I forgot to tell you an Elijah story.
Elijah hasn't done many mission's services for 3 years, and he may not have ever known the concept that our family normally gets the offering when we have a mission's service.
SO, After Our FIRST SERVICE, I LOOKED BACK TO SEE THE LADY COUNTED THE OFFERING...AND SEE ELIJAH LEANING OVER WATCHING HER!
THEN TO MY HORROR, I HEAR HIM ASK,
"Did you get A LOT of offering this morning?"
I COULD HAVE DIED!!! :-)
Of course, in the truck....we gave him the "YOU DON'T WATCH THEM COUNT THE OFFERING AND FOR SURE DON'T ASK ANY QUESTIONS" TALK!!!" :-D
(He was just concerned that they got a lot of offering, I don't think he knew it was coming to us. :-)
So, here's our last week in Phoenix with Dad and Mom. After we left Phoenix, AZ, we drove to Paonia, CO, and stayed the night with dear friends Mike and Kim Sayler and their children. Then onto Nebraska for Sunday. Here's some pics for you to enjoy!
~U. John and A. Helen came for a fun visit.~
Years ago, when the owner asked a painter to paint "Shanghai" the painter painted, "Sing High!" The owner couldn't read English, so always thought it said what he wanted it to say. :-) ~
~Four Corners...where 4 states meet. (they were already closed for the day by the time we got there...but we didn't have time to stop anyway.)~
But, we Praise the Lord that we were not going 70 miles an hour down the interstate, and that God let it happen at a place where we could pull off. AND Praise Godthat a State Trooper came by, and shone his light for Phillip to see better, and stayed with us the whole time!! (It was 6 BELOW 0...so FREEZING for poor Phillip.) ~
The gas pumps were still working at one of the gas stations if you used your card, so I asked a nice lady wearing a cute hat if there was ANYTHING open for our kids to use the restroom, before we went over the next Mountain pass.
At first she said "the bar!" Then, she said, "Hey, my parents have a guitar shop and apt. near by and I called her and she said we could TAKE YOU TO THEIR HOUSE TO USE THE RESTROOM! WE'RE TALKING SMALL TOWN FOLKS HERE!!! So, that's what we did. We walked thru her Dad's guitar shop, took our shoes off, walked up the stairs and used her parent's restrooms...and SHE THEN OFFERED US A PLACE TO STAY FOR THE NIGHT!!! She was a Christian and must have seen our family and knew she could trust us. We exchanged numbers and THANKED HER PROFUSELY and went on our way!!! :-)We arrived at Mike and Kim Sayler's house...just before midnight... at 11:50 or so. But, then the kids played games and talked, and we talked until 2:00 A.M.~
~My sweet friend Kim and I. She had a yummy supper of hot soup, homemade bread, and salad waiting for us at midnight...and a delicious breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls, and fruit parfaits and coffee for us the next morning. :-) ~
~Hunter, Noah, and Elijah had fun with Hunter's air soft guns.~
WHEN WE GOT INSIDE...THESE SPECIAL GIFTS WERE AWAITING OUR FAMILY FROM DEAN AND ANDREA AND FAMILY!!! It brought tears to my eyes. I was so SURPRISED!!~
I love this little Nebraska church and it's DEAR people!!~
Within 2 minutes...I had this nice little EGG! And I knew that I was going to get a BLACK EYE in the days to come!~
WE HAD A L.O.N.G. 19 1/2 HOUR TRIP AHEAD OF US....BEFORE WE GOT TO OUR HOME AT CINCI!!!~
Elijah told Noah, "Noah, you sit still, and I'm going to try aim past you and hit Daddy in the kitchen."
Noah leaned close to his bowl of cereal to get out of the way...when the "arrow" went ASTRAY...and hit Noah's bowl of cereal...SPLATTERING milk and cereal all over his face, the tablecloth, the chair, and the floor. :-) We couldn't help but laugh. ELIJAH WAS GREATLY RELIEVED when we all burst out laughing. :-) ~
(I love Elijah's red truck with this tree on it. :-) ~
Pics of my Valentine Decor coming soon.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR PHILLIP!!! Due to being gone for 24 days and having LOTS he needed to get done before he left, Phillip only got 1 hour and 40 mins. of SLEEP the night before he left. :-(
The morning after he left, our whole family began to feel "under the weather" with a cold.
I heard from him today and both he and Bro. Becker are feeling the same way. :-(
PLEASE PRAY that this will be short-lived and that God will continue to help them in their classes and services.