But as I walked out of church tonight, I realized what a rare circumstance I was in. I was out on my own, with no children, and Courtney was home with them. I called her and asked if I could go out to do a little Christmas shopping for the kids. I think she was relieved at the thought of not having to do it herself, so she instantly said yes. I ran back into the church and grabbed a card from the angel tree that they had set up. Here's the one I took:
In addition, we got him a few pairs of blue jeans and several shirts. Boy #84, I may never meet you, but I love you, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Affirmation Project: I had the chance to sit by the newest pastor on FUMC's staff tonight, Rev. Bailey Barkley. He's been with our church a fairly short time, just about six months, but he's done so much already. When Blake made his first trip to church camp this summer, Bailey was the counselor who stayed in his cabin, and Blake came back full of stories about the cool new pastor. He's been a big part of starting some new ministries that have really taken off. Most of all, he's just a really good guy. I'm looking forward to the chance to know him better.