Catching up on

ok so after a little fun I got to have even more fun with my youth kids spent at a week of camp at Camp Weed (its not what you think-i swear) in Live Oak, FL (don't worry its in the middle of nowhere)...after camp I backed up my awesome middle schoolars and joined two other churches to work in Raleigh, NC. It was a week of serving, fellowship, and just plain FUN. We had such a great time in our pit stop to Charlotte for the weekend on the way back. 

Who said work cant be fun?

cross in the middle of our field at camp

my daily walk to camp from my cabin

the whole group at the end of the week in Raleigh

mosaic alter at the cathedral we crashed at downtown Charlotte, NC

the 3 best youth leaders around...

catching up...summer pt. 1

with all my youth starting back this week (good luck out there guys) I've been getting ready to get back into the swing of things. But before I throw myself into fall I want to reflect back on the busiest, craziest, hardest summer I've had yet. Trip #1 Bonnaroo and then home to Nashville for a DEAR friend Krista Hoods Wedding... 

1. Bonnaroo: 
 "woodstock of the South"
(local art on the wall)

(planet roo a tradition)
(BGA high school reunion)

2. Nashville. Dear Krista who I have been best of friends since I was 15 tied the knot with her Auburn beau Daniel.

(with the lovely bride in the elephant room)
photo by Katie Painter

full circle...

so if you know me at all you know I'm obsessed with circles. I am always wearing one (and recently permanently) because I truly believe that everything in life is cyclical. Not only does it symbolize Gods eternal love for us, but as my friend Skip pointed out: universal religion. Wow what a concept. Rob Bell, a popular emerging church paster, has recently been criticized by some evangelicals for his new book Love Wins.

why you say? Apparently Rob doesn't feel that we know or have any right to say where people will be after death. Right on man. Right on. Who knew that was such a blasphemous thing to say. I personally have preordered the book and cannot wait to dive in.

So why on this circle thing? Well as Ive been refecting in Lent (known as a season for refection, desciplin, and quite time), I realize there are so many things I am experiencing not for the first time. The big one. World Visions 30 hour Famine.

In middle and high school I participated in the famine year after year, and now as a youth director am running my first famine with six other Episcopal churches. To be able to reflect back on what I felt as a youth and try to foster that in my own youth group is incredible. I am so excited to fast along with them March 25-25 and raise money for Haiti (you know that little nation that is still experiencing so much suffering). My youth have already raised hundreds of dollars and I couldnt be more proud. To find out more go to