Monday, October 14, 2013

Two Countries Tell their Stories!

I am so thankful for the special friends, Ellen and Katie, next USA!
This past week I had the great privilege of attending my very first MLS Game.
(major league soccer)

Sounders (Seattle) vs Whitecaps (Vancouver)
First, let's get some things straight...
'Mennonite Girls' do not just cook,
some of us also love our sports and it's fun to share these times together.

We proudly sang the national anthems for both countries.
And we paid tribute to our countries teams.

Up in the rafters sat the Whitecaps...I waved...but they did not recognize us.
We were wearing Manchester United jerseys.
Yes, it was fun to sit with friends from the opposing team.
And yes, we cheered for the Whitecaps, who came in as the underdogs,
 and made a sweeping win over the Sounders, 4-1,
plus a 'hat trick' by a young 18 year old, Manneh!

I loved listening to Katie cheer....
The only words I remember were

The most touching moment for me, was in the early moments of the game.
 A young man, husband and father, who was a Navy Corpsman,
was reunited with his young sons at the soccer game.
Katie, a new bride, knows the emotions of what it's like to have a husband serving in Afghanistan.
Andrew is a Marine and his company is the 1/9 Bravo Company.
And to see the joy on Katie's face as she saw this family reunited was unconvincing.


There's another reason why I'm attracted to our neighbors south of us.
It was at this little restaurant in Mount Shasta,
that these two had their first breakfast date together.
The date lasted all day....only to discover they really liked each other.

Mount Shasta is located in far norther California, and towers at 14,000 feet.
How could two people find themselves in such an enchanting  mountain?

I think for awhile they both wandered
 round and round in circles as they tried to figure out the maze.

June of 2013, exactly a year later..this young man, Joe proposed to our daughter, Mikki.

Yes, we are proud and thankful to have an American join our family.
We strongly encouraged them to build an Innushuk on his home territory
to mark the friendships that exist between two countries.

We traveled up the mountain to 7000 feet and viewed the south west side.
I can tell how deeply this mountain is cherished by Joe, who is a passionate recreational guide.

 It was at this mountain, that a peanut butter sandwich
was prepared for a hungry hopes of her noticing him.
 And guess who's still making peanut butter sandwiches as they
travel on their hiking expeditions together?

"Friendship, engagement: Canada and the United States have shown the best there is in partnerships between nations, all the great potential that awaits all the free peoples of this Earth if they can join in common cause.
"The border separates our peoples, but there are no boundaries to our common dreams."

- President Clinton, Remarks to the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa, February 23, 1995

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  1. Oh the things that are still to come. I enjoy your enthusiasm for sports and can see the strong bond of love you have as a parent to your children's happiness.

  2. What a beautiful story they have written. Thank you for sharing.

    Stopping by today to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. That really was the most emotional event of the game when the corpsman was reunited with his sons! Loved it and it brought tears to my and Katie's eyes for sure. So much fun to spend this time with you...
    It's great to read more about Mikki and her Joe!!

  4. What a sweet set of stories :)
    It's wonderful that our two countries are friends and we can share so much.

  5. I love how the bonds across the boarders have grown.....and there is more to come.

  6. We are so privileged to be living in peace with our neighbors. We have enjoyed our trips to the US over the years and today we are proud parents of an American boy and three American/Canadian grands!

  7. What a lovely story. As someone born in Canada who now lives near Seattle, I've never felt anything but at home in both countries. May the border between us always be open to people of good will! xoxo

  8. I am also glad our countries are good friends and neighbors-it allows us to communicate, too. Let's hope my country soon settles its government problems!

  9. 2 sweet cross-border stories!! I can just imagine the fun you had at the game! Your daughter and fiance look well suited for a lifetime of adventures together!

  10. This was a really good read!! 2 sports teams, 2 nations, and 2 people in love all combined in to one nice post. You summed it all up so well.

  11. Cross border friendship is a very good thing. And to have it hit close to home...even better! We know from experience. :)

    So glad you could cheer alongside our favorite Sounders fans last week!

  12. The US/Canadian border is practically a love charm! I am so thankful that I live in a country bordered by two friendly countries. Oh if only it could be true for all countries that share borders.


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