Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Back Home

We spent our last day in Anchorage digging out of the snow.  Well, actually I didn't dig out but the team members did.  The Mississippi team was there that last Saturday.  They were going to do a ministry project that morning, but had to cancel because of the snow.  I had really wanted to see it snow one last day before we left.  Well, Anchorage got 12 - 16 inches of snow.
The vans in the parking lot covered with snow.

The teams cleaning off the vans
One of the girls decided to make some snow ice cream.  It was delicious. She took 2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla.  She mixed in enough snow to make the right consistency.  It was delicious.  It tasted just like homemade ice cream.  
A picture of the Mississippi team and Levitz family taken in the park with the kids.  What a neat gift!!
We were on the same flight as the Mississippi team to Minneapolis, so enjoyed spending some more time with them.

Howard grew his beard, because we were going to go to Alaska in the winter.  Yesterday it came off and he got a hair cut!!

Well, we are off tomorrow for Arkansas and Texas.  Keep those prayers going up for us!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Last week in Anchorage - winter 2014

The time is almost over for us this winter, cooking for GraceWorks.  We've had two teams here this last week along with a family that came from Massachusetts.  It has been great to meet the people on the teams.

The Minnesota team left at 3:35 am this morning.  When we came down to the kitchen there were notes all over the kitchen, plus this big note.  This team was from University of Northwestern in St. Paul.  It is my alma mater, only it was called Northwestern College in Minneapolis then.

Connie, Scott's wife took us to the Alaska Medical Center yesterday.  The artifacts and crafts there are wonderful.  I'm just including a few of the pictures for you to enjoy.

These are water containers made from the lining around the moose heart and bladder

Okay, I know you are wondering if we really did any cooking.  We cooked meals for the teams that came up to do ministry.  I keep forgetting to take pictures of the food.  I'm including some pics now.  Some of them were taken after we started serving.

We put sandwich things out at breakfast time so the team members could pack their lunches for the day.

French toast for breakfast.
coffee cake
egg, potato, cheese and bacon breakfast
sausage gravy
pork loin
mashed potatoes
salmon ready to go in the oven
halibut Olympia
oriental chicken
cole slaw
glazed carrots
rice pilaf
crescent rolls

dinner rolls
fruit trifle

Guess what it is doing tonight?

We wanted to see it snow one more time before we left.

We can't thank you enough for those of you that have prayed for us while we were here.  We really appreciate all of your prayers.  We've appreciated the comments that have come in telling us you were praying for us.  Please do not stop.  We fly home tomorrow night and then will be home a few days and will leave to pick up our friend, Anne, in Arkansas and will be going down to Longview, TX  to cook for Missionary Tech Team's annual board meeting.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dog Mushing

Well since we got back from Willow, it has pretty much just been the same.  Get meals ready, and go shopping when we needed to.  We did get a treat on Tuesday.  The Iditarod committee gave each of the volunteers a free meal at Golden Corral.  All the teams met there for lunch on Tuesday.  It was a nice break for us.

Thursday was the last day for the teams here, so it was a fun day.  New teams come in tonight and this weekend.  The fun part of the day was a trip up to a place west of Wasilla where we could go dog mushing.  We had the kitchen all cleaned up and lunches packed and ready to leave by 9:00 am.

We stopped first at the Wasilla Iditarod Headquarters.  We had gotten snow on Wednesday, so all the trees were beautiful.

After looking around there we went out to the dog kennels where we were able to mush a team of dogs.  G.B. Jones explained the sled to us and how to mush the team.  He has actually been in the Iditarod and completed the 1000+ miles a few times.  The last time he did it was 2011 when he was 65 years old.

You always have your feet on the brake until you are ready to go, then you put your feet on the runners of the sled. This person has their feet on the brake.

This is Howard getting ready to mush.  I took a video of him.

This is me mushing the team.  G.B rode in the basket when I drove the team.

It was 23 degrees today.  The sun was out and it wasn't too bad.  We were bundled up well, tho.

After we were all done Howard and the others helped kennel up the dogs.

We stopped back at First Baptist Church of Wasilla and ate our sack lunch there while we talked to Carolyn, the church Secretary.  It was good to see her again.  We will go back there in July and August and cook for the teams.

Tonight we helped with an airport run to take a team back to the airport.  This is the view we saw coming home.

The sunset was beautiful when got back to the church.

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