Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Around the Connection

On the first Sunday in July, I worshipped with two of our newest pastors: Rev. Haley Eccles at Emmanuel UMC in Bradenton and Rev. Brett DeHart at First UMC Sarasota. They both did a great job. 

Then I drove to Punta Gorda to welcome the last of the moving pastors. Rev. Bob Suter was at Crossroads Mission in Sarasota and is now at Christ Community. 

On Tuesday I drove up to Lake Junaluska North Carolina for our Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.

There were several of us from the South West district present: Bronwyn Bedient (laity), Rev Robin Hager and Heidi Aspinwall (laity). Not pictured Rev. Daphne Johnson. 

The whole of the Florida delegation on the lakeshore. 

Our meetings went well and I drove back home on Saturday. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Weekend Sunset

 We made it back to the beach last weekend for a sunset. Every single one is different and so pretty. 

Monday, July 15, 2024

4th of July

We spent a lazy day at home watching motives with the kids and swimming in the pool. 
And then at the end of the night we drove downtown and parked at the district office. Then we walked two blocks over to Bayfront Park to see the fireworks display!


Sunday, July 14, 2024

Welcoming Pastors

For the last Sunday in June, I worshipped at Wesley UMC on Marco Island. They've started building a new community garden in memory of their former lay leader Sue who died in 2023. 

Then I hosted a gathering for some clergywomen. 

Then Lynn and I visited 8 out of the 9 new pastors to the district over two days. Day one was the pastors in the south: First UMC Naples (Rev. McKinley), First UMC Bonita Springs (Rev. Richards), Cypress Lake UMC Associate (Rev. Wiley) and Trinity UMC North Port (Rev. Johns). 

And then the north pastors: First UMC Sarasota (Rev. DeHart), Faith UMC Bradenton (Dr. Wright), Emmaneul UMC Bradenton (Rev. Eccles) and Manatee Life UMC Bradenton (Rev. Woodward). 


Saturday, July 13, 2024

Family Birthdays

We traveled to Seffner on the first Saturday in July to celebrate family birthdays: mine from June, along with Davis and Uncle David from July. 

And Davis is getting so tall! He's passed Grandmommy, cousin Bethany and now Uncle Nam. 

Celebrating Davis

Recently we got to celebrate Davis' 11th Forever Family Day (June 24) and then a week later his 14th birthday (July 2). Wesley took him shopping at the Asian grocery store in town during the day and then for dinner we went to DaRuMa Japanese steakhouse at his request. We closed out the day with an Oreo ice cream cake. So happy to celebrate these big milestones in Davis' life. He starts high school next month! 

Friday, July 12, 2024

Beach Time

Being in Hawai'i reminded us that we live next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and we need to be intentional to enjoy it more. Our first weekend home we made it to beach sunset twice. First the four of us on Friday night for a sunset walk. 

Then on Saturday, Parker came home for the night from camp. It was good to see him again! I made allergy friendly chili and cornbread with mixes from an online company - which everyone loved. And he wanted to go to the beach so we headed out again for sunset.