Monday, March 3, 2014

Thankfully My Nose Did Not Actually Fall Off

Gil has an allergy to the cold.  I'm not kidding.  It's a real, live condition called Cold Urticaria.  He breaks out in hives if he gets too cold and can even go into anaphylactic shock.

Shoot, I wish I had that allergy.  I hate the cold.

But Gil and I spent last week in Minnesota, where they are having one of the coldest winters on record.  I think I wore every article of clothing I own.

We felt like we should have had a big sign on the car while we were driving, Stay far away from us.  Driver from California.  Gil even made the comment, "Driving in Dar is easier than this!"  And that's saying something.  Trust me.



So anyway, it's a good thing we had plenty of people in Minnesota to keep our hearts warm.  


Every time we are in Minneapolis, we visit Bernie and her family.  We first met Bernie in 2001, when Gil and I came to the EFCA Office for two weeks to go to Candidate School.  We left immediately afterwards to go to Tanzania for the first time.  Bernie opened her home to us those weeks, and has been a friend to us ever since.  I think we've stayed with her four other times since then.  And Bernie even has a bed warmer....mmmmmm......we love staying with her!



There is also a rather large collection of HOPAC alumni attending college in Minnesota, as well as a bunch of former HOPAC staff.  So....one of our former students threw us a reunion!  It was wonderful and glorious and so encouraging to be with so many people we love.  Some of them were even my students in 5th and 6th grade, Gil's students in high school, and now they have graduated from college and are changing the world and stuff.   We feel so old....but we are so proud!  


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