Friday, March 7 – 4:00 p.m., departed Southaven, MS through our only winter snowfall, en route to Jackson, TN. Our plan to move onward to Franklin, TN was scrapped due to illnesses with our hosts, the Fish family, and due to the weather. We spent the night with my brother, J.R., and his family, including a visit from Derek Hylkema, a friend from high school and J.R.’s neighbor.
Saturday lunch – Franklin, TN – we met Mark & Dawn Swain and their 4 kids. Mark was one of my closest friends since elementary school, yet we haven’t seen each other for 8 years. It was good to see my namesake again!
Saturday evening – Chattanooga, TN – we spent the evening with Jeff and Keri Jackson in Ringgold, GA. Keri (Luther) was another friend from high school and she had played the piano for our wedding 12 years ago. Yes, this is unexpectedly turning into a high school reunion trip!
Sunday, March 9 – I shared our ministry and a challenge from I Samuel 14 at Duncan Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, where Jeff Jackson is the pastor. Thank you, Duncan Park for the generous offering! I hope we keep connected in the future! Another surprise here was that our sister-in-law, Renee Dailey, and nieces Reanna and Taryn were able to join us at church and lunch since they live in the Chattanooga area.
Sunday evening – We had dinner with John & Candy Simmons in Sevierville, TN. Candy (Goodwin) has been friends with Amy since middle school. They were so encouraging. Pray about some potential developments with new people in this area.
Monday, March 10 – After finding a hotel with an indoor pool for some family fun time in Sevierville, we are now on the road to Lynchburg, VA. Amy is driving and the state police are out in force today!