Sunday, October 19, 2014

Another night in PENNSYLVANIA and onto VIRGINIA (state #17)

September 19-23, 2014
Day #21-24

We traveled out of New Jersey and in Pennsylvania.  We stopped at Valley Forge for a great tour and picnic lunch.

 Cabins they men built and stayed for the winter.
 George Washington’s quarters during the time at Valley Forge.
 The original banister touched by Washington.

 We stayed the night with a T.I.M.E alumni’s family in PA.

 The following day we ate a delicious Oriental buffet lunch in Lancaster, PA, with a pastor and his wife who have come to Paraguay so many times over the years to minister to our team.

Then we ended the day close to Richmond, Virginia, with our former teammates.

 After lunch on Sunday we headed to Lynchburg, Virginia, to stay with Jeff’s former residency attending and his wife.

One morning Ryan had a tour of Liberty University.  It’s an absolute huge and beautiful university.

We also go to spend an entire afternoon at the lake and evening eating pizza with our current team mates and their oldest son who left Paraguay 2 years ago to attend Liberty University.  These teammates are on a short home assignment to put their second son in Liberty University.  We got to see him for a brief 10 minutes or so in between his work and study hours.   

Our hosts were friends from our Harlingen days.  Dr. J was a teacher in Jeff’s residency.  He set Jeff up with a speaking engagement at Liberty’s new medical school’s first CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Association) meeting.

Friday, October 17, 2014

NEW YORK and NEW JERSEY (state #15)

September 16-19

Day #18-20

From Massachusetts we went back into New York (near NYC) and stayed with the parents of a recent T.I.M.E inters.  Her family is from Egypt and cooked us the best Egyptian food.  I love that my kids love trying new foods.

The following day we made two stops on the way to our friends’ house in New Jersey.  

One was in West Point, NY, at the military academy.  Wow.  Very impressive and a great museum.

 The second stop was in Hoboken, NJ, at Carlo’s bakery.  One of our teammates got my kids hooked on a season of Cake Boss.  Well, it’s filmed at this shop.  My kids were disappointed to not see Buddy or Cousin Anthony, but the cookies we bought were delicious.
And then we arrived in Monmouth Beach, NJ, where we spent a couple days picking apples and peaches, playing on the Jersey coast, enjoying the beautiful weather, and catching up with former residency buddies.  They served us a traditional New Jersey breakfast – ham rolls and typical New Jersey style pizza for dinner.

 Micah found/caught this horseshoe crab.  He loves beach combing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEW HAMPSHIRE (state #11) and MAINE (#12) – a day trip

September 14, 2014

We took a day trip from Plymouth to New Hampshire (state #11) to visit a supporter.  What a wonderful visit!  This couple is our northernmost supporter.  They have been married 66 years! 

 And on the way back to the Plymouth rental house we stopped in York, Maine (state #12) and saw the Nubble Lighthouse – the most photographed lighthouse.

 And we ate more lobster and had clam chowder which was absolutely delicious!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A family vacation in MASSACHUSETTS (state #10)

September 12-16, 2014

Day #14-17

We are two plus weeks into our adventure and I cannot tell you how much I love my family.  My kids have done great sitting in the car for hours and hours on end, at meeting new people on a daily basis, getting up early and going to bed late and go go going all day long.  My kids are awesome! 

In Massachusetts we planned a couple of vacation days.  Our rental house was fantastic.  It was quaint and quiet and on a lake.  The kids loved the sand and water activities.

 Micah LOVES to fish.  Since being in the U.S. he has checked out from the library several books about fishing.  He was super excited when the rental house had all the equipment.  He caught 7 fish.

One day we toured Plymouth.
 Plymouth Rock

The Mayflower

 We ate lobster at a lobster shack because…well…that’s what you do on the coast…right?

 And we let the kids play with their food....because, after all, it is a lobster.  Talk about a great crustacean anatomy lesson (they are crustaceans, right?).

One day we toured Boston on Boston’s Freedom Trail.

 The USS Constitution
The kids and Jeff climbed to the top of this monument on Bunker Hill
 A cool cemetery where some famous patriots are buried.
Old North Church
 statue of Paul Revere with Old North Church in the background
site of the Boston Massacre

Lexington…The shot heard around the world

 One day we stopped for breakfast in Quincy, Mass, at the very first Dunkin Donuts site.