Hold Fast

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2, ESV)

Location: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada

Monday, August 28, 2006

My Summer In Review

Well, I've been gone for a while, but I thought I should get back to the blog...

It's been quite the summer. I've had a fair bit of time to myself, as school has been out since the beginning of June. I've spent a fair amount of time helping out my church - we've run a basketball camp, a day camp, and a backyard Bible club - style Vacation Bible School this summer. The first two each took a week and ran almost all day, and took place in July. We had more than a hundred kids at the basketball camp and two dozen for the day camp - big numbers, considering our church has barely 25 members!

On top of the kids' stuff, the church entered a raft in the Legion's regatta on the Bow River in Cochrane. I watched, but didn't participate - the back's been bugging me this summer - and the team took first place overall. I've written a sermon under the supervision of the pastor, Jesse, and have led two services at the church already. We're doing a step-by-step, expository study of the book of James this summer; I'm preparing a study of James 4:11-12 for this Sunday, which I shall lead if I'm there (more on that in a minute). I might post some of my material on the blog.

We've had some family time this summer. Erin and I took a trip down to Vancouver to visit my mom; Erin fell in love with B.C. while we were there, and wants to move to the Okanagan or the Lower Mainland now! I don't blame her; having lived half my life in B.C., I'd say it's the most beautiful place on earth.

We also went camping with my brothers, sister, and dad at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, near Milk River, Alberta. There is a beautiful river there that flows through the hoodoos - I've put up a great picture taken by my sister Rebekah. It is blazing hot down there - I think it's technically desert, actually - but the water is so cold and so nice to float in. Erin loved it - even as pregnant as she was! We ate like kings, played lots of Kaiser (our family card game) and were very sad to leave.

Now, Erin is at nine months, and we're just waiting for baby to arrive. That's why I may not make church on Sunday. She's been doing a lot of reorganizing and cleaning - the "nesting" instinct. Fun for the hubby.... She looks so cute, waddling around with her big belly! She's all belly - hasn't really added weight anywhere else! The baby is an active little bugger, too. If Erin leans against my arm, I feel the baby kicking me - poor little thing's running out of room, and is a little protective of its space!

So please pray for Erin and for a safe delivery! It's all in God's hands, and I'd want it nowhere else.


Blogger Bethany said...

wow! Sounds like you folk had a busy summer :) You guys will be in my prayers as delivery day approaches :)

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