Thursday July 9th we dropped off the kids with grandparents and headed to the cities to stay with dan's brother and sister in law (Joe and Chrystal), they were also joining us on the trip.
Friday....T....R...A...V...E...L...it took a long time, but it went well. We would have been a day late, but God took care of even the small details and because we were at the airport so early, we were able to make the earlier flight to Chicago because our original flight was already set to be delayed. Had that not happened we may have missed our Chicago flight, been late for our flight to Poland and from Poland there is only one flight a day to Riga and we would have for sure missed that one. HE took care of us...no doubt about it!Saturday...we ARRIVED in Riga, Latvia!!!
Sunday we were able to fellowship and worship at Christ and Vitaly's church. What a blessing! It's a very small body of believers and so after church we were all going to go out for lunch together but the place they normally go had had a fire that day and so instead we enjoyed grilling at C & V's house. We had a great time and great conversation (they all spoke english)!! That evening we went and toured the sites in Riga from C & V's past....where they met, previous places they've lived, where Vitaly grew up, various landmarks...very interesting and a great way to ease our jeg lagged bodies into the week. We ended the day as we did each day...with a game of Nerts...it's multiple player solitaire. It's a family tradition to play this game whenever we're all together. FUN!!!
Monday we started by visiting where Vitaly works...what a nice place!! Then we headed to Old Riga and saw some gorgeous buildings, ate some great food and walked in an area that was originally built between the13th and 16th centuries...you don't find that here in ND!!! Then of course...we ended with Nerts!