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North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis July 19th 2007

I just got back from a fabulous mission trip to Costa Rica with the youth group. I was so amazed at the beauty of the country and both the people there and the people in our group. Our group was so receptive to Costa Rican culture. They were eager and ready to step outside their comfort zones. We saw God in so many places: each other, mountains, waterfalls, the rainforest, the conference center staff, the construction workers, children, pastors, etc. We all pulled our gifts and talents together to create an amazing team. I am going to miss all of the youth and everyone at Webster Hills dearly. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope to hear updates. Looking toward the future. I am leaving for Minnesota tomorrow to go to ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis July 9th 2007

The St. Louis Gateway Arch greeted us after our overnight train trip. It wasn't that bad after all. We slept but I think I bothered everyone with my snoring. I need to take care of that soon! We walked over to our hotel and were excited to get our day started. We are staying right next to the arch and plan to take a few of the sights around the neighborhood as well. We start off with a quick hike to the courthouse and Gateway Arch for a few pictures. As we got closer I kept in mind my great fear of heights and thinking how maybe this time it wouldn't be so bad. Tony once again mentioned how for someone so terrified of heights I sure do seem to make myself go up in the ... read more
St. Louis Gateway Arch
Hugging the Arch
Gateway Arch

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis July 4th 2007

Dad and I left today , July 4, 2007, at around 2pm. We drove down to the Chain of Rocks Bridge but did not walk across it because it was starting to rain, and to be honest it was a pretty sketchy area. We are going to revisit it on a much nicer day. From the Chain of Rocks Bridge we began the actual driving of Route 66 (this is where it gets exciting), skipping the dodgy part of West Florissant and got on Highway 70 going towards downtown. It started to rain right around this time, forcing us to put the top up :(. We then picked up right back on Route 66 at Gravois just beneath the Arch, where we cut over to Chippewa taking us to Ted Drews Frozen Custard . I ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis June 9th 2007

Of course, we had to make sure before we left the country that we had a going away bash at the Lake of the Ozarks. This relaxing fun-filled weekend gave Nick and I a chance to have some good times with the best of company. We sure are going to miss the little macho man, Eli. ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis June 6th 2007

Restored text from database failure. Some content may be lost. Today's the day and it's very hard to say goodbye to family. But, in another respect we are going back home as well. We had some early morning visitors who gave us a gift. Teresa, Nathan and Lee made us a "Wilson" of sorts that is to go around the world with us. They've named him "ernst". He will travel in our packs and have his picture taken in front of the world's greatest landmarks! :) Our packs are packed up and Lachlan had to omit a few things. We still probably have too much, but we are going to shed a few things in the UK anyway. Even with a pair of high heels (for weddings only!), Brigid's pack still has less things in it! ... read more
The Gang
Our backpacks

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis » WashU June 4th 2007

So we're almost off. It's unbelievable to think about. In fact, we really haven't been thinking about it at all. People are asking us everyday, "How excited are you?". We are excited to go on our adventure, but at the same time we've been so busy with work, packing our apartment, getting things together for the trip and trying to see people "for the last time" that we haven't thought about the reality of actually leaving. I have little snippets of realization that things--"the end of the world as we know it"--are coming to an end. The last time we go to a Cardinal's game for the year (they aren't doing that great anyway, so are we really going to miss anything??), a totally empty apartment and the last time you walk out that door ... read more
Cleaning out the apartment
The last thing left in the apartment

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 16th 2007

Entry 2 in the Q and A session... after this one we'll get to talking about fun stuff...! 3. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO SAVE FOR THIS!? This is actually often the first question that people ask. I think that the question itself is really just a thinly disguised 'lure', not-so-subtly designed to draw out the answer to the 'real' question ("How much is this costing you!?" - "How much money do you have!?") Kind of like when a woman asks his husband "What are you doing tonight?", when really she means "What are WE doing tonight?" - "What are YOU doing for ME tonight?". In fact, several people have been bold enough to just ask it outright. I appreciate that. But no-one should feel bad about wanting to know this... it's natural... or at least, ... read more

As a quasi grad school graduation gift to Axel, Laurie decided to take him for an exciting day in St. Louis. We started the day by strolling through some of the cute downtown neighborhood and checking out the flooding situation near the Arch. Because of the massive amount of rain and flooding, the parking area on the levy by the St. Louis arch was completely under water. It really brought home the impact of this natural disaster and its effect on all of the local farmers and homes. The highlight of the day was the St. Louis City Museum . Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed ... read more
Crawling Through the Belly of a Whale
Low Crawl!
Bank Vault

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis May 11th 2007

Okay folks. It is finally here. The blog. Isn't it fun!? Ha ha ha. After much harassment we have finally set this up... there is loads to cover, and we've never done anything computer savvy like this before, so for the sakes of breaking us all in gently, we're going to try and keep this one short and simple... photos, maps and pretty accoutrements like that will no doubt follow in the entries of the future, but for now, light a candle and enjoy the rustic feel of entry number 1... If you're here, you most likely are a friends, and already have a pretty good idea of what we're up to. If you're here by random chance then WELCOME... and please read on. If we get a million visitors or something ridiculous, maybe we can ... read more

North America » United States » Missouri » St Louis April 29th 2007

St. Louis ZooSt. Louis Zoo was just named the best zoo in the U.S., and it's free!!!We decided to go with some friends and had a really good time. The zoo is really big and is well maintained. They create "natural habitats" for the animals to live in, not cages. We spent about 4 hours at the zoo and still did not see everything. More pics to come.... read more

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