Saturday, September 29, 2007

Riding Horses

We were out at Twin Lakes earlier this month for the annual FPC Labor Day Picnic. It's always a fun time with friends and a great way to meet new folk. As always, they had a lot of fun things for the kids to do. Here's two pictures of Rosalyn and Katie riding horses.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Most Precious Gift

Our very good friends, Ned & Barb Currie, gave us the most precious gift after church this evening--a watercolor painting of our house! Isn't it beautiful? We've been humbled by Ned and Barb's many expressions of love and generosity to us. We're blessed to call them friends.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Beach Trip 2007

Every year we escape to the beach for a few days, and it is always a great time for us to enjoy one another, recharge, and get perspective for the rest of the year. This year was no different. Over the next few days I'll be posting more pics from our trip.

Here's two pics to get us started...

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Rosalyn's 4th Birthday!

Birthdays in the Shurden household are like Jewish weddings in at least two ways: they cost a lot and they last forever. For instance, Rosalyn's birthday was yesterday, Sept. 3rd, but we've been celebrating for a solid week. Her first party (that's right; there's more than one) was at the beach during our vacation. Papa, Granny, Andrea, and Ethan joined us for the fun as we painted sea shells, pinned (or didn't) the tail on the donkey, opened gifts, and ate lots of cake and ice cream. Her second party was yesterday with Pops and Nana where we went fishing, rode our new bike, and ate lots of our favorite kind of cake, ice cream cake! Now really, can you get too much of a good thing? We're partying like there's no tomorrow!

Here's a variety of pictures from both parties...

Monday, September 03, 2007


On August 19th, during the evening service at FPC Jackson, Nate was properly ordained (as they say) as a minister of the gospel in the Presbyterian Church in America. It was a wonderful service filled with many sweet memories. Bill Smith, father of Jeremy Smith, preached the ordination service. Ligon Duncan gave the charge to the congregation and Derek Thomas gave the charge to the ministers. Other men who played a role on the commission and in the service were Bebo Elkin, Guy Waters, Brad Mercer, Calvin Smith, and David Cleland.

We are thankful that many of our family and friends were able to join us and much of the corporate body at FPC Jackson. We missed all of you who couldn't be here, especially our friends from Franklin. All of you have been so important to us, and we miss you deeply. We have not forgot that it was you who first encouraged us to take this step, and it has been your loving care of us that has kept us going. We hope to see all of you soon!

Again, thanks to all of you who have prayed for us and supported us through the last four years. We're very thankful for the grace of God that has been our foundation every step of the way. Keep praying, as Nate begins his work at FPC. If initial impressions are any guide, this will be a busy season of ministry...!