Martha and I have just spent the last week in Diagonal, Iowa. This was our first stop on our month long summer traveling adventure. Martha’s mother grew up on a farm near the small town of Diagonal, and the family was gathering here for a reunion. It was my first time in Iowa and my first time meeting many of Martha’s extended relatives.
Along with Martha’s parents and her brothers, we got to Iowa a few days before the reunion to spend time together. We ate good food, played games, and enjoyed the open space that farm life gives you. One highlight of the week was the 4th of July celebrations. We went to two parades, ate kettle corn, watched our nieces compete in the pedal tractor pull, and ended the day with a firework show.
The reunion was on a hot and dry Saturday at the town’s community center. Over 40 family members from across Iowa and beyond came together for food and good conversation. Martha and I also had an opportunity to share about our work in Haiti. We had pictures with us, so we enjoyed showing everyone what Haiti looks like and what World Concern does.
The week was a huge success! As you can see, Martha was able to get more acquainted with her camera and snapped some good shots. Now we are heading to Ludington, Michigan with Martha’s parents. We’ll be sharing more about our travels as the month goes on.