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Great Church + good friends + mexican food = Great Weekend

That's what we had along with some laughter and tears. First of all, Lake Country Church in Ft. Worth took such great care of us. That always makes for a good day. I can even look past the jokes that Pastor Randy made about my Sooners that Sunday morning. (you know it was a tough morning to get going after such a sad game the night before.) It was Friend Day at Lake Country, so they brought us in for a very special Sunday morning service. They were so cute because they had seen Shelley's blog about the Christmas lights at Opryland, so they wanted to do their best to create another beautiful environment, so they put up this lighted scrim (don't know how to spell it) behind us.

It's the in the details:) Before the service started, we had the chance to sing a little to their children's department. VERY WELL BEHAVED CHILDREN!!! We thought we'd bring them into the Holiday Season by serenading them with a little "CANDY CANE LANE" and our new accapella we just learned "Silent Night". IF you come see us on the Christmas tour you will be able to hear it..

Then we hustled back over to the main service. We had a wonderful time. However, that is when the tears come in. Our dearly beloved Michael Passons was spending his last day with us playing piano because he was literally packed in his car heading to the West Coast. Yes, he has taken a church in Hollywood actually and will be leading worship there. Even though this is a new journey that God has laid out for him, we are still very very sad about it. His laughter and friendship on the road and off will be greatly missed. BUT, we trust that this is God's timing for him right now. So, when he sang a little "Testify to Love" it was a cry fest and people had to bring us tissue from the audience. lol. Michael blessed us with these beautiful clay birds from a special little place in Merigold, MS called McCarty's. They are made from actual clay in Mississippi. He called us his 3 little "song birds". CRY CRY CRY some more. I put it on my little table that sits by my chair that I do my bible study in so that I will see it and remember to pray for my sweet friend.

After the service, they heard our cry for Mexican Food! You can't go to Texas and not eat Mexican. We didn't have tons of time before we had to head to the airport, but they rushed us over to a place called Jo T Garcia's. Speaking of friend day, the church was kind enough to let us bring a friend as well. Here is a pic with a dear sweet girl named Amy Edgemon. We met Amy years ago at a super summer camp in Texas. We led the small groups and I was her mom. She moved from a daughter to fan to friend over the years. She is always a blessing to be around. So we chowed down together. I always devour about 3 baskets of chips on my own. I was in a food coma by the time I got on the plane.

Darby Mae was also out with us on our trip. I tell ya, she is such a trouper. She just tags along and doesn't complain or act up. Shelley and I were both saying that our kids would have been "over it" and acting out by the time we headed back home if they had to hang on to the schedule that we had. AND she wasn't feeling well, so she was an extra trouper.

Check out the big plate of guac. We finished that off in seconds. I can't believe I got a picture before it was eaten.

Anyway, it was a fulfilling day. Sweet people, sweet friends, and good food. Ya'll say a prayer for Michael on this new adventure God has put him on. Hopefully he will get to come join us every once in a while just for fun:)

Have a great day. Remember the 10 lepers? Let's be like the one who came back to thank Jesus for all he had done this Thanksgiving and every day.

Love,
Denise

"Song Birds"...Sweet, sweet, sweet.

Great Concert and you girls are still awesome! Love you! Next time try Chuy's on 7th Street next to Trinity Park, they have fresh salsa and Tortillias both corn and flour. Awesome food, for Riscky's for Barbeque Awesome food! Thanks for you warmth an comments for and for your sweetness, Bless You Guys!

Thank you for coming to our church! It was an honor to have you guys be part of Friend Day 2011!

Good luck, Michael!!! I wish you the BEST!! Thanks for the memories!! --Lori G