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A lovely weekend


Our neighbor, Mary's son, Garrison was married recently in Raleigh, North Carolina. We were able to attend the wedding and we were able to stay with our friends, Cathy and David, who live in the area.

Here are the bride and her father walking down the long staircase:

Here is Mary with her son, Garrison, and her new daughter-in-law, Lauren.

Garrison and Lauren both taught in China for a year and they chose to serve Chinese finger foods for the appetizers before the wedding dinner.

The dinner was delicious and the table settings and flowers were especially pretty.

The new couple will be residing in Florida where the groom will be completing another year of training.

We drove up to the Raleigh area on Friday and the wedding wasn't until Saturday evening. On Saturday morning Cathy took us to a wonderful farmer's market in Raleigh. She told us that NC has two state farmer's markets: one in Raleigh and one in Asheville. The market was huge and had aisle after aisle of fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, and flowers. I tried to restrain myself, but couldn't resist buying a box of tomatoes for canning. We ate a delicious breakfast at the restaurant at the market. People were lined up out the door waiting for tables and we could see why.


Cathy also took us on a tour of their printing business, Millenium Printing. The Lord has blessed their business and it was amazing to see some of the things that they have been able to produce.

On Sunday we went to church (I often listen to their pastor on BBN) and out to lunch and then back to Cathy and David's for a picture session before heading back home.

We had a very enjoyable visit and took the scenic way to Charlotte, driving on routes US 64 and NC 49 and then catching I-85 going right by IKEA to come back to Greenville. On NC 49 we stopped for a coffee/ice cream/bathroom break at Coffee Central in Richfield, North Carolina and enjoyed talking with the owner of the shop there.

I tried something new for canning some of the tomatoes. I had been reading about Tattler canning lids for a couple of years now and bought one box of them this spring at the Mast General Store. The lids have removable rubber rings and they are reusable. They are a bit pricey initially but they can be re-used several times. I thought they were easy to use and was pleased that all my jars sealed properly. Have any of you heard of or used Tattler lids?

Becka


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