What an experience!                                                                                                       May 30,, 2016

After spending almost five weeks abroad, we placed out feet on U.S. soil again last night as we flew into Seattle.  Kim’s sister and brother-in-law picked us up and we spent the night with them in Silverdale, WA.  I think we talked their ears off as we shared some of our experiences.  One of the first things that we did was stop for something to eat and experience once again; 1) a menu we could read,  2) food we recognized, and 3) service that was quick.

Before we left Iceland, we toured once more around the city of Reykjavik.  Iceland is a unique place and we would like the opportunity to see it again sometime.  As we traveled around the various countries, we met people from all over the U.S that were spending time experiencing the many sites we have also enjoyed.

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Over the last several weeks we have attempted to categorize our “high-lites”, but there have been so many we almost don’t know where to start.  In the next week or so, we will begin to identify not just special sites, but special moments when our experiences in Israel, Turkey and Greece added to our study of Scripture.  These will IMG_0178eventually be marked on the Shepherd’s Staff that I received from Perry Hughes and is a part of my sabbatical project.  However, before that all happens, my sister Betty, Kim and I head to Indiana tomorrow to visit family.  If you hadn’t heard, my sister Patty after enduring 4 1/2 years with multiple myeloma, passed away on Saturday.  She was an amazing person who loved her family, people, and the Lord.  She will be greatly missed.  We will spend time with family and then attend her memorial service Saturday.

Thank you for following this blog, I hope that you have been able to share a little in our experience abroad.  We can’t say enough of our appreciation for all your prayers and support.  With all our travels, connections, flights, lodging and tours we never ran into any major problems.  There were a few moments that things didn’t look so good.  For instance as we were leaving our apartment in Iceland, I misplaced where I parked the car and would have sworn that it was stolen.

Blessings

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