Tuesday July 24, 2018

Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat come, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not ceases to bear fruit.”

Today we arrived in London, England. Because our flight was delayed about 2 hours, our already short stay became even shorter. We were all exhausted, jet lagged, and really hot due to the recent heat wave stretching across Europe. But somehow, we made it from Heathrow Airport via train to Paddington Station and took the 15 minute walk to our hotel. After arriving at our small hotel, we dropped off our luggage and headed out to explore the London area with our 3 children. With everyone just needing to move after the long flight, we opted for a walk to Buckingham Palace via Hyde Park and two memorials for Princess Diana. However, before we could make it to the Palace we had to detour and located a restaurant to feed our children who were quickly spiraling out of control. It seemed as though every restaurant we tried was either packed full or only served a 5 course meal (definitely not the best option to take with 3 hangry children). At the time our UK data service for our phones had not yet kicked in, so we had no way to even look up where would be a place to eat near usno map, no directions, no phone, no guidance. We took a moment to just enjoy the chaos and once we did, a quiet and wonderful restaurant appeared right after the next street we crossed. Again, He took care of us, just as He always does, if we but follow and listen to His call.

We made it to Buckingham Palace and got to watch the guards change (not the ceremony of the Changing of the Guards, but just the hourly changing of the guards). The kids were very tired and were starting to loose control, so Jeff and I decided to embrace the chaos (again) and walked into a pub on the corner for a quick beer. Our kids were fighting and arguing with each other and Jeff and I could do nothing but just laugh and enjoy the fact that we were enjoying a nice cold beer in an English pub.

After a walk back to the hotel, we all showered and climbed into bed for a quick sleep, as we have a really early plane to catch the next morning.

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