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Day 326 ~ The Styers [Family Time]
For the last several years I've been fortunate enough to make it back to Ohio in the fall to catch some autumn color, see family, and catch up with friends, and each time my buddy Michael (a.k.a. Schrode) and his sweet wife Amanda offer to open up their home to Kylie and I when we come. Michael is one of my best friends from back home, and he and Amanda have been such a blessing to us. Seeing them is something we always look forward to.
A few quick notes about Schrode... here's a guy with many not-too-hidden talents. In addition to his Schrode nickname (think Peanuts and the Charlie Brown gang), he's also been assigned the moniker "Styer Clause" for his gift of impersonation around Christmas time. He's also very musically inclined, so much so that he plays the guitar in the worship band at his church and also recorded himself singing the song "If You Could See What I See" and played it for Amanda as the church doors were opened and she was waiting to walk down the aisle at their wedding. I loved it so much that I asked him to sing it live at our wedding for Kylie and I's first dance... truly a great gift for us. Besides teaching during the day, he's also coached varsity soccer, cross country, and girls softball, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Michael's the one person that could rival Kylie in shopping around to find the best deal... on anything. I could go on, but to say that Michael's a stand up guy just doesn't sound like it goes far enough. Most important of all, though, is that he's a man of God, and he's not afraid to share his faith.
Enough about Michael (I know, I know... sheesh, get on with the pretty pictures, would ya?). I had posted a sneak peek of their images here, but I'm still trying to catch up on blogging and wanted to share more of my favorites of Michael, Amanda and sweet, precious Reagan. So, without further delay, here they are.