Through a series of moves around the country (and in their case out of the country) our families have ended up only a couple of hours away from each other. GREAT for us! So last summer, when work brought them down to Ohio, they stopped in for an evening meal, a tour of the farm, and a nice time of good old fashion visiting. It was great to see them again, and reconnect in a completely different context.
That evening they came was a time where we got to know each other a little better and discovered that our family vision and direction was following a similar path. It was quite natural to ask them to come back down and spend some more time getting reacquainted and finding out more about how God has been changing our lives in a more agrarian sort of way. As a result, this weekend they are coming to stay with us for a night!
I am thinking that it would be nice to have them put some farm clothes on and help us out with the many things that have to be done before the winter sets in. We have walnuts to harvest, wood to cut, barn windows to replace, and barn doors to repair. I am hoping they want to come a get their hands dirty with some real farm work!
If not, I am sure I'll be OK with being talked into sitting around in the warm house (it is 42 degrees out right now as I write) drinking some coffee and laughing a lot.