I can’t explain why a stark tree with a few apples clinging to life makes me smile but it does. It’s a common scene in this area right now. Sometimes the apples are a cherry red. My dad still comes out of the woods, where he works, everyday at some point to grab an apple off of this tree.
I love a fire – I love the aroma, the warmth and the sense of accomplishment that comes with it.
Today was a wonderful day for me. Have you ever had one of those days where you think, “This has to be one of the best days of my life?” It seemed as though my life, up to this point, came to a certain culmination today. I’ve mentioned bits and pieces over the months of what Mr T & I have been up to but, we left a church in January where we had been pastors for 11+ years, not knowing what our next step was in ministry. Without a Sunday off, we began an interim position at a little church, 25 minutes from where our new home was. The unique thing about this church is that it is the church where my dad pastored when we were growing up. It was my childhood home and church. As we began our ministry, it didn’t take us long at all to discover that we loved this wonderful group of people and were quite willing to stick with them for as long as God would have us be here. So, today we were installed as the pastors. It was rather emotional for both us, for different reasons. For me, it was amazing to see a FULL sanctuary with so many people who have impacted my life in a very real and personal way over a 45 year period, from family to friends. I was able to sing a song with my sis and my parents were recognized with gratitude for the impact they had made through their ministry on this community. I shed a few tears and smiled a lot and left with a VERY full heart. It’s hard to even begin to share this all here because it is so personal and my words are so inadequate to describe how I feel.
We had a very diligent photographer (flash, flash, flash….) but we didn’t end up with a lot of great pics. Here’s a pic of me with the photographer!
at one point I had to give her the evil-eye look with the hand motioning to slow it down – then I got the evil eye back…it’s just the sweet dynamics of the *pk-pw/mom relationship. gotta love it!
*(pk=pastor’s kid pw=pastor’s wife)