2012 Review Part 2 of 3

Here is the first part of this series.

The second third of 2012 (May-Aug) was one long, magical adventure. May brought Andy’s graduation, a trip to a comic signing and a trip for Cheryl and me to the Foursquare National Convention.

Andy graduates 8th grade. We have our first high schooler.

Andy graduates 8th grade. We have our first high schooler.

This is how he celebrates... 4:30 a.m. drive to a comic signing.

This is how he celebrates moving up to 9th grade… 4:30 a.m. drive to a comic signing.

I like his take on Superman.

I like his photoshop-drawn  take on Superman.

His color pencil drawings are pretty good too.

His color pencil drawings are pretty good too.

Cheryl and I traveled with one of our volunteers to Phoenix for the Foursquare Convention. This was our first time participating in this anual event, and it was amazing. We hope to go to Orlando for the 2013 gathering.

Thousands gather in Phoenix for the Foursquare National Convention.

Thousands gather in Phoenix for the Foursquare National Convention.

We hosted our first Desert Foursquare outdoor movie night (a part of our regular Family Night get-togethers). Who would have thought it would hit 60 degrees in the desert at night!

Outdoor movie night with the Desert Foursquare family.

(Very Cold) Outdoor movie night with the Desert Foursquare family.

Lounging at Family Night. Redvines, Costco pizza and all kinds of junk food.

Lounging at Family Night. Redvines, Costco pizza and all kinds of junk food.

In June, Cheryl and I got away to the Foursquare Center for Spiritual Renewal. We were renewed! The CSR West is located in a 100 year-old home in Hollywood. Robby and Bonita Booth are the hosts, and we really enjoyed their warmth and hospitality. We ate at the Nickel Diner and a street taco place where I tried beef tongue for the first time. I didn’t realize there was that much fat in a tongue.

At the Foursquare CSR West.

At the Foursquare CSR West.

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I love this sign about 3 blocks from the CSR West. Design by committee much?

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Cheryl refused the beef tongue tacos. Yes, she’s in her jammies. That’s how we vacation!

At the end of June, we moved into a new place.

Checking out our (newer, bigger and better) home in La Quinta.

Checking out our (newer, bigger and better) home in La Quinta with our awesome real estate agent, Cynthia Wolter (yes, that was a plug. Call Cynthia – she’s awesome).

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The home needed a big hug. We painted the ceiling, living room, dining room and kitchen.

Church in the desert in the summer is very different than most places. Because the snowbirds are gone, and the 120-degree temps chase away a lot of the year-rounders, only the hearty will join us on a Sunday morning. We did manage to gather about 30 people in our new home for a surprise birthday party for Selena Frederick, one of our church members & wife of Ryan Frederick.

The crew waiting to shock Selena on her birthday!

The crew waiting to shock Selena on her birthday!

She had no idea. I really love how our church family loves to party.

She had no idea. She was coming over to check out our new house for the first time. I really love how our church family loves to party.

Our intern Danny and his girlfriend Kaleigh. Two of my favorite people.

Danny and his girlfriend Kaleigh don’t let the heat stop them from doing what they like. Two of my favorite people.

In July we took Hailey to the Foursquare camp in Big Bear. She met some great people & had a lot of fun.

Hailey with friends at Camp Crestview.

Hailey with friends at Camp Crestview.

Our two patients from Ecuador made their way home in June. Jhonnatan received skin grafts and dental work to help repair the 3rd degree burns he experienced as a 3 year-old boy. Astrid was fitted with prosthetic limbs. Shriner’s Hospital in Portland did incredible work.

Astrid with Jhonnatan's host sister, riding the ferry in Washington.

Astrid with Jhonnatan’s host sister, riding the ferry in Washington.

Astrid riding a pony while wearing her newly-fitted prosthesis.

Astrid riding a pony while wearing her newly-fitted prosthesis.

Jhonnatan with his compression mask. They told him he looked like Spiderman.
Jhonnatan with his compression mask. They told him he looked like Spiderman.

Jhonnatan is reunited with his papa.

Jhonnatan is reunited with his papa.

Astrid back with her family in Ecuador.
Astrid back with her family in Ecuador.
Host mom Melody prepares to say goodbye to Astrid in Ecuador.

Host mom Melody prepares to say goodbye to Astrid in Ecuador.

Late July found us in Colorado on a family vacation. The highlight was getting five generations together under one roof. Cheryl’s grandpa is 90 years old, and the great-great grandkids loved meeting their much-older family member for the first time.

Five generations!

Five generations!

Fun at Grandpa's house.

Here is Cheryl asserting her dominance.

We make cute kids in our family.

We make cute kids in our family. Andy is as big as his great-grandpa.

My father-in-law's favorite pastime.

My father-in-law’s favorite pastime.

We golfed, we laughed, we cried. (I won).

We golfed, we laughed, we cried. (I won).

