From April 2011


First Baptist Dandridge decided not to have Sunday School on Easter Sunday. Instead, they had 3 worship services so that their sanctuary could seat everyone. Since we were planning on eating lunch with the Overtons after the last service, we took our time getting up and ready that morning. After checking out of the hotel, we headed down to Waffle House for breakfast.

From April 2011


Then to kill more time before the last service, we took a few Easter pictures of Sam at the church.

From April 2011


After dropping Sam off with Mrs. Mary (AMAZING elderly lady who has worked with the 2 year olds since Moses walked the earth- ok, maybe not that long but she has now taught children of children) we headed to the sanctuary. I was SO GLAD that Sam got to hang out with Mrs. Mary a little. When we lived in Dandridge I looked forward to the day that our child would be in her class- obviously, that never happened so any chance we get to get over there for church is even more special because of her- sadly, I totally forgot to take a picture of her. I guess we will just have to go back again! 🙂

I really like how they use a projector in the service. They don’t have a screen- just the blank wall beside the baptismal. So nice and unobtrusive. I just wish there was a way to successfully integrate hymnals and projectors so that people will learn how to read music. I won’t get on that soapbox though because that is not what this post is about.

From April 2011


The sermon was on “The Death of Death” and the pastor created an obituary for Death and then talked about how for Christians Death has died because Christ defeated it when he arose from the dead. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

After the service, I ran down to the nursery and got Sam. When I got down there, he was standing in the hall holding the button on the water fountain for all the girls to drink. After each girl though, he would say “Mo Wa Wa” and help himself to a little bit of water before the next girl. It was cute! Then when I got his bag and we were walking back down the hall, a little girl stepped out and yelled “Bye, Sam!” and Sam turned around, smiled, waved back and yelled “Bye!” like they have known each other all their lives and were the best of friends. It made my heart smile. We then met Travis up in the sanctuary and got a family picture made at the front. I love this picture- our little family right back at where we became a family.

From April 2011


Then we went to the Overtons for lunch. Travis and Sam QUICKLY changed out of their Easter clothes but they still looked nice enough for a few family pics outside- HA!

From April 2011


From April 2011


We then took some pictures of Sam and “the girls.” Sam was getting tired so he was sucking his thumb. Look at his expression when he took his thumb out for a picture- HA!

From April 2011


From April 2011


Sam was telling us that he is 2 years old in the picture below.

From April 2011


And now he has resorted to just being silly…

From April 2011


We got on the road immediately after a yummy lunch (Thanks, Leanne!) and started back home. This was my last shot of Douglas Lake…

From April 2011


We stopped for dinner in Mebane, NC and then got home around 8:30 Sunday night. It was a long drive but well worth it. It was SO GREAT to be able to visit with friends we haven’t seen in over a year. We hope to make this an Easter tradition so hopefully, we will be back next year!

Steph

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