Friday, February 28, 2014

What is that ball of fire in the sky?

It's the sun.  That's what it is.

Last weekend, we loaded up and headed to Largo, Florida (close to Clearwater) to do some music at First Baptist Indian Rocks.  We go to this area at least once a year, sometimes more, and we were beyond pumped to go.  Because we love the people there and the church, but let's face it…BECAUSE SUNSHINE.

I don't know about you, but we are so over winter.  I'm ready to wear flip flops and shorts.  For realz.  

We split up the trip and spent the night in Valdosta, GA.  It should've taken 6 hours or so.  It took 11.  For the love.  There was an accident near Chatanooga which caused us to go about 3 miles in 1 1/2 hours.  Joy.  Then, well, Atlanta.  But Oliver did awesome, of course.


We got to Florida, unloaded our stuff, and hit the beach.  Oh, how sand in the toes does a body good.  We just walked around, enjoying the sun that we hadn't seen in what seemed like forever.  

Friday night, we played at Smileys.  I was finished with my sound check and so I snuggled with this cutie while Trent finished.  And don't ask me what's going on with my hair because I don't know. 

Shortly after this, we headed to the car before the show started so I could nurse.  Then, Oliver decided to have an up-his-back-blowout on Trent.  It was funny.  And Trent was kind enough to mention it to folks so they didn't think it was him that smelled like poop.

Our friends Elissa and Amy got sitters for their kids so they could hold our nugget while we played.  So thankful for them!  

Enjoying a little porch time on Saturday.

I propped O up and it was like a whole new world to him.  And this photo shoot?  I can't even.  I could gobble him up.

Saturday was our day off, so we went to the beach again.  It was a bit foggy and a bit pointless with a 2 month old.  We can't wait to go when he can enjoy getting in the water and grabbing the sand.  (And putting it in his mouth, let's be honest.)

I call this one "Family Selfie Photo Fail."

We had to get to the church at 6:45 AM on Sunday and O was such a trooper.  He slept (praise Jesus) during sound check and we were finished in 20 minutes!  This picture just makes me happy.  

We always stay with the same family when we go to Largo.  (Hi Madeline and Christina!  I can't believe we didn't get a picture this time!  Argh.)  Anyway, Madeline watches church on-line from home and she got these pictures of us leading worship.

Now, let me tell you about my sweater.  I got it last week for $10 (yay).  You can't tell, but it's beige and florescent yellow striped.  Well, before the stage lights were on us, while the pastor was giving announcements, there were black lights behind us.  Translation:  I WAS GLOWING.  Think Ross Geller's teeth incident but a sweater version.  I made a mental note to not wear it while near black lights, so no worries.

And so thankful for Elissa, who played nanny for us on Sunday.  God bless her.    

In addition to leading worship and playing special music during church, we always head over to Smileys (it's a coffee shop on campus) to lead the young adults group.   

We left right after church and drove to the Atlanta area for the night…but not before capturing this lovely.  I really wanted to take it, but that would be wrong.  Darn laws. 

It was great to see our Florida family.  They always spoil us in so many ways.  We love you Dawkins!

We stayed the night with our friends in Hampton, GA.  It was nice to not worry about checking into a hotel late at night.  (And also nice to not have to pay $70!)

They fed us the next morning, gave us fresh eggs from their chickens, and some baby clothes. 

I'm continually amazed that we get to do what we do.  God is so good. 

Next stop, Arkansas then Arizona!  


  1. Your little man is getting so big already! eeek! What a cutie pie. The pics of the sunshine and beach - omigosh. We are in serious need of some of that warm breeze feeling in PA - alas, we are expecting another snowstorm tomorrow :( xxxox yay for happy traveling babies!

    1. He is growing like a weed, as they say! Oh bless you. More snow?!?! Yuk. Hurry up spring!

    2. He is growing like a weed, as they say! Oh bless you. More snow?!?! Yuk. Hurry up spring!