Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Arkansas & Virginia...

While making our way back to the Nashville from the Amarillo, TX, we got to stop halfway in the Van Buren, AR. (Praise the Lord...that stretch of I-40 from Amarillo to Nashville is a beast, for lack of a better word, and we were oh so thankful to be able to spend a few days there).

Heritage UMC had Trent in to do special music and to lead worship in their Sunday AM services.  I love this church.  The people are awesome and the morning light with the stained glass is beautiful.  Plus, it brought me back to my Methodist roots:  "Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  Praise Him all creatures here below..."

That night, there was a full concert in the youth area.  This youth area is awesome.  There is pool, ping-pong, basketball, shuffleboard, and snacks.  I mean, what more do you need?

And...we're on our way home.  BTW, if you are ever in Van Buren, AR please stop at Sweet Bay Coffee Company.  Trust me.

Insert a week (or so) in Nashville...

And we're off to Williamsburg, VA!

Boiled eggs.  A convenient, healthy snack...that stinks up the car.

YAY for Subways that give more than TWO FRIGGIN' napkins.  Can I get an AMEN?  I mean, come on.  If you're going to put THAT MUCH dressing on the sandwich give us some paper to wipe it off our face/hands/clothes.

And YAY for random coffee shop finds with STRONG punch-you-in-your-face-coffee.  The mugs in the middle picture reminded me of this clip from "So I Married an Axe Murderer."  Classic.

Friday night show at Williamsburg Christian Church.
Sound Check:

We had a day to go see Colonial Williamsburg.  It was rainy and cold, but I tried to get a few pics...

This was for our dear friends Will and Jessica Alley.  (Will married us).  They are expecting a little boy named Henry SOON and are from Virgina.  So, I though this was just too sweet.

I'm not sure what this building is, and had it not been cold and rainy, I would've figured it out.  But, I'm pretty sure it's important.  At least it looks important...

Colonial goodness:

At a restaurant and at a gift shop.  Either way, I Love Lamp:

Sunday worship at Relevant Church.  I did not take these pictures (Brad O'Hara did); I wish I had a camera like day, one day:

We met some amazing people while in Virginia.  And this is a product of some of those people, Anson Joseph O'Hara.  And sweet Anson's first concert was a Trent Monk concert.  Love that.  Doesn't my man look like a natural?  

This is what we ran into heading back to Nashville.  I was nervous; I don't do bad weather well, much less bad weather in a car.  But, it wasn't a major deal and all was well and we made it home.

We often go into new areas without knowing what to expect.  Will these people be sweet?  Will they be loving and friendly?  Will they get the music and the heart behind it?  Sometimes we are let down, for whatever reason.  But our time in these two cities left us feeling blessed, appreciated, and understood...and for that, we are thankful. 

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