Actually we’ve been back for a week…but life has been non-stop since we got home.
This afternoon I finally got a chance to clean and start laundry and then there were the important things that had to get done tonight.
Recorded episodes of Real Housewives anyone?
And my goodness, I just checked the last blog post to see where I left off.
That last picture still takes my breath away…that was the interstate my friends!
So where to start?
Well, after leaving the hotel and finding that the interstate was shut down, Husb proceeded to locate every possible route to get around the road closures.
Does anyone else’s Husband do this?
Sadly, for him the DOT was one step ahead of him and had planted DOT “agents” at each of the interstate entrances.
Defeated, we went back to town, ate at the Squeeze In for the second time and got pelted by snow.
However, we weren’t defeated for long!
After 4 hours we were on the road headed straight for Tecate!
Well, after Natalie picked us up in San Diego…and after we got through the border….then we were on the road headed straight for Tecate!
There is always a hint of anxiety going over the border.
I mean, there are guys with big guns that don’t speak my language watching us.
But friends, let me tell you, it isn’t the boarder crossing that I should be worried about.
It’s the roads…they play tricks on my stomach.
All I have to say is Dramamine is my best friend, and Shea because he was my Dramamine supplier.
In spite of my wimpy stomach, we had so much fun.
Although this wasn’t our first trip to the studio, it was our first studio experience.
We were able to see first hand the work of God in a community that so badly needs healing.
Sounds of the electric guitar and drums, the faint fumes of spray paint, the Spanish language, laughing children and teenagers all colliding in a large concrete space dedicated to God.
As contradictory as this sounds…it is peaceful and comforting.
And as all the glory is rightly given to God…it is impossible to ignore his daughter Natalie.
You can only be encouraged toward the Lord as she exemplifies what it means to walk in obedience to the Lord.
We are so incredibly blessed to have a friend in her!
Okay, enough of the mushy stuff…lets get to some pictures ;)
The first two days we hung out at the studio with Natalie, meeting many of her friends and students.
And yours truly started a project inspired by this painting.
It was very much a team effort and boy was I thankful the art teacher was in the house!
By the way, the guy below in the hoodie, that’s my Dramamine supplier!
He is also a missionary and goes into some scary dangerous parts of TJ handing out clothes, food and speaking the gospel to people that have endured more than most of us can even imagine.
And then there is Natalie’s other right hand man…Adrian.
He is the Maestro…teaching teenage boys how to play guitar and drums so they can one day lead worship.
Adrian is incredibly tenderhearted and is such a comfort to all our hearts that he has chosen to serve the Lord through the studio.
On the third day we got up bright and early to start cooking a Thanksgiving meal for all the families that come to the studio.
And Natalie doesn’t have an oven.
How do you cook a Thanksgiving meal in which 90% of the dishes need to be baked?
The Lord’s provision…big time!
Two of the turkeys were dropped off with sweet friends and the rest was all prepared in the kitchen of another of Natalie’s friends.
And as crazy as all the prep work was…the night was incredible.
Families even suggested that Natalie open up an American restaurant in town…I think that’s a pretty good sign that she pulled it off
And this little guy…stole my heart.
He wanted nothing to do with me the first day I met him…he was much more interested in Husb.
But I didn’t give up!
By the end of the trip he would smile and wave and goof around a little with me.
And he has such a talent for artwork!
I pray the Lord uses those talents to do great things one day!
I have a few more fun pictures of Mexico and Sequoia National Park to show you but I think I’ve hit my limit on this post.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are having fun preparing for Christmas!
It will be here soon!