1MISSION House Build Trip – 1 Year Ago

One year ago today we were in the midst of Day 1 of our 1MISSION House Build Trip in Mexico. Our group of fourteen from Wilmington, Ohio, flew to Phoenix, Arizona, and then drove to Rocky Point, Mexico, to build a house for Miguel and Deysi. We were excited and also somewhat nervous about this new experience. It turned out to be a great trip and one we still talk about.

While some of our group had done some traveling and others had participated in mission trips, none of us had traveled to Mexico to build a house. I remember looking through the house plans 1MISSION sent in advance of our trip and wondering if our group of inexperienced house builders could do the job. The group was fantastic, working hard every day, doing whatever needing done and trusting our crew leaders so we did things the right way. We wanted that house standing after we left!

Looking back at pictures I was reminded of so many things:

– new friendships with Miguel & Deysi, Ricky and others from 1MISSION

– getting a small taste of what life is like in that area of Mexico

– the great work that 1MISSION is doing

– the privilege of playing a small part in that work

– seeing our Ohio friends interact with Miguel & Deysi and others in Mexico despite a language barrier

– being grateful for what we have and how big God’s kingdom is

I know many in our group would love to go back in the future. While it’s hard to believe that the trip was a year ago, it was a great opportunity and one for which I am.

I posted this video when we returned from the trip and it offers a visual recap of some of our experiences.

Remembering Grandma & Grandpa

IMG_3948This past weekend we took a quick trip to Chicago to visit my son at his internship. It was definitely a fast trip, but great to see him and what is happening in the church where he is serving this summer.

On the way back, we stopped in Thorntown, IN – the place my grandparents used to live, where I spent many Thanksgivings and the town in which they are buried. It didn’t strike me that we would go right past their exit as we traveled back and forth to Chicago, so it was an unexpected bonus to the trip.

This was the first time I’ve been back to Thorntown since Grandma passed away in 2008 (hard to believe it has been than long). I like the fact that their headstone has not only dates of birth and death, but also their marriage date. On the back it has the inscription “Parents of David, John & Jay.”

A flower arrangement was placed on the headstone by my parents and uncle and aunt in honor my grandparent’s anniversary. Not sure how well the picture shows it, but the arrangement contains pictures of my grandparents. Thought that was a very nice touch. They would have celebrated 70 years.

Love the change to remember and grateful for the memories I have.

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Joe is 22

joe is 22Hard to believe that twenty-two years ago Josiah made his appearance into this world. He was born in Defiance, OH (it’s kind of funny to say he was born in defiance – get it?), moved to Kentucky, to Indiana and then back to Ohio. He is keeping busy with school at CCU along with working three different jobs on campus.

I was looking back at past posts about Joe that have involved marching bands, mission trips, his stroke in middle school family gatherings and even past birthdays. My how time flies!

This morning I was thinking about and praying for Joe and especially the opportunity he will have this summer for an internship. I’m looking forward to where God leads him in that venture and how that will direct His future.

Happy Birthday Joe!