|Last Goodbyes 2011 at Entebbe|
Tuesday, Pam and I locked our house in Jinja and made the trip from there to Entebbe with our African daughter, Sera, and our African son and his wife, Jeff and Lyzette. We were able to spend time with almost all of the members of the Dove Voice Band as well. The closer we got to the airport the quieter it got. Goodbyes are not that much fun for most people I know and this one was no exception. What helps is knowing that the goodbye will soon be followed by a hello.
|Momm with her girls at the BBQ|
|At work with my young friend Austin|
My first day back in Oregon went something like this ...
Austin showed up before 8 AM to begin painting on our house. I left for town to pick up five gallons of paint for the body of the house. I took Pam, Blair and Robyn with me. We had to stop for coffee and conversation while in town.
|Dawson & Anna ... we missed them seriously|
On the way home we stopped to find a gift for our daughter in law, Anna, who was celebrating her 25th birthday in Corvallis with Dawson and her family. Although it is about a three hour drive round trip,wew couldn't pass up the opportunity to see our kids after being gone for six months. We drove down to Corvallis with Blair and Robyn. Actually, Pam and I were too tired to drive and Blair served us well in that department. We arrived back in Colton around midnight. Putting the rag top down on Pam's convertible helped keep all of us awake during the cool, moonlit ride home.
|Riding home with the top down!|
Pam was enjoying rest around the pool, Nathan (one of our NGM Board Members and a retired IT man) was working on configuring a new computer system for me. I was painting the house with Austin. We all had one eye on the clock so we could leave for the birthday celebration on time. Yeah ... we're back and we wasted no time ... so to speak ... embracing the American way of life. Whoohoo!
|Grandma Pam with granddaughter Gracie|
In just over a week Pam and I will host many of the friends of Next Generation Ministries at our annual "THANK YOU BBQ." We have guests coming from as far away as Oklahoma and Washington. We can't wait to see all of them. How about you? Are you coming? We have room for any and all who have the opportunity to join us. September 17th! We provide all the food, table service, and beverages. Come and say hello.