sunsets

shots that josh and i took. the sunsets were gorgeous tonight.

i sweated (forest gump past tense) so much tonight — i was sitting down with beads of wet rolling down my forehead. this was during pirate night aka MAN-FEST. excessive sweat is gross and i couldn’t help it one bit. my lips were tingling in pain from the spiciness of the hot wings. wooo eee. too spicy for my little mouth, but they were so good this week thanks to jason. i couldn’t quit eatin’ em up.

josh and i are sitting in the office looking up harry potter books for his kindle, which is sad since we just rediscovered HP books are not e-books. so, he bought water for elephants. i am thankful for night’s like these where we just get to hang out at work. makes work enjoyable and full of laughter and deep, southern accents.

deyarmond edison

andrew, one of the program people, showed me this band. it’s justin vernon (of bon iver) pre-bon iver. love the slowness, obviously.

“you won’t find me cuz i’m leaving everything behind.”

i think of this line relating to 2 corinthians 5:17 “the old has passed; behold, the new has come.”  you won’t find the old me, because i’ve left it all behind. at least that’s my daily prayer. got this song on repeat.

 

andrew

i could go on and on about ak’s trip down here, but i’ll just hit the many highlights.

had a movie scene greeting at the orlando airport. ate chick-fil-a. rode the tube behind the jet ski at camp. ate a 5-course meal with the assign team. had “the talk” on the day he got here! got to show him southwind. he met all my friends here (and loved them so well). helped me set up club game. communicated well about how to care for one another. slept in the next day. drove to orlando to eat lunch with his grandparents (precious people, loved them so).

meet mary and lamar – they were celebrating their 62nd anniversary. there is such joy and commitment between them.

walked around downtown disney. revisited some feelings about the past year. drove to back to ocala to meet josh + erin. erin and i giggled in the backseat while the boys discussed manly things in the front seat. went to dinner on the square. ate at a cajun restaurant called harry’s. laughed, told stories, shared life together for that night – just the four of us.

someone called josh and ak “twins.” it was the plaid and beards. first time it wasn’t about me!

had a mini photo shoot at the gazebo. made some stops on the way home for coloring books. hung out at josh’s talking property staff. came back to camp for andrew to say goodbye to his new friends. we sat on a swing for awhile talking about this trip. drove to the airport the next morning. paid lots of tolls. said goodbye. then we both worked yesterday at 4pm. tired today that’s for sure!

i am so thankful for him. so many details of our conversations and just the man that he is… i didn’t bring up. but, christ is in this. it is good! really good.

moments

i had a moment like this today.

running around setting up glow stick challenge.

a beautiful sunset. oranges. pinks. peaking behind the silhouette of palm trees. clouds. vastness. christ’s glory painted across the sky.

i stop. take a moment to breathe in his work.

don’t miss those moments where he is giving you glimpses of his glory.

bearded wonder named…

andrew king is flying in.. well, technically TODAY since it’s past midnight. i’ve been long awaitin’ this! so excited for him to come see my world down here in the swamplands (as mal calls them).

 

for another day, the story of judah marlar. precious baby here this session. his story already speaks of christ’s sovereignty. so thankful for people willing to answer nosy questions i ask! got to hang out with his parents (pops is the summer staff coordinator) the past few days who have shared about how the lord has been faithful and gracious in the birth of this new family. sharing their story as soon as i get some pictures.

this is me just saying i’m alive and thankful to be learning so much about christ, life, and everything that is going on around me.