The entire family descended on my parent’s house for dinner last night. This wasn’t just any dinner—this dinner had been on the calendar for over a year. That’s right, I said a year. In fact when I checked my 2006 calendar in January, last night’s dinner was the only date scheduled for the year ahead.
Why such advance planning? Well, we had the extreme privilege of enjoying dinner with Justin and Lea Taylor and their two sweet kiddos. They hail from Chicago and don’t find their way to the DC area often, hence our scheduling so far ahead.
If you don’t know the Taylors, take a minute to check out Justin’s blog, Between Two Worlds. Justin works for Crossway Books and is a dear friend to my dad. We had a delightful time and I’m not just saying that because the food was good! Justin and Lea made us feel as if we’d known them for years. We talked and laughed until we finally had to take the babysitters home.
The Taylors came bearing early Christmas gifts. (Good food and gifts, does it get any better?) They brought each of us our very own copies of two new books that should occupy everyone’s bookshelf: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor (we posted pre-release exerpts here, here, here, and here) and John Owen’s Overcoming Sin and Temptation edited by Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor. Consider adding these to your library if you haven’t already.
Justin and Lea, thank you for hanging with us last night. We had a super time. Let’s put something on the calendar for 2007!