Friday, July 14, 2017
Yesterday was pretty good we went to yellow stone at 5 in the morning we were really tired but we saw a lot of animals and the trip was 20 hours today we had indian tacos which was really good. We saw old faithful yesterday to it was cool.
To start my day off yesterday I was up at 4:00am to arrive at Yellowstone. I have never been there so it’s a day I’ll remember. I have had so many new opportunities to make several memories and I have made sure to soak in all of them. This evening before bible study I was in my cabin talking to all my girls about how much we have enjoyed everyone’s company and everything new we have all learned about each one of us. Preston is my cousin, but I don’t think I have spent as much time with him before as I have this week. As much as I wouldn’t want to admit it, I have enjoyed hanging with him too as I watch us both work for Christ (he said I’m the one being mean but don’t let him fool you). It’s almost to the end of our trip, but I will make sure to take the time to keep up with everyone even once we are back in Braxton.
Well well well…these past two days have been so crazy, exciting, and mesmerizing! Yesterday we awoke at 4:00a.m and left by 5:00a.m. We drove 6 hours to Yellowstone and drove another 5 hours across the park itself. I was hoping to see a wolf but unfortunately it didn’t happen, but I did see loads and loads of buffaloes. The park is so amazing, the land is so untouched that it’s hard to believe that it’s real! On the way home we stopped at this cool little french town that was super pretty! We made it home at 1:00…a.m. Today we woke up at 6:00…a.m ( only got 5 hours of sleep ). I went to the painting project, trying to climb up a 40 foot ladder with no sleep was pretty fun…and we finished it! Tonight we had Navaho bread.( a puffy tortilla shell ) it was great!! Momma I got the recipe! Tomorrow we are having a carnival after VBS and I am so excited! Hard to believe that tomorrow is our last day of full work, I am so sad. P.S. Momma be prepared for laundry…leaving for cowen the day I get back..lol AND ALSO….JORDAN IS BEINING MEAN! So uncle jeff if you are reading this tell her to be nice!
Yesterday we went to Yellowstone National Park. Even though it was my fourth trip, I was still amazed at all the beautiful scenery and landscapes. Bill nicknamed me “hawkeyes” as a joke because I couldn’t spot any of the wildlife until we stopped the vans and got out to look for it. We were in the vans for over 20 hours, but it was an awesome trip! Today we had VBS again and several of our regular kiddos brought their siblings or friends which was great! At the end of the morning, none of them wanted us to leave. We can’t wait to go back tomorrow morning and in the evening for the carnival. After VBS, we went to Kenny’s house to screw down his flooring. We knocked the job out in just over an hour. Jerusha, Kenny’s wife, came out while we were working and told us it was 109 degrees! We were all pretty toasty! Once we finished the flooring, we came back to camp and scrubbed down the bathrooms. They are probably as clean as they have ever been! Everyone pitched in and we also got all the VBS and carnival goodies sorted. Around 4:30 pm, Bill told me that Kenny’s sister was coming to make us Indian Tacos. When we got here, she showed us how to make the Navaho dough and let us roll it into balls. Then, I helped her daughter fry up the dough. I tried to write down all the steps and ingredients. I can’t wait to try and make the recipe when I get home. Someone is going to have to eat some of it though because the recipe is for 40 servings!
Yellowstone had some amazing scenery. We got to feed some chipmunks on the way and saw buffalo, elk, deer, and so much more. The van ride was so much fun. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in my entire life than when Vicki saw elk and started yelling at tapping the window saying “elk, elk, elk” over and over. I was laughing so hard at how excited Vicki was that I barely even got to see the elk. Today I went to VBS and then went and worked on Kenny’s house. It was 110 degrees today and we had no shade, but working was still so much fun as always. Tomorrow is our last full day here and it is so hard to believe. I’ve gotten to know some wonderful people and I am looking forward to getting to know them better throughout the rest of our trip.
110 degrees and no shade! But our crew working on a floor for a house did their work without complaint and with cheerful hearts, ‘as unto the Lord’. It was a joy for me to work with them! A few of us learned to make Indian Tacos this evening. Kenny’s sister taught us. Of course, she does not need a recipe. That was so much fun and ‘many hands make lite work’. The tacos were delicious, but I would not make them too often…think funnel cake without the sugar. I think if there are many leftovers, Bill has plans for breakfast… Yellowstone was amazing, beyond words! And I am sure my photos will not do it justice. So our mission trip has been all about people, and all about God’s absolutely breath taking creation. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to serve!
Yellowstone was neat, although Old Faithful was a little overrated. The sights I saw on the way was what I enjoyed most. You’re driving along a grassland, and suddenly you see a tree… and then another one… and another one. Soon, you are tired of seeing trees. Same deal with the buffalo… unless the thirty-eighth happens to be running two feet from your window. Today was hot. In the morning, I was on the crew that cleaned the church. In the afternoon, I was sent to weed-eat a field with a push weed-eater. No, I didn’t make a mistake typing that. I could have gone faster with a pair of scissors. It was slow, but neither me nor Logan dehydrated or ran into a rattlesnake, so it was a very good time.