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Two and a Half Weeks

Posted by admin in April 30th, 2009
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Well Big D and I are heading to Ireland today (4/30). From Ireland we go to Lithuania. Yes! It is work. But such nice work. We get to see IICS professors. There’s Olga Artamonva teaching Russian at Trinity College in Dublin; she’s an absolute sweetheart. We’ve got Frank Peters and his amazing family living in Cork. Frank teaches physics. Jo, Frank’s wife, is one of my favorite people on the planet. Their five kids are awesome. I’m more than excited to see everyone. We are traveling with a group of ten. I’ll let you know how that worked out. I think of Daryl as the shepherd and I’m the herd dog. I’m the youngest in the group so it sort of works like the bear formula: if you and a friend are being chased by a bear…you don’t have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun your friend. So on this trip I don’t have to keep up with Daryl, I just have to stay a step or two ahead of the slowest guy in the group. And I’m very excited because we’re going to Skellig Michael. There are 938 steps up to the top of this old Irish (Daryl’s peeps) monastery that protected sacred scripture from those pillaging Vikings (my peeps).

The group heads back home May 8th and Daryl and I head to Lithuania. We have two IICS professors there: Susan Robbins who teaches philosophy and John Campbell who teaches Old and New Testament. Both are in Klaipeda. The Campbells have four kids. These are such wonderful folks. John has this gentle spirit and so kind. Laura is very funny and fun to be with. Susan has a brilliant mind and knows everything about J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m not up for a big skip around the globe, but to see these brothers and sisters it is well worth it. Also, we’ll be in Vilnius a few days and that is my favorite place on earth. I love that town.

It seems like a tough time to go. My BFF Margaret is in the hospital. She had surgery, but all went well. I just wish I could be here to fluff pillows and make jello. My Dad is being moved into a care facility for veterans on May 7th. My poor sister and brother-in-law have to handle that move/transition all on their own. A good friend’s husband is in the hospital and I want to take them meals and just be “there.” It’s odd that all of this stuff happens when we are leaving. Please pray for us (safety, health, that we will minister effectively, that we will smell like Jesus to others). Please pray for our friends. Please pray for the IICS professors who serve so beautifully in these lands. They are indeed the fragrance of Christ. See you soon! Peace.

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123. jamie said,
May 1st, 2009 at 12:06 pm

T- I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. I will be praying for you, for Cindy and Mike, for your dad, and for Margaret.

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124. big sister said,
May 6th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Sis, the reason I hate these modern forms of communication is – you can’t see a persons face or hear their voice – it’s so impersonal. I know you are on your tour/business/mini-vacation trip and we can’t speak by phone so I want to respond to this here. I read this particular blog the day you were leaving the country and, well, I would like to address ‘my poor sister and bro-in-law’
in your final paragraph. Please know that neither Mike nor I feel ‘poor’ but know that we feel like the Lord has been preparing us to care for our parents in their final phase of life and feel blessed to do so. Maybe it’s the birth order thing – being oldest (as is the same for Daryl) you feel a responsibility for your parents and that when the time comes, it will be your calling to help them and take care of what they need to have taken care of…
anyway, since this is something written about in public (so to speak) I wanted to comment ‘in public’. I love you and hope your trip is going well!!!!! See you soon.

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125. SANDRA TULLIER said,
May 7th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Teri, What a sweet sister! I loved your blog and hope that you all
have a wonderful visit to Ireland and Lith……… with all the fun
and intelligent people!

You make me smile and I know you help Daryl smile too………come
see us soon, or let’s all hook up somewhere.

pierre is doing fine. love to you. sandra

p.s. we are praying for you all.

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126. peters7 said,
May 15th, 2009 at 6:56 am

Thank you Teri! I am so glad you got to visit; I just wish we had more time with you. I am especially thankful for the attention you gave Sarah. You inspired her and Frank and I can’t think of a better heroine for her to admire.

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