Sunday With Family

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Today started with another dense fog advisory and it was really foggy on our mountain. It was also really foggy at the foot of our mountain, at the river, when we were driving to church. I think we have had three dense fog advisories in a row. Tonight we have a wonderful super moon with some clouds partially covering it at times. A beautiful night.

Deer by the pondWhile we were getting ready for church this morning we looked out off our bedroom deck toward the pond and there were 2 pretty does bedded down in the pine straw. We quickly got Dorothy, who was followed by Philip, Lauren and Tabitha, to the door to look out on the deer. Anne and Dorothy looking at the deer by the pondAt first she couldn’t spot them but finally did see the two of them. We all needed to quit taking pictures and watching the deer so we jiggled the door a little and they quickly got up and ran off. Dorothy also enjoyed watching them run. She also enjoyed telling Granny and Helen about the deer over lunch. We enjoyed sharing our deer with our family. God’s creation is so wonderful.

Today was the first Sunday in Advent. Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The church is decorated for the season, and Barry brought our message from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Called, Confirmed and Confident. Our services are streamed live on YouTube, both the 8:30 and 11:00 services. Once again it was great to be back at Lester and receive a message that really speaks to us and challenges us. We are gifted to serve God! As we prepare to celebrate the gift of our Savior at Christmas, lets take some time to contemplate how we will use our gifts in 2018.

Sunday lunch with the familyAfter Sunday School we went straight home to complete our dinner preparations. Juno and Helen joined the six of us for dinner after services at Lee’s Chapel. The kids were great and everyone seemed to enjoy the food. Good memories made today with the children and Granny and Helen.

It was soon time for naps all the way around, and a quiet afternoon. After naps we went to visit with Aunt Jean and help her with her bills. Philip and Lauren and the kids went into Trussville to spend the evening with Philip’s mother’s side of the family. So glad they get to visit with their cousins, aunts and uncles. With the little ones their drive from Fountain Inn is about seven hours so they only get to visit Alabama two or three times a year. We really appreciate their efforts.

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