The Ohio story. 🙂 I was visiting with friends from the church I attended in Tampa and because it was cold we decided a fire would be nice. So the husband worked on turning the gas fireplace on while the wife and I chatted. Then came a LOUD banging/clanging/whirling noise from that direction. The fireplace was turned off quickly while the husband went outside to check the gas tank. It sounded like the noise was coming from pipes or something upstairs so the wife went up to find it. The culprit? A wind up doll with skates that hadn’t worked when I was being given a tour of the house but once it was up on the metal rack in the closet decided to work. Just the right time and placement for it to worry us!
After Ohio, I headed to Kentucky to visit with LONG-time/since-before-I-was-born friends. On of the things I LOVE about being in missions (this is the “non-mission work” part I love :-)) is that part of what I do is connect with those who are sending me to serve. It does get old sleeping in a different bed every night and I do get tired of being constantly on the go and talking, but I LOVE reconnecting and the relationships that I have with people!
I got to hang out with my “aunt” and “uncle” and visit almost all my “cousins” this trip. It’s been way too long since I’ve seen some of them! Unfortunately I started to forget to take pictures. 😦 But this lovely lady took me to share with the singles group at Grace Fellowship. I love those unexpected moments – plus, I talked with a young man for a bit who had visited Wycliffe two years ago and was at an event I helped at. I didn’t meet him then, but neat to see how it impacted him and he’s continued to think about missions and translation.
I also caught up with Gex who has been working on a film called Swing X. I enjoy swing dancing and I know he loves to dance so to see him taking what he loves and studied (film) and put it together – exciting!
Then it was off to see friends from the church I grew up in. I enjoyed the scenic drive to get there and found their place on top of the mountain. The kids have grown! We enjoyed some wood stove oven baked cookies – yum! – and catching up. Plus we had a fun evening of playing Phase 10 and skipping each other. 🙂
For election night I stayed with my cousin and had a surprise visit with my aunt as well. I can’t wait to see the house they’re building – the blueprints were fun to look at! (Let’s just say “secret” passageways and a ladder 🙂 )
Then it was off to see this lovely couple in South Carolina. They’ve been busy moving but were so gracious to let me visit and stay with them! I even got some good movie recommendations (last time I visited I had recommended a good movie so they asked about others and gave me some names of ones they’d enjoyed). I shared at their small group (learning how to tell more stories than explaining!) and a young lady there was considering a missions trip and longer-term missions so I got to encourage her to hopefully get past some fears.
Now it’s time for a little rest in North Carolina with a friend before I head on to the final leg of the trip. It’s been great so far!