Up and going fairly early as we are going to church and have about a 25 -30 minute drive. A few showers and breakfast happened before we left the campsite for Elevation Church. As we pulled up they had a sign saying to turn on flashers if you were a first time visitor – we are but we didn’t turn on our lights. The Elevation environment felt similar to Heartland at home – awesome. We got there with time to spare and needed to wait for John and Shannon. As we were wondering around the atrium area we met a youth minister (Josh) – took us to the kid area to see it. It was great to seet the area and hear what the kids do during their service. Our kids were hesitant to participate as it’s all new and overwhelming to thme. They decided they wanted to be with us and go into the adult service this morning. So Dawson and I were good with that….in fact, I was excited to worship as a family! We sat down to in our seats and look up toward the stage and about 3 rows up a guy had a KC Royals hat on backwards so it was facing us. It felt like a small sign from God that we were right were he wanted us to be this am! It almost brought a tear to my eye. Be still and know - "I got you all" that was what hit my heart and mind at that very moment prior to the service starting.
We rock out to some great music and a moving praise concert. Great music and WOW …..what a fun message on the levels of Graditude. The pastor was energetic and delivered a great message to wrap up our Thanksgiving weekend. The service was moving and had good messages for us all to take away in the coming week. It was really great to be at church as a family this am and how God let us to ELEVATION. As you are grateful this week…..think about these areas of gratitude….good stuff.
Think of these areas of God working in your life:
After the service, John introduced us to the Assoc Pastor, for this location of the church. He was impressed with our story and asked if we had any questions about our visit.
Mike at welcome table was also impressed with our story and gave us a tshirt and water bottle to remember our visit today here at Elevation Church.
Shannon and John had lunch plans for her birthday with her family that was driving into town. Lisa, Morris and Dori asked us if we wanted to join them for lunch. Oh course – that would be great. There was a fun outdoor mall area down the street, so we had lunch with Lisa, Dori and Morris Morrison at a restraunt called – Smoke Bar b que- actually based on KC style bar b que here in NC and they did it very well. At one point, Morris and the kids were all under the table - it was funny! It was all fabulous!!! Yummy, our tummy’s are full with a great meal and our hearts are full with new amazing people to call friends! We said good bye to the Morrison's as they needed to get Dori down for an afternoon nap. They have invited the kids and I up to there house this week when Dawson is gone. So we will see them later this week and the kids can not wait!
Back to the RV to let the sweet Summer girl that got groomed out for a stroll in the nice weather before it rains! Today is amazing weather wise – it is almost 70 and starting to cloud up…but it is warm.
Carla and Steve stopped by for an RV visit after the Duke basketball win. It started to rain lightly when they got here and rained almost their entire visit. Steve took 2 of our inside cabinet doors off to take home to fix. He is an amazing carpentar and is happy to fix them for us. Yeah. One is an overhead small cabinet door that closes in some of our food and the other is the closet door with the mirror that Franki fell into during with the first week of the trip. I think I blogged about it.
Anyway, it will hopefully be an easy project for Steve with this awesome workshop in the basement of his home. The biggest challenge might be removing all the duct tape that Dawson has on both the doors. My “half asser” that’s him – that’s what he does. But I love this man with all my heart. He means well – he just doesn’t have that knack of “doing it right” sort of speak. Steve is much like my dad as a handy man….very well thought out and a perfectionist. The cabinets will return – I’m sure in a better place than when they were first even created by Tiffin Motor.
We are so blessed. Steve and Carla liked the RV and thought it was nice and enjoyable on board. We enjoyed their company and they brought ice cream and banana bread from Klari- Thank you Klari. They left around 5 pm to go rest – Steve worked with Mike all weekend on a house replacing windows and siding – so he is wiped out. We told them we would see them tomorrow –turkey sandwiches at their house for lunch. We need to get back into school tomorrow before we do anything else.
We enjoyed some down time the rest of the evening. Q and I went and rented a red box movie – “Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day”. It was a cute show and we all enjoyed it.
The rain started to come down harder and it didn’t stop all night long!
Check out Elevated Church and Smoke bar b que:
http://elevationchurch.org/archive/ - we attended the Graduation In Graditude Sermon
http://www.smokemodernbbq.com/ - we ate here
Grateful to feeling God’s presence through this RV family adventure.
Tiffany & Family