Shortly after we arrived, we packed up again and headed to Frankfort for two games. This is the first time we've been able watch my nephew (#10) play basketball and my nieces (#12 & #13) play volleyball on their home school teams.
The Crowd sitting in the chosen spot behind the net;
certainly not the safest place but we sure did pay attention! A- adores her aunt.
Our family is praying about joining K in her adventure next summer in Asia for one week on the ship. It is unknown as to yet which port they will be in or if they'll have room for our family, but if God works out the details, we'll go.
So for Family Fun Night this week our goal was to learn a little bit about India. We've been following Sonlight's My Passport to India video series about a man named Chris and his 10 day journey to India to find more about the work that Mission India is doing in the country.
***Dum Ka Keem in process
Tonight we enjoyed a recipe for Dum Ka Keem recommended by a friend and learned how to make Roti (flat bread) complements of Manjula's You tube video. Try as we may we couldn't get them to puff up quite like she did but our finished products were tasty when wrapped around the meat.
Our evening finished with an inspiring Torchlighter's animated version of the story of Amy Carmichael. This missionary to India is best known for rescuing children. Her heart's desire was summed up in this quote:
Give me the Love that leads the way The Faith that nothing can dismay The Hope no disappointments tire The Passion that'll burn like fire Let me not sink to be a clod Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God
No one in here knows how pretty my shoes are, A- giggled as she made the observation after surveying the hurrying customers at our local grocery store. She had seen these particular shoes, Leopard Fiona Flats, in the store the day before and exclaimed, "These are so awesome!" And she would like everyone to know it.
Location: Heading back to GA along the long lonely road of I-16.
Lunch Stop: L & I are reading aloud Eat More Chikin: Inspire More People in preparation for a field trip to the corporate office of Chick-fil-A, so she begged to stop at Chick-fil-A in Beaufort for lunch. This trip we finally read the chapter as to how Chick-fil-A began. On the wall was one of his quotes, Food is essential for life, therefore make it good. Our food was enjoyed by all.
Our sunrise excursion gave us a good start to the day so we actually had the camper packed up and were off the site by 10:30. We headed over to the nature center hoping to have them identify some of our photographed creatures only to find they were closed. After a stroll on the fishing pier enjoying the company of some animated asian ladies fishing for crabs, a fisherman that had his line snapped by a very large and fast fish, and a couple pointing out frolicking dolphins, we were on the road by 11:30 a.m.
We had a fairly uneventful ride chatting with K as she was getting ready for bed on the ship in Malta.
One diversion was a gas stop off of 16 at a BP gas station that also has a "petting" zoo. For $1 per person we got to see a menagerie of creatures bending the wire fencing straining to get at the meager bag of food we carefully tossed their way. Perhaps the most entertaining, and sad, creature was the huge toothless bull that opened his mouth giving the clue that we were to throw the food onto his tongue. A far cry from the natural habitat that we had been experiencing for the past week.
7 p.m. We pulled into our familiar cul-de-sac ready for dinner, ready to rejoin J&E and to get ready to head back to Konos in the morning.
It was E's idea to watch the sunrise with her dad one of the mornings. They enjoyed their time so much, we decided to do the same the last morning in the campground. Waking everyone at 7 a.m. was a chore when we had grown accustomed to sleeping in. But with the birds singing all around us we made the jaunt to the beach in time to watch the sun rise above the horizon. How Great Thou Art rang through my head as I gazed at the beauty and enjoyed one last walk on the beach.
***Picnicking at the Nature Center overlooking the inlet
The hardy headed out one morning to tackle the bike trails going the length of the island from the campground past the lighthouse and on to the nature center. The first trail zips up and down rolling hills through tight dirt and root filled paths lined with saw palmettos leaving even the fittest a bit winded. Around the middle of the island the paths become more level and are wider.
E&L were separated from the others for a bit and look what slithered across their path!
Another fun place that everyone enjoyed was biking by the sea. Our campsite was close to the walkway to the beach so often times the kids would take their bikes instead of walking.
Also at low tide the ride from the lighthouse to the campground is beautiful.
Part of the coast is covered with this driftwood forest.