where we sit in the back, eat pizza, role their eyes at me and all the photos, go to the arcade, get a lecture on shot glasses, and make andy feel uncomfortable.
MISSION TRIP 2015 – OKLAHOMA
this year I went on the mission trip. I don’t know why but I went. we went to oklahoma and spent a day in texas. we missed our first flight. we got a quick flight to Houston where I thought we were going to be stuck until we died. they split our group and sent me and 4 kids to new orleans (to connect to dallas) and as we were getting off the plane we heard the last call for that flight. we made it and got to dallas. I asked the lady at the counter where andy and the rest of the kids were and she said what do you mean they are in Houston. I told her no. because andy told me they were on a plane about to take off (I just didn’t know where to and when they would get to dallas with us). she looked and said what is your name…I told her…and she said oh it looks like you are still in Houston too! so apparently there was a black hole in Houston (I believe it) but she finally found that andy and one youth was on a plane to Tulsa (I knew he was with the rest). we were reunited and the rest of the trip was very go with the flow.
while my group was stuck in dallas we were sure we would never see our friends again. we knew we would be stuck forever. we made plans to get jobs while we waited when we ran out of money. we planned our meals. we found with outlets a corner and hunkered down.
waiting to load the rental van. it was so hot.
we did yard work and some minor building repairs at a church (associated with the Choctaw tribe). there were some down times, so we did a lot of random photos (trying to do best impressions of band cover photos, awkward family photo, or just weird photos)
we saw some wild life a toad that went to sleep. and a snake. not a rattle snake but let’s be honest any snake is pretty much a cobra.
in some of the down time I got to walk around the church campus and down the road to get pictures.
we explored the town a little bit.
the people there were wonderful to be around and fed us amazing food. at the end of our time there they gave us handmade gifts. on the last day while two of the youth were helping finish up a project the rest of them played volley ball. you could tell how happy that made the church members. they talked a lot about the hope that our youth gave them.
putting up with group photo shoot
our cabins were nice.
on our free day we went to a lake (that was still flooded from a few weeks before). we went to the casino for lunch. we were told that there was a lot to do at the casino for kids (but that part wasn’t open yet). we went to a durant. there wasn’t much to do there. but we made the most of it.
we went to texas to the childrens home. we helped with some yard work. pulling weeds and trimming trees and bushes. it was miserably hot and humid. but we were able to work slow and take a lot of breaks.
we celebrated with a night on the town in denton, tx. it was a wonderful little town. we had a blast. we shopped. had dinner. had ice cream. listened to music. and at 9:19 it was still 94 degrees outside.
we made it to the airport early just to be sure we didn’t miss another flight…only to have that flight delayed. it didn’t matter. we made it and I survived.
this year we had a bigger group so we had two houses. we had a blast. it was a very fun dynamic group of kids. one of the houses (our main house) was close enough to events to where kids came and went. we had a great porch that over looked people walking to and from different places and so our kids would yell “hey” as people walked by. we became known as the “hey porch house.” I will say I was very proud of my kids. one of our youth got stung so I asked if anyone had any tobacco products to put on the sting (no punishment or questions asked – and everyone said no)! we had tent city next to our porch. at the girls house we had a cut out of a coyote and it kept moving around the house. it was pretty funny.
HIGH SCHOOL LAWN PARTY
kick off the school year right!
MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCK-IN AND BON FIRE
COLOR WARS NIGHT
we made our own color chalk and did games with the chalk….it didn’t work out as well. next time we will just buy the stuff. it smelled funny, was the consistency of weird jello, and the kids spread it on the ground and rolled in it to try to get it to stick.
I think that catches me up from church activities. I know there were a lot of things I didn’t have my camera for, but this is a taste of the past year thus far!