Thursday, August 09, 2007

We're Home

We left Sunday and got back late yesterday afternoon. We went on a mission trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. We had a wonderful time. Here are a few pictures from our trip.

This is the group from our church who went on the trip.

The first mission activity we participated in was passing out free lemonade on the beach.

This is my mom passing out the cups of lemonade.

Riley caught a ride back to the hotel in the wagon.
Why? Because in the middle of passing out lemonade he went down to 64. I made him drink Gatorade and eat snack all while he kept on passing out lemonade. But, I did make him ride back instead of walk. His sugar came up accordingly and did just fine after that.

Next, we visited a Boys and Girls club.
Holden shared a Bible story with the kids. He spoke about David and Goliath. He told of how young David was when he defeated Goliath. He told the kids that even though they were young they could still do great things with the help of Christ.
We also did crafts with the kids and played games with them.

Riley made a friend.

Holden had one particular kid who stole his heart and followed him every step he took.

We also visited a men's homeless shelter where we sang and shared a sermon.
And, a local nursing home. There we sang hymns and played Bingo with the residents.
We also had worship every night back at the hotel.

This is Josh, the summer missionary.

Holden participated in the talent contest where he juggled and showed off his basketball skills.

Josh showed off his skills too.

We also had some down time.
We went swimming at the pool and the ocean.

Riley's pump fared just fine in the salt water. We rinsed it and his site off with water as soon as he got out so the salt wouldn't accumulate on it.

We had a wonderful time at the water park.
We just toted Riley's machine around with us the whole time. When we got on a ride or in the water we left his machine with our shoes. No one ever bothered it. We kept fruit snacks in the machine, but also in a zip lock bag in a Velcro pocket Riley had on his bathing suit.
He never went too low. He got down to 101 once and I gave him a few fruit snacks and he did just fine. He never went high while we were there either.
And, as far as his site goes, I covered it with IV 3000. I cut a hole in it for the set to stick out. As you can see, he spent a lot of time in the water and he never lost a site.

Now, we're home and we are tired. But, it's a good tired.

But, vacation is not over yet. There will be more to come.


bingsy said...

Some really wonderful shots of Riley and Holden. So, is Holden taller than Michael already? It looked like it in the one pic.

The whole trip looked like one growing experience for Riley.

Bernard said...

Thanks for the great pictures. It's also good to know the Animas holds up to salt water well.

Anonymous said...

sounds like you all had a great time. glad everything went well on D front

Scott K. Johnson said...

What a sweet picture at the end - he's knocked out!

Awesome job managing the numbers! Way to go!

Lisa said...

I'm so glad that you all had a good time. I can't believe how well his numbers did. That's great! Great job Mom!

Jamie said...

Looks like you had a great trip! I loved the pictures, Penny :) The last one melted my heart - he's such a sweetie. Glad to hear the pump site held up to all the water activity :)

Penny Ratzlaff said...


Yes, Holden is about an inch taller than Michael now.

Shannon said...

Yay!! I'm happy everything worked out and it was a fun, rewarding time.