Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cleveland, TN

After Oxford, Mississippi, we headed over to Cleveland, Tennessee by way of the beautiful Natchez Trace scenic highway. On the way we stopped to see the Pharr Mounds, one of the many burial mounds left by early generations of Native Americans.

Cleveland is where my brother Chad and his wife Rachel and son Toby are currently living. Here's a shot of them enjoying some mean hotdogs at a local, quaint southern restaurant:

Chad teaches English at Lee University, while Rachel runs a photography business from home. Here is Chad posing at the door of his office:

Toby, by all estimations, is an adorable little fellow. One day when we visited Chad in one of his classes, Toby decided to help teach. Chad says he had to dismiss the class because no one could concentrate after Toby's cuteness!

Lee University recently built a chapel in the style of old European cathedrals. Amber and I agreed it was one of the most gorgeous buildings we've seen since Prague:

On Friday, Chad and Rachel took us to Chattanooga, where we got to walk on a bridge over the Tennessee River. We explored a huge antique store and later a used book store. Somehow we miraculously refrained from buying anything!

Later in the day, we drove up to Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Chad had arranged an opportunity for us to talk about the Ik language and our experiences in Uganda in a couple classes at Covenant:

After the presentations, Rachel took a few portraits of us on the lovely campus. Here's one:

To cap off a wonderful day and week, Chad and Rachel took us out to eat at Sugar's BBQ, a smokey joint perched on a hill overlooking the Tennessee River valley in Chattanooga. If you know us, you know how much we love us some good BBQ!

Thanks Chad, Rachel, and Toby for a great week with you in Cleveland!

1 comment:

Kate said...

Y'all look like you're having so much fun! I'm so glad you're getting this wonderful time with family and friends. And, of course, enjoying some BBQ! Bar-B-Q's pretty thin on the ground here in the UK. :)