Update and February trip out west

The office has looked like a print shop lately as we got our
latest project report out the door, on schedule!!
I don't know if it's 'legal' to do this, but I'm going to blog out of order! That's because right before my last project trip, Alisha's parents came for a visit and took us out West in England to see a part of the country we'd never been to. The pictures are way better than anything I could describe, so I'll let them do the talking...with some minor commentary in the captions. It was sure a nice getaway from the miserable weather we had all Winter. It's improved some over the past month, but even still, high 40's and low 50's doesn't feel very much like May!
As for a current update...
*Our project report was finished and mailed out two weeks ago! The three interns did an awesome job of finishing it up and we are really excited about how it turned out. And most importantly, the ministry was very pleased as well, though they are having some lingering land issues that could use prayer. Those cute kids you've seen pictures of really need a proper school, so let's pray the land issues can be resolved quickly so they can get building.
Interns Matt (CAN), Jonny (NI), and Dan (UK) were a standout
group. We are really missing them around the office since their
last day was May 14. Same old story - just when you're getting
to know the interns, it's time for them to go.
Interns Jonny and Matt, with Rob finishing and binding the
reports. We printed and bound 17 copies for this project!
*EMI's new CEO John Dallmann and his wife Gala came for a visit at the beginning of May. It was their first time to the EMIUK office, and the last of the 7 EMI offices to visit in the past 9 months! We had a great time getting to know them - they even stayed with us in our house for half the trip.
*My niece Holli has just returned to California after having lived with us for 8 weeks! It was so good to have her here and we are definitely going through steep withdrawals. Holli will be a freshman at UC Berkeley in the Fall, so she came over to visit after graduating early from high school. It was such a blessing for us to have family here - it made us realize how lonely it can feel here sometimes not having family or friends around.
Alisha and Holli at her going away dinner. :(
*My next trip is going to be...back to Uganda! If I had my way, I'd go to Uganda every time. It feels like home, I love the people, and if I'm honest, it's where I feel I'm most useful since I'm so familiar with all aspects of doing projects. This trip we'll be designing another primary school, this time for YWAM. I am very excited to be working with YWAM as they are indirectly responsible for me taking the path of missions in life. More on that in future blogs as the trip gets closer.
*We leave in 6 weeks for the USA to get our visa's renewed for year 2. Between now and then, Alisha and I are frantically studying (ok, that's overstated - but it feels frantic) for the driver's test here as our USA licenses only let us drive here for 1 year. That's another item for prayer - the test is very difficult, and though we've been driving for over 20 years, many of the rules here are different from what we know.
Ok, that's enough for now, enjoy the pictures!

We each packed a carry-on for the 4 day trip out West to Devon.
It was 5 hours on the train - so nice not to be driving!

We stayed in Exeter, which was very near the childhood home
of our friend Sarah back in Colorado. After getting real-time
directions by iMessage from Sarah, we arrived in the small
village of Ide and went to the house. The current owners were
very gracious, allowing us to walk around and take pictures.

Alisha was texting Sarah pictures as we went. Amazing things
those iPhones and their free international iMessaging!! That has
been such a major difference and blessing of this go-around of
being overseas. Since most of our family (including both of our
parents) now have iPhones, so we get to text and send pictures
for free any time we want!

We went to the two 'Moors' in Devon - Dartmoor (shown here)
and Exmoor, showing in later pictures. Two very different
national parks, but both stunning in their own right.

We took in a castle or ten.

Very intentionally the cheesiest picture we've ever taken. For
those Keith Green fans out there, this may strike a chord in
your memory of Keith and his wife Melody posing in similar
fashion on the album cover of one of his early albums. ...But in
our hearts, we really were celebrating 2000 years of Christianity!

Favorite picture ever! Only took 12 takes to get us all in the air
at the same time. Poor Brodie didn't master the art of bending
your knees when you jump so it looks like you're flying off the
ground. Otherwise, none of us are jumping any higher than he is.

I'm pretty sure this is the England everyone imagines. Beautiful
green country side with small streams and cobble stone bridges.
And of course, everyone still rides on horseback here. I can
confirm that this is exactly what life as we know it is like here.
Every day feels like Pride and Prejudice in our household, too.
(Note: Sarcasm especially strong in this caption.)

Alisha's folks Ken and Karen Berry, who were kind enough to
take our family on this fun little excursion. Pictured behind them
is the southern beach in an area known as the 'English Riviera'.
This beach is in Torquay (said 'Torr-key').

Kids are kids. It doesn't matter where you are or what you're
doing, they will eventually find a way to be bored. In this case,
an historic and quaint little English village just wasn't doing it
for them. "It's just more old buildings." Gotta love the rich
appreciation for history kids always have.

We thought it was funny that all the boats in the harbor are just
left in place while the tide is out. Then when we walked down
in to get a closer look, we saw this boat's name. Who would
name a boat that?

I didn't know that wild ponies were actually a thing. This is in
Exmoor, which if I had to pick between the two parks, was my

It's just so weird to see this little wild ponies. They have it
good - no predators on the entire Island of Great Britain.

This is the North coast, just above the small harbor town of
Lynmouth. This was my favorite place on the whole trip. Two
rivers come together at the bottom of steep cliffs, just before
entering the ocean. The town is a cute little historic place with
walking paths that follow the rivers up a couple of miles.

One of the river paths, though it soon turns to dirt as it leaves
town. So pretty and peaceful.

Finally, Exeter Cathedral. We decided to miss our reserved train
on the last day and stay a few more hours to see inside. Pretty
amazing - and to think the Germans just missed bringing it down
in WWII, bombing a small chapel in one corner that wasn't enough
to bring down the amazing roof and ceiling.


Anonymous said…
We are very thankful your project trip was so successful and rewarding. Praise God! Thanks for sharing the photos of our trip. They bring back fond memories. Excited for your arrival in the U.S. this summer. Love, Dad and Mom B.
Geoffrey, Son-of-Watt said…
So how did everybody get a 40" vertical in that picture?

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