Here we are!

Back: Robb
Middle: Joel, Erin, Mike, Elloa, Kristie and Michelle
Front: Stephanie and Amber

This is our last full day in the states before we head off to see the most amazing kids ever (by now you should know I’m biast).  Before we go, I realized you may not have met everyone on the team.  In an effort to change that I wanted to show you a picture from our mission trip retreat we went on a few weeks ago.  Thanks Stephanie for the shot!

Honestly, I didn’t sleep well last night.  I kept waking up, tossing and turning.  I know it is because I’m anxious.  I feel like I’m getting ready to see family again, and really, I am.  These are all my brothers and sisters in Christ.  So, tonight I pray for restful sleep and an amazingly safe trip.

My next update should be from half way around the world!  Yeah!!


10 days…

So many emotions when I hear 10 days.

  • One is disbelief.  There is such a difference when we are over there that it almost feels like a dream. Like I want to go but 10 days isn’t a reality.  Only a dream.  
  • Two is scared.  Sooooo much has to be done between now and then.  The team needs to raise money, I need to pack (and pack and pack), what am I forgetting about…
  • Three is I have too much to get done.  When I see a list I get overwhelmed.  I have to get it all done right now, no time to waste.  I was horrible in college on the first day I always had a panic attack.  The professor would give me the syllabus and I never thought I would complete the entire thing by the end of the semester.  Inevitably I would have a break down but then I would get thru that and love the semester and pass with flying colors.  This feels like the same thing.  I need to remember to do one thing at a time.
  • Forth is pure excitement, I CAN’T WAIT!!!  These kids are the loves of my life (and I’m pretty sure I can speak for everyone on the team who has already been that this is the same for all).  And, I can’t wait to see them again, hug them, and tell them how much they are loved.  Even for just 1 week.
For the next 10 days please be praying for the emotions of the team.  I still don’t know how we will all fully be prepared before we hop on the plane, but as my devotional said today, its not for me to understand:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6

So Close!!!

We are now almost two weeks away and can’t wait to get back to see our kids!!!

We really excited about the activities we are going to be doing with the kids while were there and thought you may want a ‘sneak peek’ into a few things we have been planning…

  • Create a community cookout for the people who live near the orphanage. This will give the kids an opportunity to serve their neighbors in a really big way. We’ll be performing skits and songs, as well as providing a meal and bag of rice for everyone who can attend. It should be a great outreach opportunity. 
  • We’ll be doing a movie night with popcorn and other fun surprises. 
  • We’re going to be doing photos scrap booking (they LOVE photos. To these kids they are GOLD, so we are going to take it up a notch and give them the opportunity to put some of their favorite memories into a book). 
  • The big idea for this trip is “Restoration”. We are developing various ways to show them that no matter what they face in this life, God is there to restore them and give them a bright and wonderful future. 

These are just a few of the things we are doing on this trip.

Thanks so much for your prayers and support. And thanks for indulging us when we wax poetic about these kids. We truly feel like they are “ours” and we thank you for listening to our stories.

Again, if you want to support the trip financially, please visit: and click give. Then select Cambodia – Phnom Penh Orphanage 2. (The dates of our trip are 11/3/11-11/13/11.)

Also, we just got back from our team retreat, which was AWESOME!! When I have any pictures I’ll post them up here!!

A Whole New Team…

… is going to Cambodia in November and I get to be on it.  How freakin’ excited am I!!!??!?!?!?  I have got to meet the entire team and I know we are about to have some fun together!  Please continue to follow this blog to watch the adventure continue as you meet the next round of travelers…  starting with me.

Let me re-introduce myself… I am Kristie and I’m blessed enough to go to Cambodia for the 4th time.  If you said I love being in Cambodia you would be right.  And I love, love, love the kids at our orphanage.

What do I do in Atlanta for fun??  I’m a crafty person – so knit, cross stitch, make stuff and watch Wheel of Fortune.  Sounds like I’m 93 right?? That is a running joke! Otherwise I love to hang out with my friends, eat food and laugh.


Yesterday Billy had a clam back for Cambodia which he humorously dubbed Clambodia!!! I loved the name and absolutely had to go.  Luckily my roommate is from Maine and is a skilled at eating the sliders so I brought her along to demonstrate (since I’ve never eaten one before). The clams were great, Billy and his dad were amazing hosts and I had an absolutely amazing time getting to know one of my teammates more as well as his friends.  Unfortunately I didn’t even think to bring a camera, but I will not forget in Cambodia 😉

Go team go!!


I’m Laura Lace Tidwell and I’m originally from Oneonta, Alabama. I went to Auburn University and I love Auburn football. I work as a flight attendant for an international charter company so visiting new and exciting countries is pretty normal for me. However, Cambodia is special. This will be my second mission trip to the Phnom Pehn orphanage and I can’t wait to see the kids again. They are precious and amazing! Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support!

First time blogger!

Okay, so this is my first time blogging. I feel as though I feel as though I have been missing out on something huge. This is great!

Well, a little about me…most recently, my world has been a little foggy due to me losing a very important person in my life. Last week, I lost my grandmother, who was practically a second mother to my sister and me. She and my grandfather helped my mom raise us when my parents got divorced when I was entering my 5th grade year. She was an amazing woman, my prayer partner, and my best friend. She truly taught me about God’s love and grace and continually reminded me to always put my trust in God. We celebrated her life but mainly her glorification in which she finally was able to meet our heavenly father! I truly miss but find great comfort knowing that I will see her again!
Another note about me is I love to stay and I love being outdoors. I started running competitively about 5 years. In my attempt to accomplish smaller races, moving onto half marathons. I decided to attempt the impossible and run a marathon. So, with much prayer, I challenged myself to run the Marine Corps marathon in DC. Needless to say, I survived with a smile on my tired and exhausted face…
Lastly, another tid bit of info about me is that I LOVE my family…especially my 1 year niece. Lord, help me when another baby comes into our family. I don’t know what Lydia will do when she has to share the spotlight. She is a delight and a pure joy to be around…hence the picture I included 🙂
I am also excited about the opportunity to share this blog with my fellow team members going to Cambodia. I can’t wait for our trip, especially meeting the incredible kids from the orphanage…ready, set, let’s go!