I finally got to see my Uncle Kelly! We haven’t seen each other in 15 years! That is just entirely too long. When I would visit my Grandmother as a teenager I would give him great grief. Not intentionally, but just being a teenage girl with my drama. Apparently 20-something men just don’t appreciate it so much!! We got to eat lunch together last Wednesday and we laughed and told stories and laughed some more. It was so great getting to see him again. Family is so important and I realized it even more when I spent time with Kelly.
Stephen and I were in Gatlinburg, TN for most of last week at a conference held by Johnny Hunt, (he and his wife are the couple second from the left.) We think Johnny Hunt is a great man of God. Well, not just us but a great many people believe that. He held a conference just to encourage pastors and their wives. It was great!!
Stephen and I don’t normally meet new friends at these types of things, but this week we were fortunate enough to meet three other couples. We sat down for dinner on the first night of the conference and three other couples came and sat down. Two of the men knew each other from 20 years ago, but other than that we were strangers. But when we left Friday afternoon we were friends. I loved it!!
And let me give a plug to east Tennessee. I love that place. I lived there for my first couple of years, so it isn’t like I have fond memories of the place, but I feel at home when I go there. I texted mom and said, “there’s just something about it here, I’m home.” And she understands! It is just a great place to visit. If you get a chance to visit, do it. You’ll be glad you did!!