7am! Wow what an early morning … see Emelia’s reaction to it while in the car. But once we got on the road it was clear sailing, well, almost. We hit a construction zone just as soon as we got into California and then another once we got closer to San Francisco. But we are here now in Walnut Creek safe and sound and in a beautifully remodeled church – Saint Matthew Lutheran Church.
Along the way though we saw some beautiful sites. This was Mt. Shasta in northern California … We all scampered out of the car for a few minutes to stretch our legs and take a few pictures.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that last night while the concert was going on Phil and Kathe joined us in Klamath Falls. They drove their Toyota Prius down to chaperone the trip. The added thing that Phil and Kathe brought to the trip (among many others) is connections. Kathe’s niece – Nancy – owns a restaurant in Napa, CA (called Graces Table). So our early morning this am was to be able to have lunch at Graces Table and boy did we lunch!
The girls all ordered various things from the menu – burgers, gnocchi, chicken breast sandwich – but then through Phil and Kathe’s family’s graciousness they each received a dessert of their choice – 3 chocolate mousses and 1 cheesecake. Needless to say chocolate and cake for teenagers goes over well! Thank you Phil and Kathe and thank you Graces Table!
And now we’re just here at Saint Matthew. We just had our first dinner together that any of us have cooked – Danielle and Sidra did a great job with sloppy joes and watermelon. And in a few minutes we’re going to start our evening worship/bible study/devotion time. During this time each evening we’ll be looking at the book of Philippians and studying what good things Paul has to say to us through that book.
Well I think that is about all for now. Tomorrow we’re off to St. Anthony’s to serve hot meals to folks who are homeless. Pray for our safe travel and for our hearts and minds to be open to those we meet.
Blessings to you all!