Friday, July 11, 2008

Southern walk in Big-D

Hi everyone!

We've had 2 weekend stops since we last wrote and we're about to have our third. We apologize for the long awaited blog...not all of us can be as on top of our game as the northern walk ;-)

Two weeks ago we stopped in Lubbock, Texas. There the face of our team changed a little as we lost Dave (*tear*) and gained Carrie (*cheer*). Carrie was only supposed to be with us 2 weeks but she's decided to stay the whole summer!!! And Dave is going to return to us in Jackson, Mississippi!!! This weekend we're gaining two more girls as well, and we are all confident that they will be as awesome an addition to our team as everyone before them has been.

In Lubbock we split up and stayed with 2 host families, the Wilkes and the Powells. It was such a fun weekend! Both the Wilkes and the Powells had beautiful homes, amazing children, and adorable pets. They welcomed us into their homes like we were their own family. The Wilkes had us constantly laughing and having fun. Then the Powells hosted a great night at their home where we ate food, talked and played volleyball. Carrie, Chelsea, and myself were so good at volleyball, the Southern Walk may lose us when the Olympics roll around. I believe that together we may have had a combined 6 completed serves. And with that kind of talent, we can't imagine that Team USA would let us pass by.

After Lubbock we had a great week of walking through areas like Roswell, New Mexico and...well, a lot of open fields. However, Roswell was very cool to walk through, we only wish we had had time to stop at the UFO museum. We had a new walk leader during this time as well! Jon joined us on Monday. He will be our walk leader for the rest of the summer which we are quite excited about! Thus far, Jon has been a great motivator. He encourages us to remember why we are here, that we are called to love each other and to serve each other as well as to serve the cause. Jon has also been encouraging us to walk as many miles as possible with goals and subsequent rewards. Not to mention he is a great source of laughter, crazy moments, and funny stories.

Last weekend we stopped in Abilene, Texas. There we stayed at Holy Family parish. Father Mike was so kind to us. He made sure we had everything we needed and he celebrated a holy hour with us. It was an amazing weekend of renewal.

Now we've finished another week of walking. And because we made it to Dallas in the time Jon set for us, we're going to celebrate! Tonight we're going to celebrate our nation's birth cowboy style with country music and line dancing! I can't think of a better way to enjoy Dallas, Texas. So I hope everyone else is having a great 4th of July! We miss you all and wish you well. Thanks for all your love and prayers sent our way.

God bless!
Molly and the rest of the Southern Walkers

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