Well we’re on our way out west to BC for our Regent class. Hard to believe we’re actually making the trip. Right now we’re at Sarah’s Aunt and Uncle’s place in Winfield, just north of Kelowna, and it smells like breakfast is just about ready.
We were counting yesterday how many alumni we’ve been able to visit so far: we had a few unexpected surprises and it’s been cool to catch up with people again.
After leaving Winnipeg and visiting Sarah’s parents and Josh, we met up with Sean Jennings and Tim Sample in Brandon. Unfortunately, Laurie, Sean’s wife, was already on her way to Springside camp for the week (hopefully she’ll be home on our way back through)—but we had a good visit with Sean and Tim. I hadn’t seen Sean since our wedding. Crazy! We went to Montana’s and talked Rob Bell and how Bible schools need to teach pastors more about organizational administration while we munched on burgers, chips and penne pasta (I ordered the latter!)
From Brandon we went to Moose Jaw for the night and stayed at Kathy Retzer’s house. Sarah met Josh, her fiancée, and we had a few good laughs before Dave and Leanne Falk stopped in.
The next day we left Moose Jaw and headed for Brooks, AB to stay over with Leif and Cara. On a whim, while we were in Swift Current, Sarah thought of calling up Gordon and Karla Hamilton, and Karla was home with Sophia! So we went over to see the new little one and then drove out to where Gordon was working as job foreman on a construction project. In typical FGBC fashion, there were a few more alumni working there as well. Craig Knudsen and Dean Drinnan were up on the rough, and Dean even recognized us and gave us a wave.
Then it was on the road again to Brooks. We got in for supper time and enjoyed chicken and veggie kebobs with Leif, Cara, Damien and Nikolai. So good. For future reference: always barbeque your chicken next to your pineapple—delish! We hung out and played with the kids before turning in. The next day would be our longest yet.
There were storms just past Calgary—you couldn’t even recognize the mountains through the clouds! Thankfully no hail or strong winds. The storm diminished once we made it into the mountains. I just wanted to stop and watch the mountains (“watch”? Yeah, that works…) but we’d be stopping every minute or so they were so awesome. I love spotting little waterfalls cascading down from the snows up high.
After a lengthy drive and many adventures we found our way to Winfield!
Now it’s time to relax…