Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Here are a few of the first pictures I have recieved!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Leaving on a jetplane.....


for the last time from Australia.  Oddly enough,  we have  2 different flights on the same day at the same time!  Wierd huh?  We hope  you haven't missed us too much.  WE've missed home quite a bit!  See you soon!

Love Brooke and Ryan

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Just a quick note today.
We attended a well-sized branch today for church. It took us a ferry and a taxi to get there, but we made it and on time too!
I am so thankful for the hospitality we were shone. We made some new friends who had us over for lunch and then drove us back to the ferry pick up. We felt so welcomed and at home there. What a blessing it is to go anywhere in the world and find a group of people willing to serve and befriend us. We're so thankful for the many wonderful people we have met durnig our stay in Australia and especially at church today. (to be honest, I havent met one personm here that I havent liked!!!

Jesus is the Christ and he loves all of us so much!!
We love you!
Ryan and Brooke

Thursday, August 12, 2010

G'day mates!

Greetings from a bus station at Hervey Bay!
We just arrived after an overnight train ride from Cairnes. We both smell pretty bad, but the ride was great. Saw lots of wild kangaroos and wallobys. We just came from The Great Barrier Reef! While there in Port Douglas we gott to see Cape Tribulation. After that, we took a boat out to the Great Barrier Reef where we Scub dove and swam with the beautiful fish on the reef. The highlight of that trip was when I almost got my hand torn off by a huge clam!!! So much fun. Now that we're headed to Fraiser Island, we'll get to go whale watching and then we're planning to attend a small loacl branch on Sunday for church. It's so wonderful that no matter where you go in the world, the church is the same! We feel so comforted by that! Hope all is well back in "the states" as they call it here. Remember that Jesus loves you! (and so do we!!)
Ryan and Brooke
P.S. pictures to follow after we get home!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I come from a land down unda!

Greetings from DOWN UNDA!!!!!
This is currently day 9 of our marriage and day 8 of our Australian honeymoon. Our days have been filled with mission memories, silly accents, and lots and lots of room service......Anyway, we don't want anyone to feel left out of the fun so we thought we'd update some when we had a chance. We've been to Sydney(for the first time, we'll return later) And we've just finished our visit out to the middle of nowhere: Ayer's Rock. The rock was big, and, well, in the middle of nowhere. We've gotten the opportunity to use every bit of advice we've recieved. So thanks for that! Today we head to Cairnes and its off to Port Douglas. Then from there we're off to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef!!! (We'll see how my fear of large bodies of water hold up.) We are both tired, but still loving it here!!! Send us updates because we can get e-mail on my phone!
Love you all!!

KEEP THE FAITH!!!!((then share it of course!)
Brooke and Ryan CHAPMAN