It’s happening again. I am on the floor, hunched over a camera bag arranging and rearranging (because I stink at Tetris) and trying to keep the weight down while still getting a few non-camera gear essential items (change of clothes, toothbrush, Cheetos) to fit just in case my suitcase does not make it because there is no Target in Africa.
“And to the left….is MEXICO!”
My friend Kelli told me this story of traveling on a college choir tour heading west from Texas along the southern US border. The bus driver kept pointing out fun things on the right side of the bus, and he would always follow up with the above exclamation. It’s pretty much the only thing that ever goes through my head anymore when someone mentions Mexico.
We have missed them.
Before we ever moved here, we knew we wanted to be involved with the interns at eMi. I am not sure what drove us beyond how much we love the college age group, but we wasted no time in diving in and getting to know them. Having arrived in the middle of the first term of 2015, we did not get much time with that group, but for the summer term we were there from start to finish and we loved every minute.
And they were good to give us so many minutes of their lives.
We went hiking and camping, we mentored and ate a lot of pizza together, and of course there were the project trips which tend to bond you a bit more tightly than many other experiences can. And when they left at the end of the summer we watched with bittersweet tears. A few went home to jobs while most went back to their final year of college. Social media kept us in touch.
Then a few weeks ago Kevin texted me: “The Term 2 2015 interns are coming to the Springs for a reunion!” We hollered our dibs on having them over for dinner and that is what took place here last night. We had everyone except Kaylee (late flight) and Shannon (something about Ethiopia or Ecuador) but we get a good chunk of time with her in the fall so it’s okay (big bummer on missing Kaylee). Over spaghetti and cupcakes we caught up, the guys played Catan and the gals were sweet to fawn over our girls and hatched a fake plan to abduct them and cart them around the country. And then they all thanked us with a framed print of my very favorite photo from one of our trips last summer.
We’re so glad they’ve stayed so close as a group. We feel honored and blessed that they chose to hang with us some more. Loving them helps us love on every new crop that comes through the office doors.
I'm gonna brag on my kids a minute here.
We have friends visiting this week. The Boyinks are family we met while traveling in 2013, and they still live on the road full-time, although their oldest child, Harrison, is currently on his own back in Michigan. The remaining three, Mike, Crissa, and Miranda, arrived Sunday afternoon. With it being Mothers Day, the kids and Kevin set to work making a delicious dinner for us. Afterwards, the kids had a special presentation for Crissa and I: a tribute video.
The five kids collaborated on this project and put it together despite being in three different locations across the country. Miranda wrote the song (while in Durango) and all three girls sang it. They recorded it in the backseat of our car (cars make great recording studios) over a video connection. Harrison, who played the guitar piece along with Miranda, then edited it. Joel took all the audio and photo files and edited the video.
I had gone out to the garage while they were recording and was startled as I was not expecting them to be in the car. I had no idea they were working on this. I just thought they were on Skype.
Needless to say, Crissa and I shed a few tears and we love the video. We love it so much and are so impressed with our kids (homeschoolers! boo-ya!) that we are willing to put it out there to share, embarrassing childhood photos and all. The video is in the link below.
We are missionaries with Engineering Ministries International, based in Colorado Springs, and traveling around the globe to serve.
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