Saturday, August 24, 2013


Why just celebrate on one evening when you can spread it out over a whole weekend? This morning, the birthday partying continued. At Merry's request, donuts were the centerpiece of this morning's breakfast.

Bday donuts for my darling. #merrysbday

Blowing out the donut candles.

Though it is Merry's birthday weekend, it is also a regular work day Saturday here at We Will Go.  We were blessed with help from some folks from Florence along with a few others.  My group worked in the clothes shop until we finished there.  Then we headed to Base 2 for some more work and prayer.  Betsie pitched right in, not as a missionary intern, but as a Hearin Leader earning credit for her required 30 hours of community service.

Betsie serves no longer as a We Will Go intern but as a Hearin Leader.

During our walk on Farish Street, the birthday girl picked me some beautiful crepe myrtle blossoms.

Picking some beauty on Farish Street.

Once work day was over and we ate lunch, Betsie spent some special time with Merry.  Originally, the two of them were going to go see the new ONE DIRECTION movie but Betsie had the release date wrong.  Instead, they, along with fellow missionary Maegan Mitchell and some of the other siblings, watched WRECK-IT RALPH.  It was a fun and relaxing way to spend a rainy afternoon in downtown Jackson.

Watching WRECK-IT RALPH.  This activity is Betsie's bday gift to Merry.  She is such an amazing big sister.  Merry has missed her a lot since Betsie moved to college last week.

After the movie, it was time for Betsie to gather up her stuff and head back to MUW.  Her best friend since she was a little girl, Candace Jeffcoat, is driving with her up to The W for a day.  Candace will soon be leaving for a nine month mission trip with Adventures in Missions so this is their last weekend together for a long, long time.  It is also a chance for Candace to meet Betsie's new college friends and see the place that is now Betsie's new home.  I was crying as those two were leaving.  Candace has been a part of our family's life for a long time now and I'm going to miss her greatly.  I'm praying that we'll see her in Africa as her team will be spending three months there in a yet to be determined nation.

Last weekend these two best friends will be together for over nine months.  Very close since they were little, Betsie is now at college and Candace leaves soon for an extended mission trip with Adventures in Missions.  I started crying when it was time fo

After the girls left, I played a new card game, BORDERLINE, with the remaining kids.

Playing the new card game, BORDERLINE.

Tonight was another pizza and movie night, but also a rite of passage.  Merry is watching the original STAR WARS movie for the very first time.  Definitely a perk of getting older in the MacFamily.

Watching the original Star Wars for the very first time.  A perk of getting older.

And tomorrow? What will it hold? More celebrating for sure. This is definitely a very, Merry weekend!

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