We loved the adventure of a Jeep SUV and the uncharted territory.  At the car rental agency, we asked how to get from Buffalo to Hamilton, Ontario and they gave us two choices: The Peace Bridge or the Rainbow Bridge. The choice seemed obvious. Who wouldn’t want an auto view of the Niagara Falls?

We passed over the bridge congested with the gawking tourists and stopped at the border gate. I certainly was grateful we had not tried some sort of passport-less crossing as the border patrol did not seem impressed with our plans to speak at the Acquire the Fire Conference. We were not sure which of us looked threatening, but after a long interrogation by the Canadian border officials, we were very grateful the Teen Mania office in Garden Valley had sent us an official letter for border usage in case there was trouble. Added a little intrigue to the trip.

The Hamilton Ontario Sheraton was conveniently positioned on the other end of an urban shopping mall from the Copps Coliseum. Since we chose the Rainbow Bridge route, we arrived just as the doors were opening. Registered attendance of 4600 trickled past our booth as we struggled to remember the assembly instructions. We all agreed a few more minutes in the online tutorial would have been wise. It sure looked easy when Doug and Lucas did it!

Hamilton was a melting pot of humanity. We loved it. It seemed the crowd was very comfortable with its diversity, and they embraced our “Southern accent” with a smile. Loonies and toonies (the Canadian $1 and $2 coins) gave us enough of a cultural thrill to remind us we were now international speakers.

Our opening night of the event was a smashing success as we began to feel the heart of our audience. Ron Luce’s message drew the heart of the Father down close to the hearts of the listeners. And the Newsboys rocked the place down for Jesus.

We figured Lili’s increasing crankiness as the day wore on was due to our travel adventures. But Daddy/Nathan discovered the truth. We had one hot “chicken” (19 month old Lili’s nickname of unknown origin) on our hands. Good thing Lili’s Mama packed a full bottle of both baby Tylenol and baby Advil. Poor Daddy. Nothing like fighting a fever in a baby who is not supposed to ever have fevers due to her seizure history. All in a foreign country at a convention center. Poor hotel guests, too. Lili left her late night wails as souvenirs in the ears of the other frequent travelers. Oh well, it is all for Jesus. I am sure Paul would have been proud!  More of our adventures later…

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  1. […] frontlinemoms Christian parenting in a hostile cuture Skip to content HomeAboutWelcome to my blog!Who Are We? ← The Border and Hot Chicken Trip Adventures…Part 6 […]

  2. I forget that not everyone knows what loonies and toonies are! LOL!

    I’m so glad to hear that the conference went wonderfully. I’ve been praying. :)

  3. Doug says:

    The Hot Chicken rides again!

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