They had an incredibly elegant tea in the fellowship hall before we went into the sanctuary for the service. The women went all out. We have our own fantastic women's tea at Northside every year in December but this event gave us some great ideas to incorporate for our own. The women also gave Cathy and I each a special gift from the women's ministries. They were so sweet to think of all this...I was impressed. You can tell when a leader really cares about excellence. Both the pastor's wife today, (Tammy Stokes - pictured with me above) and Pastor Donna last night at Inverness, have a real passion for excellence.
The Stokes, pastors of Richland, have been there for five years. They have basically remodeled the whole church and done a fantastic job. The church has almost tripled in attendance, maybe more than that.
The Lord did a great work in some people's lives around the altars and I stayed for quite a long time, encouraging some people. By the time we got on the road, Northside work day was already over but we were so tired from giving so much of ourselves today, I really was in no shape to go over and work anyway and besides I needed to come home and fire up supper for my family.
It's cooking now on the stove (roast, mashed potatoes and gravy...yum, yum) and I'm just reflecting here in blogging about my day while the potatoes cook. Jordan is giving Geena a bath and medicating her...she's been crying poor thing. I have had classical music on all night to calm her down. Believe it or not, it helps soothe her.
I planned on putting my shorts on and heading out to weed one island this evening but it's thunderstorming out right now. I'm not too upset about it as I'm pretty zonked. It will be enough for me to clean up supper, iron all our dress clothes for tomorrow, go over my teaching again for tomorrow, pray and go to bed. In between all that I think I'll try to sit down and watch at least one show and snuggle up with the fam. I missed everybody.
Dustin took the SAT today and he thinks he did good. Whether he did or not, he's still the finest boy in all the world.