Madeleine weighed 29 pounds and was 36 3/4 inches at her 3 year visit to the doctor. According to the growth charts, she is in the 50 percentile. So, my hope for tall children is not yet met... The doctor said that she should be 5'4". That's how tall I am! I knew I was average! Madeleine only got one vaccine booster and they pricked her finger to test her for anemia. She was fine until they put on the band aids. For unknown reasons the application of the band aid solicited howls. She's normal!
Madeleine had her first Vacation Bible School experience, can you tell from the photo if she enjoyed it? This was at the Thursday evening block party where there were 5 bounce houses, hair painting, and tons of other fun stuff! Go Lovers Lane UMC! And yes, Madeleine has pink hair!
Madeleine has never tried to climb out of her crib, so we waited as long as possible to transition to the toddler bed. This week with Vacation Bible School (she would be tired), Lee being out of town (mommy and Madeleine time), and Madeleine's 3rd birthday next week (June 20th), I thought it was as good a time as any. So, with the crib still in her room (in case it was needed), I set everything up on Monday evening. Dora sheets, Dora pillow, Dora lamp, we were ready. I even kept her up until 8:30 pm thinking she would quickly fall asleep. 10 trips to the bathroom later, at 11pm I fell asleep and still heard Madeleine talking. The next morning she raced into my bedroom at 7:15 am. Tuesday evening I put Madeleine into her bed at 8:30 pm. She escaped once from her room and found Mommy cleaning the kitchen. So, I turned out all the lights and said that Mommy was going to sleep too. So, after putting her back in her bed, I washed my face, and at 8:45 pm climbed into my bed to "pretend" to fall asleep. I woke up Wednesday morning! I guess teaching 12 4 year olds at Vacation Bible School can wear you out! And I had to wake Madeleine up at 8 am so we wouldn't be late for VBS! Tonight was the 3rd night, how would she do? She didn't leave her room even once! And I put her in her bed at 7:30 pm! It probably helped that she didn't take a nap today! And, it's nearly 10:30 pm and I'm still awake!
Kerry Sumpter Smith has joy that’s contagious. An interviewer once asked her why she was such a happy person. It could be she was just born that way or because she’s got the love of the Lord in her bosom. Either way it’s safe to say Smith, one of the associate pastors at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, is possibly the most chipper person we’ve had the pleasure of introducing via this column. Smith has taught in Japan and pastured churches in England. Recently, we probed the peppy preacher to find out more about the woman in the pulpit.
— Tricia Scruggs
Courtesy photo Kerry Sumpter Smith shares her joy as an associate pastor at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.
Where did you grow up? In Houston. I’m making the Texas tour. I attended Trinity University in San Antonio and now I’m in Dallas.
What was it like growing up in H-town? It was great. And it was muggy. You know how people in Alaska have lots of names for ice? We have lots of words for humidity.
Tell us about your family: My husband, Lee, and I have been married for seven years. We have a daughter, Madeleine, and a little boy due in October.
Do you have name picked out yet? No, I need help. I have a last name though.
How did you find your way into ministry? I grew up in the church. It was always a safe place where no one screamed at each other. I felt like I was at church more than I was at home. I was in choir as soon as they would let me. Growing up, I was president of the youth group, and I preached senior service in high school. When I went to college I took a biblical studies class because I thought I could make an A. Instead I made a B. I was intrigued so I took another class, called Religion in America. Every week we would go to a different church. One Sunday we went to a small Presbyterian church and then out popped this young, blond woman. I had seen a woman preach from the pulpit. I turned to my boyfriend, who is now my husband and said, “I could do that.” And he said, “You could.”
How did you land at LLUMC? I served in Krum and loved it, but after four years I wanted something part-time and closer to Dallas. I feel like I have the best of both worlds. I spend two days at home and three days a week and Sunday at the church.
How far would you travel to conduct a wedding ceremony? I keep trying to convince people to get married in Hawaii. I’d go anywhere. Being a pastor you get the privilege of being a part of people’s most intimate moments. I really love doing weddings. It’s just such a privilege to be there, representing God. But I’d go anywhere, especially the islands.
We hear you went to Jackson Hole last summer for a ceremony. What was that like? It was so much fun. We made a vacation out of it. We went to Yellowstone National Park. It was really fun.
What would you say is your best personality trait? I guess my joy.
When you have some Kerry-time how do you spend it? It’s hard now with a child because usually you spend time with the family when you’re not working. But I love to read and I love to go on walks or doing anything where it’s quiet.
What’s the last book you read? I’ve been reading this really good book; it’s called the Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer. I love exciting books where things happen really quickly.
Where’s your favorite Dallas hang out? I love going to the Dallas city parks. There’s a spray park by our house in Lake Highlands. It’s so much fun. We’re having my daughter’s third birthday party there. I love to drive around Dallas. I’ll see a park and go “Ooh a slide,” and pull over.