Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Six Flags and Mission Trips

I've been a fan of Random Tuesday Thoughts for quite some time.  If you'd like to throw out your randomness, link up with Stacy Uncorked.

Had a Six Flags day with my son Saturday. Despite what they might say, they're never too old to have their pic taken with Daffy.

We spent four hours at the St. Louis park and got on every ride we wanted to with wait times being 15 minutes or less.  Booyah!

I won't know for sure until October 1st, but I signed me and Jason up to renew our vows at Six Flags Fright Fest on October 13th, with 13 other couples.  He and I were married there almost fifteen years ago and it'd be awesome to renew our vows in the same fashion we were married...complete with dead flowers and garbed out in costume.

food that was prepared for Ecuador Fundraiser Dinner

In nine short days, Jason and I will be leaving for our mission trip to Ecuador.  I'm stoked and ready to go.  It will be Jason's first time flying, and a first for both of us going out of country or doing a mission trip.  We will be gone a week, so there will be no blog posts during that time.  If you're the praying kind, we'd appreciate them.

We will be going with a group of eleven other people.  We've worked our arses off doing personal and group fundraisers.  Jason and I have been beyond blessed with the monetary donations and support through the fundraisers (Including one amazing blog reader...You know who you are!)  We could not have done it on our own.

While away on the trip, we will be helping build and repair homes, teaching VBS, cooking meals, and working a food pantry.  I'm sure there will be tons of pictures and posts when I come back.

Retreat home where the fundraiser supper took place

A short time ago Jason and I gussied up and attended a gathering held by the church for staff and their spouses.  The location and food was wonderful.  But, I have to say it:  Who doesn't serve wine at a winery?!!
 If you want to see a scary clown movie that will traumatize your child but don't want to dish out the money to see IT, watch Clown (2014).  A loving father becomes a savage killer while wearing a cursed clown costume that won't come off.  You'll save money and still scare your kid.   You can thank me later.

Adam has settled into his new apartment.  He lives in the same town but I don't get to see him very often.  He's started a new welding job that involves 12-hour shifts Monday through Friday.  We did go over there Sunday to visit, and Adam cooked up a nice meal of spaghetti.  #SappyandSentimental

Uncle John and Aunt Selma

I received news that my Uncle John passed away Saturday night.  It was very unexpected.  He had a massive heart attack while mid-flight in the AirEvac copter.  He was one of the very few men I had the utmost admiration and respect for.  He lived a very simple life and wanted the same in death.  There will be no services.  He will be cremated and his ashes will be buried in their back yard.  I will definitely miss him.
What's your randomness for the week?
Have you ever been on a mission trip?  Have any tips for travelling out of country?


Theresa Mahoney said...

Sounds like a lot of exciting stuff going on in your life! Good luck with the mission trip and have fun with the vow renewal. I didn't know you could do that at 6 Flags, but that sounds like a fun way to renew them!

NCSue said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Love the photo of your aunt and uncle.

Renee said...

Late condolences for the loss of your uncle. He seemed like a very special person and you always "spoke" so highly of him and his simple ways in your posts. I know you will miss him.
I wish you guys safe travel. The day is almost here! I hope you are packed and ready ;)