Kayla enjoyed her day in Salem, MA, though I'm not sure how much actual history she absorbed. The reports I got were that the teen girls spent most of the day singing Frozen songs and Christmas carols at the tops of their lungs all the way through town. Some of the chaperones reportedly thanked God that they had only given birth to boys...
|And another (ahem, male) chaperone told the kids that the red line that tours you through Salem was painted|
with the blood of those found guilty of witchcraft.
|Rachel, Isabelle, and Molly putting it all together!|
Ground, browned pork sausage
Cheese, salsa, sour cream
Blueberry Croissant Puffs (reg. and GF) with Blueberry Syrup
Pumkin "Doughnut" Muffins (reg. and G/D free)
Vanilla yogurt with granola (reg. and GF)
Hot Apple Cider
We were at church by 8am the next morning. While Molly and I worked on the brunch which would be at 10:30am, Isabelle, Rachel, and a few others worked on the lunch which would be at 12:30pm. It was crazy in the kitchen AND it was raining outside, which meant that the lunch, which was originally planned for outdoors, had to be moved inside. We hoped two hours would be enough turn-around time to accommodate both crowds, and it ended up working out fine.
Cold Cuts & Sliced Cheese for Sandwiches
Mustard & Mayo
Lettuce, Tomato, and Pickles
Salads of several Varieties
Pastries, Quick Breads, and Muffins for Dessert
Hot Apple Cider
It was so delicious ~ perfectly fresh and satisfying meal! Yum.
The reason I added "love" to the title of this post is because BOTH of the couples above met as college students and married in our church ~ well, not the actual building, but you get the idea. Dan and Sarah are old fogies with kids now ~ after meeting as UMass students and through work WAY back in the day. Dan is a daddy, a high school teacher and now an elder on our Lead Team and Sarah is mommy, elementary school teacher and childcare organizer extraordinaire. The couple in the middle, Austin and Isabelle, who are now our church interns, actually met AT the church lunch cookout two years ago. We like to play up the fact that you just might meet your future mate at the church "brunch and lunch." Haha!
|Austin and Isabelle's wedding rehearsal this summer.|
Lois, on the far left, has been with on staff at our church for 14 years now (and we've known her for many more than that!), and Cindy has been with us almost that long as our worship leader. Cindy and her husband, Ben, are expecting a baby boy this winter as well.
It was a great day. I love to feed people and watch them laughing and enjoying fellowship over a meal. I also may have gotten into a cleaning frenzy after all the meal was over, which often happens when I work in the church kitchen which has a strong tendency to get very gross very quickly. But shiny, cleared off counters make me happy, too, so yes, a great day.
|Mostly a UMass crowd in this pic!|
Kayla was more than ready to go home, and we finally did around 3pm. Robert had many hours to go, though. His men's boot camp started up at 4pm and then he had a sermon debrief gathering at 7pm. He texted me at 8:30 pm and asked me to come pick him up at church, since we'd left him with no car. I had just changed into pajamas, put my feet up, and cracked my seminary books open to study for a quiz due Monday morning. Thankfully it was dark outside, because I just slipped on Kayla's flip flops and left the house dressed for bed.
Once home, we just gave up and got in bed ~ bodies exhausted, but hearts encouraged by a full yet wonderful weekend. Hope yours was great, too!