The first two weeks of September for Phil were spent strategizing, negotiating, training and dreaming together with like-minded people.
His time was sweet in three ways:
- Meeting up with the YWAM “family” in the very special place of Kona, Hawaii, was incredible. There is such excitement within the mission for on-line learning, and Phil seems to be a leading pioneer in the field. If only we could do half of what they all dreamed up for us!!
- We loved welcoming him home to us again; two weeks away can feel like a long time! Elisa and Jonathan were already a week into their new school year with The Oaks Virtual Academy and had lots to catch him up with. It was also a busy time for me in the Personnel Office, welcoming new staff and positioning those already here.
- We asked Phil to bring us a bottle of pancake syrup – which he did – but the security inspectors pulled it out of the duffel to have a look and then plopped it back at the very top of the bag. The result was a crushed ½ gallon (nearly 2 litres) bottle of syrup dripping through our luggage and the whole luggage compartment from Kona to LAX to Amsterdam to Birmingham. Can’t begin to describe the clean-up process. Maybe not so sweet?