On July 23rd John and I flew with his mom to Washington State. My mother-in-law is one of five sisters, all of whom are still living.
She is the oldest.
All five of them have the gift of hospitality, so we attended picnics
at each of the four sister's homes. I think we had a picnic or outing almost every day.
One day we went up THE mountain. That is Mt. Rainier, the favorite landmark of the area.
Another day we went to the beach
and spent the day in the beach house of one of John's cousins.
It was a cold, dreary day, but we had fun anyway. One of the sisters and her husband couldn't go on that outing.
One of John's aunts and uncle live on a lake.
We spent almost a week just enjoying the peace and quiet there.
We got to visit friends from Niger,
including the Bankes and the Kozakowskis. It was fun to see them on this side of the pond.
One day we drove north of Seattle and visited a friend from high school days. We stayed overnight and then the next morning another friend from high school
and his family came for breakfast. Here we are, three friends from high school.
One Sunday we shared about our work in Niger at a church near Tacoma. It was neat to see their wall displays about the T---, the people group from Niger that they have adopted.
We flew home on the 8th and are now back in PA. A week from now we move to Maryland. There is a lot to do between now and then!