I was blessed to have spent time with many people while I was back for a short stay in Phoenix on Thursday to Saturday. Here’s the quick lowdown:
Thursday evening: My parents were down in AZ for a vacation at a time-share. I arrived and drove straight up to Desert Ridge and spent the evening with them enjoying the Lazy River pool, a great grilled steak and some time just chatting. Friday morning my Dad made a great big breakfast as well. No worries, I did get a great workout in both Thursday and Friday to counter the food.
Friday Morning: I met with a Youth Leader from Anthem who is interested in Youthmark. Had lunch with Bryon Rock, who was in town for a wedding and then had dinner with my friends Matt and Leslie Ducharme (and family). I had the privilege of having these two in my College/Career group in Phoenix when I was a Pastor down there and later performed their marriage. I once again had a great grilled steak! Yummmmm!
Friday Night/Saturday Morning: The Mission Launch Weekend which you can read about right here (or scroll down).
Saturday Afternoon: After watching the Soccer game I went down to Gilbert to hang out with a former student that I had not seen in a very long time. John and Brittany Hagensen have been married for about 18 months and are a great couple. We enjoyed some pool time and catching up on life.
Saturday Evening: I drove up to Peoria because Erik Bedard of the Seattle Mariners was pitching in a rehab assignment for the Rookie Team that plays at the Mariners Spring Training site. It was fun to sit with about 60 other people in the stadium, most of whom were there for the same reason I was attending.
Last but not least. One more trip to In-N-Out with Mike Hagen who drove down to pick up two late arriving students for the mission to Pine, AZ.