Sunday, July 09, 2006

We are home again!

We arrived home this afternoon after being gone for 39 days and over 3500 miles. WOW! So much has happened on this trip. When we started the trip both Isaiah and Ezekiel had training wheels on their bikes and now both ride fine without training wheels. Daniel learned to surf. I taught Sue, Daniel, Amy and Natalie how to play pinochle. Maybe I taught them a bit too well as I did not win very many games. At the beginning of the trip Luke would smile occasionally, and now he smiles daily. The other day I was playing with Luke's legs and he began to smile and then it turned into a big smile. At one point, we think he laughed, although it was more of a snort then a laugh. Needless to say we are very excited at this development.

We feel sooooo blessed to be able to take this vacation and had a wonderful time. I will post some more pictures in a day or two.

Thank you to everyone that has been praying for Luke and our family. Luke made it through the trip and stayed heathly. There were a few moments of anxiety, but all in all an awesome trip.

One of my favorite moments on the trip was getting a chance to be a part of the children's ministry in Mexico and to participate in their water baptisms. On the Sunday morning that we went to church in Mexico it was a blessing to see the children in the classrooms we had painted. At the end of the service Pastor Juan had us come up front along with a missionary couple and a children's pastor from another city. Pastor Juan asked the people to come forward and thank us for ministering to them. It was humbling and a blessing to have so many people express their thanks to us. I know for our entire family this was definitely one of the highlights.

Take care and we love you all


Pam&Hal said...

Welcome home! We are so glad you had such a wonderful trip; new adventures, new friends, and rest. Hmmmm, are you sure they didn't know pinochle? I seem to remember another character, Dad, who learned pretty quick as well. Look forward to seeing more pictures.
Love, Pam, Hal, Carl and Paul

Anonymous said...

Hello all!
Glad to hear of your experiences. Tell Ezekiel I am proud of him for learning to ride on two wheels! Looking forward to seeing him in class on Sunday-

Bindress said...

I am so glad you had a fab trip! Too bad we couldnt hook up with eachother.
I can't wait to see your pictures. Have you had the chance to get one of Luke's smile?

Anonymous said...

Yes, we did get a couple of Luke smiling, I will probably replace the main picture with a smiling picture soon.

Luke's Dad

Lisa said...

I'm so glad your family had a good time and Luke stayed in good health. Thank the Lord for that!!!!

lockwoods said...

Yaaay! The Searles are back and had a great time!!!! We pray for you continually and are so excited to see Luke's smile! We rejoice with you over the nice time you had and the blessings that you had. Welcome back home.
The Lockwoods

Carmichael Family said...

I am so glad to hear your trip went so well! Praise God! God bless you all,

annie said...

Your trip sounds like it was so renewing! I am very happy you had such a good time and that Luke did so well. I can't really imagine being gone for 39 days! You are very brave. Praying for more and more great improvements for little Luke.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you all enjoyed the rest of your trip and made it home safely. And how exciting that Luke has started smiling! He is still in my constant prayers. God bless you!

Loni said...

Rejoicing with you over the wonderful vacation you were able to take and that you all made it home safely. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys, I am so glad that you had a good time and that everyone is home safe!! We can't wait to see the pictures! Luke, You keep up the good work. We are still here praying and thinking of all of you. Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

Teena said...

So thankful you had a wonderful trip. I loved the pictures and like I said you touched our hearts as we read about what all you did and about ministering in Mexico. How awesome! This is something your children will always always remember. That is what it is all about.... I can't wait to see the pictures. I am so very thankful, praising our Father in heaven for LUKE'S SMILE .... God is still working miracles in his life and I am so very thankful to be a part of it. YOU ALL have touched our family in such a mighty way.
We love you all!
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

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Teena said...

just checking in. My computer is in the shop and I am checking from Michael's laptop. I will not be one much... Michael leaves Sunday and so goes his computer. Mine make be ready next week???

I have missed you... and miss you blogging.

hope we can chat soon. I think of all of you and LUKE so often.
hugs & blessings,