We had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Great Britain this last week. What a great few days we experienced! David had to work in GB and stay for about 10 days but the girlies and I decided to join him for part of the trip to see a few great friends and part of London (in a day). We drove from our house to our friend's house (the Briggs) west of London. It took us about 12 hours traveling to get there and the girls did wonderful. We dropped a car off at the airport so that when us chicks flew home we would just get in our car and drive back to our place. So, we drove through part of Belguim into France to catch the ferry with our car across to England. How cool is that?! The girls were thankful for the break and Norah was loving that we were on a boat.
|So happy on the ferry ride!|
|Stephen, Melissa & Benjamin in front of their beautiful home.|
|Behind Norah is the palace. Isn't Nors so beautiful!?|
|The flag is up and the Queen is in :)|
|Cheerio from London!|
|Norah was in love with the fountains at Trafalgar Square.|
|Big Ben and Parliament. A truly beautiful building|
After the day of exploring we spent another wonderful evening with friends! Jeff & Sharon have been friends with my parents since before I was born so seeing them and catching up was like being with family. It was so awesome to talk about the transitions of moving (overseas) and building community and support wherever we go (and they go). Jeff has the pleasure to work for the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and with that job has come a lot of moves (more than 11). It was just so great to talk about where we're at with our transition overseas and where they are at (they just moved to London 3 months ago). David and I felt very encouraged and loved by being with the Andersons - thanks for having us!
For the next two days David had to drive and speak at two different bases so the girls and I played stayed and played on the AF base. We walked around the grocery store and BX and played at the park. Here's a fun thing we did... the party aisle at the BX had packages of cheap sunglasses ($2/5 pairs) so instead of worrying about them breaking or losing a nice pair we got a package of cheap ones! Great entertainment for us all :)
|We love those Andersons!|
|I heart her. Adorable.|
The weekend David had between speaking engagements he used wisely by exploring the beautiful landscape in Northern England (Yorkshire)! He went on a 15 mile loop through 4 different towns in the hills. Despite getting lost for an hour and walking through private property with angry looking sheep staring him down, it was a success!
One of the things David appreciated most about the hike was the local hiking community. There were tons of people doing multi-day trips by staying in hostels and B&B's that accommodate walkers. David grabbed a delicious microbrew at a pub in the middle of the hike!