We are home! The 2 weeks we spent traveling seemed like an eternity in some ways. It was good to see Deb's family, though. They spent a lot of time beading, something they've all recently "gotten into". Her mom's dining room table was turned into a necklace and earring design factory. It was a fun way to spend time together. Dawn turned out to be quite creative and proficient in it.
Dan used some of the time to meet with his advisor at CIU in regards to his starting in the fall to work towards his Masters. Dawn spent a day at CIU too getting a tour and learning about the school. She is starting to consider what college she is going to be attending in a year!
While the ladies were beading, he spent time with Billy Moses doing more extensive planning and training for the Haiti field. Billy has finished his studies at CIU and he and his family are heading back to Haiti July 18.
We had an interesting 4th of July. Billy Moses & family and the 3 of us went to the Peach Festival in Gilbert, SC (one stop light), only to find that there were no peaches. Can't imagine what the organizers were thinking when they planned a peach festival without peaches everywhere! As Dawn and Deb were getting their caricature pictures drawn it started to rain bushels and buckets (but not peaches). It was a sight with all of us huddled under the tent, the artist trying to stay dry and finish her drawing, Dawn and Debbie trying to stay dry, look at the artist and smile and the rest of us picking things up off the ground to keep dry, keep ourselves dry and shield the artist from the blowing rain. We were all relieved when it was finished, especially the artist. We decided supper at Carrabba's was better than waiting there for the canceled fireworks. We got home just in time to watch the neighborhood fireworks. Oh, we did find one vendor along the road back home selling peaches, so we bought a basket to bring home. NOW we finally have peaches.
~~Dawn's teeth are healing well! She was miserable for a day or 2, but she bounced back, never "chipmunked" and has done remarkably well in her recovery.
~~Dan's shoulder recovery has gone remarkably well, too. He has had no pain! Well, that is until his physical therapist gets a hold of him.
~~Debbie's legs and feet (neuropathy) continue to be an issue that affects her every day. She's on a myriad of medications, but some symptoms remain. We now have a handicapped placard for the car so she doesn't have to walk far in parking lots.
~~The trip to Wilmington went well. It is a small church and they are very excited about their first trip to meet their Sister Church at the end of September.