This past weekend was one of the most fun and memorable times I've had here at Austin. Before school and work got a lot busier and hectic, we decided to go on a getaway to Pedernales Falls, which is a state park about an hour and a half away from Austin. After our TFN (The Friday Night) we all went over to Pastor Manny and Sunny's house and played this peculiar game called "Ming Mang Mong" (it's harder than it sounds) & ate a late night snack of kimchee bowl ramen. Then, we all watched Evan Almighty together, and afterwards the girls slept over at Sunny's house and the guys at Kelly's house. Early the next morning we left to go to Pedernales Falls, and in order to pass the time we told some relatively bad to pretty bad jokes over the talkabouts where the responses were either groans or stunned silence.
When we arrived at our destination, and it was as if we had stepped into a picture that you'd only see on calendars or magazines. Along the crystal clear river were banks of trees with red, deep orange, and brown leaves which contrasted beautifully against the tranquil, blue skies. It was an unreal sight to see.
Some people had spotted some fish that were 1.5 to 2 feet long, and different attempts were made to catch them. Finally, David caught one--an ugly, huge carp. It's something you don't want to look at before eating it. Finally, we got back into the cars and headed towards the houses. That night, we enjoyed a feast (like we always do) with Jacob and Isaac's ribs, homemade potato salad, and a lot more. One of my favorite moments was when the sisters were all in the kitchen cooking food and crying over cut onions together, sharing our stories and lives. After dinner we played some fun games, and one of them was where we each had to finish this sentence, "I'm probably the only person who has ______." For example, one person shared she's probably the one person who has slept 24 hours straight. Another person said she had fallen down two flights of stairs, and another person said he's probably the one who has ever kicked a baracuda in the face.
The next morning after breakfast, we had some time to do our devotionals together. It was a sight to see everyone spread out reading God's word intently and engaged in it. It really left a lasting impression on me and made me thank God for providing a time away from our busy agendas and stresses of life so that we could enjoy his creation and word together. I look forward to many more times like this.