|Erik, Erica, Noah, Tatum, Jack & Jaida|
The Hotmires treated us to a major league baseball game at the National's stadium. It was our kid's first game and they LOVED it!....and so did we! It was a definite highlight of our summer.
While staying with the Hotmires we took advantage of our location to do some sightseeing. We had a great time, but WOW, it was SOOOO hot!
Our next stop was Ashburn, Virginia and the home of the Zerenner's. We first met Bob and Cathy at the Reston Bible Church's missions conference four years ago. We have kept in contact since and they have been a great encouragement to us. Our kids loved getting to hang out at their house. Our time together was far too short.
|Olivia and Keira|
|The Zerenners - Bob, Cathy, Keira and Cole (Courtney was at work).|
The next stop was the home of Alan and Tracey Crosby. The Crosby's have 3 kids and even though they are younger than our kids, Josiah and Olivia loved playing with them. We have gotten to know the Crosby's because Tracey's mom made a connection with us while we visited Reston Bible four years ago. Alan, Tracey and their small group have adopted us as their small group missionaries. So, for the past four years we have kept up through emails, blogs and a skype call, all of which really made it feel like we have known them for years. It was so great to finally meet them all in person.
|Alan, Tracey, Noah, Chloe and Rachel|
|I love this picture! Thanks Tracey!|
Wow, this post is getting L O N G. Our last stop was Pittsburgh, PA and the Dunbar home. Steve and Kristen are good friends from our Moody Aviation days and then they followed us to Ecuador too. They are now living in PA where they grew up. I love that it doesn't matter how much time has passed - we just pick right back up where we left off. We sure miss them in Ecuador.
Our last stop on this trip was Hocking Hills, Ohio. But, that will have to wait for another day...