I do not like not being able to connect with my family. I miss my kids so much—at least when I get an e-mail from them I feel connected (it’s that control thing ; )
Allan and I are now alone on the cruise—my MIL and two SIL’s got off the ship Sunday morning in Japan. Bev called home on Saturday because her husband had been to the doctor for some tests. The news was not good and she needed to get home ASAP. Allan and I have struggled with whether we should get off the ship or not. After prayer and much discussion, we decided to stay on until Beijing. (There really is nothing we can do if we go home to Winnipeg) Bev wants us to go on and take lots of pictures so she can enjoy the trip through us. So that is what we are going to try to do.
My thoughts will be with my sweet brother-in-law. There are three things I want each of you to know about him—first, I can’t hear the phrase “he would give you the shirt off his back” without thinking of him; and second, he is the best missionary I have ever seen—he will talk to anyone, ANYWHERE!!! Finally, he just loves Bev so much. Bev and Homer were married about 5 years after Allan and I--and to watch Bev has be so happy has been wonderful. My heart is breaking for her.
We have been to Muroran, Japan. We went on a great tour--road a gondola up to Mt. Usu. We saw some beautiful scenery. We also went to the hot springs near Lake Toya. The landscape was absolutely gorgeous--dense forest and rolling countryside. We even got to practice some of our Japanese when we bought ice cream.
Yesterday we went to Vladivostok, Russia. It took a long time before we could ever get off the ship in Russia--you have to wait for the officials to get on board and look at everyone's passports. We docked at like 5:00 a.m. and were not allowed off the ship until near 8:30. Allan and I walked into town. My SIL, Gerry, wanted t-shirts for her kids so we went all over looking for a souvenier shop--not an easy task. This was an interesting city--the women were very fashion conscious. All the women wore heals with EVERYTHING!!! I have a picture of one of the Russian soldiers in her uniform (pants, heavy jacket, hat) with a pair of heals. It was interesting.
As we were walking the streets, trying to find the shop we ran into two missionaries. It was so fun to visit with them for a couple of minutes. One was from Mesa and the other from Las Vegas. They gave us directions to the souvenier shop, we slipped them a couple of dollars for a hamburger and went on our way. I could have kicked myself for not getting a picture.
Thanks for all your comments--Just wanted to check in with all of you and let you know we are doing well. I just know one day I will be able to get on and read all your blogs. (I miss you all) I want to know how all of you are doing--and I want to hear all about the Women's Broadcast, so I'm going to go and find a blog where someone has posted all about it.
Hugs to all of you.