We're on our way to northern Texas to celebrate my niece Amanda's high school graduation (The party is later in the year because Amanda's family is just finishing construction on a new home).
We made two fun stops as we traveled yesterday. First, we stopped briefly at the home of Samuel, one of the young men who stayed at our home during the CollegePlus! gathering in early July (see CollegePlus! Gathering). Samuel's mother, Brenda, graciously laid out a beautiful spread of fresh fruit, cookies and ice cold drinks.
An added bonus to our stop was getting to meet Samuel's lifelong friend, Andrew, who is also a CollegePlus! student. In the short time we were together,we enjoyed plenty of laughter.
We then stepped onto the porch for a quick group photo.
Our next stop was at the home of the friends who've recently adopted from Rwanda. (See Adoption: Long-Awaited Daughters) It was a delight to turn our "web" friendship into a face-to-face friendship. We relished the chance to meet their new family members so soon after their adoption. Their Rwandan-accented English is precious!
Elizabeth is another CollegePlus! friend. The program's flexibility has allowed her to work on her degree while also being at home as her family has grown through adoption.
Elizabeth's mom, Sarah, had a delicious frozen desert waiting for us...
...which we enjoyed while fellowshipping with the family.
We're grateful to the Lord for our new friends!