Thursday, July 2, 2009

Mr. President in the hood.

There are mornings it's totally necessary to have your full cute on by 9:00 a.m. This morning was one of them. Let me start by saying, as gravity continues to take hold, 9:00 a.m. is extremely early to pull it all together. I mean, there's a reason bridal photographs are taken after noon. Puffy eyes people, puffy eyes.

By 8:30, we were seeing things like this up at Mercy Street.

Lovely gentlemen with wires in their ears checking the place inside and out, top to bottom and saying things like, "We're fifteen minutes out...Ten minutes...Five minutes...Ok, let's get ready, we're one minute out."

And then we saw this.

Now, da mug be clean, but not exactly what we were expecting.

And with the "One minute out." we saw this. The Schwepps truck. Not quite.

Now that's what I'm talking about.

That would be the Presidential motorcade carrying President Bush and all his coolness just comin' down to chill in the hood with his Mercy Street peeps.

Truthfully, his old friends, Bill and Candy, a.k.a. Nanny and Bunty, have been talking his ear off about Mercy Street for years and since being back in Dallas, he's continued to hear more about what we're doing down here in West Dallas from community leaders and businessmen. He wanted to come check it out for himself and we were thrilled to have him.

Here the President is getting the tour flanked by his Secret Service and Bill, whom he calls Red.

How do I get a nickname like that?

Oh, seriously, I was just happy to get a picture. And people, let me tell you, once the cameras were allowed to come out, there was no stopping me.

Dea.

Sadie, being her ever shy self.

Trey showing the President the land around the facility and explaining all the plans we believe the Lord has in store.

Sadie then joined the group and may or may not have stuck her hand through the fence and contracted Poison Ivy. But we're not talking about that right now.

The President really enjoyed talking to the guys in the bike shop. It's part of the Summer Work Crew program where kids are learning to repair and restore donated bikes for the neighborhood kids.

Johnny and the President could have talked all day about local bike trails.

Here's the whole Bike Shop Crew.

He was so great and personally spoke with each child asking them individual questions, encouraging them all.

Darius.

The President lovin' on Hattiebelle, Mercy Street's newest addition.

More work crew kids.

It was truly a blessed morning. The President told several stories, one of which was about speaking to a group of about 50 in Rwanda. He looked out at the group of people and said, a little under his breath, "God is good."

The immediate response he received by the crowd was, "All the time." Wanting to be sure he heard correctly, he said it louder.

"God is good."

And again, even louder, the response, "All the time."

He said, be it Rwanda, Highland Park, or West Dallas, the truth remains. "God is good. All the time."

Yes, He is.


Thank you, Mr. President, for blessing us all with a fantastic morning in the hood. Please come back anytime.



47 comments:

Jen said...

So cool!

Jen said...

That is awesome!

Amy said...

SO cool!! I love that George W. What a fantastic morning for you guys--love the pics:)

Hope you're having a great summer!!
Amy

Jill said...

Oh so greatly cool....I love that you were able to get it together by nine...I just finished reading Same kind of differnt as me...and even though it was a different avenue than Mercy Street, I knew someday I could be reading a story about Melissa and Trey. Thanks for continuing to do the "work".

ehardin said...

That is so awesome!
I still adore President Bush and think was an amazing President and is amazing man.
How fun!!
Can we re-elect him?

The B Family said...

Fantastic! Your cute was definitely on--great pictures!

Jill said...

I had to share your great day and your efforts with my crowd (little as it may be) here in central Florida. Check out the post.

Caroline said...

Wow, Melissa! What a special time! Seriously, so cool. I especially loved the pic of he and Sadie!!

Jess said...

That's so stinkin awesome!!! I love all the pics! What a wonderful to share with your family for years and years to come. He is truly a great man. Was Sae Sae shy at the white house visit as well? :0)

Sheila said...

WOW! I'm honored just to be a blog reader! :)

May God bless you and keep you always!

Knick Knack Paddy Whack, Throw This Mom a Bone said...

Very cool! :)

emily said...

So amazing! Will be a hard post to beat. Love it, seriously. Hard to decide what my favorite pic is--- I think the one of him holding Sadie. :)

emily said...

You did look amazing by 9, I might add.

chrys said...

i'm not sure why these pics made me cry, but they sure did!

incredible! love that sweet man.

we got close to him at an event once and he smiled at my baby, who was tightly clinging to his gwb action figure. other people might have thought he was smiling at them, but i promise...that smile was totally directed at my oliver. made my day.

chrys

girlymama said...

