Pray for Bubba: Last weekend in rural IL

I started Friday off by hobnobbing with the Mayor of Henry, IL, for lunch. We went to The Happy Hobo. Yeah, that's right. The muckety-mucks live large in rural IL.  Food was GREAT by the way.

While waiting for our food at The Happy Hobo, I saw this very hot news coming out of Bradford, IL.  We know how to party it down in Central IL baby.  Speaking of partying down...

After the high school football game on Friday, about 40 of us—mostly high school students—friends of our teenagers—gathered for a Fire Pit Friday. We even let some college kid types come.

Big news last Sunday in Streator, IL. Baby Ivy's first appearance at First Baptist Church. My three daughters pictured above—all middle children—wanted to know if their names have ever been put on a church sign. Answer: no.  A sad reality for middle children : (  If someone finds our home video collection years from now, they will think that we had two children... our oldest and youngest.

After church, we all went out to the country home of dear friends for a picnic. It was great getting more time with people we've loved so much over the years.  Our girls all went fishing in a private pond stocked with lots of fish.  Our Sadey caught a delicious bass.

The picnic was also a kind of reunion with students from my days as a youth pastor in Streator. Here's a pic of few "students" who made it to the picnic. It was great to reconnect with them.

Later that night, I went to my 30th class high school reunion.  It was held at Teke's Lounge.  My classmates invited me to pray before our meal. I was happy to do so.  This is not the first time I've prayed in a tavern : )  Speaking of prayer...

When I got home late Sunday night, I received a text with this picture above. The text read, "We'd like to give you and your family a pig. His name is Bubba. Before the end of the year, we'll bring all the meet to you. Pray for Bubba to get real big before then."

What can I say?  I love the people in rural IL. I thank God for the people in rural IL. I love my roots in rural IL.

Pray for Bubba indeed.  

Here's a video of Bubba... I kid you not.


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