July 17

Leaving.

The boy is leaving on a missions trip to Panama.

This picture was sneakily snapped late last night as the boy was rushing about packing for his second missions trip to Panama.

We had a conversation that sounded something like this…

CC: Did you get shampoo

Boy: *dramatic sigh* Yes mom

CC: Deodorant?

Boy: Forgot that

CC: Soap?

Boy: Mom!

CC: Towel?

Boy: (running upstairs to get one) Guess that might come in handy.

CC: What would you do without me?

Boy: *major eye rollage*

We set our alarm so that we could get up 2:30 this morning to kiss him good by, where we had a conversation that sounded something like…

CC: Love you son.

Boy: Love you to mom.

Superman:Did you pack your toothbrush?

Boy:I have a travel one.

CC:Don’t drink the water, and don’t brush your teeth in the water.

Boy:Mom!

CC:*major eye rollage* (or would have if my eyes had been opened)

I stumbled back to bed, and didn’t move till 6:30.

They left the church around 3:15 so they could get to Pittsburg and leave at 7am.

They are in the air now, flying to Panama City, Panama. So, if you see a huge Delta flying overhead, give it a wave. My boy might be on it.

When they get there around quarter till 1, they will sit and wait till 4pm to hop on a little puddle jumper and fly to DavΓ­d (Da veed).

Where they will then climb onto a bus and make a 1-2 hour drive up the mountain to arrive at Bouquete (Bo ket a) around 7pm.

They will spend a week, ministering to the local people. Roofing, pouring concrete, electrical work, and sharing God’s love.

On the 25th, they will reverse the trip and come home.

If I seem a bit distracted, it is because my thoughts are in Panama.

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18 thoughts on “July 17”

  1. I know it’s scary, but it will be so good for your son to do this. My daughter spent a week in Louisiana last year doing cleanup with a mission group and it was great for her. She was adopted from Russia so she had seen [and lived in] severe poverty before, but helping others is a good way to get out of your own head.

    Should there be any sort of problem let me know. I have a friend who is in the diplomatic corps and he is in the US Embassy in Columbia now.

    Dee

  2. I will have my thoughts (read: prayers) in Panama too. I don’t think I’m brave enough to let my kids go that far away from me…and my oldest is only 8. I’ll save some of my thoughts for Pothole, Ohio too, for one very brave mama.

  3. I hope he has an awesome trip. I have always wanted to do something like that but, the fear of planes and the children came along.

    ((HUGS)) I miss my kiddos when they are away too.

  4. I so appreciate the prayers. He went before in 2003. He was barely 13. He had so much fun.

    He is so much more mature now, and I just know that he is going to be impacted so much more this time.

  5. These trips are often life changing. He’s old enough now to really appreciate the impact of what they are doing.

    It’s odd, when you mentioned Boquete I thought….I’ve heard of that place!! I read a number of blogs from Honduras, Costa Rica and there was one from Panama. I’m sure they talked about Boquete.

    Take a deep breath. He’ll be fine and even more grown up when he returns. He’ll be really, really, really tired too.

    – Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  6. Prayers for the mission group and for “the boy” whom soon you will have to start referring to him as “the man”. LOL

    Panama is a long way away. I just never realized so I’m so glad you put those maps up for us. Big Hugs, to you CC. Love ya.

    (sidenote: everytime I read Panama, I always get that Van Halen song in my head! “Panama….Panama..ah ah ah ah ah ah!” LOL) πŸ™‚

  7. I’m sure that your son will have a wonderful time and will be a great blessing to those he is serving. I’ll be praying for both your Chip and you. ((((Hugs))))

    Praisesinger, now I’ve got that song stuck in my head! πŸ˜›

  8. I will be praying for him and the others on the missions trip πŸ™‚

    I hope they have a great time and are able to reach out to alot of people with God’s word ❀

  9. He’ll be in my prayers as will his family back home. (((((CC))))) (((((Superman))))) (((((the Girl)))))

    The week will be over before you know it and there’ll be memorabilia all over the house from the trip. πŸ˜€

  10. Hello! I happened to stumble across your blog from Dwight & Rena’s. How are you? I’m just getting into the blogging myself, started in June. Anyway, hope all is well with you and will look forward to keeping in touch through your blogging!

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