We spent the last couple nights in North Carolina visiting our friends Jeff and Susan Herzog and their three boys in the lovely home Jeff and Susan designed and had custom-built on a scenic country property just outside of Asheville. Jeff’s parents were also visiting from the west coast but they were gracious enough to share their children and grandchildren with us.
We taught in Hong Kong at International Christian School with the Herzogs for two years and reconnected with them this past summer at a wedding in Colorado.
I feel like I know the Herzog’s sons because Susan blogs about them so faithfully and I’ve been following their adventures for years. The Herzog boys love to play board games and they taught me Zhingo, Toot and Otto and Bernstein Bears. We also played lots of rounds of Crazy Eights and Go Fish.
On Saturday morning Jeff took us to see his school Asheville Christian Academy. It is in a beautiful country setting. The Herzog boys attend school there too.Jeff was playing a regular Saturday morning men’s basketball game at his school gym and Dave chatted with him on the bleachers when he wasn’t on the court. We saw Jeff’s classroom where he teaches calculus, statistics and other math and Bible courses.Dave had brought along his basketball shoes so he could lace up and try shooting a few baskets when Jeff’s game was over. He hadn’t done that since his surgery. Dave and I spent Saturday afternoon exploring the fascinating city of Asheville. We had such a great time. I’ll write about that in a future post.
Susan and I had a good visit while we waited to pick up food at a smokehouse restaurant on Saturday night. We had a real southern feast around the Herzog’s dining room table of collard greens, ribs, pulled pork, cole slaw, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, okra, hush puppies and deep-fried pickles. The boys were fascinated with Dave’s online Scrabble games. First Ezekiel came to check it out. Then Micah joined in to see what was going on. Finally Jonah came over too and all three boys were giving Dave advice on what kind of words to make. Dave and Micah play a little table top soccer.High Fives when the game was over. They took a break from game playing for a bedtime story.
Ezekiel shows us that he knows where Winnipeg is on the big map of the world on the family room wall. We hope the Herzogs will come and visit us in Winnipeg some time. We appreciated the Herzog’s warm southern hospitality. Teaching in Hong Kong has given us friends in so many places and it’s nice to reconnect with them on our travels.
Other posts about visiting with Hong Kong Friends……..