We finally made it back home late last night. Our car repairs caused us to stay an extra day. We spent most of Wednesday waiting. The car dealership was kind enough to provide a shuttle for us, and the hotel was very generous to allow us to check out late, so around noon or so we left the hotel and went to have some lunch. After that we spent some time at the mall, walking around killing time. Finally, at 2:30, we went back to the dealership and just waited there, with all our luggage and traveling junk - pillows, snacks foods, cooler, entertainment - piled in the corner of the waiting area! We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies come to town, I tell ya! LOL We finally retrieved our car around 3:30, stopped for gas and hit the road. It was exactly 4:00 when we pulled onto the freeway leading away from Lancaster. Fortunately, Wes had only planned to drive to Sacramento on Wednesday, so it was only a six-hour drive, and we arrived there right about bedtime and were able to get a good night's sleep and continue on the next day.
I want to publicly praise the Lord for His provision this week. We thought the car repair would be simple, something that one of the men at the church could do for us. It turned out to be much more complicated than that, which meant more money than we were prepared to spend. A couple of pastors with whom we are good friends were also at the college dropping off their children, and during the course of conversation found out about our car. These pastors' churches also support us as missionaries, so before we left, each had promised to help with the car repair bill. These two churches helped us enough to take care of the car repairs and the extra night in the hotel. We weren't without our moments (minutes . . . hours!) of frustration and wondering how we were going to take care of this, but the Lord once again did what He does best - taking care of His own!
I plan to post more completely about our ten-day holiday over the weekend. I want to thank you all once again for your prayers and encouragement through your comments. I read every single comment (many after we got home) and they were each a blessing to me. Have a great weekend!