Monday, 31 March 2008

My trip to Mississippi - & - poor Papa :) !!

Hi to you all! This is mama !! I had a wonderful trip! Nine of us left in our church van and drove 9 hours to Gauthier, MS. We arrived at 1AM Friday morning and had to set up our cots & sleeping bags in a local church recreation center. 140 other people were there already so we had to be quiet as we went to bed.

At 6:30AM they woke us for breakfast. Short night! After breakfast we had devotions then they bussed us to Gulfport, MS where we did various construction tasks at different sites. I was assigned to a local church that had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. My job was to help lay floor tile in the men's restroom! :( ! They fed us well and all activities were well planned. On Saturday we did the same thing. Evening activities included such things as table games and just meeting new people. You know I like table games! Too bad Papa couldn't have come, I beat him quite often at table games, but I still love him! :)

On Sunday Morning we left at 8am to go home. I surprised Papa at church at 6PM. He wasn't expecting me until later! I grabbed him and gave him a hug and a kiss! He was very busy wrapping up church elections for the day. He was the elections coordinator. We finally got home about 8:30PM. Let me clear up one matter - I have no tattoo's! :) Papa told me all about that and read me Tam's "story". Very funny! I want to thank you for keeping papa entertained and somewhat out of mischief. We missed each other very much. He is my very best friend.

Love you all -
MAMA

25 comments:

Tam said...

SO GLAD YOU'RE HOME MAMA!!!

I mean really, really glad! Papa's a handful! How DO YOU do it?

;-)

Sounds like your time in MS was amazing! What a great outreach and service that is! I am so honored to "know" you Mama!

What? NO TATTOOS?!!! I'm thinking Papa might enjoy seeing a tattoo on ya! Oh my! i would have loved to heard Papa read back Fill in Fridays story to you - HAHA!

I lived in Gulf Port in the early 80's. Don't remember much about it except that I didn't like it cuz I had moved there from the beaches of Southern California ;( Really? Who does that to a child?! =o

Welcome Home!!!

I guess we're all "Off Duty" now.

love you!
Tam

Indian Lake Papa said...

Hi Tam - This is Mama...Yes, I can understand you not wanting to move as a child. Our daughter felt the same way about us moving her around while she was growing up. We did it anyway.:(
The big reason for no tattoos is it would hurt and I don't like pain. That is why I don't get my ears pierced either. I am a big Baby when it comes to thinking about something hurting. Ha! So sorry
no tattoos. :)
The story was funny :) Papa had fun with it though!! Thanks for keeping him busy. Love to all and good night.

Mama

Ed said...

Hi Mama. What great work you are doing, although it sounds like you enjoyed your trip too much to call it work. What a great example you set for the rest of us.

Papa, is very lucky to have found someone who can put up with him, and for forty years no less. :) It is easy to tell from his post how much he misses you when you are apart.

I hope Papa did not leave too much work for you to do when you got home. :)

All married couples could learn something from the two of you.

I do think that getting matching tattoos would be a neat idea. :)

Robin said...

Hi Mama,

Welcome Home! We had several from our church go to the Gulf area on Work and Witness type trips and my brother went for three weeks a couple years ago. I would enjoy going on a trip like that at some point...

I'm with you on tattoos and piercings - I try to avoid pain also.

Hope your week goes great! Greetings to Papa too, sorry I didn't make it down to do his laundry before you got back :)

Brandy said...

MAMA!!! Yeah! You are home! Poor Papa was so lost without you!! He was starting to hallucinate about loin cloths and tattoos!! haha!!

Your trip sounds like a lot of fun! I love trips like that....I went to Mexico three times when I was in highschool to help build houses. One of my best memories. :D I wish I could still do more of that, but with the babies being babies....it will have to wait awhile. ;-)

Hey, I am working with Tam to do a video chat with you and Papa before I move to ND. I am so excited at the thought of it!! :D

Darla said...

Welcome Back Mama! Laying floor is hard work!!! Girl I would have been saying, "I came to help not kill my knees"...oh my, you are a trooper! Love ya, glad your back to keep Papa from cryin like a little baby boy waaaa waaaa waaaa...."only XXXXX more minutes till mama gets back" hahahaha only kidding papa!

Indian Lake Papa said...

ed, it was a good trip.I think papa and i both feel lucky to have each other. Papa took pretty good care of the house. I appreciated that! No tattoo's though!

Hi Robin - thanks for the welcome back! Laundry wasn't too stacked up. It can wait.

Brandy, no tattoo's! No loin cloths for me - I cover it all! Hope to see you on the web cam soon!

Darla - papa is starting to settle down now. The floor tile wasn't too bad!

Love you all!
Mama

Darla said...

Mama- did you take that new pic of papa? I love it!! looks fitting of the story, i can almost see papa swinging in the trees now with flowers on his head! :) You all crack me up!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Darla - you should see the one of me w/flowers & my loin cloth! Well, maybe not!

seriously, that picture was one of my very special days! I may post that story some day. Good memories Darla!

Heather said...

Hi Mama,

Welcome home! Glad your trip went well:) Maybe Papa will quit 'whining' now!! LOL! He is like a lost puppy without you!

Love and Blessings to you both...

Indian Lake Papa said...

Thank you Heather. It is always good to get home. Papa needs me to make him behave.

Mama

Anonymous said...

Since when have you been able to make papa behave????????? I've yet to see the day.


Janis

Brandy said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the new picture!!! :D

Indian Lake Papa said...

Janis - I am well behaved!! A nice guy!

Brandy - cool pic eh?!! I actually picked some of the flowers! The crown is made of real flowers and I made it!

Anonymous said...

((He needs "crowned" all right.)) Too bad papa didn't wear his hat for Easter services. In the picture it looks like his shirt might match which is very important you know. We wouldn't want him to look wierd or out of place by not having matching clothes with his very lovely hat.

Janis

Indian Lake Papa said...

Janis - I look like a Greek mythological god - don't you think?

Anonymous said...

Uhhhh! Do greek mythylogical gods look downright silly??? lol

Actually I think the hat is very pretty...for mama, maybe!

Janis

Darla said...

papa- nevermind janis...it takes a real man secure in his masculinity to wear flowers in thier hair..hahaha I have one of hubs with a daisy in his hair...hahaha I did put it there, but he left it there for me for a while! :)

Janie- Love to you! carry on..raz him if you must, I think he likes it!

Anonymous said...

Darla - One daisy compared to a whole flower garden!!!!

Janis

Indian Lake Papa said...

Janis & Darla - Any idea where the picture was taken? Heh Heh! I AM secure in my masculinity - even if I do have a feminine flair in the picture!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the picture was taken in some isolated place where no people were around to have to witness it. My first guess would be Hawaii(because of all the flowers) ....and way down deep in a volcano. (inactive, of course) That would be pretty isolated

Janis

Anonymous said...

My second guess would be on that trip to Sweden you took. I know absolutely nothing about flowers there so I have no idea where I got that thought from! It takes pure intelligence to think these great things up!

Janis

Indian Lake Papa said...

Very good Janis! Sweden it was! I will explain in my next post!

Tam said...

Papa, you look pretty!

Hey you two...can we iChat sometime tomorrow. I'd love to see you guys!

Let me know. Email me.

Love you both!

CrossView said...

Phew! Glad you made it back. The whining was deafening...