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Days 45, 46, & 47: Florida to Georgia and Pictures!

July 20, 2013

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Okay, we ALL (even the KIDS) slept until 9 this morning…so, you know, we were truly tired, if you didn’t get that from my brief post yesterday.

Backing up to Thursday, we spent the morning hanging out and by 10am, Amelia was back asleep for a much-needed nap and Levi and our hosts’ two boys were all in the pool.  Levi would end up staying there until we dragged him out for bed at 8pm!  No joke!  He made a lot of progress, though, and is really getting confident in the water.  By the end of the day, the kid who wouldn’t really do anything but stick his toes in, was jumping from the side of the pool, into the water, without any arm floaties or adults to catch him – and doing a great job swimming!  At one point, he had four young ladies in the hot tub (which was more like bath temp) with him, so he was showing off, but whatever it takes for his confidence, right?

We had a great turnout for the afternoon BBQ/pool party/get-together-to-share-about-MAF thing.  We talked a lot about what we’re doing in DRC and how God is using the Church there, plus some great food and the pool.  It began to rain at the end of the day, but when you’re already wet, it really doesn’t make much of a difference, especially in the warm Florida rain.

We had such a great time with our hosts, a family adopting a brother and sister from DRC, and their two boys.  It was hard to leave, yet again, especially a place so comfortable, but it was time to North for the first time in many weeks.

Friday morning we packed up the truck, got in the pool for one last dip, and were out of the house by 10am.  We did, while in the pool, get to see the tail end (pun intended, since we saw the condensation trail) of a launch from Cape Canaveral of the Atlas V.  The boom from the launch reached us a full five minutes later and it definitely shook the ground.  It was awesome!  You can read about that launch here.

We traveled ALL day.  I think this baby is having a growth spurt, because I was asleep for the first half of the drive (thankfully, I was not the one driving).  After lunch, it was Matthew’s turn to have a nap and I took over driving.  After he woke, he switched out seats and sat between the two kiddos for the first time in our seven weeks on the road.  The kids thought this was great…Daddy was over it pretty quickly.  After ten hours we were SO glad to be at our destination: we began to call the truck the Crazy Box.

Our stop in Atlanta (just outside the city), is our middle point and will be the longest stay yet.  For ten days we’ll be here, with family.  Matthew’s dad and his wife, Catherine, are hosting us, taking us on a few touristy things, letting us SLEEP IN and taking the kids.  We are so excited for a bit of time to get caught up on rest, and be still for a few days.  We still have two months on the road, but this nice break in the middle makes it a lot more manageable.  Plus, next weekend, we will be joined by a VERY special guest, making our trip here even more special!

So, here are a few pictures from the last week…

Levi's new past time - making a dino mouth and roaring.  Amelia...she's still getting the point.

Levi’s new past time – making a dino mouth and roaring. Amelia…she’s still getting the point.

St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine, FL

Satellite Beach - sandy kids

Satellite Beach – sandy kids

At Check E Cheese, feeding hungry frogs

At Check E Cheese, feeding hungry frogs

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