behind us. Now we need to get our homework done before Monday morning. We have some reading we need to do as well as a written assignment.


Flying Squirrel - Low Resolution

If the video above is just too sloooooowww, try this one. The resolution isn't so great, but it will be much quicker.

Friday, June 15, 2007


This morning after breakfast all of the adults on the base gathered for a time of intercession for Tibet. It was an incredible time of prayer. The room had displays set up in different areas, highlighting different aspects of Tibetan culture. At each display were relevant artifacts and cards with prayer suggestions. After a long time of prayer, a young man who intends to go to Tibet on Tuesday was brought into the middle of the group for prayer. Please pray that he will be able to raise the remaining $2900 for his travel expenses; his monthly support has been raised.

Today the training director, Troy Sherman, spoke to our class about how God chooses to use ordinary people to accomplish His work. It was a good discussion. The speaker was very talented and kept everyone engaged.

After lunch we did some team building exercises; note the excellent engineering and the rubber chickens. We went through a couple of different exercises and enjoyed the fun. Tomorrow we are going into the woods for some work on the ropes course. Woohoo!!! I am hoping for a ride down the zip line again.

In the afternoon, I helped some boys with their homemade archery. Hopefully nobody will lose an eye because of it. It has been fun fixing bicycles, fletching arrows, and putting rests on bows for the kids. Unfortunately, they came around while I was sitting near some adults who were trying to read and journal. The adults quietly wandered off as my warriors worked on their armament. For twigs and fishing line, they shoot fairly well.

In the evening there was a Love Feast, an international dinner welcoming all of us. It was held in a tent outside. It was very interesting sampling food from all the different countries. Some dishes were very spicy. Many people dressed in traditional garb including Adriana, Alexie, and Alayna.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Today, I took some time and went for a bicycle ride into town. I put in about 9 miles. Not much unless you are really out of shape and riding some good hills; both true statements. Even though my thighs were complaining, it was nice to have some time on my own.

After dinner and kitchen clean-up duty, I had another bicycle related adventure. Two college-age sisters in the English class (Lynn, in yellow, and Belle) did not know how to ride a bike. After some lessons on the grass and eventually the parking lot, they were both able to ride. They were so excited and I was so happy for them. It was also fun to see the camaraderie that has already developed on the base. People were congratulating the girls from their windows or as they walked through the parking lot.

I keep trying to learn a few things in Korean, but all I do is end up amazed at people who have the drive to learn a new language and culture. I suppose it will happen somewhere in my future, but I certainly don't have a natural ability to learn languages. It's work! Adriana has spent a lot of time talking with the students. Perhaps she will be able to teach me someday. Of course, if you stand next to Annalise when she is playing with some of the Korean kids, she talks with a confidence that would make you believe she already knows the language.

During a break earlier in the day we had gathered a bunch of the kids that are on the base and went letterboxing. I found that there is a letterbox that is supposed to be hidden near the entrance of the base. Unfortunately we weren't able to find it. (We haven't done well recently.) But I think everyone enjoyed the adventure of it anyway.


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Class Begins

Yesterday the focus of class was orientation. We each shared our journey that brought us to Crossroads Discipleship Training School. It was great learning everyone's story.

Today our lectures began with Ellene Boden speaking on intercession. Here are a few excerpts: God will never leave you where His grace can not keep you.
Stop praying in desparation and start praying in faith.

In the afternoon, we spent time getting to know each other better- both during and after class. We enjoyed the warmer weather and sitting in the sun talking with other students and staff.

We had chapel service tonight. It was adorable when four of the little children were so worn out from the day that they were sound asleep in their parents arms. I don't get to hold Annalise in my arms while she sleeps much anymore. It was a joy. Alayna fell asleep too, but she was in another row. Lisa enjoyed cuddling her.

The message was about giving ourselves entirely to Jesus. The base director challenged us to think about what we are willing to give up to fully serve Him. It was an engaging message.

Adriana has found the library. So I had to go find her after the dinner bell had rung. It didn't take too many guesses as to her whereabouts.

The 3 year old son of some staff was another story. Nobody had seen him for a long time and though many searched for him, he couldn't be found. When I went to get Annalise for dinner, I went to the room of her new friend Anna, whose mom is in class with Lisa and me. Annalise and Anna were dancing away in Anna's room to some music. Guess who was there with them. I brought the little guy down, much to the relief of his mom.

