I like to live life each day as if it is an "awfully great adventure!"  Life is too short for us not to enjoy it.

This past week-end was a wonderfully great adventure, for sure.  

First, we celebrated the birth of my third grandchild, and first granddaughter.... Elsie Rae, 6 pounds 5 ounces.  Born Friday night at 11:15 pm.  It was a long night but worth every minute when I finally got to see my daughter and her new addition to our family.  Chris and Torie will make wonderful parents and I am so excited to see what the next days, weeks, months and years have in store as Elsie begins her "awfully great adventure."  I will do my best to make sure they, and others, do not spoil her.  That is a job I want all for myself!!

Second, North River celebrated our 12th year together with a Pastor Appreciation Day.  Words cannot express how wonderful it is to be a part of a loving and caring community like North River.  Everything from the worship, the children bringing their hand made cards, the meal--ESPECIALLY THE MEATLOAF, all of the cards and notes made my adventure great.  Jan and I sat down and opened the cards late Sunday night.  Your personal notes were wonderfully sweet and filled us with great joy.  Some of them made us laugh, some made us remember some tough times, but all of them reminded us that life is "...an awfully great adventure!"  Thank you, North River, for allowing us to share the adventure with you.

Third, Heather and the boys (Andrew and William) showed up in time to help celebrate Pastor Appreciation Day and to welcome Elsie Rae.  Heather, Andrew, and William always make the adventure sweeter.  I would include my son-in-law Daniel in that statement..... except he is a Clemson person.  Sometimes, ok most of the time, Clemson brings great sorrow and pain to this Gamecock fan.... but that is another story all together.  After playing at church, seeing Elsie, going to a movie, and just an all day adventure, this old man was ready for bed Sunday Night.  The imagination world of Andrew and William is always a great adventure.

Last, but certainly not least, I was able to spend most of the week-end with Courtney.  I say most, because she said she was going to come over and help with my kitchen project--BUT SHE WAS A NO SHOW.  Now that I have that out of my system.  Courtney is one of the four greatest adventures of my life (Jan, Heather, Courtney, and Torie).  Life would not be the same without her.  She makes me laugh, sometimes cries with me, and always challenges me in the area of ministry.  Her compassion and kindness towards her students always challenges me, but also reminds me of the greatest adventure I have--my family.

In case you did not get it, let me say it one more time--"To live will be an awfully great adventure."  Life is too short for us not to enjoy it.  

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