I think this past nine months has been the longest I have been away from my family. I've lived away from home a couple of times but have always gone back for Christmas. Since our wedding I have not been back to AK to see any family and I have to admit though life is really good right now I do miss them.
This past week my dad flew down to LA to visit and it was WONDERFUL!! He came to see us and to participate in a pastor's conference at our church. Our time together reminded me how much I do miss my family. Married life is amazing and our time down here has been good but I'll admit I am very much looking forward to getting back to Alaska this coming July.
We had some special reunions while my dad was here. Ashley (Ryan) Mehringer and Matt came over for dinner the first night. We had a great time catching up, reminising about AK and thinking of ways to cause preterm labor . . . like long walks, doing stair repeats that kind of thing. Laura warned dad that he better not see her first grandchild before she got to. Good news, Ashley hasn't delievered and is now just one week away from her due date!
Another super cool reunion happened the first day of the conference. My dad was waiting to meet up with Ben when he saw an old friend of ours Fred Gums across the way. Fred and Kamie used to live near us in North Dakota. Their kids David and Marie were our best friends for years. I still keep in touch with Marie. SMALL WORLD. My parents recently flew to Iowa to visit Fred and Kamie for a surprise ministry thing at his church.
Another fun Alaska reunion happened Sunday morning between services. We met up with Chuck and Becca Martin long time friends of ours from Wasilla, AK. The Martins moved to Los Angeles years ago and Becca was actually my connact person to get a job in the school district that I am currently working for. Dad really enjoyed catching up brief as it was with both of them and their daughter Kailyn who is a senior this year. It's amazing to see how God intertwines and uses friendships from all avenues and stages in life to continue to bless us.
Matt and Ashley
Chuck and Becca Martin