Kids had a great time trick or treating. Macy already headed out to go to a Halloween party.... she left before I could get a picture of her in her great "Fly" costume. She made a gorgeous bug. Here is our Mime.... his sign says "Trick or treat" on one side and "Thank you" on the other. Our Vampire... with real clip on fangs and our poor hunter..... shot by a friend with very poor aim!! We walked all over town gathering goodies and the parents all enjoyed "checking" the treats for damaged goods. (Reese's peanut butter cups are most often of concern by the grown-ups in our house!) :)
Dori had her final high school home swim meet. It was senior night so we all got introduced and Dori got to announce her personal quote "A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are"
Future plan is to go to to college to become a speech language pathologist and favorite moment was Arts and Crafts gone bad (apparently swimmers are not good artists and have many mishaps with glitter!)
The whole family all got to stand with her. What a great looking group, huh?!! :)
A pastor named Louie Crew came to visit our church a few weeks ago. This is an amazing and interesting guy. First of all he is a gay man that grew up as a southern Baptist and converted to Episcopalian, which is not that unusual. He has been partnered with the same man for 37 years, that’s pretty rare these days for any kind of partnership. The man he is partnered to is African American. And he grew up in Alabama in a time when inter-racial anything was frowned upon. All together, that makes him very unique in my eyes.
He is the first gay man I have ever heard say that he did not know if being an openly gay man was the right choice in God’s eyes. There was no way he was going to knock on the pearly gates and say, “Let me in God, I was a proud gay man and you know I was right to be so.” He said he will knock on that big, heavenly door and say, “Please God…. Be merciful.”
He also talked about visiting his Father in the hospital just before he died. His father was lying in the bed and Louie took his hand. Louie knew that his father was not happy about the gay issue and even less happy about the inter-racial relationship. He said, “Dad, I am sorry I was never the son you hoped I’d be.” His father sat up in bed with a sudden burst of energy and said, “Son, you are exactly who I want you to be and I love you very much.” Louie looked out at the audience and said, “…and that is just my earthly father, think of what my heavenly father will say!”
When Pepper and I had our picture taken with Louie he handed me his card and asked if I would send him a copy of the picture to his email. I did the next day and he sent me back a message, “How kind of you to send me this copy! I am flattered to be with you in it. I thoroughly enjoyed my time this weekend. Joy! Louie”
What a nice guy. I am glad I got a chance to meet him. ☺