|Two great volunteers - Mim W and Mary Lou|
|Sherando Lake, still iced over|
We planned to spend a few days with the W family, but they were so hospitable and fun that we stayed a whole week. Either they were good actors, or they actually had a good time with our family too. We not only were able to visit with the W's, but our former project director, Alvin, lived in the same town, and Ms. Mary Lou, another MDS volunteer, was also able to join us for a morning hike.
It was a very full week. We got to hike on the Appalachian Trail, climb a mountain, go on a homeschool co-op field trip, visit a museum, bowl, shop, work in the vineyard, and just generally have a wonderful time in what Miriam called "our home in Virginia."
|The actual Appalachian Trail|
We went on a field trip with this family and they made it a fun experience, despite the weirdness of the museums and cave that we visited. In fact the whole day was pretty hilarious, and we accidentally taught "Silas" the word "creepy." In our defense, it was a series of museums by a guy who not only purchased his own tourist cave, but also collected giant animatronic parade floats and shop window displays.
|Giant Zombie Bears!|
We left the Valley with homemade grape jelly, juice, and various canned goods and other things. It was a great week, and we're eager to go back and visit someday when the grapes are growing and we can help with some of the other things that Mim and her awesome family will be doing.
|Mim and Zack dig a hole for a new vine|
|Zaya learned to drive the tractor|
Working even a tiny bit with grapes make you think about all those parts of the Bible where we are compared to grapevines. I have a little better understanding of those now, and I look forward to learning more someday. There's nothing like pruning or carefully tying a vine to make you think of the 'fruitfulness' of your own life.
|Mim W and Mim T made a great team.|