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From Mrs. Reese and K5 to levels of higher learning – she’s ready and excited! What a special blessing to visit and introduce our ole alma mater to AbiNoelle. How appropriate that we visit one of the places that we are so grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day.

Our day began with entrance into the beautiful Crown Center to join with the Pilgrims in praise and singing to God for all that He has done for us.

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Next, came a fun time out on college field, enjoying fellowship and food at the alumni tent while watching the Turkey Bowl.

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With a cheer in the last 10 seconds for a winning goal, we followed our noses to the Four Winds and enjoyed a scrumptious feast of turkey, ham, dressing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, and dessert. (Sorry, all that we left was the placemat – Mmmmm!)

The night ended in a Christmas fine arts performance! (It’s so fun to get all dressed up for a fine occasion. Sparkles and Shiny are always good for little girls!)

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And in the midst of all that we even had time to sneak in a few moments to show AbiNoelle some of our favorite spots on campus. Her imagination took over as we investigated the One Room Schoolhouse and pretended to step back on the prairie for school time. “Teacher” AbiNoelle took a turn while Daddy sat on the disobedient stool and then “student” AbiNoelle practiced reading in a little desk.

The library also held a few other treasures  – a copy of our own The Voice in the Wilderness magazine in the periodical section and the beautiful painting PopPop gave to the Hortons years ago.

What a day!….and to think that the most monumental happened the night before….

Our arrival to campus and Wednesday night church brought what will never be forgotten.

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Early in the day, as we entered town, we stopped by the Academy (or should I say, Mrs. Reese’s school) – how exciting!

But nothing could compare with meeting Mrs. Reese!

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At the first sighting of her (about 2 minutes before service started) the excitement could not be contained. Emotions spilled over and a few tears had to be dodged as we took our seats and church began. Knowing our hearts, we trust the Lord forgives a little one’s lack of attention to the message, for all she could manage were continuous peeks in her teacher’s direction to make sure she was still there. At the last note of dismissal, AbiNoelle dashed toward the seat of Mrs. Reese and called after her as she and Dr. Reese began to exit the auditorium towards our decided meeting place. “Mrs. Reese, Mrs. Reese!” she called. In a moment, Dr. Reese turned and said, “I think I hear “Reese” being called!” And then it was here….the most anticipated moment…AbiNoelle with her teacher, Mrs. Reese.

And then it began – conversation and memory making moments never to be forgotten.

AbiNoelle enjoyed sharing her special card (hand-written in her best cursive writing) with Mrs. Reese. Then came quiz time from the teacher!!

(R) What lesson are you on?

(A) Lesson 81!

And on it went!

(R) Did you just throw snowballs at me in the last lesson?

(A) [Giggle, giggle] Yes, I threw a bunch at you, Mrs. Reese!

(R) Was that really you!?! [giggle, giggle]

Oh, the fun! Mrs. Reese was so accommodating. She must have soooo many students, current and former, and yet she took time with just one and the impact will be long-lasting!

Surely a trip to remember. We are so THANKFUL!

And the cherry on top was AbiNoelle’s first look at the ocean….

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….playing a beautiful handchime trio together in church….

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…and giving a special Books of the Bible recitation.

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PRAISE THE LORD!! Great things He hath done!