Monday, March 18, 2013

It's been a while

Sure has been a while since I posted here. Mostly because I have kept in touch through facebook and emails.

We are having a fantastic winter in Gulf Shores, AL. Lynn has done lots of fishing. I kept busy with the chorus in the RV park and the choir at church. We switched from going to Bon Secour Morgan's Chapel to attending the church at the RV resort. It's definitely closer, and we are all snow birds here so we don't feel as though we are encroaching on anyone's territory. Plus we get to sit together for the service, and only get up to sing in the choir, whereas at Morgan's Chapel, I was seated up front all the time in the choir and Lynn had to fend for himself in the congregation.

I joined the music committee for the chorus at our RV resort, so have been able to have some input into the songs we will be singing. We just got through planning our January 2014 program of Country/Gospel/Bluegrass music. I won't say what we chose because it is all subject to change before then...

I also started attending the Ladies' Social Hour every Tuesday morning and have met a lot of nice women there. We all bring whatever craft project we are working on and just visit. It's been full of laughter, that's for sure.

The Women's Bible Study just recently ended. We studied the book of Revelation under the direction of Suzanne McGill, the pastor's wife. She did an excellent job on a very tough book of the Bible.

We lost a dear friend, Bonnie Anderson, while down here to cancer. Very sad. But she and her family's faith was amazing to witness. An incredible family. She will be sorely missed by a lot of people here as well as back home in TN.

I can't believe we only have about a month and a half before the winter is over and we are back home. I have mixed feelings about that. While I really miss friends and family back home, I definitely get used to the laid-back life down here in the sunny south. We have the best of both worlds by splitting our year up like we do. We are truly blessed to be able to do it.

We have both been really enjoying our new hobby of being KCBS Certified BBQ Judges. We did one two weekends ago in Mobile AL, one this past weekend in Tupelo, MS, and are doing one this weekend in Hammond LA. We have met so many nice people and eaten lots of great BBQ. And we are already booked up for two weekends in May when we get back home, and are on the wait list for one more. Luckily, the contests are on Saturdays, so I will still be available to preach in our church on Sundays when I am needed. (Our pastor, Norm Tiffany, is in Bassett with various health issues, awaiting surgery.)

Guess that's all for now. I will try to do a better job of writing here more often.

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