Daniel and I on the left, Dick and Jean (Witmer) Stauffer
on the right. Good times.
Daniel and I went to Lancaster for the day to have some stress-less time together. (We were in need of quiet time to talk and to relax!) About 8:30, I thought about the fact that Gary Burlingame had given us a gift certificate to Cracker Barrel for our anniversary, and we planned to use it at Lancaster’s Cracker Barrel. I had learned to know a gal from Lititz that graduated with some of my cousins from Lancaster Mennonite High School, and we had some very common threads running through our lives. On impulse, I e-mailed her and asked if there was any way that she and her husband could meet us there for lunch. She called back while we were already on our way to Lancaster, and God made a way for them and us to meet for a most enjoyable time.
Later that night I commented this to Jean on her Blog site (www.musicaljean.blogspot.com)
“. . . What a precious, unexpected blessing to meet the Stauffers face to face, and to talk foster care and broken hearts and uncertain futures and great kids with the perspective of having the same FATHER. Thank you so much for making the effort to join us today. It meant a great deal to us. . . ”
From lunch at Cracker Barrel that got over inordinately late, we drove to Denver, PA to see our friends, Bev Martin and her parents, Ted and Jean. A friend of hers also joined us for the late afternoon and evening together. And I forgot to take pictures, so I dug some out from last fall when Bev’s daughter got married in the garden that is carefully tended by Bev’s energetic Mom and Dad. So these pictures were taken last fall, but you can still get an idea of the lovely setting.
This is Bev with Daniel last September.
There is this lovely Gazebo up the little hill. This is where we grilled hamburgers, made s’mores and visited.
The garden is a many splendored thing. I have never seen anything like it on a private property. It is just incredible! And one elderly couple has done it all. Bev’s Mom designed and laid the many stone paths and built the pond and the stream that leads into it. She and her husband fashioned a pump system that pumps water up the hill, and then it goes down over this water fall into another pool, then overflows onto another water fall and then cascades into a huge pond — which she also fashioned and has stocked with lots and lots of hungry goldfish.
This is the upper water fall
This is Bev’s Mom and Daniel talking by the fish pond. Being there was just so relaxing. Bev’s parents had another engagement last evening, and left around 6:15, but we and Bev and her friend enjoyed the evening until around 9:00, when we left for home. Pulled in around 11:55, and called it a day!