Sunday, March 11, 2018


Thursday a group of the staff as well as a few church members walked over to the lot by City Hall for the groundbreaking on the new city library! It should hopefully be done by the end of the year, and then the current library will be turned into a community center. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

End of Basketball Celebration

We had a lot of fun last week at the End of Basketball season dinner. We crammed our family, along with the Landstedts and the Cheshires all around one table! The adults were outnumbered, 8 to 6. The kids all got their new Upwards sling bags after dinner and there were door prizes as well. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Little Country

Sunday afternoon I drove down to Plant City to meet my best friend Christy for a Reba concert at the Strawberry Festival. We did some walking around and checking things out before the concert. It's been 10 years since I've been to the Festival and everything looks completely different! It sure has grown and changed over the years. New buildings for just about everything. 

FFA animal and plant shows 

There's a new building with all the history stuff and the pictures of the pageant queens. This one is related to Daryl.

The Midway had some of my favorite rides, just renamed. This one used to be the Graviton. 

There's a brand new stadium this year for concerts! It was great and the sound was amazing. 11,500 people for a sold out Reba concert.

My best friend Christy grew up in Hillsborough County going to the Festival every year too. We didn't meet though until 2009 when we moved to Marion County.

And of course you can't go to the Festival without bringing home strawberries! I grabbed a flat for the family - hoping to make my mom's Strawberry Pie recipe this week!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Life in Fruitland Park

Gardenia Park got a big makeover and we went to check it out as a family the other day. All three of the boys were excited by the new additions of playground equipment.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

National History Day

For the National History Day project in Florida, Parker wrote a paper on the Berlin Wall. It won second place overall in the Carver Middle School competition which qualified him to go to the District Event. That was held last Saturday in Clermont. Since we had the Lenten Retreat, one of the other church moms whose daughter was also in the competition drove him down. We made it in time for the open house and also the awards ceremony. 

Parker and his friend Desiree

Parker with his paper

All the Carver Middle School students who were participating

Parker did not place high enough here to go on to the state wide competition. But we are super proud of him and all of the kids from Carver who qualified. This social studies trained Mama's heart is super happy when kids do well with history! 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lenten Retreat

Saturday we had out second annual church-wide Lenten Retreat out at the camp. Our theme matched our preaching series "Ashes to Fire" and we had Rev. Melissa Cooper come in to lead. It was a really fun morning of learning, worship and fellowship together.