The past couple of weeks have been filled with anniversaries.
July 1st was my 10th anniversary of appointed ministry. It was July 1, 2000 that I arrived (young and naive) at my first appointment as pastor of Holbrook United Methodist Church. It's hard to believe that I've been a pastor for 10 years! The anniversary actually slipped by without notice until my mother realized and pointed it out. She and Larry also sent me a gorgeous pair of earrings to celebrate. Thanks :>)
July 1st was also the first anniversary of my appointment to Faith United Methodist Church. It has been a wonderful year and I look forward to many more anniversaries with these wonderful folks.
July 9th marked Gary's parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary. We surprised them by showing up to meet them for dinner in Augusta, ME. They thought they were going with Gary's sister and brother (and families) and were surprised when they saw us sitting there when they walked in. During dinner Gary's mom brought out an expense book from their Honeymoon 50 years ago. It was fun to see that hotel rooms cost $5.00 and breakfast was $1.60! After dinner we went back to their house and visited. It was a wonderful celebration of a great life together that produced three terrific children and four fantastic grandchildren!
July 9th also was my Dad and Debbie's 5th wedding anniversary. I know it was a special day for them, especially under the circumstances of my Dad's illness.
I believe the anniversaries are over for a while. Now we are embarking on Birthday season! My Mom's birthday is tomorrow! (Happy Birthday Mom!) Ben's birthday will be celebrated this weekend when he arrives. Then we have Aunt Diana and Larry's birthdays. So many reasons to celebrate!