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Due to a change in my normal Wednesday schedule, I invited some friends to join us this afternoon at our city’s new farmer’s market. Some of you might remember my complaints on Facebook a few months ago when I ventured out on a Saturday morning to try to find one of our advertised markets only to return disappointed. Today was no disappointment. It’s not like the CA farmer’s markets that I love but it’s a work in progress. I can’t wait to visit and support our local farmers again.

Here’s a picture of the goodies I bought today:

Oops, I forgot to put our Vidalia onions in the picture. Yummy!

Dickey Farms were there with yummy peaches. Peaches are one of the things I love about living in Georgia in the summer. The ability to buy right from the farmer means so much to me too. Not only are they fresh but they have been grown right here in middle Georgia. The banner on my home page came from a photo I took while visiting the “farm” where they sell their peaches and peach products. And, if you have a chance to visit, there’s always yummy peach ice cream!

Thanks to MyTown Monthly magazine I recently discovered a local farm about 20 minutes from my house. We went and picked strawberries and blackberries at Deer Creek Farm in Forsyth, GA. It was great seeing them at the market yesterday but we’ll have to go back and pick right from the bush. It’s too much fun!

I also found out about a local CSA in our area. I can’t wait to find out more about them. We bought from Farm Fresh to You¬†while we lived in CA and loved it. There was often something in our box that I had never tried and wouldn’t have bought at the grocery store or market on my own. It was a creative cooking adventure if nothing else.

It’s exciting to learn about the folks who are putting the market together. Macon Roots¬†sounds like a great organization and I can’t wait to know more about their work.

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Missing

Yesterday, our associate pastor and I emailed back and forth about a meeting date to talk about upcoming services in which I’ll be preaching. He wrote that today our staff would be on an all-day staff retreat for planning.

(tear) yes, just one tear.

All day staff retreat planning is one of the things I miss about being on church staff. I loved the imagination, creativity, and energy that happened when we were dreaming together. It was most successful when we did it outside of the office: lake house, pool house, someone else’s house and not in the church office.

Today, I’m spending the morning at my local coffee shop working on my sermons for July. I miss having colleagues nearby to talk through sermon topics or ideas.

One day, I’ll be a part of a team and it will be the right team. One day, I’ll be a part of a group that encourages my creativity, challenges me spiritually, and provides support.

But for today, I’ll miss what I had and what I perceived was real. Until then…

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