Posted by: phillipsummers | February 16, 2017

Day Without Immigrants

I would miss my neighbors!  The joys of living in Waughtown.  So glad the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Good News for Humanity.

Because He first loved us. . .

Posted by: phillipsummers | December 4, 2016

Crazy Running 

Thanks to the folks at Crazy Running for another great season. Yesterday, Clay ran the Mistletoe 5K in a time of 30:44. You can see from the photo that he really enjoyed himself.

Clay was third in the seven and under age group. When I pointed out the times of eight-year-olds as look ahead to next year, Clay said, “I’m gonna need to do more pull-ups.”  He is excited to continue training in the Spring. As a parent I’m very grateful that we have a strong running community and Crazy Running in Winston-Salem.

Thanks Coaches Robyn, Donnie, Ashley, Abby!


Clay and Coach Robyn post 5k


Posted by: phillipsummers | November 21, 2016

1334 Bretton st

We bought 1334 Bretton St. in an online auction. The house on it burned and was foreclosed. The lot adjoins a dear friends property.  We are prayerfully considering how to use this vacant lot to build God’s kingdom. 

Posted by: phillipsummers | August 27, 2016

Washington DC

When enjoyed a quick trip to Washington DC. Sailed a Flying Scot in the Washington Channel with Sam.  Thursday night, we rode bikes passed the White House. 

Posted by: phillipsummers | February 20, 2016

Celebrating with Swimming

These pictures are from Payden’s birthday party at the Wake Forest pool. Grampa Jack, Payden’s grandfather had the fun water proof camera. We love to swim. Thanks Melissa for teaching us!  


Posted by: phillipsummers | January 18, 2016

Armor of God

Faithful Feet Singlets on Sale Now!  “Armor of God” is the theme of our third edition race singlet.   The price is $20 for this high quality New Balance Running Singlet.  Let me know if you are interested.


Posted by: phillipsummers | January 2, 2016

Frosty 50k

Faithful Feet at the finish of the Frosty 50 K relay. We enjoyed a morning of fellowship. We ran 12 seconds faster than last year. This year we ran to first place in the open male division. God is good, all the time!

Ned, Phillip, Hernan, Matt


Posted by: phillipsummers | December 7, 2015

Merry Christmas 

The kids and I went for a stroll after dinner and discovered that the barber was giving away Christmas trees.

We raced home and told a neighbor and went back and got a tree for a friend.


Posted by: phillipsummers | May 20, 2015

Family Bike

I have been convicted about bicycling being a individualist activity. That is no longer the case, thanks to this craigslist trade.  I will miss the 1×1 but I am stoked to owe a Free Radical. 


Posted by: phillipsummers | February 22, 2015

McLaughlins and Dishes

Birthday Party

Birthday Party

On 6/14/14 I bought a Bosch dishwasher on craigslist for $25.   The ad said it worked intermittently.  At our house it worked . . . a few times.   Then Ole Pappie came up and we took it apart to try and see if we could find any defect.

We reassembled it with a slight modification; attaching a salvaged refrigerator power cord courtesy of our neighbor’s who scrape metal out of their yard. After several attempts at fixing it I was tired of wiring the power to it and a cord is simple.  With all this earnest effort to fix the fine German engineered dishwasher (with stainless steel interior) we learned how to read its error codes.   We learned for these error messages that something was wrong with ‘die’ drain ‘pumpe.’  We also stumbled upon customer service mode which runs the dishwasher through a 30 minute diagnostic cycle.

For the intervening months our dishes were mostly clean after they received their 30 minute cycle.   The diagnostic mode worked consistently if only perfunctory.  During this time friends and family alike had various opinions about this whole state of affairs.   “But it works” I kept saying.

We can’t have a party with out the McLaughlins.  Chris McLaughlin doesn’t humor me or condescend, but rather engages my critiques and strongly held opinions.  For months he had asked about the dishwasher, but finding time to work on it was another matter.   Turns out working on a dishwasher at your own birthday party is a lot of fun.  This photo illustrates our glee from finding in an appliance repair discussion forum (yay for the internet community) that we were not alone, and it fact there is a FREE solution.

Glee from simple fix

Glee from simple fix

I am so grateful for Chris, and for the guy who opened his dishwasher door at precisely the right time of the cycle, which miraculously allowed it to work. Every good gift comes from the Father of Lights.

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