Okay, so here's the quick overview of the trip. I flew to Orlando with friends to attend the 2015 Gospel Coalition Conference. I stayed with the Thomas and Niednagel families as they were incredibly gracious to adopt me as a member of the family for a few days. :)
Boarding the plane
I took a snapshot of the cockpit and the pilots as we boarded
Wait...why do they look like Matthew and Micaiah?
Are they reading the safety instructions?
Welcome to Orlando!
Taking the airport shuttle
I'd be a hypocrite if I posted this photo without letting you know that I actually didn't hold to anything while I rode the shuttle. No small incidental for this rule-following first born. ;)
"Look, Mom! No hands!"
After leaving the airport, we visited Whole Foods to pick up food to eat during the trip. The exuberance (pictured) was overwhelming.
Marscel and I had a room to ourselves, and greatly prided ourselves on its tidiness during the trip. Definitely a welcome difference from the norm.
He and I enjoyed a very relaxing morning which included eating breakfast in bed.
We visited Celebration Community Church on Sunday morning
One of my favorite parts about traveling is getting to meet other believers and visit churches far from home.
We visited a beach in Clearwater, FL
Time for a photographic intermission:
We took a walk on the beach as the sun set and passed by the home of former baseball MVP, Ryan Howard, born in St Louis and raised in Wildwood, MO. News article about the house here
We arrive at the convention center for the first day of the 2015 Gospel Coalition Conference. (#TGC15)
There were 6000 attendees and a large majority of them were pastors
This is the face of book-table overload!!!
An ice cream treat after the first day
A morning selfie with William. :)
The resort where the conference was held was beautiful
Eating a picnic lunch during a break
My 21st birthday was last Tuesday, but this was only a root beer!
A panel discussion on justice
Don Carson, Miguel Núñez, John Piper, Thabiti Anyabwile, Voddie Baucham, and Tim Keller
This was definitely the best panel discussion that I've ever seen. You may be able to watch it at some point on the Gospel Coalition website,
(This event had a lot of discussion on recent events from Ferguson to New York and on racial issues.)
Voddie Baucham announces that he's been "kicked off" the Gospel Coalition council, because of his upcoming move to Africa!
It was a really great conference that focused on the gospel (of course) and on the new heaven and earth. I especially enjoyed the talks by Tim Keller, and took a couple of his books home with me.
Time to fly back home!
Overall, the trip was incredibly refreshing for me and I was so thankful that I was able to go.
I learned from the speakers at the conference, but I also learned a lot by spending time with the Thomas family. The way that they accepted me into their family was an enormous blessing to me and I had an incredibly fun time hanging out with them!