Sunday, September 30, 2007

Heading for Branson

We have had a very busy past six weeks...ministry trips to Mexico and Tennessee, hosting people for a 3 day conference, hosting middle son and 2 of his friends while thy attended a conference, having oldest son and his wife and sons here for the weekend, and attending the wedding of our friends' son. Whew!

I am so glad that my sister had planned this trip to Branson for us and her family. My sister is one of the most generous people I know, and planned this trip and provided our lodging long before our time got so crazy. I am planning on sleeping late every morning we're in Branson, maybe catching a show or two, and just generally doing whatever I please, within reason! I wonder if I can still sleep til 11 or 12 like I could when I was in college?...probably not, but I intend to give it a try.

The wedding this weekend was lovely. Our friends' son and his new bride are a joy to behold. It has been fun seeing the Lord work in their lives. The wedding was lovely, I'm sure, but I was "baby wrangling" for one of the groom's brothers and sister-in-law. This was NOT hazardous duty, but one I really enjoyed. Getting to play with a four month old baby girl was delightful. Having only sons and grandsons, I am always up for "girl" time! Unfortunately, mlle decided to fuss just as the wedding party was entering the chapel. We missed the wedding itself, but heard tell it was beautiful...amazing set of lungs on that tiny little girl. I can't wait to see the video! The bride made her entrance down a spiral staircase, which I think sounds cool.

Everything else is pretty much business as usual. Hopefully I will get the laundry caught up before we leave early Wednesday. Will keep you all posted.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tennessee Travelers

We are home...again! Yep the wandering duo has returned from our Tennessee tour. Hubby had meetings in Lebanon, TN over the weekend and we extended our visit to include visits with longtime friends in Franklin and Lewisburg, as well as seeing family in Chattanooga.

Living in Texas surely makes you appreciate four seasons. Although Tennessee is in a major drought right now, there are small patches of glorious leaf turnings to be seen. The highways,
I-40 and I-59 are lined with the most amazing trees...huge, hundred foot, I would guess, pine trees line the road. It is a little daunting for this flat land girl to take!

We went to the little town of Whitwell, TN to see the memorial that the middle school there has created to honor the memory of those lost in the Holocaust. If you have not had a chance to see the documentary, Paperclips, please try to see it. This is a great lesson for all of us to learn, that one person can make a difference. You can read more about this amazing memorial at their website I knew that it would be a heartrending visit, but I wasn't prepared to begin crying even before I walked in the gate. If you get a chance, take the time to visit this.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Glad to be home in the USA

Hubby and I just got in tonight from 9 days in the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. SMA is a beautiful colonial town, full of amazing sights. If you are lucky enough not to fall down on one of the quaint cobblestone steets the first night in town, it is especially beautiful.

Yep, we're walking down from the jardin, hoping to catch a bus or a cab to take us back to our friends' casa...I misstep and fall into the street. So terribly embarrassing...a very sweet young man hoisted me back to my feet and helped us get a taxi. Man, what a bummer...I'd broken a toe three weeks previous to this and was finally able to walk well then wham! I'm all bunged up with a bruised hip and twisted foot! Grace in action.

Although I didn't get to see as much of San Miguel as I did the last time I visited, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Practicing my "book" Spanish is always fun, and sometimes humbling. According to our friends, though, I sound pretty good! I even caught a cab all by myself and got back to the casa alone.

We had such a great time and hubby got to minister to some very sweet people while we were there. We hope to return soon as I get all healed up.

As beautiful as SMA was, when I got to the airport in Leon, I was sooooo ready to get on that plane back to Texas. Coming off the plane into 90 degree heat, from about 60-70 degree cool was just great! I enjoy traveling, but I think I'm a little like Dorothy-there's no place like home!