There's nothing like meeting up with fellow Christians who are blessed with the gift of hospitality. Even right on the front porch, there is evidence that this family is serving the Lord. When Jacque found out I was going to be in her neck of the woods on my cross-country trip, she wouldn't hear of me passing her by. She offered her home and even her own bed to our family! We couldn't say no. I really wanted to meet the three ladies that I blog with at the Homeschool Blog Awards. They have been such a delight to me in my blogging career that I felt like I already knew them. It was only natural that I fell in love with the rest of the family, too.
We stopped over in Indiana (just a few hours off course) so we could meet our Dixon blogging buddies. It isn't every day that Texans find themselves displaced that far up north, so we made every opportunity count on the way home. Not to mention, Amanda Dixon offered to make us dinner. How can you refuse that?
Boy, that girl can cook! She's going to make an excellent wife and mom someday! [By the way, Manda - I need that recipe, girl! I gave you the corn salad recipe! Your turn!]
After we ate, the kids enjoyed learning about barn chores (courtesy of Jocelyn and Eric). Then they went inside to play Battleship.
Little Caleb came inside after running around barefoot and I couldn't resist taking a picture of his dirty feet. Chickie read to him and he fell asleep in her arms on the rocking chair. He was the first Dixon down that night.
We stayed up into the wee hours chatting and laughing while Mr. Dixon crashed on the couch downstairs. Poor thing had to get up at the crack of dawn so we took the party upstairs and piled on to the upstairs couches and chairs together visiting. No one wanted to go to sleep.
The next morning we explored their property and took a ton of photos outside in the morning light. Hannah and Morgan looked especially pretty illuminated by the kitchen window. The kids fed the chickens and goats again and played sword fights with sticks and hand-made shields. I was mesmerized by the apple-tree blossoms and grape hyacinths. I have a ton of pictures from Indiana and our brief visit with the Dixons that I plan on using for Wordless Wednesday and Thursday Challenges in the future. In fact, I've already used one.
Rachel and Lucy Lillie were inseparable (well, actually - everyone took turns holding Lucy, so that isn't really fair). She's certainly not a baby that lacks for any attention! Amanda showed off her sewing skills with her home-made Supergirl purse. I think all of the Dixons are super, so it is very fitting that she's a Superman fan.
After finding out that they lived within driving distance of a Chipotle, I couldn't very well leave them without introducing "burrito bols" (and the best guacamole on the planet) in to their diet. Who could live without that cilantro-lime rice? Plans were made and we all piled into our vehicles to eat lunch before we had to go.
We were sad as we drove away that day. My mom said, "It is so hard to leave! I'm surprised at how quickly they all became 'family'." She had been leery of meeting complete strangers and being at their mercy (especially ones that I had met on the internet - of all places!). However, by the time we left, we felt like they were part of our family. It isn't every day that you get to meet people like the Dixons. I'm so glad our paths have crossed!
Friends are like chocolate... a rich and sweet treat the Lord gives us.
Recap of the Longest Field Trip (Robofest 2008, Texas to Michigan and back):
Day 1 of our Robofest Trip (Texarkana)
Burritos for Peace Program
Day 2 of our Robofest Trip (White Line Fever)
Day 2 & 3 of our Robofest Trip (Down Home on the Farm)
Day 2 of our Robofest Trip (too many states for 1 day)
Day 2 of our Robofest Trip (LaGrange, KY)
Day 3 of our Robofest Trip (Robot Competitions)
Day 4 of our Robofest Trip (Swap Present Pick-up)
Day 3 & 4 of our Robofest Trip (Texan in Detroit)
Day 4: The Longest Field Trip.... continued....
Jacque's account of our meeting in April
Eric's Birthday Post
Jocelyn's 17th Birthday
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