This July has not been like last July. Last July it was just downright pleasant all month. This July has had more warm days. Next week is VBS week. I expect heat, heat and more heat. Ugh. At least we have moved VBS to the morning and we aren't trying giving ourselves heat exhaustion anymore. One can only hope the fog will roll in every night and cool off the sanctuary.
I forgot to update y'all on things that have been going on. A few weeks ago I got to officiate at a wedding! Nope, I haven't been ordained. There are counties in California that deputize people to perform a single wedding ceremony. The couple who got married asked if I would be willing to go that route and I jumped at the chance! The one reason that I would choose to be ordained right now would be to be a part of weddings. Thanks to the County of San Diego for making it happen! It was very special, especially because I've known the young man who got married since he was 6 years old and hiding under the table during Sunday School. :) I did, however, learn a couple of things. Number 1: If the couple says "outdoor wedding on a cliff" it's probably a good idea to sew rocks into the hem of my skirt and put my hair all the way up. Number 2: invest in a nice looking three ring binder. Saves a lot of panic over whether or not you'll lose pages. And yes, I will need to know all this again because in September I get to officiate at my cousin's wedding. Very, very cool.
In sad news, Hop-a-long hops no more. I'm pretty sure he helped some other animal get full one night before I went to San Diego. In more happier news (for me anyway), the de-con on is working. One more rat gone. We do now have a chipmunk that scampers across the driveway and up trees and around corners and is basically making himself at home. Papa Bear came back and the birds are happy. So happy that they can't seem to stop in time on their way to the bird food and keep slamming into the floor to ceiling windows. Seriously, there were 3 birds in less than 5 minutes that hit the windows the other day. I think one hit pretty hard too...it kept trying to fly in the window. It was just fluttering it's wings and pressing it's face against the glass. I think keeping the blinds closed, at least part way, would help, but Papa Bear likes them wide open. Oh well, he's the one who has to clean the windows.
Sunday I preached at FPC for the last time as an employee of the church. It was on the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. The sermon went well at both services but I have to say I'm pretty glad to be done with being the worship leader and preaching on the same day. Even though it only happened a few times a year, it's just too much to do in the service. Before I gave the sermon at the 2nd service, my friend Beth, her husband and a friend of theirs the song below. Beth started in singing the first line and I found myself in tears. As the song continued and the harmonies came in I had to close my eyes and just pray that I would be able to stand up and preach. It was just so good...and it sounded even better than the group who sings it below...but I am biased. :)