Sunday 14 May 2006, 7:50 pm
I haven't been feeling too well this week. I've been very tired, and on
Monday I caught a cold. I was pretty messed up on Tuesday, and we bought
some medications to stop the coughing and help me sleep. Mary has been
doing more than her usual share of the driving, but she's still found
plenty of time to read her Bible when I am driving. She is reading about
two hours each day, trying to finish her Bible before we return by
more than doubling the pace.
Sunday, May 14
Today we went to church at Calvary Chapel Rivergate here in Goodlettsville.
It was a much larger church than we were expecting, and we didn't really
get to talk to anyone. We were a little disappointed.
We didn't really have a plan today. I told Mary we could just relax or do
whatever she wanted because it is Mother's Day. She got to talk to both
Matthew and Aaron, which was a real treat for her.
We just drove down to near Chattanooga, then we drove down into Alabama
just to see what is there. Basically just a Sunday drive. We saw a sign
for a Cast Iron Outlet but we got there just after they closed up for
the day. Most everything was closed up on Sunday after 5 pm. We did have
a real nice drive, then I got real tired. My intention had been to head
east from northern Alabama into northern Georgia, not coming back into
Tennessee again. But when I got tired, we decided that we were just
a little more than an hour from Chattanooga, and we'd be best to stay
there for the night. This was definitely the right decision, as we ended
up staying two days in Chattanooga, and it was definitely one of the
more interesting places we have stayed on our trip.
After checking into the motel, we wandered across the street to Cracker
Barrel to have a late dinner. I said, "Mary, they are playing hymns on
the sound system." As we left, I remembered that at Grand Ole Opry they
mentioned that CB sponsored a CD of hymns sung by Amy Grant. I asked
whether this was the CD they were playing in the restaurant, and we
found a copy to buy right there in the store. We haven't listened to it
yet. The folks at Cracker Barrel are definitely the friendliest servers
we have met so far.
Not sure if I mentioned that at Grand Ole Opry, several of the songs were
Christian in nature and several of the musicians were Christians, and
several of them made mention of it. I remarked to Mary that we'd never
hear comments like those in California.