Friday, June 27th was my birthday... and I thought the perfect way to spend the day would be to drive to Grand Rapids... to hang out with my best friend and cousin - who was hosting a huge fundraiser garage sale. It was so fun surprising her with my arrival, but hours later, her family surprised me with balloons, and a yummy chocolate cake.
In the evening of my birthday I drove down town GR to spend time at the feet of Jesus. Three of us met for prayer and it was such a blessing. I thought I was going to pray with/for a friend, but it ended up being a 3 hour time of fellowship and prayer with Jesus. I don't know when I last prayed, thinking that Jesus was sitting right there with us in the room, completely a part of our conversation.
Sunday I met with a good friend for lunch and as we were walking through East Town I found this bright red truck. :) As I was leaving Uganda, I received a challenge to have fun while home in Canada... I am supposed to go bowling, boating, and drive a monster truck. This is the closest I've gotten to a "monster truck", but I still don't think it's the real deal.
Sunday evening I caught up with some beautiful siblings... who were my MK niece and nephew in the years ago 10-13 years ago. What a pleasure to fellowship together!!
Tuesday I drove to South Bend, IN to meet up with a super good friend that I lived with in Kenya in 2009. She made me stew for lunch and as I was eating I commented that she actually made me a meal with meat... because the six weeks we lived together in Kenya, in the desert, it was always lentils or beans. Yum Yum!
I felt like a tourist on the gorgeous campus of Notre Dame.
Barbara and I went for a slurpee run.
On to Chicago - where I was able to meet up with former Uganda team-mates. I am honored to be the first visitor in the Guzzaldo's new home.
Maddy, a colleague who used to serve in Rwanda, introduced me to Portillo's. Apparently Chicago also has famous hot dogs. We were trying to get a selfie with some Portillo's advertisement. I was holding a cup too, but it couldn't be seen... so we asked for help... and...
the waiter took a nice close up of us instead of getting up with our cups. :)
I drove back to Grand Rapids on Thursday and went to a friends house for a yummy birthday barbeque and was surprised with a special "Canada Day" cake!!
Proud to be Canadian!
And even prouder to be together with my college roomie - Jeannie!
July 4th was also in Michigan... capture the flag was great.
Yesterday I drove back to Canada.
And then today I received a special message that my neighbour boys miss me... oh, they melt my heart. I can't wait to get back to Uganda.