Monday, December 18, 2006

Leavenworth, WA

We just got back from an action packed weekend. I'm still not sure how we crammed all the things we did into just a few days. Just yesterday we were sitting in Starbucks in Vancouver, BC sipping hot beverages. None of us had ever been to Canada, so we decided to drive there for lunch, but I should start from the beginning.

We drove up to Leavenworth, WA to meet with Steve Cassidy, the founder of Orphan's Hope. We met to discuss possible partnerships and ways to reach more of the orphans in Ukraine. We were very excited with all the possibilities that God could be leading us to.

An added bonus to the meeting was that we were in town for the Lighting Festival. Leavenworth is a Bavarian Village that pulls out all the stops for Christmas. We were blessed by all the family activities they offered. Sleigh rides, dog sled rides, sledding for the kids, chestnuts roasted over open fires, Bavarian music and costumes, lots and lots of German cuisine, and much more were all there to the delight of Dominic and Joshua.

The lights for the buildings came on as a shining star passed them while being carried down the street as the entire town sang "Silent Night". It was a beautiful sight to behold.

Edna sporting her new winter hat. It was a little chilly, dipping down to 19 degrees.

Of course Joshua was out making new friends with one of the town characters.

Over the next few days I'll post more pictures including the ones of Seattle and Vancouver. We all had an amazing time, (except for the marathon drive there and back, 48 hours and 46 minutes of total driving and 2625 total miles!), and the boys will never forget it.

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