But of course, the real highlight of the trips were visiting our dear Texas friends. We stopped for lunch near Dallas to see our friends, the Bitunjacs at their new home. We miss having them here in Wisconsin, but are happy for their new adventure there.
I don't have nearly enough pictures from the rest of the week, but it was such precious time with not just one but two sets of our girls' godparents. With the Kurths we soaked up sun on the porch while kids jumped on the trampoline. We devoured Rudy's BBQ as well as plenty of their yummy homecooked meals. Not only did we get to watch a play that the kids wrote and then performed for us, but we also saw Kaeta's opening night in her production of Peter Pan. She did great! There were lots of other wonderful moments of conversation, runs, puppy/kitty cuddling, laughing, and piano performances as well. Such memories!
Our next venture was to the small town of Lexington where our dear friends the Meyers now live. By our count, it is the ninth state we have enjoyed with them! The night we arrived was picture-perfect with fajitias on the grill and baseball in the yard. It was such a blessing to see both of the parishes where Jonathan is now a pastor and even to attend a Lenten service led by him. We walked all over their sweet town with them (past the rodeo!), laughed at three (!) two year old's antics, played games, and drank many gallons of mint iced tea. Carrigan is still talking about the yummy food there (especially the breakfasts) and their parsonage hosted all of us perfectly. Again--such memories!
Thanks again Texas for being such great hosts. See y'all again soon!