Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Eager Beaver

No he didn't fall asleep in his clothes. He went to sleep in his own bed and at some point woke up and got completely dressed for camp in the clothes we had laid out. Then Davis crawled into bed with Wesley and went back to sleep. This has happened three times in the last two weeks!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dinner Out on the Town

Monday night this week we were craving some shrimp and grits and ended up at Eaton's Beach, which is on Lake Weir in Weirsdale (between Belleview and the Villages). We've lived in the general area for six years and never heard about this place until a few months ago. Great atmosphere and scenery and wonderful food. We had fun exploring the boardwalk and "beach" after dinner. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ministry Moments

Over the last few weeks there have been many "get to know you" meetings with different groups in the church. There's been a few hospital visits and we've had a funeral this week. We've also begun a construction project - renovation of bathrooms near the Fellowship Hall and the beginnings of adding on a seconds story to the Education Building. This pink paper on the carpet makes it seems like we have some kind of fun maze throughout all the hallways. We also got to pray with some of the choir members before they took off to sing on a 10 day European tour. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

It's Not Official Until You Eat Together.....

This past Sunday after the last worship service of the day, the church hosted a Welcome Barbecue for us in the Family Life Center. As our Lay Leader said when he introduced us: "We know this is your third week already, but it never seems official until we eat together." If there was any doubt before, we most certainly feel loved, welcomed and official now. They managed to squeeze almost 500 people in there for lunch! 


Our traditional music director was in charge of the kitchen and the food was wonderful - barbecue chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, drinks and desserts! They set up six serving lines in the center and it worked very well. 

We were so glad that Daniel and his family were able to join us in worship that day and to be there also for the lunch. 

We visited with as many folks as we could after we ate. And then as the crowd was dwindling out, the boys got a very special treat. Our lay leader, who also plays the drums for the contemporary service, let the boys sit at the drums for a few minutes. This is Wesley's dream in particular - he is so fascinated by the drummers in the bands at camp and at the church! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fun in the New House

The boys have had fun the last couple of nights in the house making it their own by creating play spaces. We had a fort in the living room that they eventually used to play "Jesus and the empty tomb!" And then they created a clubhouse space in our eat-in kitchen area. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


We've done a little bit of exploring lately around town with restaurants and shopping. The other night we ended up in a plaza in the Villages where all the boys got haircuts and then we went to Square 1 Burgers for dinner - the food was wonderful and the atmosphere was very interesting! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Overnight Camp

Last week Parker spent the whole week at Warren Willis Camp for overnight Middle School Camp. This was him on the very first day - he's actually walking away from us backwards in the grassy field! 

Even though we were back and forth every day to do dropoff and pickup for the other boys at day camp, we made it a point not to check in on Parker - other than to look up the pictures of him from the parent website at night. 

Parker got to spend time with his cousins again at camp this year - the girls were in middle school with him while Micah was in the high school camp. We all met up for breakfast on Saturday after it was time to pick up the kids. As usual, Parker had a hoarse voice from all the fun he had throughout the week. 

All the cousins at breakfast. Wesley is counting down the summers (2 more) until he can go off to overnight camp as well.