Sunday, June 28, 2015

#GlennGangSummer2015 Days 15-21

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

On Screamer Mountain...

I'm sitting in a dark cabin while my kids and my friend sleep.  We left DeLand at 6 this morning and drove 10 hours to find our lovely cabin on Screamer Mountain in Georgia.  We have a beautiful view and are excited to experience some fun things over the next few days.  Our purpose for this trip was to bring Jonah to camp at Winshape.  It's a huge deal for me that my baby big kid is going to a big kid camp.  Winshape is wildly popular and hard to get into as you get older.  So, we decided to start him this year so he will have a spot for the teen years.

Rather than drive 10 hours to drop him off then turn around to go home, Louise and I decided to come together and turn this into a fun week for Micah all the while being close to Jonah's camp in case anything happens that I would need to get to him.  (Admitted helicopter mom here!)  Ideally, Dan would just take a week of vacation and be with me but he has to be in the office because VBS is next week.

Last year found every staff member out of the office during the week preceding VBS.  No ministerial staff was around to help.  Then, when VBS came, they were all exhausted over whatever had them busy the week before.  So, Dan made the rule that no one could be out the week before VBS.  That rule hit us hard because I so wish he could be here to be part of this.  But, I know where he needs to be.  VBS is an all hands on deck week and it is important for them to all be present to help and ready to be fully engaged to minister next week. 

We drop Jonah at camp tomorrow and then we have lots of fun things planned within a couple of hours from this cabin.  We plan to do several day trips.  We are going to ride a train, see the Indians, see waterfalls, visit some friends who live here, eat some good food and maybe even relax a little.  I know I will be itching for Friday to get here so I can hear every single detail from Jonah.  

It's going to be a big week for him.  I'm asking God to do some big things in his little life and heart!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FBCV Celebration Trip- Day 2

When we woke up in Baton Rouge, LA on the 2nd day of our trip, we found our kiddos enjoying some electronic time.  We told them the night before that they could get up at 8:00 a.m. and play until we woke up.  Those sweet boys let us sleep until 9:30 a.m.  After the 4 a.m. wake up call the previous day, that sleep was much needed.  We had a great breakfast at the hotel then headed out for the next adventure on our journey.  


Our hotel was right next to the LSU campus so we had to take the boys over to begin their mission of visiting all of the SEC campuses.  (Granted, they don't know this is a mission of theirs but it is one we kind of created for them!)  

LSU is actually a great place to start because of seeing Mike The Tiger in his habitat.  Unfortunately, Mike was sleeping and didn't care too much about our kids wanting to see him move around.  






We walked over to the Spirit Shop and had to laugh because as soon as we walked in the door, we spotted Dak Prescott on the tv.  It made these Mississippi State fans very happy.  
After walking around for a bit, we got back into our car and drove a couple of hours to Alexandria, LA.  That wasn't in our original plan but when Eli Brixey made his debut into our world 5 weeks early, we made a few adjustments so we could go love on his momma and grandparents at the hospital.  She didn't know we were coming and it was quite emotional.  After all the tears were dried, we sat in the NICU waiting room and visited with the Randall family.  I was glad I packed books in Micah's backpack. 


Only Kassi, John and their parents were allowed to go back to see the baby.  But, since Dan is a pastor, he was also allowed back.  I sent my camera for some pictures.  



I'm very happy to report that baby Eli is home with his mommy and daddy in Vidalia and is doing very well after a rocky start to his little life!

Since we were in Alexandria, we had to make a call to John & Carol Alley to see if they were available for a quick visit.  John Alley was the Interim pastor before Dan at FBCV.  We spent countless hours at Ruby Tuesday in Natchez, MS listening to him tell stories about ministry, instruct Dan on ways to handle things, correct Dan on things he did wrong, encourage us, pray for us and convince us that God was calling Dan to be a pastor.  That couple holds a special place in our hearts so it was a joy to see them.  

As soon as we walked in, he picked up two books he had saved for Jonah.  They were copies of Tom Sawyer and The Bobsey Twins that he received as an 8 year old boy.  He knew Jonah was a reader and wanted him to have his books.  It was so special.  




We drove 90 minutes more and finally made it to our destination...Vidalia!  After lots of hugs, laughs and some good Johnny's Pizza, the boys could hardly wait to jump in the pool with Eli.  It was a great beginning to the next 4 days with our friends!






Sunday, June 21, 2015

#GlennGangSummer2015 Days 8-14



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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

#GlennGangSummer2015 Days 1-7

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

FBCV Celebration Trip- Day 1

 These boys were up by 4:30 a.m. so we could leave for the airport by 5.  That is way earlier than we ever choose to rise so it was a struggle for all of us.  We dropped our car at the off-site parking place then shuttled over to the airport.  They were so cute with their backpacks walking through the airport.










 After getting through security, we stopped for breakfast where Micah ate every bite of his pancakes and sausage.  Any time he eats like that, we are shocked.
We were at our gate for just minutes when they called our flight for boarding.  The boys got to see a couple of planes take off and land before we got on ours.












Dan got off the plane quickly and went to grab our rental car while I took the boys to get luggage.  It's a great system we have worked out when we all fly together.


We drove straight into the French Quarter so we could go to the aquarium.  Dan and Micah lifted this really heavy chain.  SO STRONG!






While we were waiting to go in, we got a call from Jimmy and Cathy that they were in the parking lot.  The boys were super surprised to see them in New Orleans.






We stopped for lunch at Dan's favorite lunch dive...Cafe Maspero.








We all went back to the aquarium to spend the afternoon.






By the way, a fun little fact about the New Orleans Aquarium...
On the day that Dan asked me to marry him, he arrived in New Orleans early that morning but needed to be sure he didn't accidentally run into me there.  So, he bought a ticket for the aquarium and stayed all day long while he worked out the details of his elaborate plan for that evening.
























This is Micah "making Jonah smile" while he was on the frog.


































We hopped on the trolley and then made our way to the legendary Cafe Dumonde.
That 4:30 a.m. wake up call was catching up to Micah.






















It took only minutes for these boys to be OUT when they hit their seats.


We were all happy to check in to our hotel and settle in for the night.  Well, after an evening swim!



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