OHMYGLORY, that is so super cool!!!!!!

Andrea said...

President Bush looks much younger and relaxed now that he's out of DC. So glad he stopped by to see your worthy ministry.

Deidra said...

One of those mornings you'll always remember, huh?

Dawn said...

I agree....he looks great! I also liked him and not I remember all the more why!!

Anonymous said...

I my goodness that is SO COOL!!! I love me some W!!

Traci said...

Well I cried, and can i just say- I miss the W being in office! How awesome that he visited and how awesome that he got his groove back. God is good...all the time.

Zan said...

i am sorry the other kids missed it, but i am sure sadie charmed the socks off him. you may get that invite to go behind the gate after all. no more stalking for you.

Stacy Ann said...

That is so awesome!! What a great chance to show off Mercy Street!
You looked beautiful, btw.

Punky said...

I am so loving this story, Melissa! Yes, God IS so good... all the time! And I must say that leaving the White House might have done W some good, too (I'm just sayin'). He looks about 15 years younger... and real happy! But then, that's probaly all the Mercy Street love on him!

Love you, girl... and so proud of the way the Lord is working through you and Trey in the hood! Big hugs and a kiss - Punky

Sue said...

That is SOOOOO Cool you got to meet and hug W! Very cool.

He looks rested and happy - haven't seen that look on his poor face in years!

Thanks for sharing that with us all!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this. I found this blog through a friend who's familiar with your organization. I'll take George W. Bush over the socialist fraud that's in the White House now.

Sumer said...

Oh.My.Stars. that is too cool! Your pictures were great. Congrats, what a great thing for the ministry and for your kids! Love W! and your blog!

Misty said...

awesome! made me cry at the end there :) did ya'll get a pic that makes the christmas card this year? lol! your pic with him is great!

happygeek said...

Woot.
It's just not every day eh?

Casey (@ Ever-Changing Life) said...

That's so awesome! What a sweet man of God. And a Texan, which clearly means he is one of God's chosen people. And Laura is so precious!

Tammie Head said...

What a neat opportunity! So much fun and what memories!

Blessings!
tammie

Megan said...

Yeah. I teared up as well. These are precious pictures and makes me like the man all that much more. Thanks for encouraging us all on this day before our Independence Day!

I agree. 9am looks good on you.

Grateful for Grace said...

Holy moly!!! How awesome!! Honestly, I thought you were going to say Obama and I wasn't all that excited... then I saw that Texan. Very Cool!!

Anonymous said...

MELISSA!
Love this post...love this President!
How blessed we truly were to have a president that really believes that God is good, all the time.

Sandi

Sitesx6 said...

CHECK YOU OUT with G-Dub! That rocks.

So fun. What a great man. I love him.

How awesome-the story about "God is good" I loved that.

Tell more.

God Bless that man! And God bless you guys and what you are doing there.

Kelly in Michigan

Kim said...

Very cool! Love the story about "God is good....all the time!" That's something that we said/heard a lot during our year in Uganda. Followed by "All the time...God is good!"

Cheryl said...

That is so cool!

and Amen!! God IS good! ALL the time!

Jess said...

WOW, he looks WAY more relaxed!! I can't imagine why!!!

Praise God for bringing more attention to Mercy Street! That's SO amazing!

LoLa said...

How exciting! He's so handsome!

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

How exciting. I love GWB and love that he loves the Lord. It looks like a lot of your readers are fans too so I think you should have a little blog reader party at Mercy Street with GWB attending or do a fund raiser or a blog contest. Heck, just invite me next time he comes over.

Kim said...

Totally Cool!

Kelli said...

Love it. I just got goose bumps all over.

Pattie and Rob said...

Awesome!!! How exciting!!!
Thanks for sharing.

Holli said...

WOW! Tears of total awe.....
God is GOOD all the time. ALL THE TIME!

Becca said...

Amazing!! :-) We need to get him to come see our program sometime . . . put in a good word will you?! :-)

Kari said...

Melissa, what a super cool post!! I LOVE LOVE your pics with Mr. Cool himself!! WOW!!!
Thanks for sharing this amazing experience!!
Blessings

Sarah said...

Oh my word!! I am so jealous.....and it is such a blessing to know he is visiting ministries that are TRULY making a difference. I don't think the same is going on in his former place of residence. :-)

Lori said...

Wow! That is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!