Summer Travels, Part 2

In my last post, I shared a little about my week at Glorieta, New Mexico.  A little less than 12 hours after I got home from New Mexico, I was back on the road again – this time with the whole family as we headed north to Indiana and Michigan.

Our first stop was West Lafayette, Indiana to visit Tim’s family.  We stayed with my father-in-law and spent 3 days visiting with him, my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and two nephews.  While there, we got to watch both of my nephews play baseball.

That’s my oldest nephew, Noah, pitching in one of his games.

After a few days in Indiana, we headed even farther north to Michigan to visit with friends we haven’t seen since moving last year.  We spent the first few days with the Taplin family.

Rebecca got in a little time with Maddie – who has grown way too much since we left.

We had a campfire and roasted marshmallows Wednesday night.  Most of the kids relaxed by the campfire on the swing.

Maddie took my kids for a tour of the farm and introduced them to this years piggies.

Linden and Brett spent lots of time swinging.

After getting very little sleep the night before, some of the kids crashed in the living room for a while and watched a little tv.

We also spent a few nights at Lake of the Woods in Decatur at my parents’ camper.  The kids were really looking forward to swimming while we were there – Tim and I decided to pass on that since it felt like the lake had just thawed!

The kids had just tested the water and determined that it was just fine for swimming!

This is where they spent most of the morning.

Friday night, Rebecca spent the evening at church at the annual Faith Girls’ Party.  She was really excited that they were able to plan the party for the weekend we were visiting.  The theme this year was Red Carpet.

Here is a picture of most of the girls dressed in their Red Carpet finest.

Melissa and Rebecca (home school buddies) dressed up at the party.

Of course we had to eat at some of our old favorite restaurants during our visit.  We made it to Mancinos, Chinn Chinn, and Culvers.

Concrete shake and cheese curd…YUM!

Sunday morning (our last day in Michigan) we decided we needed a picture with the Cobb and Taplin kids.  We decided to line them up youngest to oldest, Missionary Kids style!

Can you believe it – we got the majority of the kids to look at the camera!

I think David had a little too much Cobb family fun this week – what do you think?

Of course, we had lots of fun visiting with our old friends.  As usual, I didn’t take nearly enough pictures while we were there!  Early Monday morning we loaded up the van and headed south, making a quick stop in Camby, Indiana to meet the newest member of the Lawyer household – who is absolutely adorable, by the way.  After a much too quick visit, it was back in the van for another 11 hours of travel.

This is pretty much the way we all felt by the end of our vacation!

Summer Travels, Part 1

Between June 4 and June 20, I traveled over 3800 miles.  In fact, between early morning June 11 and late night June 12, I traveled through 8 states and 3 time zones.  Needless to say, I’m a little tired of being in a car!

Why was I on the road so much this month?  Was I on a multi-state book tour?  Did I ditch my responsibilities and decide to be a groupie, following my favorite band across the country?  Nope, nothing like that! I spent the first half of my travels as a sponsor with our church youth group at camp in Glorieta, New Mexico.  Week 2 of my cross country trek was a family vacation to Indiana and Michigan.  Rather than cram all my travel details into a single post, I will share some of the highlights of Glorieta today and follow up with a Part 2 to this post later this week with pictures from our travels up north.


Late Sunday night, June 4, we loaded 76 teens and 12 sponsors on our church bus and a charter bus and headed out to Glorieta, New Mexico.  I was privileged enough to get to tag along on this trip as a sponsor.  Yep, as surprising as that may sound, our Youth Pastor deemed me responsible enough to be in charge of teens at camp…perhaps because he has only known me for a year :D!

After traveling 16 hours we reached our destination – high in the mountains of New Mexico.  It was absolutely beautiful…I wish I had taken more pictures along the way and while we were there.  However, between Rebecca and I, I think we did pretty well.  The picture above is of the chapel on the grounds of the camp.

Once we arrived at camp, the teens had to play a series of games in order to get their camp registration packets.  Here is a shot of our teens getting instructions for one of the games.

Each evening our group had a different theme and the teens could earn points for their family by dressing up.  Monday night was cowboy night, which gave Rebecca and I a chance to wear our sparkly Southwood cowboy hats!

Each morning the entire camp would meet together for a worship service and then the Cypress group would break off and have a separate Bible study.  That was followed by 30 minutes of quiet, devotional time and then a short all Cypress meeting.  We would then break up into our 12-13 student family groups for the remainder of the morning.  Afternoons were free time for the teens during which they could hang out at the lake, play miniature golf or other games like horseshoes or basketball, or just hang out.  I like this picture of Rebecca and a couple of her friends looking out over the lake one afternoon during free time.

Our Youth Pastor also registered the teens for the ropes course and the zip line, so several of the teens spent a portion of their free time at these courses.  This is a picture of Rebecca and one of her friends before climbing the poles to the zip line!

Wednesday’s theme was Black and White.  I just liked this picture of Rebecca and some of her friends that evening.

Sidewalk Prophets was the worship band at camp the week we were there.  Rebecca’s family group ate dinner with the band Thursday evening and got several pictures with the band.  I believe this is one of the guitar players, although I can’t remember his name.  And in case you couldn’t guess, the theme for that evening was ’80s gym night!

I Remember

I Remember…thinking, “That car isn’t going to stop.”

I Remember…the taste of gunpowder when the airbag deployed.

I Remember…the not-so-wise doctor who told me there was no reason I walked away from the accident.

I Remember…the much wiser doctor who told me there had to be a reason I walked away from the accident.

I Remember…the daily regime of pills (sometimes as many as 20 a day), the weekly physical therapy, and the monthly steroid injections.

I Remember…the immobility and depression helping me pack on 100 pounds (60 of which don’t seem to want to leave).

I Remember…the freedom of finally living without pills and injections.

I Remember…setting goals for the Cypress 5K and praying that I could reach them.

I Remember…Rebecca leaving me in the dust just after the race started (Good for her…she had her own goals!).

I Remember…Thinking that Old Palmetto road seemed much longer on June 4.

I Remember…The feel of the index card I was handed as I crossed the finish line.

I Remember…The realization that God helped me reach all of my goals that day.

I Remember…Thinking it was silly to pray so much about completing a 5K.

I Remember…That nothing is impossible with God!