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July 08, 2010

Set off Fireworks! Taylor Turns 20!!

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This past weekend was spent at the lake with family as we gathered to celebrate Taylor's 20th birthday (wow, has it been that long?). Taylor and Clayton caravaned down with Wendy and me on Thursdays. My sister Jody, her son Sam, and her daughter, Emma, joined us on Friday.

Taylor's birthday is always a lot of fun. Being a 4th of July baby, people are always celebrating and there are always fireworks! On Friday night we got in the boat and anchored out in the bay where we could have an unobstructed view of Captain Ron's firework display. There were more fireworks on Sunday, but we opted to simply sit on the dock to watch them.

We spent much of the weekend relaxing, eating, and chatting. It was so nice to wake up each morning and sit out on grandpa and grandma's glider with Jody. We were usually up before everyone else and it's been far too long since we had the opportunity to have quiet brother-sister chats. For Wendy and me, this weekend was a small taste of why we've made such a huge investment of time, energy and resources in building the Playhouse. The family gathered around the dining room table, enjoyed a nice meal, and then we laughed, shared life, and broke out old family stories.

Trivial Pursuit on the Wii was also huge over the weekend with the guys beating the gals two games out of three. Guys rock. Just sayin'.

On Sunday morning we went to worship on the beach at Captain Ron's. There's usually about 10-15 people at worship on the beach, but for the 4th of July the church who usually leads worship on the beach brought their entire congregation. There were some 500 people worshiping and the service ended with people getting baptized and sharing testimonies. It was awesome. They even gave an open invitation to any who wanted to follow Christ and be baptized. One young man got up and waded down into the water in his jeans and polo shirt. We were all pretty pumped.

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As for the Playhouse, work on the lower level continues. It has been mudded, taped and painted. This weekend we begin finishing work with installation of doors, trim, outlet and fixtures. You can begin to see actual living space emerging from the construction materials. At this point, we're a little weary of the work and can't wait to have it all finished. We're not far off.

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