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Take time out with friends

olive garden

Have you treated yourself lately? Take some time today to just unwind and do something you enjoy, with some good friends. Ecclesiastes 2:24 (NKJV) says, “Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.”

Tonight Ray, our daughter Leah and I went out to eat with a long-time friend, Pat, now living in Florida. He’s working in Kansas City this weekend for his job. This time he brought his little buddy, his son Nathaniel. Nathaniel wanted to go out to eat at the Olive Garden, so we met there. I told Nathaniel he’s a keeper, and asked if he wanted to go home with us. He’s adorable!Nathaniel








 Our long-time friend Pat




Olive Garden is always first-class, from the prompt and friendly servers in white aprons and ties, to the baskets of garlic bread and the delicious food, served in such abundance that you usually have to take a box home!  (One day I will have to try their chocolate raspberry cheesecake!)  Here are some pics recapturing tonight’s wonderful meal. I’m so thankful to God for blessings like this, and for such lifetime, good friends as Pat and his beautiful wife, Kim (holding down the fort back home this weekend).  As writer Emily Dickinson said, “My friends are my estate.”

 Inside Olive Garden restaurant

inside olive garden







picture at olive garden

Picture on wall at Olive Garden







  chicken alfredo

 I ordered chicken alfredo – yum!





spaghetti and meatballs

Leah got spaghetti and meatballs.








For an appetizer, Ray ordered calamari (squid). It sounds disgusting, but it’s actually very tasty with a dill and a marinara sauce.




   bread at olive garden


Olive Garden’s famous garlic bread. Deliziosa!





  Nathaniel and soup



Nathaniel enjoying his gnocchi soup. Gnocchi is like dumplings.



     Beth and Ray at Olive Garden

Me and Ray at Olive Garden.




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