Keeping up with the Barnwells

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Dec 31, 2010

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

After leaving Maj in Scranton, we learned that our friends, Steve and Ashley Barnwell, were staying in Allentown over the weekend with Ashley's parents, the Moats'.

So, Saturday night, we drove down to a Holiday Inn, familiar because we stayed there once last year. Then, Steve and Ashley picked us up and brought us to her house to meet her parents. They had already made dinner plans for the four of them that night, but they graciously integrated us into the evening.

The six of us went out to Damascus Restaurant, specializing in Syrian food--a mix between Mediterranean and Middle Eastern.

Long story short, it was one of the best meals out we've eaten yet. Ashley's parents bought a bunch of appetizers to sample. Before we knew it, we found ourselves stuffed. And God bless them, the Moats' covered our tab. That was completely generous of you, thank you.

The Barnwells and Domenys stayed up late into the night playing Dutch Blitz and talking. Our hard partying had to come to and end, however. Church awaited the next morning.

We returned to our hotel, slept, and met the family in front of the lobby the next morning. After a quick Dunkin Donuts pitstop, we attended Ashley's family's church. It's been so nice this semester being able to go to church with people we know. Last year at this time, we would have done anything for that opportunity. Now, it's been nearly a weekly (but very welcome) occurance.

After church, we visited Ashley's grandmother who invited us and some other relatives over for a Halloween lunch. Now, this was not just lunch. This was practically an early Thanksgiving feast--complete with turkey, stuffing, and all.

It was a nice way to cap off a wonderful weekend. Steve and Ashley had to drive up to Massachusetts, and we had to get to Long Island that night. So, after lunch, we parted ways and bid each other farewell until next time.

Little did we know that "next time" would be as soon as that Tuesday...
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