The Mixtape // 08.19.16

August 19, 2016

We’ve spent the last week traveling for our annual family reunion, and it hasn’t left much time for blogging or screens, in general. But getting a chance to unplug a bit has been a really good thing.

Here’s this week’s little round up of things that made the last seven days memorable. 

IMG_9613After leaving Buffalo Junction, VA our family headed to Ocean City, MD for a four-night stay. We rented a lovely beach house, and after the small quarters in Virginia, the place felt palatial. We took many walks up and down the boardwalk and stuffed ourselves with crab, fries from Thrasher’s, donuts from Fractured Prune, and hand-dipped ice cream from Dumser’s Dairyland. These are all necessary treats if you find yourself in Ocean City.

In addition to family bonding, life has been dominated by the Olympics — I’m actually a bit sad it will end soon. There have been so many inspiring moments — my favorites being Mo Farah falling and then coming back to win the 10,000 M race (I joked with Jordan that there’s a sermon illustration in there for sure) and Usain Bolt’s classic finish in the 100 M, which happens to be winning the internet. And as a spectator with both American and Jamaican roots, this tweet had me rolling. “To di world!”

When I had a few moments of quiet, I spent time reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. So good, I might have to share more about it with you all later.

And when I did have a moment to check a blog or two, I spent some time drooling over these pretty spaces. Somebody, please, if you’re without a husband to compromise with or a toddler running around with intentions to tear things apart or you have a backyard space or just a plentiful bank account — go and replicate one of these rooms for me?

Last, but certainly not least, our church is collecting supplies for the students of the K-8 public school where we hold our Sunday service. Not every parent is able to purchase everything their child needs to start a new school year, so our community wants to help make up the difference. If you’re interested in buying a few supplies to help us set kids in Harlem up for success, visit this wish list and have the items sent to our church office at check-out.

Have a great weekend!

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