Today was THE BEST DAY.
It's 1:30am, however, and I just returned from Princeton, so I can't spend as much time as I'd like talking about all the ways this day was wonderful. But it was truly wonderful.
It was restful.
It was uplifting.
It was full of joy, friendship, and fellowship over drinks, ice cream, and meals.
(Did you see that there was ice cream??)
It was full of praise and awe at God's hand in all things.
It was the perfect 24-hour vacation.
Lauren and I had the grand tour of Princeton, which included a walk to a lake and a visit to a farm with cider donuts.
We visited The Bent Spoon for our first ice cream of the day. I had two "Jersey" staples, Blueberry Marscapone and Coffee Coconut (both good, the latter better).
We toured the campus, which is bigger and more beautiful than I ever imagined. Every building looks like a church; the "chapel" is the size of Rhode Island's biggest cathedral; and even the library has stained glass windows.
We visited gardens and fountains, saw three Monet's and a Van Gogh at the art museum, and delighted in a second round of ice cream (from a shop that used to be a bar).
We returned to David and Elizabeth's for porch time, which was very Greek in essence: drinks and mezze , simply enjoying each other's company in an evening of beautiful weather, before finishing with dinner and a hug-filled send off.
It was such a delight.
Then Lauren and I made the journey back, saving an hour and a half from yesterday's time, and had deep spiritual and personal talks about our stories and challenges and walks with faith. I feel as though all of our hearts grew two sizes today, and it's not even Christmas.
Praise be the Lord!