#TBT — Mt. Carmel UMC, 1992

Here’s our little family when our children were little people — in the year of our Lord 1992.


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The scene is Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Monroe, NC. Note the pulpit, the banner, and the ever-present “scoreboard” — the display board listing the previous week’s attendance and offering, along with current membership enrollment.

(No surprise to any of you who know me well — I lived and died by the numbers on that board!)

But here we are celebrating Riley’s infant baptism — UMC bona fides, please — in the midst of three year old Taylor’s objections that the day was more about him than her.

Today, Riley is a 23 year old staffer with Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Tennesse.  He is also preparing for his wedding later this summer.  Taylor also lives in Tennessee, working in Nashville in corporate communications for a healthcare firm.