Friday, October 02, 2009

A Visit to Three Colleges (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1)

Despite the lack of sleep over the past three nights, I was eager to get on the road that Saturday morning as I headed toward Longview, Texas. The drive went smoothly and I enjoyed the lack of traffic during the first part of the day. After all, not too many people are driving at 6:45 AM on a Saturday morning!

It took 5 hours to get to LeTourneau College, and I battled tiredness part of the way, but between songs on the radio and a/c blowing on my face, I kept alert. I couldn't wait to see my brother!

I arrived just before lunch, and after dining in his high-class cafeteria (seriously, they have an amazing new eating area, with wonderfully good food!), we took a relaxing stop at a swing someone had hung from the limb of a great tree and then walked around campus. It was warm but breezy, so the walk was quite pleasant!

They also have walkways under great trees lining the lane. Hmm... Maybe this is the mark of a true college? ;)

The campus of LeTourneau University is quite beautiful, and was made even more so by the company of my dear brother. It was SO good to see him. It made the drive - and the money I had to pay for mileage - worth it.

They even had some huge playground equipment! Okay, so they were models of the amazing machines R.G. LeTourneau built, but they were fun to climb on!

We spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening with a friend, shared a shake at Burger King, and then walked around campus again, this time in the cool darkness, talking late into the night. Elijah had arranged for me to stay on campus with a girl he knew, which made it nice and convenient!

The next day we celebrated Elijah's 21st birthday! After a great service at his church, we went out to eat for lunch together. I so enjoy going out with my brother!

Upon getting back to campus, we changed and then readied the goods for the party. I had made a cake before leaving and left it in the back of my trunk. It wasn't too worse for the wear... We picked out an ant or two, covered it all with frosting, and everyone enjoyed the delectable home-made goodness!

Three guys from LeTourneau drove with Elijah and I to Lake Gladewater, where we met two other friends. It was another beautiful day, perfect for spending time in the great outdoors! I enjoyed getting to know some of Elijah's friends, and it was rather interesting to hear the conversation of 4 engineers in the car together! =)

After eating cake and snacks, we played games. Apples to Apples (we had the Bible edition) is a fun game to play with a group, as it can bring up interesting subjects of conversation! It's also funny to see which adjectives everyone got! I tried my best to live up to my card of "scary" (failing pretty miserably) while Elijah protested that he wasn't cute, as his card said (I, as his sister, said that yes, of course he was)!

We made the short treck to this "waterfall" before leaving to drive back to campus. It was pretty, but not very large!

All-in-all, it was a wonderful visit with my brother! It was hard to leave on Monday morning, but I had to get back in time to teach the next day, so I said my goodbye around 8:30 AM and made the 10-hour drive home, full of treasured memories.


Ella said...

How in the world did that cake not go stale? I am impressed!

Sister in Prayer said...

Sounds like you had fun!

Elijah Lofgren said...

Thank you SO MUCH for coming and for posting these pictures! I LOVE YOU ANNA!!

- Elijah