Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I Don't Want to Brag

This blog has been such a great place to share all of the wonderful things that the Lord has done in our lives. He is so good. And since this is my 200th post, I wanted to share this with you.
My incredible sister-in-law, Margaret, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
I don't want to brag, but... YOU rock, Margaret!!! Josh, you rock, too, I am very proud of y'all. What a fantastic accomplishment.

Here's the email she sent to us:

And we're back!! Yes folks, we both made it to the top!! Let me just say that climbing Africa's tallest mountain is no walk in the park. It was glorious though! God led us one step at a time, providing for all of our needs. The scenery was just amazing! I'll be showing pics when I get back. I've never been 19,340 feet and it did a bit of a number on me. But, Josh and I both survived...so pumped!!! The trip was 5 days and I think around 40 miles total. Each day proved harder than the previous with need diligence to press on. The air got thinner and thinner...The day we summited we awoke at midnight and started the 5 hour hike to Gillman's point which was about 3 -4 km. It was super steep! We have to walk extremely slow due to the oxygen level. Even at a snail's pace I was out of breath the entire time. Our guide told us we could only stop to rest every 40 min. or we would get too cold. The temp was in the teens with wind chill. I had to break the stopping rule a few times due to the need to vomit! I threw up 3 times but man I wanted to reach the summit so bad. So, we pressed on!!! I was praying the whole time "God, please help me. I need your help. I'm so weak." And, He did help! Once we arrived at Gillman's point it was another 2 hour hike to Uhuru peak. Even though the Uhuru was only one km away you could hardly breathe. Then, we arrived!!! There were glaciers all around...it was snowing on us....man, God is good! His creation is just Amazing. I'll tell you guys more later, but I'm out of Internet time and must go....


Katie W said...

That is truly amazing! What an experience! Congrats on your 200th post, by the way!

Reece is adorable! I know that you are the most amazing mom on the planet, juggling your 4 almost under 4 gracefully :) How is the new job going?

Yes, the twittering can be slightly distracting, but it is nice as a way to avoid the cost of texts, and I've been so glad to be able to get McMama's updates on Stellan.

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

Wow! I am impressed about your sister-in-law making the summit on Mt. Kilimanjaro - that is a hue accomplishment!

Congrats to you on your 200th post!

CC said...

WOW. I'd be all bragging if a relative did that as well!!

And 200? Kinda cool...but just wait until 400. Then you can REALLY party ;)

Krystyn said...

Congrats to your sister! That's awesome!

And, congrats on 200 posts!

Elaine A. said...

Wow, that is absolutely amazing!!! What a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. I can only imagine how hard it got towards the end. Tell them your internet friends said Congrats! : )

Happy 200 Posts! Whee!

Vashey Fam said...

Yea Margaret! You are the best little sis ever! I wish I could be half as cool as you!

Erica said...

Something worth bragging about for sure! That is awesome! Congrats on your 200th post!

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