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Waterfalls
It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005





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Churchy stuff

Yesterday was Gospel in the Park day. Every year (for the last two years, it's a new thing), Ponder UMC holds a barbecue and gospel concert in the town park. The meal is free, donations accepted, and they have a bounce house, snow cones, pony rides and loads of fun for everybody.

We went and had the time of our lives, and I really enjoyed meeting more members of the church in a social setting.

Today we missed the morning worship service because we were flat out exhausted. More's the pity, as we missed the pot luck lunch after worship too, and I had made an immense Greek salad to bring. But we slept right through the alarm clock.

Sunday evenings, we have a contemporary youth worship service, with a praise and worship band and a sermon that is geared mostly toward younger people. One nifty thing about the Sunday evening service is that they always put on a supper just before, so I was able to make sure my Greek salad didn't go to waste! We went to that worship service last night, and afterward the youth pastor, Brandon, grabbed me.

Apparently, the church sponsors a Bible Camp for the teenagers every summer, five days camping and having fun and learning more about God. Brandon told me that no child in the church pays, that that is why they hold Gospel in the Park, and that they raised enough to invite several kids from outside the church to come this year as well. And did Sean and Ian want to come? Our answer was, of course, YES.

Evan will be attending Vacation Bible School during that same week, so he won't be feeling left out.

I'm liking this church more and more. Two different women asked me for my phone number and email addresses yesterday, and the three of us have plans to get together once a week for coffee. Nice! :)

Amy arrives Tuesday evening, praise God. I have missed her so very much. It will be heartwarming to see her again.

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Earworm of the moment: Hillsong Australia - Lord I Lift Your Name On High
Comments

That sounds so awesome! I'm glad to hear that things are going well for you, and I'm sure you're bouncy over Amy's arrival.

I liked VBS every summer. I was raised southern baptist so yeah, VBS and bible camp were big in my summers as a kid.

I'm nominally presbyterian now and have fond memories of going to retreats as a teenager (we switched denominations after the baptist pastor ran off with the organist, leaving destruction in their wakes), too. Presbyterians tend to have more money than baptists so the retreat facilities were really nice, although the baptist bible camp did have a pool. :)

that really does sound like the nicest sort of church :)