This is the little-known "HI" tree in my hometown - Omaha, Nebraska. It's not as nice as it used to be, but I was glad to see that it's still standing. While out doing some Geo-Caching in the area, I just had to get a photo of it... in spite of the fact that I was unsuccessful finding the hidden cache at this spot!
I'm relatively new to Geo-Caching, having started in January of 2016. The majority of my finds have been in Kenya, plus a few in Uganda. But during this recent home-stay, I found my first 18 in the U.S. Fourteen of those were in Nebraska, plus one in Ohio, and three in New York City. In fact, I logged #50 in NYC.
Here is a small sampling of some of the friends with whom I reconnected.
|Ethiopian food (called Injera) and sweet tea with Ryan|
|Lunch with Cheryl, a good friend in Chicago, on a cold and blustery winter day|
|A 5-hour (!) lunch with Pat, a missionary friend who serves in Guatemala|
|Catching up with Donna, over a Subway sandwich|
|What could be better than munching on pickled okra while playing Scrabble?!|
|Melissa, another missionary friend, introduced me to Greater ice cream in Cincinnati|
|The Ark Museum in Kentucky was a special treat with Larry|
|Two wonderful days at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, with Jill|
|Finally painting the walls, after removing the very stubborn wallpaper|
When I'm in the US, I typically spend the longest amount of time at my mom's house. While there, I enjoyed sprucing up her yard by trimming bushes and trees, raking leaves, etc. It was also fun to do some remodeling-type work in the upstairs bathroom.
During my 5.5-month home-stay, I was in a total of 11 states and 14 cities.
|You have to slow down a bit to see such simple beauty in nature|
For the second time, I went to Baan Sabai (meaning Tranquil House, in the Thai language). Located in rural southeast Indiana, it's a wonderful place to rest, reflect, and renew after another field-stay. Talking over and processing things with veteran missionaries, Dave and Irene is so very beneficial. Additionally, I took many walks which provided more time to process and listen to the Lord... and watch lady-bugs!