Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Arriving in Asheville, North Carolina

We left Milton yesterday (in tandem with the Brown family) at 4:25 am with our timmies in hand and the kids still in their PJ’s. We had a great drive and arrived in Asheville, North Carolina just before 7pm. Thank-you for your prayers! (A special thank-you to Lorraine – You were right packing was a breeze!) We were then spoiled by our Biltmore Baptist friends Henry and Trudy who whipped us up a yummy dinner topped off by five or ten different kinds of desserts including ice cream called “Southern Hospitality”. Trudy also served pimento cheese, (which I am told is a southern dish) and I have got to get the recipe! It was so good. With our bellies full, Paul and Kendra (our host family) led us back to their place. They live in a wonderful house in the country and upon arrival we were greeted by their guard beagle Roscoe. She is so adorable! Kendra and Paul helped us settle in and once again blessed us with more southern hospitality. We had been up for quite some time so it did not take us long before we were off to bed!

This morning after a very restful night sleep I stepped out onto the back deck for my morning quiet time and took this photo of a horse grazing next door. The view from the house is incredible with the beautiful farms and mountains all around us. It did not take long for the house to begin to stir or for the kids to get excited about the horses outside. Everyone enjoyed the morning. Kendra had Tim Horton’s coffee ready for us to brew. Jason sat on the backyard deck with bible and coffee in hand to benefit from the sunshine. The kids all worked on their bible studies in big soft cushy couches. We also got to witness a colourful hot air balloon take off into the morning air as we sat on the front porch. It really was an amazing start to our day.

Jason has a couple meetings today and is going with Jim and Leon to Mars Hill College. He is hoping to get to see both some of our friends from the Invision team that we met this summer. The Biltmore Global Celebration starts tomorrow and we are looking forward to it. I will try to post every day if I can get a connection.

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