Thanksgiving with our family was such a blessing. We haven’t been able to do that in forever. We had two thanksgiving meals Thursday and so enjoyed eating tons of good food. Thanks to all my family who made our Thanksgiving by just being with you.
Good southern food, hospitality, and family made our Thanksgiving. We love you all!!!
We love hanging with our Grandmom in her relaxing house. Whew!!! WE needed that breather. She lives in N. Carolina right on Lake Norman and I just loving being here with beautiful sunsets and rises. Christmas decorations are already up!!!
At Grandma’s house we play music, games, relax in her hot tub, and just talk.
Thank you Papaw and Grandmom !!! We love you so much!!!
Friday night we had a really good supper and Mrs. Watson’s delicious coconut macaroons. After that the adults talked and we played settlers of Catan. Then the Watsons convinced us to stay the night ( which didn’t talked much convincing). Matt wanted me to go deer hunting with him. We got up at 5:45, got ready and left a little before 6:30. We saw some does playing around and one spike. After hunting Matt showed me his pigs and cows, that’s when I figured out I wanted a pig for a pet.
Blacksburg, VA – This is where Christy and I started our married life and where God gave us the first 4 of our 6 children. This is also where we made some of our closest friends as we went through all those life lessons of learning how to be spouses, parents, begin careers, and learning homemaking. Lots of deep bonds were made as we sought the Lord together. It also happens to be the windiest place we have ever lived. It snows horizontally here!
We got to see many of these friends as we spent Monday – Thursday here. This even included a day spent at Smith Mountain Lake. What a blessing to see our old friends. They don’t look so different, but what really makes us feel older is when we look at their kids. Oh, my, what changes.
Also we got to reconnect with many of those who mentored us during this time. This includes church friends and Virginia Tech faculty who invested in us. Thank you for building into us the character, love for God, and skills that have enabled us to be used by God.
Wednesday night we drove back to Knoxville to speak at Calvary Baptist Church’s annual missions banquet. Mom and Dad spoke, and we had our table set up. This was the same church Dad and Mom were married at. Having seen the wedding tape many times, we could pick out spots like where the wedding cake had been set up, and such!
It was a neat chance to talk to lots of people, one being another home-schooled MK (missionary kid) who was now attending UT. We found we could share a lot of similar experiences about traveling with our parents!
A wonderful family, the Youngs, hosted us that night, and sent us away with a delicious breakfast. We enjoyed meeting them and staying at their beautiful home. Thank you!
It was a great trip, and definitely worth the drive back to Knoxville!