I’m sitting in a lovely bedroom on the 4th floor of a London home, I can see the night sky out of the skylights, I can feel the cool breeze coming through the window. I’m not alone I have Don here with me and we are being refreshed by listening to John Michael Talbot.
After lots of hugs, well wishes and prayers from our church family Monday finally came.
Today is Thursday, May 19th, we drove out of Burlington about 2 weeks ago on Monday, May 17th.
We drove our rented van through the night, sleep didn’t come easy for any us but when we arrived in New Jersey at 7:30AM we perked up, seeing a whole new world we were alert and ready.
After our visit to the local coffee shop Don and I were dropped off at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
That was the beginning our my ancestry search. Great Grandmother Mary Louise and Great Grandfather Evan Collins came over on a ship from Liverpool to the American Immigration building, Ellis Island. That Welsh/English couple were young and brave. They had such courage and faith to take their little family to a new world, America.
Great Grandfather Evan and Great Grandmother Mary Louise
At Ellis Island I felt like I could feel my own great grandmother – brave and determined. You don’t make that trip casually, it had many hardships, those 3rd class passengers had to be determined to overcome the cramped quarters, the lack of food, the uncertainty of acceptance. I walked up the very steps she walked up, the very tiles on the room where she waited with her family (which included my toddler grandmother) for their name to be called so they could fill out the ship’s forms which are available for me to read today. Because of the careful immigration I have copies of my great grandfather’s signature. My visit to Ellis Island painted a picture of my family that I never knew. It gives me a little more insight to maybe why my birth family and now my own children are adventurous.
My grandparents probably cheered along with all the other passengers when they saw the Great Lady, the Statue of Liberty. I was inspired when I saw the Statue of Liberty, she is so tall and she has a sense of purpose. The creator, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi loved what America stood for he said;
“I will try to glorify the Republic and Liberty over there, in the hope that someday I will find it again here.”
That is why her real name is Liberty Enlightening the World. She faces out, away from the United States to enlighten the world of the American way, a government of the people, by the people and for the people. By God’s generous grace.
We Americans have a rich history. My constant prayer is that we will live in a way to deserve it.
After a night not sleeping in a car, and a full day with inspirational and moving experiences which included the 9/11 Memorial we headed to the JFK airport to relax on a plane headed for London.
Our night on the plane to England was pretty comfortable as far as planes go, it was quick. We were greeted by Kimberly with love and tears. It was a fantastic
So happy and thankful. Our journey is just beginning. ((Hugs))