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What To Do First to Make a Profit

The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat  ~ 2018 Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said: It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way. Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory! I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started inve

Photo Potpourri of Happy Feeling Photos


Savanna doing something she loves to do - take pics -- most of the photos of Larry and I that are posted on my blog are taken by her.  She took this one in front of the mirror in her room.


My favorite flower is a rose.  My grandmother (the biggest influence in my life) used to call me "Rosebud."  It's the reason I named my daughter Savanna Rose.  It's meaningful to me.    I'm blessed to have people give me roses throughout the year.  These were some that Susan gave me for my birthday that sat on the edge of my big tub for almost two weeks.  That's my favorite place to put my flowers...like this...

  
I like to put them there because it's where I start my mornings most days...and usually a cup of coffee or tea sits on the edge while I'm soaking.  It's one of the special things I do for myself, choosing to begin serenely in what often becomes a day that goes 100 mph down the highway of life.  This is one of my sacred spaces so I like to add many touches to it, from flowers to candles, to different bath products.   It's also one of my fav places to end my day, sometimes with my man which makes it extra special.



Jordan at Ft. Desoto this summer.



I took this photo on vacation...Often I  look up at the sky, get taken in by the sight of a beautiful day and start taking photos.  Things considered small by others are big to me.  Last weekend on our retreat I walked slowly back to my room one night just staring at the stars in the sky.  I'm sure some people thought I was crazy, which never bothers me.

Jordan at the beach this summer.


Jordan getting ready to eat a sandwich at Primanti Brothers this summer.  I love these sandwiches but usually only manage to eat 1/4 of them. 


Dustin playing guitar this summer on vacation.  The past few vacations we have had to borrow a roof rack from Bernie just so that we'd have enough room for Dustin to take his guitar.  He can't be without it or his time anywhere is just not enjoyable.

 

Larry when he baptized Bladimir Lainez at Ft. Desoto a few months ago.  This was one of  the most memorable baptisms ever.


My birthday dinner at Carrabbas this past year.   My favorite thing there is house salad, Speidino Di'Mare, rigatoni with tomato cream sauce, and chocolate cake.  But even better is the conversation with those I hold so dear.   


Speaking of food...here's something I love to eat most!  I wish we had them like this in Florida.  (I'm a Baltimore girl...these were ones we had on vaca this year.)  I am a seafood FREAK!  Thankfully I'm married to one too, so it's something we really love to enjoy together.


What the table looks like when we're done...

 
Baby Madeline Shrodes her first week with us.  Can you believe she was once this tiny?  I am more smitten with her everyday.  One reason I baby her so much is because she's my last baby.   :)


Larry and I at Mike's 50th birthday party, sitting in one of the amazing Packards.  Gosh this was an incredible night.


Our Savanna Rose this summer on vacation.  A precious girl who is so witty and fun...she was every bit worth the 6 year wait to have her...and more.  I feel like my life started again when she was born.  There's just something about a girl...


Who are these people? LOL


Comments

DaNella Auten said…
Oh my... the frilly bow, and the sice cocked ponytail, and him a mullet!!!!! lol I dare not post pics of me from that era...
Oh and yep bubble baths for two are the best... (wink)
Anonymous said…
AWWE! You guys make a cute couple!

Rev. A

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