Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Two weeks ago I prepared to head out on a weekend visit to three different colleges. It was a whirlwind trip, leaving Thursday evening and arriving back home Monday evening, and driving over 1000 miles alone. But, it was a good and safe trip, praise God!
The reason for the trip was to visit my brother Elijah at his college and help him celebrate his 21st birthday. But, since Miriam's college and the college I attended last year were right on the way, I decided to stop and see friends as well.
I jumped in the car after teaching 4 dance classes on Thursday, September 17th, stopped at Walmart to get food for the journey, and drove an hour and 45 minutes to Judson College.
It was so good to see Miriam and be able to stay in her room, meet her friends, and take a tour of her campus. We stayed up somewhat late that night, catching up and hanging out with her fun roommate and suite mates.
The next morning we walked around campus. I had seen it in the dark, but it was quite beautiful by day, especially as it was a cool, breezy morning. Judson is in a really pretty location! I particularly liked this lane through the trees.
Of course, passing by trees, I couldn't resist getting another "peek-around-the-trunk" picture. =)
Miriam's room is cozy, and she's decorated it well. I left her on Friday morning around 9 AM with homemade cookies and fun memories. I wish I could have stayed longer, but the next stop in my journey was calling my name.
I arrived at Belhaven College around 1 PM, and enthusiastically greeted Mary Khris, my roommate last spring. It was so good to catch up with her! She was also very kind to host me in her room for the night, so that it felt like old times.
There were also many other friends to visit with, Grace being one of the main ones. We went out for supper with another friend as well, and later talked up a storm until I finally had to make myself head to bed around midnight. I am blessed to have friends in many locations; it's just hard to not be able to see them more often!
The next morning I awoke at 6 AM and got in the car 45 minutes later to hit the road. It was on to LeTourneau University, to see my beloved brother... (to be continued)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design,
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I,
The flower God opens so sweetly,
In my hands would fade and die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So I’ll trust Him for His leading
Each moment of every day
And I’ll look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.
For the pathway that lies before me
My heavenly Father knows
I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments
Just as He unfolds the rose.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
It was a wonderful surprise to have them come and spend the weekend! They came to celebrate their 1-year anniversary with us. It's hard to believe that it's already been a year since their wedding!
Lisa Beth sweetly made them a necklace, which lovingly tied them together. :)
It was great to see my sister Miriam again! I've really missed her this past year. But, I've rejoiced as she and John have enjoyed married life!
We played a lot of games together. This visit we played "Ticket to Ride," a very interesting and fun game that Miriam brought.
On Sunday there was a fellowship lunch after the church service. After we ate, some of us did some group dancing. The Virginia Reel was the first and favorite.
Even the little girls joined in! I was amazed at how well Lisa Beth, my almost-three year old niece danced along!
We also took some pictures of Miriam and John outside of the church, exactly one year since their wedding. Fun memories!
On Monday we went to the zoo on the spur of the moment, packing a picnic lunch and good cameras!
You get to see the animals in a new way through the eyes of a child.
Almost everyone agreed that their favorite animal was the giraffe. A quick rain shower forced us to take shelter, but allowed us more time to watch these beautiful animals!
I had fun holding Lisa Beth and getting her to smile. =)
We also enjoyed a ride on the train. It's amazing how much smaller it looks, the older you get!
We finished up by spinning on a new piece of playground equipment at the zoo. You're never too old to play!
Thanks to my wonderful family for an enjoyable weekend! It was a nice break before the busyness of this last week.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
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