I did not get off to the greatest start with Virginia (crazy dogs, bad weather, mean drivers, no shoulder, construction everywhere, food poisoning, etc), but fortunately we stayed with the Schotts, who turned our Virginia experience around.
Beck Schott went to school with my sister Katie at JMU. She was by far my favorite of Katie’s JMU friends and I had loved meeting her when I went to visit about 5 years ago. Even though I hadn’t spoken to Becky in years, she immediately responded to my facebook message about being near Roanoke (her home town). We talked for a while about places to see and food to eat, then she offered up a night at her parents house in Salem. I was obviously thrilled at the thought of meeting her parents and at the chance to be in a home.
Before I knew it, we were at the Schott’s house playing with their incredibly cute dogs. It was amazing! They let us shower, do laundry, and gave us each our own room for the night. On top of all that, Dan made us a delicious meal (breakfast for dinner, our favorite). He makes a mean french toast and eggs. It was seriously the best food we have had for awhile. We were both in heaven.
After our dinner we sat down on their amazingly comfortable couches and watched the presidential debate with popcorn. I can’t even express how nice it was to be in a warm home in such wonderful company.
The next morning we sat around on the couches and told stories and laughed while we sipped on orange juice and coffee. Dan and Carol had some hilarious, intense, and fascinating stories about their lives, and I loved listening to every second. We then sat down to a delicious oatmeal breakfast. Ale and I both had trouble motivating ourselves to leave, but we eventually packed up our clean clothes and loaded up our bikes.
I was so so so grateful to have met the Schotts, and they have truly changed my perspective on Virginia.
Also, this is random, but we have been passing a lot of church signs, so I decided to write some down, and I thought I would share. yay Bible Belt 🙂
“Need a lifeguard? Ours walks on water”
“Winter is coming, and so is The Lord… are you ready?”
“You are never so high, as when you are on your knees.”
“How do you spell happyness, JESUS” (happiness was spelled wrong, haha)
“If you are close enough to read this sign, you can come in”