Jumbo Jet Above Clouds at 35,000 Feet
You might remember that Wes's parents, who are missionaries to Jamaica, came to visit us last spring at the beginning of their one-year furlough. Well, that one year has flown by, and now they are preparing to return to Jamaica for another term. Their sending church, Old Suwanee Baptist Church in Georgia, is having a special service honoring them on April 20th, and all their other children and grandchildren are planning to attend. Mom and Dad called and asked if we could come. At first we said no, because there just wasn't that kind of money in the budget. Actually, there was no money in the budget! LOL Well, apparently the Lord decided we need to be there, because some unexpected money came in, and it was just enough to make the trip. So we bought the tickets.
We'll be taking eight days in the middle of April to fly to the southeast to see our loved ones. We'll not only have the entire Hutchens clan together - a previously impossible feat - but we'll also get to see my parents and three of my siblings. And one little niece whom we've never met. Make that two nieces: Wes's baby sister just had her first baby in December. Lots of visitin' goin' on, lots of babies to kiss, lots of munchkins to get to know, lots of brother/sister goofing around, lots of sister/sister-in-law chit-chat, and lots of tears when we have to leave again, all too soon.
We're hoping to get together with our oldest and dearest friends, Bill and Deborah, and their children while we're out there too. Just for a lunch, but it'll at least be sitting down together and fellowshipping for a bit. It's been too long, y'all . . . too long!
And one more thing, close to this Mama's heart: Sam is coming. We were able to get permission for him to come, just for the special Sunday service, but I'll have all of my own chickies together for a day, too! I'm liable to just burst wide open with all the goodness going on that week! ;) I think my in-laws will be pleased, too, to have all of their children and grandchildren around them, even for just a day. We were able to do that in my family two years ago, and my dad was moved to tears every time he tried to talk about it. It doesn't happen often, so when it does, it's cause to celebrate!