We have a new critter living in our backyard under the shed. The girls have named him/her Mona-Max, as they’re not sure whether it’s a he or she. We see them all the time around here driving around, but this is the first one we’ve seen up close. If you’re not sure what that thing is, just know that we won’t have to depend upon a certain one from Pennsylvania come February 2.
No, the new dish does not have anything to do with our new friend. But it does have to do with the garden. We’ve (at least as far as we remember) have never had these before:
Speaking of the garden, the electric fence seems to be doing its job: no deer this year and we are about ready to pick our first mess of green beans and the okra is blooming.
Friday I take Jenna back to camp for her to work the mission camp at Lake Forest Ranch. But first we are heading further into Mississippi to visit Belhaven University in Jackson. We are trying to figure out where else to visit before school starts again. I think we might also head south to Emory at some point and there are a couple of schools in Virginia that are blips on the radar.
Lauren is spending the week at a music camp with some friends about 20 minutes from here in Hayesville, NC. They will do a couple of concerts during the week for the parents.
Dana and I spent her birthday in Danville, KY as I had some training to do so that I can tutor Lauren’s class in the fall with Classical Conversations. It looks like I’ll have about nine students to work with in Latin, Algebra 1, American Lit, Eco/Gov’t, Drama/Philosophy, and Physical Science.
We had a special treat in church this morning. When we were in seminary and attending Scofield Memorial church, the church supported some missionaries in Papua New Guinea, the Smiths, so we prayed for them regularly and kept up with what they were doing as they were living with the tribe, learning the language, teaching literacy, and ultimately the story of Christ. When we were interviewing for this job here, we saw their pictures on the church’s website—small world. We got to meet them today as they are in on furlough and came to visit Andrews, NC and church this morning to talk about all that has gone on since they’ve been in PNG since 2003. Tomorrow they are coming over to swim at our sweet neighbors, the Carringers. They have a daughter Jenna’s age and three younger boys.
We missed getting to spend time with all the Herrington clan this 4th of July. Maybe it will work out next year to make the festivities!