Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Sweet Muscadines and New Friends

Today found Dave and I driving through the beautiful countryside of South Carolina.

Four years ago in Slovakia, we met a woman at a wedding in Slovakia. Mary and I sat together during the "after party" at Maruška and Daniel's wedding, really enjoying each other's company.

Fast forward four years, and we're finally going to see each other again!

She and her husband live on the outskirts of Greenville, SC, near the small town of Woodruff. How I loved seeing a new part of the south, complete with a dog on the porch to greet us!

Before the sun set, we went out to ride among their vines of their vineyard.

They grow a particular kind of grape, something similar to what I remember eating at my Grandma and Grandpa Kimball's house in Oregon.

The funny thing about these grapes is that when I told Mary I'd eaten something similar as a child at my grandma's house she replied, "That's what everyone says! That their grandma had these kind of grapes!"

Called "muscadine" grapes, they're actually native to the southeastern and south-central part of the States (so I must have eaten something different than these as a child!). But as this blogger on NPR says, they may be the best grapes you've ever tasted! I can surely attest to that - they were delicious, even though these were just leftovers on the vine after having been harvested recently for sweet muscadine wine.

Speaking of sweet...we had the sweetest evening with Mary and her husband, David, talking as if we'd been long time friends!

They love the Lord, love their family, love missions and care about our Slovak JV team - kind of the perfect fit for new friends.

What a lovely evening with these dear people!

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