Catchin’ Up!


Time flies when you are having fun!  It’s been over a month since I have written….yowza!  So, here’s a quick download….

Shortly after Easter, Louis and I took off to Florida for 12 whole days!  4 days in Miami visiting our good friends – the Mozloom’s.  And we got to love on the kiddos including Louis’s goddaughter!  We also had a day at the beach, a stop at Chocolat Fashion (pure deliciousness), Joe’s Stone Crabs, shopping for deals and good ole family fun time!  Then, we had quick stop in St Petersburg for a wonderful time with our friends Tommy and Diane Nance.  Last stop…Orlando for the Exponential Conference and a few days of fun in the sun…including SeaWorld, Aquatica, and relaxing by the pool.  We also had a lovely visit with long time friends who came to visit while we are there.  It was a much needed time of relaxation and refreshment before we face a lot of new activities.

Since our return, Louis has accepted a calling as the Interim Lead Pastor for New Hanover Presbyterian Church, located just a short 15 minutes up Chamberlayne from where we live.  We are excited to be a part of the NHPC family.  Although we were there 2 Sundays ago, flying below the radar, we will be there officially this Sunday, 5/20.  We praise and thank God for his provision during an uncertain time.  It had been about 5 months since Louis helped his congregation close the church he had last served.


Over the last 18 months, I feel like we have been under fire with various health issues in our family, Louis and my own.  Many of these have somewhat distracted us from serving the community we love.  However, we had a time of serving our family, and we have been recipients of such love and grace from our friends and community.  I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.  So, it’s time to get back out on there and meet some of our many new neighbors!  We have much going on…and more to come!!!  Check out our list of summer activities > Summer Fun! The one I am most excited about is hosting Bob Lupton as part of our Christian Community Development ministry!  We are thankful that Bob had time in his calendar to visit Richmond and share his insights.  If you want to hear him speak, check out this link for more information >  Bob Lupton Speaks.

I will try to be more faithful in my writing, but no promises!  :/

Mom….I’m bored!!!!

Mom....I'm bored!!!!

I was talking to a couple of parents and grandparents about activities their kids could get involved with this summer.  So, now…we are making a list of activities to keep kids from getting “bored” this summer!   Let me know if you are aware of other activities.  Be sure to provide the details.  A detailed list will be provided…Dates, Time, Location with address and phone number, and other comments (like snacks, transportation, etc.)  If you want a copy of the list, just subscribe to the blog…and you will get a copy when it’s posted!

These free or very affordable activities need to in a healthy and safe environment that fosters inclusion, encouragement, with high morals/values.

Here’s a sampling of the list for Northside kids.  It’s still a work in progress.

  • 6.27-7.1                 9a-12n            VBS Triumphant Baptist on Lamb  (provide snack)
  • 7.5 – 7.29              8:30a-1p        Mega Sports Program Triumphant Baptist on Lamb  (provide breakfast and lunch)  (need to get in early…it’s fills up quickly!)
  • 7.11-15                  3p-6p              VBS STEP @ Eternity Church on Chamberlayne ( provide snack and I am working on transportation if kids will go)
  • 7.18-22                 9a-12n            VBS Commonwealth Chapel (my church)  (provide snack) (last year we had transportation.  i am verifying for this year.)
  • Monday                TBD                Weekly Missional Community (bible study, crafts and service component)
Thanks everyone!!!
Peace, Miss Marti