Saturday, November 23, 2013

Another Chapin Visit

Wednesday night we drove over to Chapin again to visit a less active/non-member family...the Js.  They live way out on a peninsula, right next to Lake Murray, which is the largest man-made lake in the country.  It is approximately 50,000 acres in size and has roughly 500 miles of shoreline.  It is beautiful over there - especially in the daylight.  We went at night, and it is a little intimidating - especially when your GPS leads you off the paved roads, down dirt roads, right in the middle of the woods.  "You have reached your destination."  What?  We stopped, and Jack went to the nearest house and knocked on the door.  A man answered and Jack asked him if he knew where the Js lived.  The guys said, "They live next door.  Where you from?"  Jack told him that we were from Utah and just out to visit a member of our church.  The guys said, "I wish you the best of luck."

Hmmm.  I have to admit - I was a little apprehensive.  To get to the house next door, we had to drive through the other guy's fence, and sure enough - there was a BIG log house on the other side.  We both got out and went to the door, in the dark.  A big dog sauntered up to the door inside the house.  When we knocked, he started to bark.  A bearded man followed the dog, and he was followed by a woman wearing a skirt.  They welcomed us in and our fears were dispelled.  Their dog is a she, and her name is Molly.  They also have a cat (didn't get the name) and a cute little blond-haired, three-year-old grandson.  Brother J, who is the non-member, had been tending the little grandson, and Sister J had just gotten home from visiting teaching.  They were not scary at all!  We had a great visit with them - for almost an hour!  We found out that they both work at South Carolina Mental Health.  They have two sons, and have lived in SC for over 10 years.  They invited us to come back again, and we invited them to come to the Festival of the Nativity on December 6th.  We both felt really good about the visit.  As we left their home and went back out along the dirt road, a deer ran out from behind the trees and crossed in front of us.  

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