anyway, we were contacted by an incredibly nice man who found us through our blog...he was interested in purchasing property here and wanted our opinion. we sent several emails back and forth and spoke to him on the phone. if he was everything that he seemed to be, and from everything that he told us about his family was true - then yer darn tootin's we want that family here in Framboise.
some good news - they got their excellent property and invited us over for a meal and to view the property. we pulled up in our truck, got out and started walking down the driveway and heard him say "welcome neighbours" out of one of the windows. we were nervous, excited and a bit more nervous. he came right out of the door and gave me a big, giant hug! then moved on to hug jambaloney. next out the door was an incredibly, beautiful young woman who came right into my arms. next up, her mother, with such a beautiful smile and so willing to hug a complete stranger. and last up was their oldest daughter - another incredibly beautiful young woman! each of them all went and hugged jambaloney too.
oh where to even begin? we were all smiling, laughing and talking and all at the same time! this family will be such a welcome addition to our community!!! they are incredibly nice christian people and we love that about them. i went on a tour of the house with the women - because their girl's are really young women - and they loved it when i had to spend time hugging their fridge - they have a full-sized fridge in their house!!! did you hear me??? i said "A FULL-SIZED FRIDGE"!!!!! of course i hugged it...several times over the night, actually.
prior to our meal, the father said such a beautiful Grace, thanking the Lord for meeting us and thanking the Lord for us to be able to spend time together and the wonderful food we were about to share. jambaloney and i say Grace, but not a lot of people here do. so of course i got teary because it was such a nice gathering of like-minded people and people who were truly interested in each other. they are going to love the beautiful people in our community and our community is going to love them.
the father requested that jamie slice the beautiful bbq'd pork and i filled my plate with delicious roasted potatoes, baby carrots and onions - it was so good! my fave ...well my fave is always potatoes - bahahah! -but my other fave was a proper made tea biscuit! the mother had made them from scratch and being that i am a bit of a tea biscuit snob - sorry, but i am - i loved that tea biscuit and wished i could have had room for another. but after all of that food - out comes the flakiest blueberry pie that you have ever tasted and the blueberries were fresh-picked off of their land!!!!! i was snacking on bits and pieces all night!
how on earth do you describe a conversation with an incredibly intelligent woman and two incredibly intelligent young women that lasted for 4 hours? no uneasiness, no hesitation - just non-stop-yakking and laughing to kill ourselves. jambaloney even said that while he and the father were in the other room talking that they sometimes had to stop due to all of the laughter coming from the kitchen.
you know how when someone is talking to you and they look you right in the eyes? and their eyes are sparkling? that's how all of their eyes looked when each of them spoke to us. they were all very interested in what we are doing here and asked many questions. we were both taken for a tour of their beautiful lands and their land is incredibly beautiful. they have many plans for what they would like to accomplish on, and in, their property and all of it is attainable!
we really enjoyed meeting them and jambaloney will be going mackerel fishing with the father on one of the days this week - woohoo baby! did you hear me? i said MACKEREL FISHING - wahooooey!
anyway - we had a really great time meeting them. we can't wait to see them again! we can't wait to introduce them to our community - our community will love them! the mother and girls are gone back home today but the father is here for another week. i hope to see him again before he leaves but jamie will definitely be seeing him to help with a few things and go fishing.
anyway, we came home and yakked our heads off about what a good time we had. we were still talking about them the next day while we did all of our chores in the morning because it was a river day! we got our chores done and then set off to the river. what a beautiful day!
just absolutely gorgeous!
one last pic before we went home:
we have felt truly blessed since we arrived here that we have such incredibly good friends here. adding a few more to the mix makes it all that much better. much love to all of you!
UPDATED TO ADD : the father, D, just called. i had a wonderful talk with him about meeting and how we all feel so blessed to have met each other...jambaloney has just run out the door with his clothes barely on, some of his fishing gear packed and those 2 are off an a fishing adventure that is going to prove to be the foundation of a friendship that will last for the rest of their lives. i couldn't be more happy for either of them.