Saturday, Bonnie and I leisurely began our day back in Winona, MS. About lunchtime, we grabbed a bite to eat in the car as we headed out of town. Since the day was so bright and sunny, we ignored the chosen route of our GPS and opted for a ride up the green corridor of the Natchez Trace. We called ahead and made arrangements to have supper with Wayne and Janet Barrier as we passed through Florence, AL; Demos Italian restaurant is one our favorite eateries.
While waiting for suppertime, we stalled two hours doing a little shopping in stores that have no presence in Winona. Shopping and supper behind us, we ventured to Athens, AL for an overnight stay in the Quality Inn (which was anything but “quality”). The first oddity that greeted us upon entering our room was that in the bathroom lined up against the opposing wall to the entry into the room was the bathtub/shower, handicapped toilet, wall phone, microwave atop a refrigerator and the sink. Bonnie added the ironing board (after the front desk clerk robbed board and iron from another room). Notice the strategically positioned mirror — behind the microwave and refreigerator. Extras in the room included ants and a silver dollar size spider in the bathroom and cobwebs hanging from the ceiling above the bed. Cross another one off the mental list!
With a little detective work on the Internet, I was able to discern the physical address of one of our supporting congregations that we had never visited – though it had been supporting us for a couple of years.
Less than an hour’s drive Sunday morning, Bonnie and I arrived in plenty of time for Bible class and worship with the Fairview Church of Christ outside of Pulaski, TN. Class and worship were edifying for us, and we enjoyed our visit. We look forward to a return visit.
Next, we drove to McMinnville, TN for evening worship with the West Riverside Church of Christ. This was our first visit to this congregation. We were well received, and members expressed appreciation for my PowerPoint presentation Into All the World in 2011.
Anticipating over a six-hour drive back home, we chose instead to drive four and a half hours to Rebecca’s home. We arrived not a moment too soon at 11:30 p.m.; I was weary. Monday, we returned to Winona, where we filled book orders mostly. I must also devote myself to making appointments for May 6 and 20, plus dates beyond. I need to purchase plane tickets for our fast approaching mission trip to Guyana, South America; both Bonnie and I need to prepare our lessons for the seminars in which we will teach in that country. Gospel Gazette Online for May begs time for its completion. Finally yet importantly, Bonnie and I need to prepare for the annual Maywood Missionary Retreat in Hamilton, AL; Bonnie needs to finalize pre-registration and I need to print the retreat booklet.
By weekend, we live out of the car. By weekday, we live out of the office. Even when we drag our laptops to the house, usually that amounts to dragging our mobile office home with us (frankly, we drag our mobile office along the highways as well, and when we go abroad, we take our laptops there, too). Work, work, work! Bonnie and I would have it no other way.