On Sunday, like usual, we drove to Greenville for church. (Yes, we drive 50 minutes to go to church. I will tell you why in the next post)
Before church we always go out for breakfast. Our customary stop is Tommy’s Country Ham House. If you haven’t been, trust me, you should go. You will not be disappointed.
After church we decided to go downtown to Falls Park to walk. We had been walking about an hour when I suggested we sit down. Luckily we found an unoccupied park bench in the shade and started to people watch. Terry looked at me and said, “How long have we been walking?” When I told him an hour he replied, “No wonder my legs were getting tired.” We rested for a few minutes and decided it was time to head home.
When we arrived home, I started prepping for dinner. As I was finishing chopping potatoes, Amy said she wanted to go practice throwing. She asked if we wanted to go. Terry was content to sit on the couch with Sammy. Obviously, I was not going to turn down an invitation to go with her.
We arrived at the field, only to find the fence locked. The only way in was to climb the fence. I’m standing there looking at the fence thinking to myself, “Oh, I’m not sure about this. I’m not even sure I can do it.”
Amy was reading my mind. “Mom, it’s the only way in. You’ll have to climb Here let me show you.” She said and climbed the fence with ease. It was my turn. It was comic but I managed after about 4 minutes. Whew. I made it.
Once over the fence, Amy discovered that the throwing implements were not left in their usual place. We had to climb the fence again. I thought I would go first because in my mind, I thought it would be easier. Not. I didn’t make it the first time; however I did the next time. I realized Amy was video taping and snap chatting the entire episode. By the time we got in the car, I was laughing so hard, I was doing the “squirrel laugh” It’s the name my kids have given my laugh. Normally when it happens anyone who hears it laughs too just because the sound is funny.
As I finished getting dinner ready, Alex and Amy were howling at Terry. Amy had convinced him to do some snap chatting. If you don’t follow her, you’ll just have to trust me. He ain’t right. He’s like a little kid and says the darndest things. For example, his face was in a rocket ship, and he said, “Oh, I’m in a rocket ship getting ready to blast off. Whee!” Unfortunately, my description pales in comparison to watching the video for the full effect.
After dinner, we were still laughing over Terry and his silliness. Alex looks at me and says, “How did y’all meet anyway.”
“It’s on my other blog. Didn’t you read it?” I said
Amy pipes up, “You have another blog?”
“Yeah, but it’s old. Didn’t keep it going and I’m going to eventually transfer those stories to the new one.” I replied.
“So, are you going to tell us the story?” Alex asked.
Terry chimed in, “Let your mom tell you the story. She remembers it better than I do.”
As we sat there and I shared our story, I realized I love it more. It reminds me how fortunate and blessed I am. I am humbled to I realize how intricately God was weaving our hearts and lives together before we met.
I was also reminded of the sermon we heard from Brad earlier in the day:
“Built to Last”
- Nothing lasts by accident
- Everything has sacrifice involved. It is not cheap
- It’s never built alone
At the end of the day, we had come full circle. We had worshipped together. We walked together. I climbed a fence and Terry blasted off in a rocket ship. More importantly, we laughed together. Here we sat, at the dinner table as the day ended, with our precious children sharing our story that started 23 years ago. It’s a day that will be etched deep in my mind for a very long time.