What hospitality!

{Pot07} Exploring Cathedral State Park as a familyIt was with great anticipation and excitement that we loaded the car and left Thursday morning on a long-awaited visit to Virginia. Our final destination was the Potter’s home, and along the way we stopped at several parks, including the magnificent Cathedral State Park.

As soon as we arrived we were warmly greeted and made to feel at home in their big, roomy house. It took most of that first afternoon to {Pot07} Stopping for a picture at Mount Vernon with Washington's mansion in the backgroundcatch up on all that had transpired since the last time, and before long we were all ready for a good night’s rest. The following day we were again grateful for this, after hours of touring Mount Vernon and viewing all there was to see there.

Another thing I’m sure all of us were thankful for was being greeted with a tasty spaghetti dinner upon our return. I don’t know if you have ever tried to cook for 18 people three times a day for an entire weekend, but I don’t believe many “comfortable” Americans would ever even consider it. However, Mrs. Potter and her “host of helpers” did a fabulous job.

Saturday morning everyone worked together moving a large rock pile in their backyard, and then relaxed for an evening of Cities and Knights of Catan. I learned they are accomplished experts at the game, so beware if you ever have the chance to play them. Even 7-year old Jewel came close to winning!

After an encouraging message spoken by Mr. Schupbach Sunday morning at the Potter’s home church, we said our farewells and headed out to the van. We were all sorry the trip had to end, but looked forward to seeing them again soon. We are very grateful for the hospitality shown by the entire Potter family and how they enabled us to experience the promise of I John 1:7 – “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another…”


  1. Robert April 28, 2007 at 9:44 pm #

    I’m sorry to have missed such an enjoyable trip! Hospitality has been defined as “Cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual refreshment with those God brings into my life.” What an example the Potter family is in this area!

  2. Joshua May 3, 2007 at 3:28 pm #

    I’ll whole heartily concur with the hospitality of the Potters. I well remember a scrumptous meal they put on for our family sometime back. It was my first time having barbequed squash – yum, yum. They also introduced us to our first ever game of Cities & Knights with Settlers of Catan.

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