Family Vacation

My family just returned home from a week in the nations capitol. While I could have used a week of rest and relaxation, I opted instead to take the chance to fulfill a long ago made promise that one day I’d take the kids to Washington DC. People warned me to take a good pair of walking shoes and I’m glad I heeded their recommendation. We put a lot of miles in and had a great time together.

We hit several of the monuments and memorials including the Washington monument, the Lincoln memorial, the Vietnam wall, and the World War II memorial. We walked past the White House. We toured the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library of Congress, and the Capitol Building. We poked our head in representative Gene Taylor’s office and I sat in his chair. 🙂 We visited the Freer Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of African Art, the Holocaust Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. We rode the metro. We ate at some good restaurants including Ethiopian, Thai, and Lebanese. Sunday we worshiped with Capitol Hill Baptist Church, pastored by one of my heroes in the faith, Mark Dever of 9 Marks.

Since hurricane Katrina, I have not been able to spend as much time with my wife and kids as I used to before the storm. I praise God for this opportunity to spend a full week with them. God has richly blessed me with a wonderful family. I do not deserve them. I can’t thank enough the great team God has assembled in Lakeshore who held down the fort and kept the rebuilding efforts going in my absence. I also praise God for Providence Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head SC who generously financed our air fair and hotel room for the week. I thank God for the graciousness of our church who gave me leave and for my friend Dr. Bob Stewart who preached in my absence.


Brother Don,
While there in Lakeshore last week, I asked Zach if you took him out to have some Maryland steamed crabs while you were in D.C. He just smiled that great Elbourne grin + said “no”. Maybe we can bring some down next time. SMILE.
And yes, you do have a wonderful family!!!
Continued Blessings,
Paula + Barry

I’m really glad that you all had a good time! It was great to meet the rest of your family last week!