Here we are at the end of the first month of 2014. I hope the next eleven months don’t go by as quickly as January has! I’m ready to link up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and share some good things from my week.
1. Each year we have a very special “big day” at our church. We invite as many folks as we can and have a huge party on the football field after church with games, inflatables, and free food for everyone. The goal of this big day is to get the gospel out to as many people as possible. We had good weather, terrific volunteers, many visitors, and everyone (especially all the children) had so much fun. We had 3,219 in attendance on Anniversary Sunday, and, best of all, over 300 people trusted Christ as their Saviour. I was busy running around most of the morning, so I had a chance to snap one quick picture. This is the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade children’s church. I think there were over 325 kids in this class alone, and we had classes for every age group all around the property. I’m thankful for our church!
2. While most of the South experienced bitter cold and even snow this week in areas that rarely get any, we were spared freezing temperatures here in central Florida. I read so many reports of people in Georgia, Alabama, and other states being stranded away from home and of children stuck on buses or in school buildings due to the weather. I cannot imagine how scary that would be. I’m glad that I have a warm house and a cozy bed to sleep in tonight.
3. Hope’s basketball team won a game this week, and Hope scored two points! Her team is made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who were all first-time basketball players this year. A couple of months ago, the girls didn’t know one end of the court from the other, but they have worked hard and have improved tremendously. Their coach has to be one of the most patient men on the planet. He had to start from scratch teaching them the basics, so he deserves a lot of credit for what the girls have accomplished. They have two games left, and then the season will be over.
4. All four of the kids made the Honor Roll at school. Bryn, Hope, and Shay all made straight A’s, and Case had all A’s and B’s. We don’t expect our kids to have perfect grades, but we do expect them to do their best. God blessed them all with good brains, and I’m glad they’re using them.
5. Steven and I had a chance to visit several antique stores in a small town a little over an hour from where we live. As always, I was on the prowl for vintage Pyrex. Several stores had pieces that caught my eye, but the prices were ridiculous. I about fell over when I spotted an Ivy Chip & Dip set (with the holder) from 1964. It was the first chip & dip promotional set that I had come across. Ivy is not one of my favorite Pyrex patterns, but I think it looks pretty on the Cinderella bowls. The price was reasonable, but Steven had to talk me into buying it because it was still rather expensive. The vendor ended up giving us a ten percent discount, so I walked out the door with rare set to add to my collection and a smile on my face.
My brother & his family live in Perry, FL, and they were expecting some freezing temps. It’s been a horribly cold & icy week for all my southern peeps; glad you stayed relatively warm!
Congrats to your kiddos for making honor roll!
Love that chip & dip set! I’m falling in love with vintage everything, but especially kitchen ware. We go to an auction most weeks where the items are mostly from estates, and sometimes there are some great old things that are from some little elderly lady’s kitchen. Sometimes I get vintage pieces for next to nothing – like a whole box of old Pyrex & serving dishes for $5.00! I love to find vintage linens too.
We haven’t had any snow yet either in Belgium. It’s even rather warm for the season. My son used to play Basket ball, he had the right size, 2 m (6.6ft) !
Joyful Reader says
It make my heart sing when I hear of those coming to the Lord. And 300 nearly knocked me out of my chair! Praise Jesus! Congrats to your kiddos! Great grades and a winning game! Some accomplishments to celebrate!
That is a really neat dish! I love vintage! Someday when I have “extra” money (LOL) I would like to have all antiques! yeah, I’m not holding my hubby to that. 🙂
Barbara H. says
Wow, what a great outreach! So glad of so many who came to know the Savior!
Congratulations to the kids for making honor roll and for the good basketball game!
oh Praise the Lord for those new Believers!! That is awesome and a true blessing for sure!!
Congrats to all your children for the great grades and for the game!! WOW…I remember one of my aunts had that ivy pattern!! (I like it)…..shopping for vintage items can be so much fun!! Happy weekend, Paula! Ps…Dave is now home!!!! PTL!!
That’s an awesome report from your church! Wow– we’re from the same state! No chance of ice or snow down here, though. I enjoy having these cooler temps and getting to wear my sweaters for a change. Have a great week ahead!
My son in law is stationed in Pensacola and my daughter and kids will be joining him soon–the 18F and SNOW was a shock for him. I’m glad you missed the cold temperatures.
Hurray for the good grades! And I’m sure the girls are so very pleased with what they’ve learned about basketball.
What terrific faves this week!! That “big day” at church certainly yielded wonderful results. Worth five faves right there 🙂 Congrats to that group of students and their coach — he must be so proud, too. Good to hear that your kids’ hard work has paid off with great grades!
Hurray for patient adults who teach our children. And hurray for the team win and Hope scoring. It is such a joy to be part of a team when everyone is working together,
Love your pyrex too. If I were going to collect something, I think that would be it.
What an awesome outreach your church had. I loved the photo of all those youngsters!
Have a great week.
How exciting about the big day at church! What a blessing to the community.
Glad you stayed warm and cozy- my husband’s pipes froze up in the pan handle and he sure was miserable after 9 years in sunny Southern California! :o)
Congrats to Hope’s basketball team for their perseverance and accomplishments!
I love the pyrex dishes! I have a vintage set, too (not a collection), and they’re just so pretty. :~) What a great church turn-out! And congrats to the honor roll students!