Friday, July 06, 2007


My brother-in-law Mark, his wife Beth, and their four children came to visit us for a couple of days. They arrived in the afternoon of the 4th. I fixed a meal of fish, hush puppies, and corn, enjoying some good brew (adults only) to wash it all down. Next we went outside to fix s'mores around our fire pit, until time to head 7 miles to see the fire works.

On the 5th, we enjoyed sleeping in, more good food (have you been able to tell that my life revolves around food?!), a friendly game of baseball at the local field, swimming and a hot tub, a delicious supper (Beer can chicken, red beans with rice, mac-n-cheese, strawberry daiquiris), and then a walk down to the local ice cream shop for 50 cent kid cones.

All throughout was talk about homeschooling (yep, they do it too), being a pastor (yep he's one too), parenting (yep they're ones too), enjoying seeing how much the nieces and nephews have grown and matured. What a nice, yet too short of a visit. We all wish it could be longer and as they backed down the driveway this morning, we were all trying to come up with another excuse to get together soon.

Isn't that the way it is? Visitors are so refreshing, and I learn so much from each one, whether they are family or friends. So, you reading this who might need a place to stay, don't hesitate to ask. I get as much from your stay as you'll get with a place to sleep and meals to eat.

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