Monday, November 24, 2008

Slidell (Road Trip #9) !!!

This weekend was awesome!!! We went to Slidell & New Orleans :) I'll write about New Orleans later, but right now, I'm writing about our awesome trip to Slidell. We went to grad school in New Orleans and lived there for the first year, but then moved to Slidell after that for the next couple of years as we finished school. We love our church family out there!!!
First stop were our old jobs! First we went to my old job at Crossgates Athletic Club - they have re-modeled in the last 3 years, so it was cool to see all of the changes and see some fun people I used to work with. Next, we went to the Wal-Mart Pharmacy where Adam used to work. It was really great getting to see everyone there. It rocked!
On Friday night a bunch of people from our church (Northshore) all got together and we ate and hung out :) It rocked! Here is my friend Alicia. She lived in Slidell pre-Katrina and now lives in Texas, but drove in with her awesome kids for the weekend :) It was great seeing them :) This was way past Aashini's bedtime - can you tell by her look in this picture! haha! She's not happy!
Here is her youngest daughter, Emma, with Aashini. They're about a month apart in age :)
In the pic below is Aashini with Emma and Isabella (my awesome friend Misty 's daughter. They came in town for the party too!!! It was awesome seeing them!!!)
Aashini got lots of attention and loved it :) These are Bronie, Alicia & Misty 's kids (and my buddies :)). It was so fun!
More fun friends!
Here we are with our friend Travis :)
Here's my buddy Michelle! She lives in Baton Rouge and came in town too!!! How cool :)
It was a really amazing weekend! It was sooo good to see so many awesome people!! The city has definitely changed a lot since Hurrican Katrina, but our friends are just as cool as ever! We got to go to our awesome church in Slidell - Northshore Church!! We started going there at the beginning of it's church planting days and we really got to grow with them while we were there and it was awesome! The last time we were there was 3 weeks before Hurricane Katrina (and 2 weeks before we moved to South Asia). The church building was destroyed and since then they have met in a lot of different places -- including Crazy Carl's Fireworks! (although they had to get out around the 4th of July) :) Right now they're meeting in Slidell Athletic Club. They just added a 3rd service to accommodate the people :) It's so cool to see the church really being the people and not having anything to do with the building.
This is a really bad picture (below) - but you can see everyone helping to move out all the chairs and things after the last service was over.
During the praise & worship time, we sang the song by Christ Tomlin that says:
"Greater things are yet to come
and greater things are still to be done in this city"
It was so cool to see everyone singing this with such hope. Katrina caused so many bad things to happen in this area, but it was amazing to see everyone so hopeful and excited to see what is going to happen next. Greater things are yet to come!!!!
Thanks guys for making it such an awesome weekend! We love you guys!

11 COmMeNTs FrOm PeOpLe wHo ROCK!:

bahadur patel said...

very fine.

Carrie said...

It was great to see you and your family! Even if the time was short it was AMAZING!!!!!!!

Misty Burns said...

seriously....you couldn't have "photoshopped" that pic of me??? hahaha. very bad angle!!! hahaha. anyway...it was fabulous seeing you guys! Thanks for answering all of my QUESTIONS. hahaha. You guys will definitely be lifted up from us!!! hope you guys have a great time with the rest of your road trips!

Bronie said...

we enjoyed seeing you guys so much and getting to meet aashini! she's super cool! we are so proud of you guys, not in a condescending way, but you're the real deal, and we're so blessed to call you friends! it was fun hanging out and grilling adam... haha he was so patient to answer so many questions. maybe one day we can come for a visit. THAT would be awesome!

Erin G said...

thse kinds of trips are the best, especially when you can connect with so many people you care about (and, you know... tell you how cute your kid is... that's always fun). I'm glad that lots of them were able to come meet you!

Roberts said...

Okay the comments about the questions and grilling made me curious...
Looks like you had such a good time. I know y'all were looking forward to this trip for a long time!

gloria said...

Its so amazing how many places you go and how many great friends you have made. Aashini is always going to have lots of friends too, it seems like everyone has kids about the same age too, lovegg

Carie said...

What a fun time for you guys! God is so good and it is so great to get to hang out with special friends in the US. I'm glad you guys got to do that and I'm sure it was supper encouraging for you guys AND for them to see you! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

SouthAsiaRocks said...

Emily :) - they were grilling us on South Asia :) haha! You crack me up :)

alicia said...

It was so great seeing you guys! I loved meeting Aashini and the girls were so excited too :) (Jake, not so much, but he's a boy, you know?)

I am kind of kicking myself for not asking more questions. Everything you guys talked about was so exciting and interesting. I just wish we had more time to hear even more. I am honored to know you guys and call you friends! Thank you for all that you do!

You can be sure that we will be praying hard for you guys :)

jim said...

AAA, we truly enjoyed your visit, and it was so good to reconnect. I'm glad y'all made it back safely to Tally and know that they'll enjoy hearing from you this weekend at FBC.

We'll keep praying!

Connie & Jim