Monday, August 17, 2009

Last trip for the summer - Maryland

Our last summer trip - to see our friends in Knoxville, Maryland. We didn't do much, but completely enjoyed each other and some new things! Above, best friends Rebekah and Ann-Marie tried to act like twins every day by dressing alike and getting their hair done the same. Note the height difference....they are only three months apart in age.
A brand new playground was discovered within walking distance of the Shullenbarger residence.
One day, plans to go swimming at the pool fell through, so we did some water play outside - no pictures of the slip 'n' slide, but that was a big hit also.
The most exciting thing was the new playground in the back yard that Chris and Jessica designed and built. It is attached to the deck and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it (parents were known to sneak out to use the swings sans children!)
Some highlights were: Paula getting to go with Jessica to Jessica's 6 month OB appointment; experiencing game night; Evan getting an overnight with best friend, Paul, in Silver Spring; Darrell meeting up with an Air Force friend he hasn't seen for 8 years; and of course, the river trip (below). Thank you to our dear friends for allowing us this week at their house and for their supportive and encouraging friendship. I'm reminded of a bible verse: "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." Proverbs 17:17. We can definitely claim that for our friendship with this special family and we pray that despite the distance in miles between us, our relationship will continue to stay strong.

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