Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Boerne, TX: June 6

We spent the day/night at our friends the Jennings' home in Boerne (pronounced Bernie). Gary and Patsy Jennings are longtime friends of the Dodds from their Houston days and now live a bit west of Austin. Miss Patsy is battling Alzheimers and Gary has recently moved her into a residential care facility. We were able to spend a few hours with her there and were honestly shocked by the change in her since we saw them last May. Watching Gary go through this and transition into living in their home by himself was quite sobering, although it brought forward some deep and meaningful conversation between Gary, Jonathan and me. We spent the afternoon driving around their 1,000 acre ranch on the cart, showing the kids the cattle and several deer. As you can see, this 'ride' coincided with nap time! That night we had a wonderful dinner out with Gary and the Harkwriters, another couple who was at Jonathan's dad's church back in Houston and who now pastor First Baptist Boerne.

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