Oh, my. Whew. Here I sit, wiping away tears of mirth. I just got back from a fun evening with some old and new friends (more on that in a bit), sat down to check my e-mail and blog and ended up busting a gut laughing. Oh, Martha, Martha, Martha…
Long story short. We’re going to some zoos. We stay with people we’ve never met. Gabe met a sweet young grandma named Martha through his podcast a couple years ago, and we stayed at their home in Indiana back in October. We’d never met in real life before showing up on their doorstep. Here’s part of Martha’s comment on my last post.
I must encourage you (anyone in the path of the Taviano family’s travels) that if you don’t invite them to stay with you.. you’ll miss out on missing some really wonderful people. We only have one double bed and one twin.. but the entire family camped out and loved it! Oh.. the girls are precious.. and the testimonies of Marla and Gabe will enrich your lives. You’ll turn cyber friends into dear lifetime friends. We immediately felt like we’d known the family in real life for ever! Nothing awkward .. they are nice.. don’t steal and they are very appreciative. Hey you might even get written up in Marla’s book. And Gabe will help you with mac questions you might have.
You heard it here first, folks. WE DON’T STEAL! No sirree!! You invite us into your home, pop us some popcorn or feed us some breakfast, let us borrow a bed, and we PROMISE not to take advantage of/violate you in any way. You can even leave cash or jewelry out on the night stand or the bathroom sink. We won’t even touch it. WE DON’T STEAL.
Poor Martha instantly followed up her comment with another one: P.S. How did you like the “they don’t steal” part? Ha ha. Don’t even know why I’d say such a thing. Love you.
In all seriousness, Martha and Tommy are some of the sweetest, funnest people I’ve ever met. Ever. And they spoiled us completely rotten. Martha even packed us a lunch for the zoo! And they live in the one of the cutest, most charmingest houses I’ve ever been in. I was so keyed up about it I could hardly fall asleep that night. If you’re driving through Southern Indiana sometime and need a place to stay, I’ll hook you up. Provided you’re not a petty thief, of course.
One last zoo thing before I forget. THANK YOU to everyone who’s offering your home or your companionship at one of the zoos. If we haven’t chatted already, please e-mail me so I have a way to contact you. And then I can file your e-mail in my special Zoo Folder, since my ol’ gray mind isn’t what it used to be. I’m getting awwwwfully excited about heading to Texas! God has already provided in little ways, even today. It wouldn’t seem like much to the untrained eye, but I’ve seen God work bit by little bit many a time before, and I absolutely love it! Praise Him!
So, tonight. My friend Tammy went to speak at a Moms2Moms group here in town. She was speaking on marriage, so she asked if I wanted to tag along and bring some of my books. So fun! I was hoping I’d see a couple gals I know who go to the church, but I figured they’d probably be at tomorrow morning’s session, not tonight. I was wrong! I got to chat with my friend Abigail (we grew up together), my friend Amanda (she was like Gabe’s sister growing up, and now she’s one of mine), Shannah and Karen (my pals from xanga!), Krysty (a college friend who brought her brand-new baby Barrett–oh, he is delicious!), Amie (a friend I just met last weekend and love already), Andrea (who I met this week on facebook) and Lisa (who I just met tonight). God gave Tammy lots of great stuff to share, and I know the gals were convicted and blessed (I was for sure!).
Thanks so much for your prayers for Gabe’s family. We’ll be at the viewing Friday from 2-4 and 6-8, then the funeral service is at 8pm. Please pray that we will be filled with God’s grace and encouragement as we comfort those who are suffering so deeply. Then I’ll be gone at a speaking thing from 7:30am-4:00pm on Saturday. Looking forward to a day of sweet rest on Sunday!
Happy Friday, friends!