Community life is different in many ways than having your own house in a subdivision.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

First Day of Class

After breakfast, everyone on base came together for an hour of worship. It was such a joy to look around and realize we were worshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ from so many countries. There are people from Brazil, Canada, Latvia, Switzerland, Korea, Finland, Texas-sorry about that, they only think their a different country! Then we divided into the different schools. The girls had a good day with Children of Destiny. They end their class each day with Acts of Service. Annalise and Alayna's class cleaned up in and around the classroom and emptied all the office trashcans. Alexie and Adriana's class weeded around the campus. The girls are away from us most of the time. When they are not in class with their friends they are playing with their friends all around the base.
More later...

Monday, June 11, 2007

Settling In

We are learning many things already and classes have not even officially began. First, Thomas broke the law. Just in Oregon a day and a half and he pumped his own gas. It is against the law in Oregon to pump your own gas! But some things are the same. There is a Walmart just minutes away and yes we have already spent some time and money there.

Thankfully, unlike the all day rain yesterday, today there were only a few scattered showers. The girls being able to spend most of the day outside helped preserve the little sanity I have left.
We went to a Vineyard church this morning along with some others from the base. It is much like our beloved Cornerstone. Annalise did miss worshipping in the front row with her pal Noah and this church didn't have cookies after service or Mrs. Emmerth to spoil her. The Maxwells really know how to make a first of the girls accidently set off the fire alarm!

This afternoon we had a meeting about the Children of Destiny program the girls will be attending. We are really excited about what our girls will be doing. They will be going to school with children from Brazil, Canada, Korea, and Latvia. As most of the Korean children do not speak English there is a translator. Before long, all the girls will be speaking some Korean. Annalise is already imitating what she hears her Korean friends say. The girls will be learning the same principles as Thomas and I. They will also be ministering in the local park and a nursing home as well as daily service around the base.

Tonight we all met for some mandatory fun. We did several fun activities to get to know each other. During one, all the Korean students were told they could only speak English. The rest of us could only speak Korean. For those who have joined us for Cross Cultural Orientation, you know the type of activities we did. But as they were all new, we have plenty of fun to share with you when given the opportunity. The night ended with a challenge to go to the extreme. This meant a trip down the zip line! Climb a tree to a platform 30 feet above ground and then zip 800 feet down the hill hanging from a cable. For those who may not know, I am extremely frightened of heights. Yet, I am determined to allow God to stretch me and teach me whatever He desires so up I climbed. Actually I really did well climbing up. I have learned from previous experiences the importance of not looking down. I even did great jumping off the platform. I did not enjoy the incredibly fast ride across campus however! But I did it and cameras were ready to capture my bravery. But you'll have to take my word for it as the person working my camera didn't operate the camera properly. I'll have to do it again, but not too soon! Thomas followed me, but it was not a challenge for him.


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Day 7

We made it!! We arrived about 1:00 pm, local time. We made good time today. The last part of the trip was in the rain. I am sure the rear shocks of the van are sighing in relief.

This is the entrance drive to the base.

There was a nice collection of items waiting in our room for us.

Thank you for all of your prayers. The trip was a much better experience than I had hoped for. The girls were generally well behaved and travelled well. We didn't have any real problems at all. We were blessed to see the variety of God's creation. That was probably my favorite part of the journey. We are all looking forward to establishing a new normal instead of living in the van.

Please pray for all of us to make the adjustments to life at the base. We look forward to meeting the staff and students on the base. Alayna and Annalise have already found a few children to befriend. Once they learn Korean, they will even be able to talk to them!


Saturday, June 9, 2007

Day 6

An awesome gultch and bridge in Idaho!

Not much other than driving today, but we made it into Oregon. We are currently in Pendleton. A little farther down the road than we had anticipated, a first.

We are still on the Oregon Trail, but we anticipate being in Salem around lunch tomorrow.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Day 5

We got a late start today. Across the street from our motel was a outdoor supply store from whom we receive catalogs, Sierra Trading Post. We decided to stop in before we departed Cody. It turned into a much longer stop than planned. Talking to a store clerk about our plans to drive through Yellowstone, he warned that there had been a snow advisory and that some of the roads may have been shut down. As it turned out, the roads were fine. However, our warm clothes had been packed at the bottom of the heap. After some digging we came up with suitable clothes for moderately cold weather. This was not an easy task.

No DVDs played today. Only the wonder of Yellowstone. It was beautiful. We were able to see a bear and her two cubs. (We are sure they were Nana, Nicome, and Chinook from Santa and the Three Bears.) The cubs wrestled and played with each other. It was fun to watch. We also saw a few moose, a coyote, several elk, and lots of Bison. We were able to have our snowball fight. The pictures didn't turn out so well, but you get the idea.

We made it to Idaho Falls, Idaho.


Day 5

Day 5

We had our snowball fight. Not the best pictures, but you get the idea.

We had been warned that traffic might get shut down because of the overnight forecast.

Day 5