Country Roads…

This past Saturday Todd and I ditched Katie and Sookie and headed down I-81 to bring Taylor home from Lynchburg. He took his last final on Friday and has officially completed his freshman year of college. How did that happen? It seems like just a month or two ago we took him down to “camp”.

Since it was just the two of us we decided to catch the Blue Ridge Parkway where it starts at I-64 just east of Waynesboro, VA, and enjoyed 60 miles of Shenandoah and Blue Ridge glory. Just take a look for yourself!

I don’t mean to sound like a deviant or anything, but I took several pictures of the lizards mating. Not because they were mating, but because I could. And it was very fascinating in a Marlin Perkins/Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom-esque sort of way. Check out the way the male (and smaller) lizard has the female’s arm in his mouth. Kinky.

Sunday morning Todd and I ate a Mother’s Day breakfast at Bob Evans – my first meal there ever – and then caught up with Taylor at LCF (Lynchburg Christian Fellowship) before the worship service started. The service was NOT your ordinary, average, traditional Mother’s Day church service. Probably because I was the only mother in there. What it was, however, was a spontaneous, spirit-filled, moving hour of worship. What it was was awesome.

Taylor and Patrice

A barefoot Taylor

The LCF band

After service we went to Taylor’s dorm with the purpose of loading up the car. While Todd and I were desperately┬áhoping he was all packed up and ready to go, we weren’t surprised to find out he hadn’t packed.a.single.thing. So there we stood in this small dorm room with his roommate still asleep in his bed while we threw stuff in grocery bags and boxes. After that it was several trips up and down the four flights of stairs. I only made a couple of trips before I decided someone should stay on ground level with the car in case someone decided to take some of Taylor’s precious belongings. I’m just glad I was the first one to think of it!

Finally the car was packed and surprisingly we still had room for all three of us. Talk about a whirlwind weekend! And thus ends our trips to Lynchburg. Until August.


  1. Lyn on May 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I don’t believe it. I think you tied Taylor on top!! No way did he fit in there!

    That was a beautiful drive. I wouldn’t mind making that trip with you! I suppose it is especially attractive considering it is is so horribly dry here. Pray for a nice monsoon season for us this year.

  2. Kellie@LaVidaDulce on May 19, 2011 at 9:25 am

    You are so deliciously deviant…and so stinking funny.

    miss you!

  3. Kellie@LaVidaDulce on May 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Still laughing….

  4. Sing 4 Joy on May 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Lizards – hilarious. Some day ask me about the crawfish. Love your pics and your writing as usual! Glad you have your boy home for a time!

    • Jenster on May 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      I’ve seen those pictures! I had the honor of seeing them a couple of years ago. I’m sure they inspired me…

  5. lisa smith on May 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    funny! lizards… I’ve still been able to to deflect the questions about why our dogs act a certain way. I guess I’ll be headed to college-dom sooner than I think!

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