We got to Lisa's room and in her attempt to be gracious, she seemingly ignored the appearance of my tacky pair of friends until again, I laughed. Her response, "What good friends who would dress that awful just to make you laugh!" So, that's how it began, and then the whole weekend was full of reunions with Women of Faith friends and laughter, tears and chocolate--who could ask for more?
As soon as Women of Faith ended, I left with my family to go to Cocoa Beach for a week on the Florida shore. My brothers and their families were there, too, and the best surprise was when my parents showed up! My dad's treatments had been suspended for two weeks and he was feeling well enough to be with us. That was the best part of the trip. I will always treasure sitting under the beach umbrella with him as he shared an outline for a sermon he was writing about Noah. It reminded me of the speaking and teaching training I've received from him my whole life, and how blessed I am to have him as a dad and mentor.
The other unforgettable event was my mom, who is 67, doing the splits. Yes, you read that right; she did the splits on the shoreline! She's amazing! Oh, I hope I'm like her in spirit (and body) when I'm her age!
On the beach, I sipped peach iced tea everyday that I brewed in an enamel tea kettle. I enjoyed it so much, I've done it everyday since we've been home. It reminds me of a lovely time and it tastes excellent with Askinosie Chocolate. I received a bar of 70 percent Ecuadorian dark chocolate as a gift at my surprise birthday party. I was born on December 19th, but 2 years ago I told my family and friends I wanted to no longer celebrate in December--the busiest, most stressful time of the year! You can see my birthday change announcement here. The funny thing is we called it my "half birthday," but being quite math deficient, I didn't realize June would have really been 6 months early! Oh well, I still got chocolate.
The chocolate is from a chocolatier here in Springfield, whose story I love. The chocolate is one of the finest I've tasted and you must read how it came to be. Check out "Our Story" at their website.
No new books this month to tell you about! Sir Francis Bacon once wrote, "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." And so, I'm slowly digesting The Narnian, savoring for a second time Persuasion, and just beginning to taste How to Read a Book by M. Adler.
My friend...peach tea, good books and fun traveling are all even better with friends and family. So, enjoy all this summer!
Give these things a taste test:
1. Women of Faith Conference near you
2. Peach tea
3. Cocoa Beach
4. Askinosie Chocolate
5. Read a great book this summer! It can become like a friend or family if you fall in love with it.