Wednesday, July 25, 2007

This past week I was with my church, Winnetka Covenant, building a church in Juarez, Mexico. I have been on this Missions trip one other year but we built a small home so this was a different experience especially because we have 40+ people working on the same project. The weather was perfect, as far as rain is concerned anyway because heat is a different story. However, I am definitely on board with any place that allows you to take a 2 hour nap in the middle of the day. Otherwise known as a siesta. I am a big fan of those. It was a lot of hard work but we were able to finish Thursday early afternoon and without a single complaint from anyone the entire week!
It is so amazing that these people, who have a considerable amount less than their U.S. neighbors, can be so happy. You can just feel and see their faith and trust in God as they live out their lives for Him. If only we were able to live our lives with that much trust and faith.
There are many stories or thoughts I could say but I don't have enough space to write so my pictures will tell the story.

Juarez, Mexico
July 16-20 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Danskin Women's Triathlon was this past Sunday and me, Linnea and my mom participated in it. I just want to thank everyone who prayed for us as we trained and throughout the coarse of the actual race day. It was a great event and something that all 3 of us feel very proud of.
I had set 2 goals for myself. The first was to finish without stopping and the second was to finish in under 2 hours. I am very happy to say that I accomplished both goals! I was not so sure about being able to do the whole thing without stopping after the biking leg because the wind made it difficult to go even downhill. That was definitely a challenge but we all got through it and finished!

The swim start
Looking at the swim start from the other direction
The run start
Mom starting the biking leg
Me finishing the bike leg
Linnea finishing the biking leg
After I finished
Gwen playing with my finishing medal
Linnea at the finish line
Mom coming into the finish line

We did it!