Whew. What a day. I got up early and jogged a bit, then headed to my sister Bethany’s house for Five Hours O’ Fun (the girls were off school for Election Day). We had the most beautiful, relaxing day swinging and eating and laughing and loving on Isabelle and playing games in THEIR NEW TREE HOUSE!
Stewart is amazing. He gets these crazy ideas in his head, and then he doesn’t stop until he’s made them reality. And he’s so stinkin’ resourceful that he finds ways to do things for super-cheap/free. (And now that I think about it, all three of my brothers-in-law are like this.)
My favorite invention has got to be Isabelle’s Barbie jeep that Stew hooked up to a remote control. She was riding in that thing when she was just a few months old, hands on the steering wheel like she was driving it herself. You should see the double takes people do!
And now he built a TREE HOUSE! I forgot my camera or I’d have awesome pictures for you. As Bethany said on her blog a couple days ago, “Ever since I saw that episode on Punky Brewster when they built their tree house, I have wanted one, and my dream is finally coming true!”
I love you, Bethany.
Then we drove home to Columbus rush hour traffic, ate a quick supper and headed to our church office for our first CAMBODIA MEETING!! Gabe and I are going with a group from our church to Cambodia! July 7-17! I’m super excited!
But it’s late, and I’m tired, and I need a little bit of time to process everything from our meeting before I tell you all about it. And then I’ve got to get geared up for the daunting task of fund-raising for the trip.
And here’s where I get gut-honest for a moment (and then don’t mention this again). If you were around for the whole Zoo Trip–especially the part where we had our 15 minutes of fame and got on TV and stuff, you might recall some accusations about our family that were made on my blog. Folks who said we mooched off of people and used others’ hard-earned money to finance a year-long vacation around the country. And even though I knew those remarks weren’t true, they hurt. And still do these many months later if I dwell on them for too long.
The truth? We stayed in people’s homes, yes. And they fed us, yes. And many, many times they lavished love and gifts on us that were beyond our comprehension. And bless their sweet, generous, beautiful hearts.
But we didn’t ask for money. And our home and kitchen table are open to anyone who ever needs a place to stay or just wants to pop by for a visit.
And calling us moochers is actually WAY more offensive to the wonderful people we met than it is to us. They gave willingly, freely, from the bottom of their hearts. And man, we love them for it and will never forget a minute of it.
This Cambodia thing is different. Gabe and I will be asking people for money. And I’m not going to apologize for it. If giving toward our trip is something that would bless you, we would love to have your support. If you don’t feel a nudge from God to give, that is 100% totally okay with us. And I mean that. We are constantly getting asked to give toward things like this. Sometimes we feel God saying, “do it!” and other times we don’t.
And if it bothers you that we’re asking for support, I can’t do anything about that. And as my pragmatic, yet comforting, husband would say, “Anytime you’re doing work for God’s kingdom, you’re going to be met with opposition. If there’s no opposition, you’re probably not really doing work for God’s kingdom.”
I would love for you to pray about giving to our trip, but honestly? What I would REALLY love is if you’d pray for us period. And for the people of Cambodia.
And I just totally wrote way more than I meant to. Over the next few days, we’re going to be sending out support letters via snail mail and e-mail. If you’d like us to send you one, please let me know.
I love you guys. And I’m really, really, really looking forward to sharing Cambodia with you in the weeks and months to come!