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A Happy Father's Day in Iowa

Submitted by Bethany on Wed, 06/19/2019 - 10:00

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Mother's Day, but somehow it's been over a month since we have been back in the States and now we have celebrated Father's Day, too! Since mom got a post all about her special day I thought I'd do a quick recap of Father's Day on the blog as well. 

The day started out as most Sundays do around here - with church! This time it was extra fun because I got to preach at the church where I grew up. The morning flew by in a whirlwind of hugs and catching up with old friends and people who have known me since I was a little girl. After all that we headed home to grab a picnic lunch and head to the Summerset Winery where they have concerts on Sunday afternoons. 

When I say a picnic lunch I don't just mean some sandwiches and bags of chips. My mom tends to go all out when preparing food and this was no exception. We had to bring a table to set out the whole spread! We had marinated vegetables, olives (my dad's favorite), tortellini skewers, melon balls wrapped in prosciutto, mini cucumber sandwiches, mini cuban sandwiches (with homemade mustard!), and individual blueberry crisps for dessert. The only food I managed to get a picture of was the dessert - so look how cute! 

The concert takes place outside when the weather is nice so we snagged a place in the shade to eat, listen to the tunes, and (for some of us at least, ahem, mom, Matthew) take naps. I usually need a nap after preaching (it's exhausting) but between being outside, the music, and lots of people around it was not ideal napping conditions for me. Instead, during one of the breaks in the music Joel, Dad and I took a walk around the winery to stretch our legs. 

 The music this time wasn't exactly my cup of tea (there was a song about not wanting to die in a Motel 8) but it was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon nonetheless. And we made sure to get a picture with Dad!

The next day wasn't technically Father's Day anymore but Dad and I spend some one on one time together so I'm going to count it as an extension. We took the kayaks out on the lake in their neighborhood and it was an absolutely perfect night for it. There was no wind and the sun was beating down on us - both things which usually happen on June nights. I enjoyed spending time out on the water with my dad, even if I did get a blister on my thumb from the kayak paddle. 

I've really enjoyed my time with my family this summer, and I can't believe we are almost done with our time here! I guess it's true that time flies when you are having fun! Dad, thank you for all of your love and support over the years, and especially over this last year as you have encouraged me on this crazy adventure. I wouldn't be who I am today without your constant steady support behind me - I love you! 

XOXO, Bethany 

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