Some years back, our local newspaper did a feature article on a local couple who have a very unusual home: a castle. (I can't link to that article directly, but here is some info including pictures, about the castle.) At the time, I found it fascinating, but never dreamed that I would get to spend an evening there!
Sometimes life is full of surprises. :)
The wonderful Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir that we've been involved with for years held a fundraising event at the end of last month, and one of the homes that was utilized for this gala evening was this castle. I was delighted for Josiah when he was asked to be one of the choristers who would sing during the guests' stop at the castle--and absolutely thrilled when I was then asked to be one of the servers. I would have enjoyed serving no matter where we were, but to get to do it in this castle was a very special treat. :)
Awe was my first reaction when we drove up the long lane to the top of the hill where this castle stands, but our hosts were so warm and delightfully down-to-earth that I quickly grew comfortable there. We got there early enough to have a little time to look around before the guests arrived, and I seized the opportunity to take a few pictures...but only a few. Once we got busy with serving, my camera was forgotten, and I devoted myself to being present, enjoying each moment fully. But later on, I was grateful that I had taken some pictures to remember the evening by. :)
Josiah was five years old when he and Matthew first met through the choir, and they've been roommates during a couple of choir tours.
Yes indeed, sometimes life is full of surprises; and the unexpected pleasure of an evening in the castle was certainly a spectacular one! :)