**I’ve had a sick little boy here at my house for over 2 weeks, sorry it has taken so long to update the blog. He is better now, but on day 18 of antibiotics. (word to the wise–put earplugs in your ears if you go swimming in a lake)
I have been wanting to share with you (and document for my own sake) more about our trip to Panama in June. So finally I am sitting at the computer and going through all of the pics and sharing them with you.
Here is the
crazy bunch of people that can’t behave like grown ups when they are together group ready to head to Panama. (Note: we had all been up chatting and catching up until 2 am and then got up to head to the airport at 4–hence the inability to act normal in front of a camera)
Only 3 of us from the McCall family went on this trip. Buster and Bruiser were in the capable hands of their grandparents–we had a lot of spoiling detox to do when we got them back…
The group we went with was mainly comprised of friends that we have known for years.
The Liras (above) and the Baldwins (below) are long-time friends of ours from the years we lived in Kentucky. Good people. Funny people. Forever-friend people.
We got to know this couple (Danny and Lori–pictured below) on the trip and I’m so glad we did. They are
goof balls just like us amazing.
Also on the trip we had Dan Dan the Chicken Man and his beautiful wife Mary along with Marfa Marfa and about 15 teens from our church family in Kentucky. There was never a dull moment.
We were in El Valle, Panama. In an inactive (thankfully) volcano. Seriously, the garden of Eden would have a run for it’s money here. This place was gorgeous.
Our fearless missionaries that live there full time are David and Lisa Carter. (if you think that missionaries are serious and slightly boring people–think again–you can actually see the mischief in David’s eyes)
The Carters are in the process of purchasing an old orphanage that once had lots of little girls–we all had pink bunk beds to sleep in (even the men). This building is where the growing congregation meets multiple times a week. There is a large open room in which the church meets and worships together. Out front is a huge patio filled with hammocks (I think every church building in the USA needs a porch with hammocks–just sayin’). There are 2 large bedrooms with pink bunk beds (one for men and the other for women) are great for groups like ours that come to visit/help/encourage/learn. David and Lisa rarely have a moment to themselves with all of the company they get.
So there you have it. All of the details about who went and where we stayed. I’ll be back tomorrow with details on what happened and all of our fun experiences. God is alive and active there. He shows himself in so many ways. We were in awe.