Monday, June 18, 2018

June and July Celebrations

On Sunday we went to Seffner after morning worship to celebrate Father's Day and a couple of birthdays. Here's some of our family pictures to celebrate Father's Day. 

We also went ahead and celebrated Davis' 8th birthday (coming up July 2) and my birthday (coming up on June 26th). Davis got a race car track in the shape of an 8 for a cake.

Pure joy! Someone is SO excited! 

He got a few toys, plus ART supplies and some Michael's gift cards for more ART supplies. This guy loves to draw and he is SO good at it.

The mug is from GRandmommy and Granddaddy. One of Davis' favorite games is to play "How much do you love me?" He always "wins" by saying something like "I love you to heaven and back" or "I love you to Jesus and back, I win!" The mug reads: "I love you more. The end. I win"

My cake was specially made so I could eat it with all of my allergies. It's basically a big ice cream cookie cake - made with my non-dairy ice cream in the middle. It was yummy! I got a beautiful blanket I wanted, a Mickey mouse purse and a whole bunch of gift cards to Kohl's for new clothes. Yay!

Granddaddy got what he wanted for Father's Day - tools from Daniel and a Home Depot gift card from us.

We celebrated Baba with a new Star Wars t-shirt for Father's Day! 

You can't go home without a little yard work. They replaced the bulbs in the big back yard light poles and were putting them back up.

And someone celebrated finally being taller than Uncle Nam yesterday. And yes, they were wearing the exact same shirt!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hiking Fun

We had a lovely hike on Friday afternoon exploring a new-to-us area - Flat Island Preserve in south Leesburg. We did a four mile loop around the Island that is in the middle of Okahumpka Marsh and saw a little bit of Lake Denham from the canoe launch. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Annual Conference

We spent Tuesday night through Saturday morning in Lakeland for our Annual Conference gathering.  It was a really good conference in many ways, with a sweet spirit among those gathered and powerful inspiring worship. 

Clergywomen Breakfast featured our friend, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson as the main speaker. It was so good to hear her and her truth-telling again. I got to hear her with my covenant sisters. 

We had some great delegates from CUMC at the meeting. Here are just 4 of our 9! 

Clergy Session at First UMC Lakeland

Worship in Branscomb Auditorium of Florida Southern College

As the RIM leader, it was exciting to see this large class of ordinands - 18 - be affirmed on the floor of Annual Conference before the ordination service later in the week.

Grandparents picked up the munchkins on Friday at noon from childcare and took them to Sea World with their cousins. They all had a blast! The boys then spent the night and we picked them up on Saturday afternoon after conference. They had more fun on Saturday (after they woke up!) playing in the pool with their cousins.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Boy Scout Camp

Parker spent last week at Boy Scout Camp while the rest of the family was at Annual Conference in Lakeland. Troop 143 had a great week at Camp La-No-Che, in nearby Paisley. Here's some of the highlights......

Sunday chapel service. 

Troop Campsite

Dining Hall

Morning Flag Ceremonies. One morning was led by Troop 143. 

Working on welding....

Playing gaga ball.....


Shotgun and Rifle Range 


A Night Out - Pizza and Bowling