Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saturday Shout Outs!

Greetings and salutations, and welcome to another edition of the Saturday Shout Outs! Our thoughts and prayers have been with all of our friends in NC this past week as they faced the Snowpocalypse, and it was great to hear that they all stayed safe and warm. We were also a bit jealous of all the snow, but that's part of the gig when you live in Tampa. If you get another round of winter mess, remember our guest room is available! Now on with the shouting!

  • Yesterday was the birthday of two of my favorite people- Jill Painter Watson (FUMC-Kissimmee) and Susan McBane Tuggle (Quaker Lake). How appropriate that two of the sweetest ladies I know were born on Valentine's Day! I hope you both had great days, Dr. Jill and Boom Boom!
  • I got a Christmas present last week from Todd Willis (FUMC-K) and his lovely wife Kristin. While it may have been just a bit late (like the Wise Men of old) it was very sweet and much appreciated. Love you guys.
  • If you haven't been reading along with my #DangerDays series from some excellent guest writers, then shame on you! Click the #DangerDays tab at the top of this blog and get with it, people!
  • The wonders of social media brought another great surprise a couple of weeks ago when Donna Haynes Myers (QLC, New Garden Friends) popped up on Marilyn's Facebook. We worked at camp together. were co-leaders in the youth group at New Garden together, and survived all kinds of other adventures to be really good friends. It had been nearly 8 years since we knew much about her life, and so now the catching up has begun. Old friends are just such a blessing...
  • How do I know it has been 8 years since my last contact with Donna? Because the last time we had talked was at my Dad's memorial service- and Dad died 8 years ago today. It's hard to believe he's been gone that long. I still miss him every single day.
  • Ashley Goad (Springfield Friends) continues her world tour of mission work as she leaves for Russia tomorrow. Please keep Prudence Irwina in your prayers as she continues to reach out to the globe in the name of Jesus. So proud of you, my friend!
  • My family saw the movie The Monuments Men last weekend. Two big thumbs up. Ignore the critics- it has the Will Jones stamp of approval!!!
  • My old buddy Carl Semmler (New Garden, QLC) turned 2 years older than me on February 2nd. Normally Carl has to split attention with a groundhog, but this year he had to deal with a Super Bowl as well! I hope he found some way to get at least a little bit of attention. A belated happy birthday to you, Ash Tray Kid!
  • I had a couple of blog posts (Bruno Mars Cut In Line & I'm Right...& You're Stupid!) get massive attention over the past 2 weeks, and I can thank my Twitter family for most of that though their unwavering support. Robert, Jenn, Jason, Johnny, Amy, Andrea, Drew and so many others- thanks for all of the retweets and shout outs. You guys are the best!
  • I got a text the other evening from Jeremy Godwin (Springfield) to let me know he was seeing Billy Joel live in Raleigh that night. Jeremy reminded me that the first time he saw Bill was with Marilyn and I in 1990. If my memory is correct, his twin sister Shelley, along with Heather Beggs & Keri Vinson, were high school seniors when we all attended that show. Looking back now, one of my favorite parts of that memory is that NONE of those folks were actually members at Springfield- they were just a HUGE part of our youth ministry. That's a youth ministry community at its best. Thanks, Jeremy, for the reminder. And for rubbing it in that you were seeing Billy and we were not! :)
  • I love when Jennifer Minnigan Kuramochi ( FUMC-K) leaves comments here. They are almost always more humorous and insightful than my blog posts. You're the best, Bob!
  • Thank you so much, Lisa Jewett (Wesley Memorial UMC) for all of the laughter you bring to our lives. Even when you don't mean to! We love you.
  • And finally- you guys know I love watching the Olympics, but the best part of TV this week was the Beatles 50th anniversary concert. Holy crap was it amazing! I basically watched in twice, once with the family and once while texting with Teresa Reep Tysinger (FUMC-K). It's easy to forget just how amazing the music was. And even in a room FULL of A-list celebrities, Paul McCartney was still the coolest dude in the room...
So there we go! I hope you all have a blessed weekend, and let me know your news so I can keep shouting!  Much love to you all!

Because of Jesus,

1 comment:

  1. Susan McBane Tuggle2/17/2014

    Thank you for the birthday wishes. It was a good one!


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