Almost 80, but not quite – only 76, to be exact. Not that I (Lisa) planned to do an around-the-world trip when departing Alice Springs on May 4th, but God certainly has a sense of humor.

Leaving Steve to hold down the fort at home, I spent time in Texas with family and friends. (Mother’s Day in Waco with Dorothy and Carla was a special treat!)

Dorothy and Carla

Dorothy and Carla

Hangin' out with RG3

Hangin’ out with RG3

Then I headed to Colorado Springs for two very special graduations – Air Academy High School’s with my good friend Forrest Boulter, and the US Air Force Academy festivities with 2Lt Chris Jordan, whom we had the privilege of sponsoring.

Forrest Boulter with Hal, Theresa and Bruce

Forrest with Hal, Theresa and Bruce

2Lt Chris Jordan

2Lt Chris Jordan

Shortly after I left Alice Springs, Steve was approached with the opportunity for a business trip to England. So instead of flying west to Australia, I hung out in Colorado a bit longer to visit with many good friends – and experience pre-evacuation status during the horrendous Black Forest fire that burned over 500 homes and killed two people…

Dear friends in Colorado Springs

Dear friends in Colorado Springs


Day 1 of the Black Forest fire

…and then flew east to Harrogate in the Yorkshire Dales to join Steve while he works for three weeks. We have found time to explore the countryside when he isn’t hard at work, and I have enjoyed many a walk in the delightful town centre.

In York

In York exploring the Roman fortifications

At Skipton Castle. The yew tree was planted in 1659 by Lady Anne Clifford

At Skipton Castle. The yew tree was planted in 1659 by Lady Anne Clifford.

I have another treat coming – Carla arrives early Monday morning (July 1st) to ‘play’ for a week! She and I are driving up to the Lake District (Cumbria), and maybe even into Scotland, who can tell…

And if all that isn’t enough to keep Steve and me busy before flying home to Australia on July 17th (east through Dubai and Melbourne, hence the around-the-world status for me!), we are flying to Germany in the hopes of seeing Jessica before she deploys to Afghanistan for nine months. An added bonus: getting to meet her fiance Dylan face to face (praise God for Skype!) and having time with them both, we hope.

Jessica and Dylan

Jessica and Dylan

Cheerio, until next time!