Me and Barbara
She gave me a wet hug before I was ready for being wet...
On Friday, we drove the few hours from Fredericton to St. John, New Brunswick. Sarah told us she wanted to see the reverse falls, which has something to do with the Bay of Funde meeting the St. John River and exploding or something. She wanted to be there at noon because of something with the tides. I slept most of the drive, after reading a bit, and woke up when we stopped at what I thought were the falls. I was blurry, but saw cars and a fence and a plain-looking building that said St. John Airport. Still fuzzy. Sarah jumps out and says, “Happy Easter!” and runs inside. Honestly, I thought she had figured out a way to get my package up here from the house or something. Then I saw her walking towards us with someone else. Jenn! I could not get the door open fast enough! My legs were asleep, and I was still buckled, but I managed to run and give her a big hug. What a great surprise!
We spent the rest of the evening laughing and talking and swimming with the kids. Another pool with a slide! Lots of fun. I was amazed at
the depth of friendship from a few weeks spent on tour- after about 20 minutes of her being here, our convo had moved from catching up to much deeper- things like what God is doing and what we’re learning. It was great. We had all the chaperons over to play some Dutch Blitz and cards and then made a quick run to Dairy Queen. She stayed in my room and we stayed up far too late talking.
When we were swimming, a couple of the smaller boys tried to “take us on” and were pushing and growling and wrestling of sorts. Michael and I went on like this for quite some time. I wasn’t sure what the point was or how to “win” but we kept going. Then I put him over my shoulder and carried him to the top of the slide so we could slide down. At the top, he sort of did this jumpy, crawly thing- I couldn’t tell if he was a dinosaur or a leopard or something. It was hilarious.
Far too early, we got up to go to our very last load-in. The crew was great- definitely one of our best. Load
in was quick; focus was great (I had two great focusers, so we could multitask and fly.) For lunch, we went down the street to a great little market with everything you could imagine- fruit and veggies, small kiosk restaurants, souvenirs… It’s just too bad we can’t bring fruit across the border- it looked great! After lunch, Sarah, Jenn and I Blitzed for a while. (I was whooping up!)
Our last show was great. Although, I realized straight away that my blue and yellow top lights were patched backwards (the only show I didn’t check) and then once I fixed them, one of was still wrong. Cowboy helped be my eyes onstage and we got it all settled in time for the cues it would have been noticeable. Other than that, it was all good.
Prossy, Jordan and Jenn all left on the same flight today at 5:35 or something ridiculous, so we opted just to stay up with them all night, until they left at 4. We had a good time- watching movies, chatting, playing games. When they left at 4, it was super windy and starting to snow. It was sad to see them go, but
Look at Auntie Sarah!
Me, Uncle Victor, Joan and Diana - with Joshua B behind
I’m sure we’ll see them all again sometime. Sarah and I went back to my room and crashed hard. Amanda also left today. Last night, all the kids were together with the aunties and uncles, and when they came out, there were a few girls crying, bawling because they didn’t want so many people to leave. That one was heart-wrenching.
Woke up just after 12, did my quiet time and tried to figure out a plan for eating. (We opted not to go to church with the Choir.) Sarah, Kyle and I had a great Easter meal at a restaurant and came back to the hotel. I was going to nap while the kids were swimming, but I went to see what was going on in the pool and Victor was the only adult swimming with them (a few others were watching.) I figured he needed reinforcements (26 children vs 1 uncle can be crazy, and we have a shortage of uncles and aunties these days- or will soon) so Sarah and I opted to swim for a bit.
It was lots of fun. Crazy, still. Lots of sliding and throwing and splashing and laughing. They were hanging
Sarah and Her Bagchecks
Lynate, Barbara and Immaculate
on my neck, sitting on my lap, standing on my legs and on my back. Oh my. Barbara was hanging out with me, sort of cuddling/sitting on my lap while all the boys were doing the dinosaur thing, pouncing us again. She said, “one hand against two hands.” (I was using one hand to hold her and the other to defend us against the boys.) I think at one point it was at least 8 of the boys against Sarah and me. Then Uncle Victor came down and some of the girls joined in. There were probably 18-20 kids swarming us at this point. Wow.
I wanted to nap, but it was almost dinnertime. We went with the kids to an Italian place. Our last real meal together. I had a nice chat with Auntie Alice while we were waiting and eating.
This is our last night all in one place.
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