Hey lovelies. If you haven't noticed already, we are Daytonians through and through. Dayton, OH is our home sweet home. Weekends are prime time for us as a family. Here is what you can find the Vincents doing on any given weekend in the Gem City.
1. House Church. On Friday nights, we hang with Triangle House Church, a community we co-shepherd through Apex Community Church. We rotate hosting, and typically the Vincent casa squeezes in all our house church family once a month. We gorge potluck style, my favorite being Mexican night, because HOLLA GUACAMOLE! We catch up with one another, pray over each other and our city, crack open God's word, and chase down our many kiddos. We don't have blood relatives in Dayton, but God gave us deep roots with this clan. This summer we are looking forward to reaching outside our homes to our hood and taking the time to have some fun together. If you attend a house church, what are your favorite ways to love your neighbor? What are your favorite ways to just be together, to love one another?
2. Second Street Market. Every Saturday I'm in Dayton, I make it a point to stuff my five year old DSW wallet with some cash, shoulder my 31 insulated market bag, slide on my pink Keds and get to market early. It's nearing summer time, and the farming vendors are coming back to the historical train station turned market. Tim and I believe in buying seasonal and local, supporting Dayton area farmers and vendors. The market is bustling Saturday morning and I often see friends there. My challenge has been to base my menu on what is available at the market and not to pre-plan ahead of time. Titus usually stays home with his daddy, so for me it is a half-hour mental health getaway. Sometimes I splurge on a coffee or some fresh flowers. I got over a dozen fresh roses for five dollars two weekends ago! This morning I bought two hanging baskets of geraniums for my front porch to distract the eye from my garden of weeds.
3. Family Time. On Saturdays, Tim is often busy with homework, working on our always-falling apart cars, or hammering on our 100 year old fixer-upper, but we really attempt to do a little something as a family. This changes depending on what's happening in Dayton. Today we attended Dayton's A World Affair located in the Dayton Convention Center. There were vendors representing several countries, each culture showcasing their traditional clothing, talents, and FOOD. It was an excellent day to be a pregnant woman. We watched a parade of all the countries while we nommed on our Indian Masala and Shwarma from Egypt. Attempting Titus in a backpack carrier, we made our way over to the bleachers to watch the US Cloggers, Chinese Tai Chi performers, and the Burundi drummers. We listened to some Scottish bagpipes while picking up some south Slavic apple streudals and the biggest cream puff I've ever laid eyes on. While Tim picked up the car, I picked up a free balloon shaped like a sword for Titus. He loved it for three minutes before promptly popping it when we got to the car when he bit into it. #Teething. Without stepping foot out of Dayton this morning, we somehow experienced a great portion of our world.
4. Date Night. Tim and I don't go out one on one every weekend, but we shoot for once or twice a month. We "date swap" with a few couples to make this more affordable for us, but we aren't afraid to pay a babysitter when we really need to. Our favorite locations for dates are the Oregon District or nearby in Dayton, specifically Wheat Penny, Ghostlight, the Neon, Roost, Dublin Pub, and recently Lily's Bistro. This weekend we are watching our friend's kiddos and they are swapping to watch Titus on Tuesday night for Tim's fancy smancy engineering award ceremony. All I know is there will be steak so I'm there.
5. The Gathering. Sunday mornings we are usually at the gathering in the burnt orange pews at Apex Community Church. The giant sign in the lobby reads "This is not a church." Point being, WE are. The church-y bookends of our weekend remind us of that fact. This weekend will be my first weekend in a very long time inside the gathering instead of working in the preschool hallway. I'm really looking forward to simply sitting next to Tim and hearing the sermon in real time instead of on podcast, although it will pain me a bit not to be with my four, five, and six year olds. God called me away from that ministry to be fully in ministry to my family, preparing for another baby in the fall, getting us all through this PhD, and praying through submitting a book proposal about my oatmeal heart before we hit Maui this summer.
What are your favorite things to do in Dayton on the weekend? What are your plans for this summer in the city?