Sweet Surprise

A few hours after I got home from work yesterday, I had a very sweet surprise waiting for me!
My cousins, Edna and Clarence, from Florida, were here! 
Edna is my grandpa's first cousin, so technically, she is my third cousin. I don't pay attention to the first, second, and third junk though. A cousin is a cousin! (I also call her husband my cousin, because marriage makes you family!)

Do you remember Edna and Clarence?  If not, you can click on "Our Story" to see who they are.
I am going to explain, with a little more detail, why they are so special to me.

Here's the story.
They are both from here, White Sulphur Springs, WV.
About 40 years ago they decided to pack everything they owned in their car,
and drive south until they felt like stopping, and where ever they stopped, they would live.
They stopped in Callahan, FL and called it home.
They started going to a church.
Thirty-five years later (2007), a guy named Tyler Ingram got a job offer to be the praise and worship leader at that church.
Two years later (2009), Edna and Clarence decided to visit their family in WV.
While they were in WV, Edna went to a yard sale with her sister.
While they were at the yard sale, Edna heard about a girl who had cancer.
She learned that the girl's name was Autumn, and she was her cousin...well, she was "technically" her third cousin.
She found out that Autumn was going to Jacksonville, Florida, in one month for six weeks of radiation treatments.
Callahan was only thirty minutes away from Jacksonville.
Edna found Autumn and invited her, and her family, to stay with them during her radiation treatments.
Autumn accepted the invitation and one month later, on a Sunday, she went to Callahan to stay with them.
They all went to church that night, and guess who was singing as they walked in?
And the rest is history.

If my sweet cousins hadn't packed up their car and stopped in Callahan, 40 years ago,  I may not have met my best friend.
Yeah, they pretty much the definition of awesome.

I hope your Monday was great and that your Tuesday was even better!


Stephanie said...

What a great story! I love seeing God work in ways like that :)

SmalltownGirl said...

I love that story more and more every time I read it. And I always wondered how you guys met until I read your blog. And it gave me chills when I did! I hope my "story" is just as cute when it happens!!

JJ said...

I love that story. What a nice surprise when you came home last night.

JJ said...

ohh and I took your button the other day. Feel free to take mine if you'd like.

Whitney Leigh said...

so sweet! you gals have fun!! :)

chic, moda, glam... said...

I love familiy time!!! :) Great story !

New follower :)

Shaylynn... I BLAHWG. said...

Oh my wonderful, simply wonderful.

Shauna said...

What a great story, and wonderful surprise for you too!

... Shauna ...

Autumn Ingram said...

Thank you!
God is awesome!!:)

Autumn Ingram said...

Thanks girl!
It will be:)

Autumn Ingram said...

It was definitely just what I needed!
I took your button, too, lady:)

Autumn Ingram said...

It was so much fun, I love catching up:)

Autumn Ingram said...

Following you back!:)

Autumn Ingram said...

Thanks girl!

Autumn Ingram said...

Thank you! It was just what I needed!