Tuesday, January 23, 2007
On Saturday I was invited to an outdoor wedding (in JANUARY!??). But hey, the weather was good as you can see in these 2 photos, including one of lifetime friends Laurel and Randy.
On Saturday our city had the first of 2 Saturdays with a Gasparilla parade & theme events (commemorating when Jose Gaspar & his pirates invaded Tampa). I got to see fireworks that night along Bayshore Boulevard. Then Sunday at CrossPointe Church was a touch of Germany when Stefanie's mom visited from Nordrhein-Westphalen, & I got to interpret by her side for some of the worship service. (Stefi is singing on the front, left- on stage at my brother's church). The "seagrass" on the stage is decoration to fit with the cover of the book which our home groups are going through entitled, "The Life that You've Always Wanted."
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
I brought Fritos-- which I cannot get in Germany. And made 2 dips (including Holly's "Beat Texas Caviar"!).
There were lots of stars in the sky, and the weather was mostly quite moderate. Then we counted down the entry into 07 with the TV shows! The next day is a tradition, when we celebrate with a big "potluck" along with about 30 or 40 friends at the Hartley's home. Again, we're sitting in a screened- in porch-- look at the shirt sleeves on Jan. 1st-- it's warm! Teresa and Greg are really special friends; here pictured with precious little B.A. That evening Heather and Bruce got back from visiting her family, and we celebrated her birthday with chocolate pecan pie!
Another tradition over the holidays is driving about 80 miles to Disney World's Wilderness Lodge, eating all-you- can- eat barbecue, and looking at a fabulous Christmas tree in their lobby. It was so warm that many people were enjoying the pools outside!
A few more shots to complete a look at my Christmas.
This is a scene from a house we saw when we went driving around city (es gibt eine Liste im Internet oder in der Zeitung, wo die Häuser sehr geschmückt sind!)
On the 25th we ate late lunch, after taking food to HDC (as we do also at Thanksgiving), at our home with "Aunt Dot" who used to serve for 15 years in Japan. Dot used to be on the staff with my dad when he pastored a large church here; she celebrates yearly with us, and is family. We had turkey with all the trimmings! Yummy.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
By the way, the van in the photo is on loan to me, by a very gracious family from Idlewild Baptist Church. The wife just had a bone marrow transplant, in another state, so is away for awhile for treatment. (If you're reading this, maybe you could pray for Mary.)