Familiar faces! Yay!

Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
Trip End Jan 12, 2008

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

We're back in California! Can you believe it?!? I know it's hard for us to believe! It's been a long time!
We decided to make our travel day after Tucson a relatively short one. We have friends in Needles that we used to be in the same congregation with back in the El Monte North congregation. A bunch of them moved out to Needles, where real estate is more affordable, and where they can be near their favorite place, the Colorado River. So we've decided to spend 2 nights here so that we can get a chance to visit with them.
We've greatly enjoyed meeting new friends in so many congregations across the country. And we've been able to see several family members, and even friends in Greensboro, NC. But being back in California, and seeing dear friends that we haven't visited with in years is so special. What fun!
After setting up at our campsite on the River, we were able to make it to the Theocratic Ministry School and Service meeting at the Needles Kingdom Hall. Only Rick and Sharon Diamond knew we were coming-it was a surprise to the Reese's and Baum's. It was so much fun seeing the looks of shock on our friend's faces when they saw us! It was fun, too, to see how tiny their congregation is, but to know more than half of the publishers there, especially since this was our first visit! And Dennis Reese looked so cute and comfy up on stage during his parts. This was the first time we had seen him in action since he was appointed as an elder. A bunch of folks were sick, so we didn't get to see everybody, but it was fun to see those that we did.
Last night we met up with Rick and Sharon for dinner. Before going to eat, they took us to meet their best buds, Barbara and Eddie. They are such an adorable and hospitable couple. I think they said they've been here for something like 40 years. Or maybe I'm exaggerating. I'm not sure. Anyway, a long time.
After visiting with them, we went next door (literally) to visit with Dennis and Christie and family for a few minutes. Irma (Dennis' mom) answered the door and was shocked to see us! She had just gotten back from San Francisco, and apparently no one had told her we were in town. Tawny and her husband were visiting, so we got to see them as well for a few minutes. Ashley and her husband  were still sick, so we missed out on seeing them. Next time.
After our visits, Rick and Sharon toodled us around town for the grand tour. Not much to see, really, but it's kinda cute. There's an old, historic railroad station that is going to be renovated for use again. Something rather romantic about the old railroads.
Finally, we made it to dinner. We ate at a little Mexican restaurant, where our waitress was a sweet young lady from the Needles congregation! Small town, indeed.
We really enjoyed our opportunity to catch up with old friends. Sometimes you don't realize how much you have missed somebody until you see them again. I think we may have to make our visits to Needles a bit more frequent, so we don't drift so far again.
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