I spent time with family that I've not seen in more than 15 years! And in so many ways it was like we've never been apart. I've missed them. I've made a commitment to myself not to wait this long ever again to come "home."
I ate Aunt Linda's biscuits. When I say I ate them, I don't just mean a few! I ate them like they were going out of style. Between me and my Uncle Johnny (Linda's and Mom's brother) we ate a wickedly sinful number of them! Man they were good! I'm hungry now thinking about them!
I ate today at Cedar River. Its the best little seafood house in the world. I made it my personal ambition and goal to make them sorry they called my shrimp "all you can eat." I ate and ate and ate. Then I ate some more. Everyone at the table was done and they just sat and watched as I ate some more! And I drank two PITCHERS of sweet tea by myself. Good times! Man those shrimp were as good as I remember them!
I spent some time with my cousins. I love my cousins. Carol (everyone else has to call her Anita but I'm special!) and I spent time four wheeling and sharing. She was an incredible source of encouragement to me.
It was great to see Barbie again. She and I have always had a really special bond. If there is anyone that I think understood my pain and my shame, it was Barbie. We laughed as we shared strolls down memory lane - each of us remembering and reminding the other of the silliness of our youth that we'd forgotten.
It was wonderful to see that Cindy has not lost her spunk. I enjoyed hearing her laugh and seeing her zest for life again. I love to pick on her! But more than that I just love her!
The friends of my youth have grown into beautiful women of God. My heart sings their virtue and praise! I'm so thankful that there was a moment of sharing with them on my journey.
And I got to go to the beach. That was really special and sacred to me. You can read about that adventure in a previous post. I will forever cherish the stillness of that moment as my list of sins was forever erased by a grace-filled wave.
This was a trip home for me physically but it was, in so many ways, a trip that's brought me closer to the home of my Father. I started this journey with fear and trembling. Now I travel with excitement and anticipation. Who said you can never go home again? They were wrong...