This group

We’ve made it to the Dominican Republic. It was a good flight- I got to sit next to Pioneer Woman’s daughters. In Santa Domingo so far I’ve seen palm trees and rain clouds and one roach. (Jennifer screamed– then I screamed– and she killed it. Bless the woman. She and I are roomies this week.) We have a lovely hotel with decent internet.

Skype was choppy tonight and I only stayed on a few minutes. But it was nice to see my family for a few minutes. It is rumored that we bloggers will have our own dedicated internet connection in a conference room tomorrow, and we’ll end each day with a group blog-party. Should be great fun.

I’ll have to tell you about the country tomorrow, since I’ve not seen much. But I’ve got a small feel for my travel group. They’re smart and funny and thoughtful — and glad to be here. As am I. I feel fortunate — and energized — to be in the midst of people interested in making life better for kids, people who’ve committed time and talents to a cause so central in my heart.

Brian said this evening that we were all ordained by God to be here. I am full of the awareness of that and so grateful for it. That knowledge was a comfort on Saturday when my husband and I said our goodbyes to each other. And it is an exciting challenge now as I look forward to this week.

I must sleep, as it is 2 AM here, and breakfast is at 7:30. But as God’s plan for the week unfolds I’ll be sharing what I learn with you.

My Group

The Bloggers
Tim and his son Nick
Marlboro Man and his daughters

The Compassion Workers
Brian Seay
Shaun Groves
Steve Jones
Keely Scott, our photographer


  1. You and your entire group will be in my prayers this week! I can’t wait to hear about all your adventures and how God works within your hearts during this time.

  2. Was this one of those mouse-sized hissing roaches you find in nice warm climates? How big are the mosquitoes down there. Get your deet on. Love you and praying for you. Just got a post out.

  3. I’m paying attention.

  4. Following your trip with hugs and prayers from Ireland.

  5. Theresa in Alberta says:

    All of us PW readers are following this trip with great excitment. May God bless this trip and bring everyone home safely.

  6. I can’t wait to hear more! So neat you & Jennifer are roomies. I feel so blessed to know you both in real life. I am so proud of you my sweet friends!


  7. I too am praying attention, Mary… praying that for us all.
    Keep pressing into His heart…

    All’s grace,

  8. I too am praying attention, Mary… praying that for us all.
    Keep pressing into His heart…

    All’s grace,

  9. I too am praying attention, Mary… praying that for us all.
    Keep pressing into His heart…

    All’s grace,

  10. I hope she didn’t kill the roach with her shoe. When you squish a roach, any eggs inside the roach can stick to your shoe. Later, they can hatch wherever your shoe happens to be. Glad your trip is going well so far and keeping your trip in my prayers!

  11. Curious to know how the electricity goes in your hotel. In my DR experience, the electricity would come and go. Curious to see if it’s still like that.

    Tammy, thanks for the roach info. LOL. 😉

  12. So glad that you have made it there safely! I can’t wait to hear more!

  13. As for the roach info – my husband works in a paper mill where roaches are abundant. He is very careful to not bring any home – thankfully!

  14. Praying for you and the whole group. It’s been fun following the adventures here and on Pioneer Woman’s site too. I can’t wait to see pictures and hear of what God does with you!

  15. Glad you all made it safe and sound. I’ll be reading and praying for your group this week.

  16. Praying for you all!

    Wishing I were with you – but nursing babies had to keep Susan and me home this time.