S: Travel Your World 2009-2011
1: The Gobi Desert Dunhuang, China | Indore, India | Kampala, Uganda | Lanzhou, China | Beijing, China | Shanghai | where | are | we | going?
2: March 2008
3: It snowed 14" while we were there!
4: When Momma died we went to spend some time in Estes Park, Colorado to relax, have a change in environment and to find peace in the mountains. It was a difficult time in my life but I found comfort with God there - in the midst of His creation.
5: This picture was taken at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. I love the park and would live there if I could. When we arrived in town I was sad becuase there wasn't any snow on the ground and none was forcasted. We went to eat pizza down on the river and it clouded up and began to flurry. By morning, there was 14 inces of new snow on the ground! I think it was a gift from God.
6: March 2009
8: In March, Eric was invited to be the main speaker at a weekend retreat in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We had a free hotel for the week afterward. I could wake up in the morning and from my bed would see the sun rising over the ocean. The dolphis played each morning and night right off shore.
9: We had a really good time exploring the beaches and state parks in the area and even drove up to see a battleship in North Carolina. The only drawback was that it got so cold that they were predicting snow in the area! I still loved walking the beach each day even if it was really cold.
10: dunhuang | dunhuang | chengdu | gobi desert the silk road | jin li street | old shanghai district | May 2009
11: We visited five cities and had an awesome time with our friends. I'd love to live in China. | shanghai | chengdu | xining | chengdu | shanghai | chengdu | shanghai | chengdu | a squatty potty on the train
12: This was taken in Shanghai, China down at the Old Shanghai market. It's a huge tourist attraction now but it has acutally been around for six hundred years or more. I love it that everything is so old in China.
13: China is my favorite country out of all that I've visited I've been around 5 times in the last six years. There's no place like China. There's something new to see around every corner. The parks are filled with people relaxing and enjoying each other. I just love being there.
14: When we went to Chengdu we visited the Giant Panda Research Center of China. We watched a movie about the center and then walked through the nursery where we saw fifteen or so babies like the one on the scale below. Then we stood around a play yard and watch 8 or 9 one to two year old pandas play with each other. Eric had to pull be away I was so taken with them. This is still one of my most favorite days of my life!
15: It costs $l00 USD to hold a Giant Panda at the reserve so we didn't get to do that. But you could hold a Red Panda for $5.00!! This kind of thing just delights me. I almost couldn't get you to do this....can you believe that!
18: The Buddha | Tongren is in the foothills of the Hymalayas. Half of the town is a Budddhist monastery. | May 2oo9
19: Tongren sits at 11,OOO feet above sea level and is bitter cold most of the year.
20: May 2009
22: Eric and I flew down to Monterrey, Mexico for the Heart of God missionary training graduation. Raul Gomez trains Mexican believer to go to the unreached. HGM in Mexico is loosely contected to HGM of Oklahom where Eric is the Director of Missions. He spoke in the program one evening. We ate a ton of Mexican food and explored Monterrey together. You know, I really like Mexico.
24: september 2009 | we went to India to visit Albert, Eric's Indian partner, and his family. We stayed in their home and they took us to see the Taj Mahal and other famous sites and their town too.
26: Albert took us all over the area of India where he lives. While traveling down a road one day we passed a man riding a bicycle with a monkey sitting on the seat behind him with his are around the man's waist, one in his lap and one on the handle bars. I didn't get a picture. We went by too fast. I'm still sad over it. In a few minutes we came across another man with monkey on the side of the road. This man told us a story and then had the big male monkey climb onto our shoulders! Was I glad we stopped.
27: Albert, Jaia, Jessie and Jasmine live in Indore, India. It's a pretty large town with a huge common market. One the way back from the market one day, an elephant was slowly making his way up a side road. I couldn't believe it. So of course, Grant and Jasmine took a ride.
30: march 20l0
32: These pictures were taken Pakwach, a small village in northern Uganda. 59% of Uganda is under the age of 15. AIDS has taken its toll on Uganda. Pakwach sits on the Nile River next to Murchison Falls National Park. The children here are the poorest of the poor. Their clothes are tattered and torn, they don't have the money to go to school, there's barely enough to eat., but still, they played happily around me.
33: I found a boy who was very sick with a tape worm and two parasites in his tummy. He was so sick. There is no clean water around. I took him to the clinic in town. It took $2.50 to save his life.
34: We visited Cari Nash's school each morning. The children are poor, 40% have AIDS, and some only get enough to eat while they are at school. We sponsor three children at her school - Edward, Sowedi and Simon Peter. I loved watching them play each day. You'd never know who difficult a life they have. They are happy little kids. | VISION | OF | DESTINY | PRESCHOOL | kampala, uganda | march 20l0
36: While in Uganda we went to see Cari Nash, one of our Every Nation missionaries who lives and runs a preschool in Kampala, Uganda. She educates, clothes, feeds and loves around l00 poor children from the slums that surround her home and school. | Sowedi is one our sponsored children.
37: While we were at school, we tried to get a good pictures of everyone looking at the camera...but that didn't work. So we gave up had everyone "tickle their neighbor" and this is the picture we got. They are all so precious.
38: murchison falls national park | march 20l0
40: We went on a safari in Murchison Falls Naitonal Park in northern Uganda. The animals were everywhere and the beauty left me speechless. Of course, I'm in heavy when I'm surrounded by wild animals.
41: We saw countless elephants and giraffes. And the lions were out early one morning. I kept thinking it was a zoo but it wasn't. They are completely wild. The picture of the monkey eating the coconut is my favorite form the trip. He delighted me to my toes.
42: AND | JUNE 2010
45: The Grand Canyon was totally incredible. It's just mind blowing to see it's vastness.! Words can't describe it. We spent the day walking the rim trail and going in the visitor centers. It was the highlight of our trip. Of course!
48: We spent two days in Amsterdam exploring the city. I wanted to see Anne Frank's secret annex. I loved this city and would like to go back.
50: Secret Annex | The | We went to the Rijks museum and saw paintings by Rembrandt and Vemeer. That was pretty fun. I didn't see a windmill but the canals are awesome.
52: Beijing Subway
53: Tibetan Monk