06.08.2009 28 °C
Hi to all from the United States! We have now been in Michigan for almost 2 weeks and we are enjoying our time here with family and friends. We were met at Detroit’s airport by Rachel’s parents and brother who were very happy to see us! We then headed towards Joe’s Crab Shack for lunch, welcome back to the land of unlimited service and free drink refills!
The next day or two was spent unpacking and settling in. Needless to say, shopping has also been on the agenda with lots of clothes bargains to be had! We have also been helping Art and Sherry with their new office building; they own and operate a door and window business. They are yet to move in as tasks like painting, landscaping, plumbing, plastering and new carpet all remain. We helped to create (using a Bobcat) a lovely bed of plants along the shop front adding color and foliage texture for all to see.
It was great to attend Agape Christian Church again. People there are always so warm and friendly. Sometimes we can take church for granted but often we don’t realize what we have until it’s not there. In our case, we hadn’t been to church for 6 weeks because of our travels. It’s true we can worship the Lord anywhere and at anytime but it’s also vital to be part of a church family.
We have also been enjoying the outdoors and the summer is starting to warm up. Water skiing and tubing on the lake have added to the fun! I seem to have the knack to pop up while skiing and stay up on the water; I think it’s from balancing on rollerblades, whatever the case, water skiing rocks!
One thing I always enjoy about travelling to other places is the animals. In Australia, we don’t have things like squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons or skunks all of which are common around here. Somehow, one of these little friends (a chipmunk) got inside the house. How did we know, well the sunflower seeds spilled all over the kitchen floor kind of gave it away! Also we saw the little guy do the bolt and run under the oven in the kitchen. Rachel, Marc and I formed a plan to herd this furry critter out the front door. Marc would block one side of the kitchen while I would block the other with the only other exit being the open front door. Rachel would get the broom and put it behind the oven. It was perfectly executed apart from the chipmunk running straight between my legs before I could blink an eyelid! He is still on the loose somewhere in the laundry room! Stayed tuned for more adventures in our quest to find the missing chipmunk!
Yesterday, we went to Shipshewana markets in Indiana. Shipshewana is an Amish community so it was fascinating to see the people riding horse and buggies and wearing their traditional clothing. They certainly have a fashion all of their own! We enjoyed shopping for home grown produce and sampling all kinds of delicious homemade foods.
Rachel’s older brother Matt is arriving today so it will be good to see him again. Other things we still plan to do here include going to Cedar Point amusement park, hot-air ballooning, fishing on Lake Michigan, camping in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and catching up with more friends.
Thanks for reading! Until next time God bless you in your part of His globe!