Saturday, July 14, 2012

We keep working and playing


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Terry and Marilyn Lotz came out to Pittsburgh to see us for a few days.  We were able to arrange things at the office to show them around the area.  We made it to another Pirates game where the Pirates lost to the Giants; there first loss in 10 games.  It was hot and humid and we were glad we were not in the sun. 

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The next day we visited Falling Waters, the creation of the architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright.  It was given to and is preserved by the Pennsylvania Preservation Society and is in really good shape for an old home build over a water falls.  It was a second home for the Kauffman family, early retailers from Pittsburgh.  It was a 2 hour train ride from Pittsburgh and a year-round retreat from the pollution of the city.  Much of the home is cantilevered over a water falls.   It was fun to visit with Terry and Marilyn. 

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That evening we drove to Wheeling and were able to show the Lotz some of our first area.  We were invited to dinner at the home of Chuck and Patty Wylie along with the Allens and the Barkers.  We had a wonderful evening having our two worlds meet and listening to the Wheeling friends recount their conversion stories.  We will always love these dear friends.

We are very grateful to Terry and Marilyn for taking the time out of their busy week to come spend a few days with us.  We are experiencing many “lasts” as we prepare to wind down this mission adventure.  We have seen many tender mercies in this work and have enjoyed this opportunity for service in the Lord’s vineyard.

Monday, July 9, 2012

More Family!!!

We enjoyed a wonderful few days with Mindy, Ryan and family.  They flew into Harrisburg and enjoyed a day at Hershey Park while we finished up with our Zone Conferences.  We spent the night in Hershey with them and the next day drove to Lancaster area to visit the Amish Country. 

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We visited the two communities of Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse. 


After visiting the Amish we drove to Gettysburg and visited the Visitors Center and the Cemetery where the casualties of the Union Army are buried from that battle and where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address.

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We drove back to Pittsburgh and went to Wheeling for church on Sunday so they could enjoy a Wheeling experience and meet all of our good friends there.  They also had a Pittsburgh experience seeing the overlooks and riding the incline down Mt. Washington.

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They spent a day at Carnegie Science Center and capped off their stay with a wild game of miniature golf at South Park.  We loved spending some time with them and being in awe of how big the kids have grown over the last 18 months.  Thanks to all of our family who have taken the time to come visit the mission.  WE LOVE YOU ALL!!!