There's been a bit of travel going on around here lately. Craig spent some time working in Houston recently. I had the privilege of joining him for part of that time, (Woo-Hoo!) but it seems like we've been separated for SO long.
That could possibly be due to the fact that 1 1/2 days after his return, I hit the road for a completely selfish pursuit.
I rationalized that, because I was taking three of our children with me, it was perfectly acceptable for me to do so.
Our special guest travel companion was my mom!
Some highlights from my mini-house-hunting-conference-attending-family-visiting-quality-time-with-husband trip to Houston:
|It was marvelous to sit in a WARM breeze on the patio of a cafe and enjoy a yummy lunch with the sound of birds in my ears, while gazing into the eyes of this man.|
|I recommend the veggie panini at Cafe Express in Houston.|
What a rich blessing it was to hear sound biblical teaching from Conrad Mbewe, known as the Spurgeon of Africa. It was a delight to meet and talk with his lovely wife, Felistas.
We were especially blessed to see the great speaker of the "Truth in Love", our friend, Voddie Baucham. We thoroughly enjoyed our brief time with his family and a few of their friends.
|Spending time with Titus 2 women was such a refreshment for me. I went home feeling as if I had been to the fillin' station. I look forward to spending more time with Voddie's wife, Bridget, and her wise friends.|
|The men enjoyed a grand time of "iron sharpen[ing] iron".|
|Before my flight back to the 'burgh, we had a nice brunch outing with my Uncle Mo & Aunt Shirley; and my cousin, Tammy, joined us with her husband, Bo, and their sons, Tres & Morgan.|
Some highlights of my trip to Ft. Wayne, IN, to join my friend, Lauren, for the Vera Bradley factory outlet sale:
|Given the number of shoppers over the five days of the sale (we only attended two), I was very impressed by the organization by all of the staff. Other retailers could take some pointers for their Black Friday and other future large sale preparation.|
|It blessed my heart to have a fellow shopper ask about my purse that I carried. I was delighted to inform her that I had made it myself!|
|Vindication: Craig's exact quote (about my travel bag, which was my priority at the sale) was, |
"That bag is 'bad', I have to admit."
|I've been wanting one of these double change purses for a while, and I was pleased to NOT pay $25 for it.|
|I deliberated over getting this wallet, and on the second day of the sale, all of my shopping companions insisted that I get it for myself. They backed me into a corner. What else could I do?|
|I'm more of a Wal-Mart sort of purchaser of office supplies, but who could resist these adorable binder clips? I really don't care to know how far they were marked down on the final day of the sale...|
|Gabriela decided to stay behind at Lauren's house and babysit the other children with Craig Grayson. This was her compensation.|
|Craig's mom recently complimented one of my purses, so I bought this tote for her in the same pattern. She doesn't know it yet. :-)|
|Although I enjoyed my special trips, it was nice to again have our family all together. I couldn't resist this moment with the children gathered around Craig.|