When we left Yosemite and the brilliant 80 degree weather, we headed across the Mohave desert towards Flagstaff to meet our friends.  Oh it is good to have friends that will drive 4 hours to spend the weekend camping with you and your big red bus.

We had some great face time with the Hurtiennes, Maddox, and Wambach clans...mostly around a campsite with lots of hot dogs and s'mores.  Good times.
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kids with their lips and mustaches
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the charming Wambachs
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Here is friend, Joe W, and cute lil' Maggie, their faithful companion.  We had a few hilarious episodes one day.  After packing up all of our stuff, we headed to the Church of the Resurrection where Pastor Maddox was to preach and the lovely Maddox ladies were to sing.  All was going well on the drive there when SPLAT went a watermelon on the floor.  What?  Our first major mess, and what a mess it was.  But we got it cleaned up and made it to church in the nick of time.

Winston was kind enough to recognize our Tucson contingent and invite people to talk to us about Investing Your Talents after the service.  Emily went out to the bus to get some additional flyers to hand out, and when she came back in, Maggie (the Wambach's cute little dog) followed her in!  Apparently Maggie is quite attached to her family and did not like being left in the car - even for church.  She somehow pressed the back hatch release button, and then promptly followed Emily right into church.  So mid-sermon, there goes a cute little dog right across the front of the room - hey! look at that dog - wait a minute!  That's Maggie!  Get her!  Sorry, Pastor, hope that didn't mess you up!

God has blessed us at every church we have attended along the way.  Always a different type of building, a different worship style, different pastors and teachers, but always the same love of Christ and grace extended us in our journey.  We have been the recipients of much kindness and generosity, planned for us by God, who has been leading us on this new adventure from the beginning.  We are so thankful!  It has been particularly interesting to see how different churches "do" Missions.  We are learning all sorts of lessons!

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favorite baby

 





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