Wendy and I did just return from a vacation week in the “Show Me” state of Missouri. We headed south late on Friday afternoon and arrived at the Playhouse in the evening. My parents had been there the previous week and had discovered that a break-in had occurred. Burglars not only hit our house, but our neighbors as well. So the early part of our vacation was spent documenting what was missing and dealing with both the local authorities and the insurance company.
There is both good news and bad news in what we found. The good news is that we don’t keep a ton of expensive stuff at the lake. The tv, dvd player and clock radio can be easily replaced. Why the burglar(s) chose to take almost all of my clothes, including socks and underwear, feels a bit creepy and I don’t want to dwell too much on that. Again, the clothes I kept at the lake were mostly old stuff that can be replaced. The bad news is that we had a hand-made, custom acoustic guitar my brother had made which was also stolen. Yes, it is worth a lot of money but the reality is that it’s priceless because of the sentimental value. We’re praying that it shows up.
On Thursday we headed to Kansas City. Wendy and I had been in Kansas City a few years ago when I spoke at a conference there. We liked what we experienced the one night we were there and vowed that we would return to explore the city further. Wendy found us a gorgeous Carriage House rental in the Hyde Park district which proved to be perfectly and centrally located to what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go.
We hit several museums including the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the American Jass Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Art museum. On Friday night we went to the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and enjoyed the KC Symphony, Chorus and Ballet doing Carmina Burana. We also, of course, enjoyed some great food. On Saturday night we met up with our friends Matt and Tara. Matt was in my youth group when I was a youth pastor many moons ago, and I had the privilege of officiating their wedding several years back. We had not seen them in a long time and we thoroughly enjoyed the four hours we spent sharing a delicious meal which included wild boar and bison meatballs and chocolate cake garnished with bacon. More importantly, it included life-giving conversation which filled us far more than the incredible food.
We found Kansas City to be a wonderful town. Wendy and I did not check everything off the list, so we definitely need to return!