Friday, November 30, 2007

Great night with friends

Just one more night here in Ruskin/Apollo Beach for our little honeymoon getaway. I can't really call it a "second honeymoon" because Larry and I have been on so many "second honeymoons"...we've just decided to live life as a honeymoon as much as possible. :-)


Tonight for our last night here, I surprised Larry by setting it up for our good friends, Gary & Tammy Rice (Senior Pastors, Evangel Assembly of God, Orlando) to come and meet us here for dinner. They met us at Inn @ Little Harbor for dinner. Larry was so pleasantly surprised! First of all, if you're looking for a great place to eat and watch the sunset, Little Harbor is IT! Great little private beach, just absolutely exquisite. We took the photos here at sunset...as we were getting ready to eat.

I am very, very grateful for the friends in my husband's life. While I open up with many people, there are not many people that Larry shares with and really gets candid about the challenges in the pastorate. The two men he really talks to are Pastor Randy Visconti (our dear friend for 22+ years, along with his wife, Pastor Dawn) and Pastor Gary. I thank God for these two men because aside from them Larry shares mostly just with me. And although I'm so glad he does I also want him to have the perspective of another pastor friend, particularly a man who can understand. These two relationships are very important to him. I knew it would mean the world to him to go to dinner with them tonight as it's just so refreshing for him - and for me.

So tonight the Rice's met us for dinner and we had such a great time! After dinner we decided to go somewhere else for dessert. We found an absolute treasure, probably the greatest dining jewel we have found in five years of living here...a place called "By the Bay Cafe" that serves REAL Maryland seafood, right down to cream of crab soup, blue crabs with old bay, real Maryland crabcakes, and more. First we were disappointed that we only went there for dessert but we decided to go back tomorrow for lunch! :-) And being that it's only 45 min. away from our house, we plan to go there on a more regular basis, and take people there for special occasions, maybe even have them do some catering for the church. We met the family that owns it...they were so excited to meet us...you know, all four of us are Marylanders... (Larry is an honorary Marylander being that he's been married to me for 20 years) and Gary and Tammy are Baltimorians...as well as me, so...we all just FELL IN LOVE with the place. They even have a big crab feast every year in September and they are going to e-mail us about it! We are psyched. So, By the Bay Care is our new place.

We had such a good time - staying there talking and eating our homemade ice cream...and then we brought them back to the place we're staying to show them around. They really loved it and agreed it's a great place to come and maybe even have a little retreat of sorts, or something for the church for a small group, party or a staff/leadership retreat.

Well, only one more night here with Teeby before we have to get back home...so it's time to stop blogging and savor every last moment here...

This has been so fun. I love it when we get away like this...nothing else makes me this happy. Honeymooning is even better after 20 years of marriage. Practice makes perfect. :-)

1 comment:

DaNella Auten said...

awww, You know what Silver Ring Thing says, the wedding ring gives you a lisence to pratice...