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.
There are two boat docks in the area. One is for fueling up and the other is for overnight boats passing through.
One family's home.
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!
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!
ps...as 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!