December 4, 2011

Hey Howdy!

I am ashamed to say that it has been almost an entire month of silence here on Imprimis. *sigh*  The world continues to spin, and I continue to live and breath, just away from the blog-o-sphere.

Our trip to Atlanta earlier this month was wonderful!  I had never been to Atlanta, although I have driven through a slice of NW Georgia, and from what I had heard, I was expecting it to be green and gorgeous.  It wasn’t quite as green had it been, say, July, but it was still magnificent and the lovely colors of fall cascaded along the side of every street.

We stayed with some friends of my uncle, who is a missionary in Germany.  They technically live outside of Atlanta proper, near College Heights Georgia, in a beautiful plantation style house with a huge stair case, and rap-around porch, and plenty of wonderful rooms for all of us to sleep in. :)   It was a great blessing to stay with Mike and Pat.  Gracious hosts, lovely people, they are used to large families, having had five children of their own.

The convention went really well!  We were kinda at the back of the exhibit hall, but on a corner, which was opportune.  Much traffic passed back and forth and through before, during and after the main sessions, which permitted us many chances to speak with folks about our work.  And the setup of our booth was inviting.  We had the new Living Waters film 180 movie showing on our television set all three days, which attracted a lot of attention.  And we were able to sell a few things, and give away lots more!

Saturday, the last full day of the convention, we had the blessed opportunity to meet up with several people.  First, our cousin Kelly, who lives in Atlanta, dropped by and had lunch with us.  We also enjoyed reconnecting with some friends we met at another conference last summer in Tennessee.  Three members of the H. family drove from S. Carolina, and visited with us, joining in our lunch and chat. It was especially a glad thing for Johanna, who is friends with the eldest H. daughter, Kimberly.  But we all enjoyed visiting with them, and they had a great time exploring the convention.

That evening, some friends who we’d met via their blog, dropped by on their way home from Florida to Tennessee.  It was sooooo cool meeting them in person, whereas in the past we had only communicated with them via email and Skype.  Face-to-face meetings are the best. :)   They were able to stay for a couple of hours before we had to part company.  But it was so special, and we are immensely looking forward to seeing them again, perhaps when they come to Texas. ;)

We began our journey homeward Sunday afternoon.  Our first leg of the trip ended with a nights stay in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  The next morning (Monday) we got up, packed the few things we’d take out of the van, and headed off to explore the splendor of old-world Vicksburg.  Perhaps the highlight of the day for me was driving through and reading the multitude of battlefield markers from the Civil War, that are scattered throughout the city, and in the Vicksburg National Military Park.  One of the neatest aspects of the park is near the end of the tour – The display containing the USS Cairo sunk by CSA troops on December 12, 1862.  I marveled at how after it had been in water for one hundred years, and been restored, it stood before me.  This gun-boat was like a thing imagined by Leonardo di Vinci, almost like a armored tank on water.  Very unusual.

Our final leg home took us through some rain, a blessed thing in Texas right now.  We got home at nearly mid-night.  Exhausted, and ready to be home, but oh so blessed at all that we’d just experienced.

I live an unusual life, and I love it!

Pictures coming soon. :)

I hope that you all had a blessed Thanksgiving!  I am still getting used to the idea that we are just a little under a month away from Christmas.  Crazy!

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