A Date

We don’t often get or take time for a date.   The local options are rather limited.  We also don’t really have any full days off from school and work/ministry so we really don’t have time unless we cut something off from our schedule.  Today…we cut school.  The boys still did a little school work but we left them early and drove over to Bernal which is a small Mexican tourist town about 45 minutes from here.  It’s famous for being the home to a massive monolith appropriately named “La Peña de Bernal” which translates literally as “rocky outcrop/rocky summit of Bernal.”

Unfortunately, we’re not good about going on dates just for the sake of going on a date.  We had another reason for this short trip.  One of our supporters needs a nice woven piece that he will use as part of an illustration at an upcoming 40th reunion of his small town high school graduating class.  As a pastor, he’s been asked to give the sermon.  It is rural West Virginia so yes, it is not surprising that there in the Bible belt there will be a sermon at such an event!  Turns out there was not really anything that we had in mind, but we still found a beautiful table runner that we think will work.  It’s hand-made and wow…it is amazing.  I think they’ll enjoy having this piece for more than just a sermon illustration!

So…some pics of the town, our lunch, and the table runner:

IMG_3042 IMG_3043 IMG_3046 Digitally zoomed to the very top which as you can see has a shrine and crosses and such…rope climbing is supposedly required to reach the very top.

IMG_3048LUNCH!  Gorditas…we tried several varieties: mushrooms (champiñones); strips of chili peppers with cream (rajas con crema); chicken and potatoes (pollo con papas); cactus (nopales)…all with a very tasty red salsa in and on them.  Not spicy.  Each of us had a Coke.  In total: 8 gorditas, 2 Cokes, and tip, came to just under $10 USD.   There are fancy restaurants around that charge more than that per plate, but why not eat the good, cheap stuff?!?

IMG_3050 IMG_3052 IMG_3053We both ate 4 gorditas apiece, so as you can see from the pics, there were 9 gorditas total…and one gordito (not pictured).  haha!  (“gordita” literally means “little fatty” and is feminine…”gordito” is masculine…maybe you can figure out the joke from there!  Yes, shame on me!)

Finally, the table runner:

IMG_3055 IMG_3061 IMG_3061-001

Thanks Pastor Duane for giving us a reason to go on a date!  🙂  Hope you’ll be able to use this piece as planned.  If not, Bethie will be glad to keep it!

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