Hey everybody! Camping near Niagara Falls was a change from our stays in cities, and our stay outside of Buffalo also provided a refreshing change. We stayed with the Mullins who own a farm. They took us out to dinner to experience the unique food of Buffalo, including Beef on Kimmelweck and, of course, chicken wings. They gave us a tour of their farm, where they raise racehorses, peacocks, pheasants, and kittens. Then we went on a short walk. I enjoyed the fresh air and beautiful country. It also felt great to sleep in beds after sleeping on the ground at the campsite.
Wednesday morning we drove into Buffalo for our second official interview with Dr. David Holmes at Buffalo Children’s Hospital. It was sort of an adventure because our GPS got confused by the roads and led us astray. Also, there was a fire, so the road we needed to take was blocked off by police, which meant we had to walk the rest of the way. Unfortunately, we had missed an email from Dr. Holmes telling us that he that he would not be at the hospital since he had to cover at Good Neighbors Clinic. Luckily, however, we connected with him and successfully meet with him at the clinic. We appreciated Dr. Holmes flexibility and his willingness to meet with us despite his full schedule. Dr. Holmes discussed the importance of addressing patients as whole people– not only physical beings, but also as spiritual and emotional beings– who require all-encompassing care and support. We were all impressed by Dr. Holmes and came away from the interview with positive feelings.
Our interview ended at noon and then we started our long trek to Boston, MA. It was a long car ride, but we passed time by playing Truth or Dare (but without Dare due to limited space in the vehicle). We arrived at Boston around 10 at night. We are staying with Katie and Ryan Keith, two alums from Messiah. I can’t believe we’ve already reached our last stop!