It's Christmas Time Baby!

Well, the time is here Suncoast family! The stores are packed, the streets are nuts, and the time to get your invite into full gear is on!

This Saturday night, 6pm at Rushe we will have the chance to partner with the angels in not only celebrating the birth of Jesus, but partner with God's redemptive work in our world. That means God is moving in people's hearts even now. He will bring new people into His eternal kingdom at our church this Saturday. AND you could be a part of that!!!

How? By investing your remaining minutes into some people around you and then inviting them to the Suncoast for Christmas Eve. The service is going to be different from anything you have ever seen at the Suncoast. We have put a lot of effort into this time, this moment, this opportunity. Will you join me in honoring God and His Son by doing all we can to pack the house? It is the best gift you can give Him these last few days before Christmas!
  • Will you bring someone?
  • Will you make sure you are there at least 5-minutes early?
  • Will you consider what gift God would have you give to this years Christmas Offering?
I am praying for you! I am praying for the people you will be asking! Will you pray for the staff and for the service and for the souls HE WILL SAVE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT?

I love my church!

Welcome Sophie Marie!

As we sit here in awe of our beautiful, little girl, and all of the wonderful people who have showered her already with love and gifts, together we wanted to update you all on the past week of our life.

Monday, December 5th
2AM Cheryl wakes to some new pains
2:30AM Cheryl wakes Brian and tells him of these new pain, and the timing of the contractions begins
3:30AM Contractions are five minutes apart, so we shower and pack the car
4:30AM Leave for the hospital, with a pit stop at McDonald's (don't judge)
5AM Arrive at Mease Countryside Hospital, where Cheryl's water breaks while filling out paperwork we already filled out (not happy)
5:10AM Undressed and in bed waiting for the doctor
5:11AM Brian throws up (really)
6:30AM Contractions are one minute apart, still waiting for the doctor
7AM Cheryl begins to push
7:07AM Meet Sophie:

18.5 inches long, and 6 pounds 14 ounces, and unbelievably long toes

First family photo, after Brian was done crying:

Nothing could have prepared us for this day, despite the books, classes, and advice. After several days in the hospital healing, learning how to care for our baby, and lots and lots of diapers, we were both exhausted.

On Wednesday, December 7th, we finally got to bring our little girl home!

Sophie in her new home:

Sophie's first doctor appointment:

Doctor says Sophie is doing well, and maintaining her weight of 6 pounds 5 ounces. She was a little bit jaundice, so we go back on Monday for a follow up. But she has been eating, pooping, and peeing like crazy, so we're thinking she is just fine. :)

Sophie's photo shoot with Daddy in the backyard (not too bad for amateurs):

Thank you to all of our family, friends, and neighbors who have prayed for Sophie for months, and were a part of welcoming her into this world. We are very grateful for the people God has placed in our families life!