Road Trip 2014: First Stop, Memphis, Tennessee

I’m sure you all know by now that Luke is one of 8 children, which makes for a wonderful peppering of family all over the country and the world. His younger brother Josiah lives in Memphis with his sweet family, and they were our first stop along the way (meaning, we drove 12 hours straight from San Antonio to Memphis, and only stopped 3 times, miracle of all miracles).

From parks, to an outdoor concert, to blueberry picking and a splash pad, to good ol’ Memphis BBQ, they showed us a good time for sure. But what most amazed me was their ability to pull together wonderful meals, and for whatever reason it seemed like they did it magically. It’s like you looked around and there was no food yet and then you blinked and there was a Chicken Cabbage Curry on the table. I’m not sure if it’s because their cute little kitchen is hidden at the back of their house so the work seems like it’s done in secret, or they are just miracle workers, but whatever it is, they know how to feed hungry tummies, and my mouth is watering right now just thinking about it! Other things they made for us in the short amount of time we were there included pita with homemade hummus and baba ganoush (totally had to look up that word), and delicious whole wheat cinnamon rolls with almond icing, not to mention good coffee and delicious fruit. Oh, and I almost forgot about the fennel frittata…yeh, they’re awesome. Josiah and Lindsey make a great team, and we made wonderful memories there.

Our three kids shared a room with their cousin, all piled onto the floor, it was quite cute. I know we must have overwhelmed them just a bit with our noise, but they were the ones who have bongo drums out in the open for all the world to see…needless to stay, we were dancing to the beat almost non stop (until I came to my whit’s end and nipped that activity before the Memphis Newtons regretted having us). We walked through their historic neighborhood, chased their cute dog, and took peeks down into the basement (my kids are enamored with basements, something south Texas just doesn’t have). We joined them at their church gathering and worshipped together with them, always so refreshing to congregate with other believers and see God’s plan happening in meaningful ways in other parts.

All in all, we had such a great time there we may be back before their ready for us…(consider yourself warned, Memphis Newtons…)

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