Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall weekend

    This past weekend was great. It was one of those weekends that didn't go by too fast, but just at the right pace.
    I got off work a little early on Friday and got my first high water squirt in. For those of you who didn't know, I recently got into squirt boating- a type of kayaking that involves a very low volume, fiberglass boat. See previous blog posts for some pictures and videos of squirt boating. I met up with Ben for a run of the lower at just under 10'. We were both a little nervous, as the low volume boat can be slower to maneuver at times and sits pretty low in the water. I had taken it out at 8' before and did fine, but with another two feet, many features of the river change quite a bit. It was a blast. Can't wait for the water to come back up again!

        Friday evening my nephew, Micah came over to spend the night with us. We went on a walk around the fan when my sister dropped him off. We then went out to Bass Pro to look for some camo for him to wear on our hunt in the morning. We finished off the evening having dinner with Peyton and then taking a quick walk over to Strawberry St. market for some push pops. We rose early Saturday morning to hunt turkeys out at Tuckahoe. Peyton fixed us an awesome breakfast before we went-in the midst of studying for one of her biggest test of the year-she was up at 5:45 fixing us breakfast-she's incredible. Saturday was youth turkey day, a day set aside for youth to hunt before the regular season starts later in the month. We got in the woods around 6:30am and had a great hunt seeing four bucks, a few does, a bunch of squirrels, and a few signs of turkeys.Even though we didn't get ourselves a turkey, we had an awesome time together, in the woods on a beautiful fall morning. In following tradition, we got breakfast at McDonalds after the hunt. Yum. Here are a few pictures of our time together.

The rest of the afternoon on Saturday I studied with Peyton at the library. Saturday evening, we headed over to the folk festival to meet up with Peyton's folks and some friends of ours. We heard some African dance music, Reggae, and some Tibetian drone music. Here are a few pictures from the festival: (Photo credit: Lexi)

Sunday: Caught up with Dr. Crossman for breakfast- great. Church was bitter sweet. Our friends, the Salvants, who run NHHM are moving to Haiti tomorrow and this was their last week at church. As Peyton and I have gotten to know Scott and April over the last couple of months, we have been really humbled by their faith in God during this whole transition in their lives. Just recently, April's mom had some fairly major surgery here in Richmond. Last week both of their grandparents went into the hospital, and most recently, Scott's grandfather passed away on Saturday. I have been in awe of their calm nature and strength through all of the trials they have faced just in the last six months- and they haven't even gotten to Haiti! It is amazing how God has been preparing their way all along. I am really going to miss them and their family, but am excited to partner with New Hope and am excited to see where the new role will take us.

We are heading back to Haiti in December with Peyton's folks, along with Nate, Lexi, and Ian. Really getting excited for the trip. If any of you all are interested in joining us, I would love to share more about what projects we will be doing and about the amazing experience it will be. Sunday afternoon brought an epi study session with Peyton-fun times for sure..Compline service-was great as usual ( I laid on the floor for the first time- it was great until I got kicked in the face by a guy who didn't see me..I guess I can't blame him- I was under the pew, laid out on the floor..)

Until next time- "Take a little time for sunshine, take a whole lot of time for love, take time to praise and thank the heavens up above."

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