One of the advantages of moving up to Muncie is the fact that we are closer to family. Instead of driving 8 hours, the most we have to drive is about four. This is a huge improvement, since Alyson really doesn’t like riding in the car and gas prices have…what…doubled(?)…since we moved up here?
We finally got to take advantage of the improved proximity to my parents and went down to Evansville for a few days last week. Like I’ve said before, it’s always great going back and spending time in my hometown and hanging out with my parents. And when we’re done, I always wish I could spend more time there with them (I know – scary, huh?).
This visit was even more special than usual because of the cool places we went (more posts about that later. Maybe tonight…maybe tomorrow…who knows?), and the old friends I got to reconnect with. I had lunch with Todd for the first time in ages. It was great hearing what God’s doing to him and through him and his ministry efforts. We also ‘talked shop’ for a while and I came away with some great ideas for things we can do here in our church. He offered any support and all support that he could give in the future. If ever I’ve had a “Barnabas” in my life, it’s been Todd. I just get so encouraged and fired-up after spending time with him. It was a great lunch.
I also had breakfast with Chad, a fellow Band Geek from high school who I hadn’t seen in about nine years or so. We’ve reconnected through Myspace (I know – I desperately need to update that profile) and tried to get together before (I had even hoped to attend his wedding last year…but forgot where the service was held. Man, I felt stupid!), but it never worked out for one reason or another. Breakfast was good. Met his daughter. It seems strange thinking of him as a dad. But then again, I think it’s strange thinking of myself as a dad…and here I am! We’ll definitely have to get together again soon. Maybe the next time we’re down in Evansville…whenever that is!
More updates later. I’m tired and going to bed.