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Chai Mix

Suzanne drinks gallons of chai latte. It is her favorite comfort drink. There is nothing like it when it is cold. Many of you asked for my chai mix recipe, so here it is. This is not original with me, by the way. I got it off the internet and it tastes just like Mystic Chai.
(The photo is not mine...I got it off the internet!)

Chai Tea Mix (Makes 18-20 cups)
2 cups nonfat dry milk powder 2 cups powdered non-dairy creamer 2 cups French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer 5 cups white sugar 3 cups unsweetened instant tea 4 teaspoons ground ginger 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoon ground cloves 2 teaspoon ground cardamom 2 tsp ground nutmeg 2 …

Fall in Pennsylvania

"Come said the wind to
the leaves one day,

Come o'er the meadows
and we will play.
Put on your dresses

scarlet and gold,
For summer is gone

and the days grow cold."
- A Children's Song of the 1880's

Fall, or autumn, is John's favorite season. For me, it may be my least favorite season. I think I don't like it so much because I love summer a lot and it brings the end to summer. Things are dying and it is getting cold, and I don't like being cold. The long evenings are gone, replaced with short days and long nights. The long-sleeved shirts and sweaters have to be brought out and the cool comfortable cottons are put away.

But, there are things to enjoy, too. The colors are brilliant, with the reds, yellows, and oranges mixed in with the green of the grass and the pines, and the blue, blue sky (when the sun shines!). The air is crisp and the smell is unbeatable. Apples and pumpkins are everywhere. The farmers are bringing in their harvests. And John can …

Weeks Eight and Nine of an Eight-Week Trip

I dunno. I must have counted wrong at the beginning because we only added one extra day to our trip. But it was definitely longer than eight weeks!

Anyway, from Florida we drove up to North Carolina to mission headquarters where we had our re-entry interview. That was on Friday. Then Saturday we drove to a town near Greenville, SC and visited supporters. Then we went from there to a supporting church in Jackson, SC. We spoke in Sunday School, morning church, and evening church. We had a great time there as we always do. We ate dinner with the pastor and then had the afternoon to ourselves. It was nice to just have time to read and relax. I spent the afternoon outside. Right beside the church is a tree-lined lane leading up to a house. The trees are enormous and majestic, providing a lot of shade. I'd love to take this whole lane to Niger. They'd be the most popular trees in town!

From there we went back to mission headquarters where we attended a Home Assignment Re…

Weeks Six and Seven of a Two-Month Trip

We spent two weeks in Sebring, FL with my parents. Sebring is where SIM has their retirement center, so the place is full of retired missionaries. They are true heroes of the faith! Most of them, for as long as they are able, are involved in local churches and ministries. My dad, for example, preaches at the prison and my mom organizes prayer letters for the missionaries to pray over in their Thursday night prayer meeting (if you are a SIM missionary it is likely you get prayed for on Thursdays!).

We were able to spend some nice time just relaxing and not going anywhere! We had some good conversations with my parents. Every day was in the high 80's or 90's so we enjoyed the pool. We have several supporters in Sebring so they took us out for meals and we got to spend some great times with them. My parents also had some company in....my dad's cousins from Ohio visited and another day some friends of theirs came over.

It wasn't all fun and games. John prepared a mes…