While I have thought all week about blogging about the past weekend, I have not gotten the chance to do so. This morning my friend ever so (not) gently brought that fact to my attention. I'm sure his motivation was out of consideration to my blog readers and not simply wanting to make his own debut on our blog.
What makes a weekend great for you? A good vacation? No stress? Last weekend was great. The weekend was great not so much in that we did great things (though the Alamo is fantastic). No, the weekend was wonderful because we got to spend it with people who are special to us who made the effort to come visit us way out here in Kerrville. We got to talk about important things and not important things, make big decisions and plans in case anyone ever puts us in charge. I think some of my favorite times in my life have been spent talking and sharing ideas with people whose company I enjoy.
Our house has not seen as many visitors in quite a while. Late Friday night Ashley and Ross arrived. Ashley has been a good friend of mine since freshman year at A&M and we had not seen each other since we moved to Kerrville. Ashley and I can spend all day talking (seriously, one Saturday in college we talked for 7 hours straight!) and it was so good to get to catch-up on what's been going on and discuss a few things we've been pondering.Ashley and I have always talked about and celebrated what the Lord is doing in our lives at the time. Through the years we were sometimes in very similar places in our walk with the Lord and sometimes facing very different struggles. We've been able to encourage each other along the way. Josh and I have enjoyed getting to know Ross and to share in joys and challenges and laughs of married life with Ash and Ross. Thank you guys for making the trip to see us and for blessing us by sharing your life with us.
Saturday our friend, Jeff, flew into San Antonio from Nebraska to visit us before heading to the Metroplex. We met Jeff a year ago when we met up with a team to do a building project. We got to spend some time getting to know him during the trip and he was my Arabic tutor as I attempted to start learning the language (I'm still starting to learn...). We had not seen him since the trip but had kept in touch. Jeff has become a good friend of ours over the past year. He often offers a different perspective from what we are accustomed to. I like that because it challenges me to consider why I think what I do. As far as I know, he is still not a believer in counseling, but I'm still working on him. He also asks good questions that I often don't expect or have to really work to answer. Sometimes it drives me crazy, but I'm a sucker for a challenge. Thank you, Jeff, for coming to see us and for the ways you have enriched our life by being a part of it.