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Enjoying our "Staycation"

John has been working non-stop on his doctoral studies for over a year now.  And while we were in Maryland he taught nearly a full load at the Bible College.  So I told him that when he got back from England he had to take 10 days off with absolutely no work being done on his doctorate.  

Not only has he been working so hard, but we also return to Niger the end of this month.  So we want to be rested up as we know we'll hit the ground running once we get there.

We are just staying home since we live in a beautiful restful place, don't have money to travel or stay anywhere else, and John doesn't feel like doing more traveling right now.  So we've planned out some fun things to do around here.  

On Saturday we walked around Lake Scranton.  It's a 3.5 trail, and I didn't feel like taking my camera with me.  Here is an old postcard of Lake Scranton.  While I walked around, John ran.  Then he started around a 2nd time, but when he caught up to me he walked the rest of the way with me.

Saturday evening we went to a barbecue restaurant in a town near us.  They only serve on weekends and this is their busiest weekend.  We had to stand in line quite a while, but it was well worth the wait.  If you're ever in Hamlin, PA on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night in the summer and need a good place to go, this is the place.  (I did not take this picture.  It was WAY more crowded than this the night we were there.)

Sunday we just went to church and took it easy all afternoon.  Later in the afternoon some friends of ours came over, bringing some delicious dessert with them.  I had apple crisp and strawberry shortcake for supper!

Today was the 4th of July, so we had to go on a picnic, of course!  We went to Promised Land State Park.  There were tons and tons of people there, but we didn't have any problems at all finding a table.  Then we took our chairs near the lake and just read for a couple of hours.  I'm reading Radical by David Platt.  It's got so much good stuff in it, I'm taking notes as I go.  Here's John catching up on one of his news magazines.  We didn't go swimming because there were too many people crowded into the small swimming/beach section.  We thought of doing the paddle boats, but they were pretty expensive.  So we just sat and relaxed, something neither of us do much of.

I hope you had a fun and relaxing 4th of July (ahem, for my American readers, anyway!). 


Will you visiting Niger or staying? How do you like Radical? I liked it a lot. It sounds like you had a nice 4th.
podso said…
We did Radical for an all church book club. And you are in Gary's home turf right now, though I didn't know there was a Lake Scranton (he actually grew up right on the Delaware, near Milford). Glad you are having a restful time; I love staycations!

I have a coin very similar to the one you show, with the hole in it, that Maxine Bates gave me when I was five!I think you might know her name.

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