This is Shae's extremely fortunate father, Kenny. Why fortunate? If you know Shae at all, I won't need to explain. She is an INCREDIBLE person in every conceivable way. I cannot even begin to say what a huge privilege and pleasure it has been to share the first 20 years of her life. I cannot imagine what she will accomplish as a missionary. She has literally been planning her mission since she was 4 years old. There was never ANY question she was going. At age 4, she got hold of a CD we picked up somewhere with some little games to start to show kids how to read. Without anybody knowing what she was doing, she used it to teach herself to read and write. She had heard a poem once about Jesus and was touched by it - and decided to write her own. Then she illustrated it. It was as deep and touching as anything I had ever read. The only indication that it was the work of a child was the use of crayons on the otherwise amazing artwork. It has only been getting more astounding since then. Ok, sorry, I had to say a little bit so you get a feel for who we are about to follow through this incredible mission journey. Peru is in for quite an experience.
Shae has given me the task of taking care of this blog for her (what kind of a word is 'blog' - does it even mean anything??). I can build a computer with paper clips and duct tape (ok, it wouldn't be much of a computer), but this is literally the first time I have ever even opened a blog, let alone worked on one. So, here we go. If (ok - when) I begin to violate all forms of blog etiquette (which I have probably already done), PLEASE, see past it and enjoy the content that Shae gives me to post here.
Please note her email address on this blog so you can send mail to her. She also has her mission office address, but we have heard it is about a 50/50 chance of getting a package to Peru intact, a bit better with letters. So, the email approach is likely the best hope of getting your messages to her.
On this blog, I will post a weekly a general information email and some pics from Shae to let anyone interested know what is happening in Peru as efficiently as possible (that's right, she says weekly - big talk now, but we will see how long that lasts once P-Days get interesting) . If you send her emails, she will do the best she can to answer personal stuff via email, with most general information being covered in the blog.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR VISITING SHAE'S MISSION BLOG. She will no doubt find great happiness in your support through emails and comments. And thanks so VERY much to all who came to her farewell. It was so nice to have friends and family there to show thier support.