Thursday, April 27, 2006
We left this morning and will be here in MA through at least Sunday. Our visit to Old Sturbridge Village was very fun, despite the fact that they didn't have a Presbyterian church. Pictures to follow!
Friday, April 21, 2006
“Coffee – 90 miles away.” That was what my dad said this morning as we pulled out of the parking lot. A while later, as we headed down the freeway, I looked out of the windows and suddenly the mile markers and exits stuck out to me. I wasn’t sure why, but the markers were looking way to familiar. Marker 237…238…
It was really strange to be there, to go into the same store I had been into with my friends who lived in the area, and now be back zooming through with my family. I was just about ready to run into somebody I knew. As we passed marker 240, I looked behind and saw the warm familiar sight of the Shenk’s home where I had passed many an evening each Lord’s day. As we passed by 246 I could see the Chancey’s old home where many of my delightfully fond memories lie. It would have been nice to drop in and see some dear faces, but the road was calling, and on we go. Further up, and further in!
Thursday, April 20, 2006
After making it to our much needed Starbucks stop, we headed off, back through the hilly parts of Birmingham. Suddenly (now remember, I'm sick - I can't smell anything) a most disgusting smell floated through the air, so strongly, I could smell it. We pulled over as soon as possible, and my Dad jumped out and started checking the van. Our brakes were overheating. Simply wonderful! Once we were back on the freeway, our trailer fender started coming off. So, we pulled over again, and Dad fixed that too! So, our motto yesterday was: Slow and steady wins the race. We have not had any tire problems, at least, not yet.
William celebrated his first birthday yesterday (see previous post). We'll have a party for him when we get back home. We stopped in Bristol, (for the record, that is Virginia, not Tennessee ;-)) for dinner since we knew everybody would be sleeping when we arrived in Lexington. We pulled up at Chili's and as we were piling out, we were greeted by a very familiar face. It turned out to be somebody we had met last year when we stopped in Bristol for church last spring. It's nice running into people you know.
We pulled into our hotel around midnight and fell asleep as soon as possible. We are now sitting at the table in the lobby downloading a file for Mom's IBM. As soon as that is done, we will be off once more. Pictures and more to come!
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Happy Birthday William!
Monday, April 17, 2006
On Easter Sunday, Strawberry-Blondee's family arrives at church in two shifts and they wait patiently in the foyer until the congregation is made aware of the sad fact mentioned above. Nobody is upset, in fact, they all wanted Strawberry-Blondee and William to spread their germs to the children who had not yet had the opportunity to have them. On this Sunday, Strawberry-Blondee was scheduled to play the piano for service. Around the second or third Psalm, her eyes begin to water and burn, blurring her vision, and her face begins to get very congested - a rather painful experience for those of you who have missed out on such an event.
After the sermon, the congregation drove over to some friends house from church for our Easter Celebration. While there, a volley-ball game is suggested and so the young people head out to play. Strawberry-Blondee, who is in charge of measuring (or stepping) the size of the court, removes her shoes (just after being told about fire ants) and counts and sets the borders. While playing, a nasty ant decides her feet look rather tasty, and takes a nice bite in between her toes, which is now swollen due to an allergy she has to bug bites.
Afterwards, she was watching some of the children when one of the little girls requests to play a game of tether ball. Strawberry-Blondee agrees. In the middle of the game, the ball is headed right for the little girl, so Strawberry-Blondee, trying to protect the little girl turns around and get smacked in the face with the tether ball. Not such a nice feeling.
Later that evening, some of the guys at church go frog hunting in the pond. They return victorious with a huge bull-frog. Upon viewing the treasure, Strawberry-Blondee suggests a dissection. One of the guys suggests frog legs. One of the other guys tells Strawberry-Blondee that if she kisses the frog, he just might turn into a prince...I'll let you guess how the story ends.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Here's a small update on the happenings of the McDonald's & Co.
We've hired a kitchen manager. Wyntria is such a wonderful asset to our little tea room. She is a great chef, patient, hard-working, and just "simply fastidious!" :)
We also hired a waiter and waitress for the weekdays, and we have Laura coming in every Tuesday and Friday, and another girl coming in on Saturdays. It is so nice to hand over the reigns to somebody else. It has been a long, toilsome and painful journey, but it is finally here, and I know it was naught but the hand of God.
It is amazing how much comfort you find in knowing that all that happens is by the hand of Him who fashioned us. After all, it is only because of Him that I am here today It is only because of Him that we have any hope of salvation, that we can stand fully justified, freely forgiven and wholly pure before a righteous and awesome God. Isn't it amazing?