Monday, June 8, 2015

Home again

My trip to Esperanza was the best!  Five days of clear blue sky, fresh air and temperatures
 well above 70.  It isn't the least bit difficult to love this place.
First and foremost, I was able to be with our grandkids, see their new home and live as they live for a few days.  The power generator comes on at 7am and goes off at 11pm.  It turns out that it's not an imposition at all.  The generator that runs Esperanza is enormous and fulfills its intent very well.  There are several personal homes for the mission teams of four families, and a couple of interns who live full time on the grounds.  There is beauty wherever I looked and the wildlife is abundant. 
Twice there was a bear near or in the camp. I saw one of them coming along the waterfront. The alerting system works well and three working dogs take care of keeping the bears at bay and away from guests. Barking works well!
Below is a canoe that is no longer in service, but provides a fun place for the children to crawl around on and pretend they are floating in the bay.  Someday I'll hear the story of the hand-hewn canoe.

Sitting on the waters edge, in the sun, the twins are enjoying each others company.

 The middle house is our kids new home.  It was once a float house but now sits nestled next to the mountain that is just behind it. 
There are two boat docks in the area.  One is for fueling up and the other is for overnight boats passing through. 
 The MacLean lodge is a multi roomed building.  It is one of several places visitors can stay, and it's very nice inside and out.  Each of the lodging facilities has hardwood floors, many bathrooms and a living room/kitchen space.  I found Esperanza to be very, very nice! 
One family's home.
 This is the far end of Esperanza where there are more homes and the large woodshop.  The woodshop is quite the place for woodworking and building!  There are new rustic cabins being built and this is where much of the work is started. 
New cabin interior

 Below are three little bunk cabins.  They are rustic, meaning there is no bathroom and you sleep on a bunk.  Still they are very nice! 
 I found my daughter sitting on the dock sharing with a friend.  They were the only ones there at the time and as you can see the backdrop is spectacular. 
 This is the fuel dock.  I watched at fishermen came in with the large vessels, and the appointed attendee for the day rushed to help them.  Fisherman from all around come to Esperanza to rest and prepare for another voyage. 
On Mother's day, our nine year old granddaughter was standing near the ball swing below, and it hit her in the face. Out came her permanent front tooth.  She is fine, now, but of course it's been a bit of an ordeal considering the remote location of Esperanza, and getting her to ER.  The short of it is she will be missing a tooth for a while, but with time and braces her teeth will be moved.  At about eighteen she will get a cap on the "moved into place" tooth to match her other one. 

LilliAnne will have stories to tell about life at Esperanza and so will the rest of the family! 
Traveling to Esperanza was my own adventure, meeting the people that have come around our kids, and getting to know the short term missions team from Cornwall Church in Bellingham was an added gift!  I appreciate all the work that goes in to serving this remote community and have come away with a full heart. 
The Randall family is where they are suppose to be and their choices have proven to be inspiring! of today(6/8/15) the tooth has not come out.  It is going to take a visit back Bellingham to a dentist that knows how to help LilliAnne cope with the procedure.  Prayers appreciated!