Bumper cars in Estes Park was Hailey's favorite part of the whole trip.

Bumper cars in Estes Park were Hailey’s favorite part of the whole trip.

We couldn't catch much in the river, so Grandpa splurged for a trip to the trout pond.

We couldn’t catch much in the river, so Grandpa splurged for a trip to the trout pond.

A buck-an-inch is so worth it when you've been skunked for a couple of days straight.

A buck-an-inch is so worth it when you’ve been skunked for a couple of days straight.

It was a strange ending to our vacation. Cheryl and the kids hopped on a plane for Seattle, while I drove our Prius from Estes, Colorado to La Quinta, California. I did the 18 hour trip in one day, trying to make sure I had a couple of days to prepare for my trip to Nicaragua with International Medical Alliance. They invited us to join them on their mobile hospital trip to select patients for Rooftop 519.

Ryan Frederick and I near the hotel where most of the team stayed in Jinotega.

Ryan Frederick and I near the hotel where most of the team stayed in Jinotega.

An unexpected bonus - Ryan and I meet up with Mauricio Rodriguez, a good brother who lives in Anaheim. Mauricio was visiting friends in a city several hours away & made the drive to Jinotega to see us.

Ryan Frederick, Mauricio Rodriguez & Me.

The Rotarians of Jinotega were critical to our success. Amazing hospitality and love.
The Rotarians of Jinotega were critical to our success. Amazing hospitality and love.
At the Cafe Hotel with the team.

At the Cafe Hotel with the team.

We spent hours with doctors and nurses in some of the worst conditions you can imagine. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere. We found a man who rode a bus for 9 hour with his daughter, to a city where they didn’t know anyone, with very little money. She has a deformed foot and leg. Walking is very difficult. I had a come-to-Jesus moment when I looked him in the eyes and asked him to trust us to take his daughter to the U.S. for treatment. He would do anything to help her, and we are paving the way for her to come to Loma Linda Hospital for extensive surgery.

Pictured shortly after screening Freschan for treatment.

Pictured shortly after screening Freschan for treatment.

I came back to a quiet home. Cheryl and the kids were still in Washington, working on the family-owned Duris Cucumber Farm. Their frequent facebook posts of strawberries, fresh veggies and family made me a bit jealous.

Our bananas didn’t survive being left on the counter for three weeks.

"Grandma" getting the Duris Farm stand ready for the day.
“Grandma” getting the Duris Farm stand ready for the day.

In August we were preparing for the Exodus Experience, a three-hour music & art festival that celebrated the story of our first patient, Exodus Vah.

Best party in Puyallup.

Best party in Puyallup.

New hats for the ExEx!

New hats for the ExEx! (photo by Ben Rood)

Artists Inspiring Action's Jacob Herring, posing by the stretchers he has painted.

Artists Inspiring Action’s Jacob Herring, posing by the stretchers he has painted.

Spreading the word to everyone in Puyallup (and beyond).

Spreading the word to everyone in Puyallup (and beyond).

Our intern Danny took his first flight ever to come to the ExEx from La Quinta! He is still glowing from being over 30,000 feet above the ground for the first time.

Our intern Danny took his first flight ever to come to the ExEx from La Quinta! He is still glowing from being over 30,000 feet above the ground for the first time.

No trip to Puyallup is complete without a stop by Anthem Coffee.

No trip to Puyallup is complete without a stop by Anthem Coffee.

Our host mom Glory & our board chair Megan. It takes an amazing team of people to do what we do.

Our host mom Glory & our board chair Megan. It takes an amazing team of people to do what we do.

Five bands plus one solo act. Pioneer Park has never sounded so good.

Five bands plus one solo act. Pioneer Park has never sounded so good.

Dr. Denny Frederick and Ryan Hart (Medical Advisory Committee member and board member), preparing for the celebration.

Dr. Denny Frederick and Ryan Hart (Medical Advisory Committee member and board member), preparing for the celebration.

The Exodus Experience was everything we hoped. 600+ people joined us that night, many who were deeply touched by the stories of Exodus, Jhonnatan and Astrid. I am so grateful for our many talented volunteers who brought this vision to a reality.

Up next: church growth, family pictures, thrift store & more.

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10 thoughts on “2012 Review Part 2 of 3

  1. Looks good-except for that one picture. YUCK. You and I are no longer speaking.

    Typos: Church in the desert in the summer is* a *very different than most places. Bumper cars in Estes Park *was* (cars is plural. Should be “were”) Haileys favorite part of the whole trip. I came back to a quite home. (I think you mean “quiet”).

    That’s all. Please photoshop my picture.

    Megan 🙂

  2. Wow, Shawn what a terrific year! Your family is growing up fast! My granddaughter, Bailey is also in high school now -right over at TJ! Praise God for all the good things happening! I know 2013 will bring many more opportunities for you to share the love of Jesus!

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