New York, Austin and back to Tacoma

We are back in the great United States of America. It’s big, it’s fast, and it’s a change from the past adventures we have just experienced.

On our visit to New York we had a whirlwind visit with cousin Bennett. He and his wife LJ have been there for a few years and Bennett continues to work as a full time artist (www.bennettvadnais.com) and LJ with Vidal Sassoon salons. For those of you who have not been to New York you are in for an experience that overwhelms the senses. The people, the lights, the buildings the taxi’s; they are everywhere. Unlike London, New York is a buzz of activity no matter what time of day or night. With the help of our hosts we were guided through Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum (they had a great Turner exhibit). Amongst other things we went to Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, met Mr. Met (the Met’s mascot), saw the Empire State Building, ate fries for lunch, rode the Staten Island Ferry and gazed upon Lady Liberty. Not to mention we played tennis by the Hudson River and checked out Bennett’s studio, watched about 100 episodes of The Office and had great conversation about life and family. A lot to do in about 3 days!

Then it was off to the great state (or some may say, nation) of Texas. We enjoyed 4 days with another cousin, Tisha, her husband Nick and their daughter Tesa. It was a relaxing time of catching up with family and trying to stay cool in the 100 degree heat. Although, one afternoon the heavens opened up and we enjoyed a show of thunder and lightning thanks to hurricane Dolly that landed on the southern tip of Texas. Other highlights included walks along the river, a trip to Hamilton Pool, an evening watching the Round Rock Express (Austin’s AAA team) from a box suite, a day at the lake, some incredible BBQ at the Salt Lick and sharing stories from our trip.

Our return home is bittersweet. You can’t help but smile when the mountains welcome you home with all their glory and beauty. However, what we saw, touched, tasted and experienced both in the physical and the spiritual will have lifelong impact on us. This trip has allowed us to touch the incredible and unconditional love of the Almighty; to receive his miraculous blessings and to witness the true reality of His power working today. We long for more and desire to be used in the way He so graciously used us over these last two months.

Thank you to our friends and family for supporting us on this trip. We truly couldn’t have done this without you. And a big thank you to our hosts along the way. You showed us unconditional and sacrificial hospitality that is an example to all.

Here is to Dream Walking and to life abundant in Christ Jesus.

Cheers!

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