*sigh* Well, our weekend in La Grange, Georgia at Rosemont's Global Mission Conference has come and gone. This church holds such a special place in my heart...if I didn't live in Zambia, I just might have to live in the gorgeous pine-smelling land of La Grange, Georgia!
The church so generously flew our entire family out for the conference, and let me tell you, traveling with our kids is a hoot. They are very accustomed to international travel, but not so much to domestic. (They have only been to one other state in the USA when they were too young to remember). So it cracks us up when we are walking through the DFW airport and Cambree yells, "Are we in America??" Lots of strange looks. Or when we board the plane in Atlanta, and the flight attendant asks, "Did you have a good trip here? Where did you go??" And Caedmon looks up at her and says, "Georgia...." ;)
Playing some 10 up 10 down in the airport
Still writing thank you notes..
On Friday night, we attended the mission banquet. We saw Colby, who recently found out that he actually broke his foot at New Day this summer!!
Nurse Mandy lives about 45 minutes away and drove up for the weekend to hang out with us!!
Two of the Tidwell children in time out at the banquet..
On Saturday, we had a "spoil the missionary family" day, and they took us to Callaway Gardens. It was a gorgeous place full of fun stuff to do! I love these 3 ladies!! Hannah, Amy, Mandy, and me
We loved the little beach at the lake!
Blu telling some kind of tall tale.. ;)
We visited the butterfly center.
And played life-size checkers..
Digging for treasures..
Playing near the chapel
That's a lot of crazy kids! The Camps came and stayed at New Day last October for a month, and the entire Presley family will be there for Spring Break next March! New Day is a great place to bring your family for a mission trip! (Poor Lydia broke her arm at the missions banquet Friday night!)
Pizza break for lunch!
The kids loved the ropes course!
Love those Georgia pines!
We got to stay with the Camps - our kids were so glad to be reunited!
On Saturday night, we had a "Zambia Reunion" with former teams/individuals who have come to New Day! Blu threw a gummy hand thing onto the ceiling in the Camps' new house, leaving a gooey residue, so he spent much of the evening trying to get it off! :)
Lexi, Jayde, Gracie, and the kids!
Johnny, Michele, Pam, & Barbara
Larry, Lynne, and Randy
Mandy, Hannah, Wendy, & Amy
The Skipworth girls and Mr. Chris!
Time for church on Sunday morning! But first, I had to eat a peach in Georgia.. :)
The Zambia room was decorated with a lot of photos of our staff/kids. I loved this one of Christina!
Cambree helped hand out prayer cards.
I had to warm up by the fire. ;)
Cason riding a hippo, because that's what we do in Zambia...
We also got to share in front of the church 3 times about what God is doing at New Day!
And now here we are, back in Texas at our beloved mission house, ready for a new week!
We are so grateful to Rosemont Church, the Camp Family, the Presley Family and all of the others who love New Day and who love us! We were blessed by you this weekend!