Tuesday, June 17, 2008

St. Augustine

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Back on the homefront after a week at the beach, we are getting settled back into our routine. We all had a great time at the condos and building relationships with the youth group that we are so blessed to be a part of. We saw wings sprout and roots grow deeper, and were in awe of new stages some of those we love entered. Oh the tales we can tell.

Olivia loved it more than any of us, because what could compare to living with five teenage girls. Staying up late, hanging out in the sun with an i-pod and just being silly were the rage. Kay-Kay hung the moon, but Olivia's new cohort, Emily, made her feel special and loved.

Steve is just one of the guys and is quite the cutie with a guitar at his side. He was a favorite to have out in the Atlantic waters, but missed the day of our shark sitings. He missed getting stung by the local jellyfish too. The girls in the condo were reminded of his presence when the a/c cut off and his snoring bellowed through the walls.

Stephanie was the sand-castle builder, the swimmer, the young one that found her place in the crowd. She felt like she should wait in line and make her own plate, even sit and listen to the lectures by Dr. Ham on creationism. She was little miss budget when it came to spending her money, loving the Dollar Tree, but saving some for the craft store.

I was glad to serve in the food and organizing area of five rooms of hungry people. We made countless trips to Publix and Walmart, and there I found a treasure in their sushi bar. Yes, let me repeat that, Walmart had a sushi bar, with a talented lady standing there making it by request and it was just YUMMY! I dropped a few dollars this week on sushi, but all who tasted became believers.

We love our church family and sharing it as a family. What a week.

5 comments:

lori said...

Okay first the comment you left me, girl you know i do not cry and you got me... Second it is so great to read about you guys. You are so the right person to be involved with the youth....
Ohhhh the times WE had!!
I love ya

Jeanne said...

What's up with that 3 story shoulder sitting? How fun would that be? It looks like your girls had a b-last! They just seem so so so....grown. eek.
love you

The Russ Family said...

I love looking at your blog and keeping up with everyone. Looks like a great time in St Augustine. It seems like yesterday that we were there as teenagers. It makes me feel old seeing the picture of Matt.

Samantha said...

Dear father in heaven.....i knew the story of the sharks....but seeing the picture is CRAAAAZYYY!!! Loved the pics but seeing Olivia laying out with an iPod is just a little too much for me to handle......you need to make her have a week of all her old Disney princess movies and playing dress up or something......tell her aunt sam is grounding her from teenagehood!!!!:-) She's not allowed to grow up this fast....

Anonymous said...

oh miss Jill! i love you guys so much and think of you often...
God bless,
Emily Cochran =D