June 01, 2014

Feasting with Friends

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.  Psalm 128:2

Today was the day for a great feast with friends! Eight families plus some friends and co-workers gathered for a potluck picnic at one of our town's parks. The weather could not have been better...partly cloudy Carolina blue sky and warm temperatures made for a perfect afternoon. There were several rounds of volleyball and basketball and horseshoes played, kids and adults. We had a great meal, including a broccoli salad competition (between two of the guys - it was quite entertaining!) and a birthday cake!

The cool thing about this gathering is that we've been doing it for many years! Dubbed "Grub Club", we've shared many good times and meals together, and watched our children grow from toddlers to teenagers. In the early days we got together once a month, rotating hosts. As all the kids have gotten older and into lots of activities our gatherings have become less frequent, but just as meaningful.

It is a true blessing to be surrounded by such good friends, to share a history with them, and to watch the kids form lifelong friendships as well. They say friends are the family you choose, and that it certainly true of this group.

I'm already looking forward to the next gathering of good food shared among good friends!

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