May Your Spirit never leave.
May we ever long to see your face.
That’s one of my favorite Third Day songs. (I don’t know the title.) If you know it, sing along…
Thanks so much for praying for the retreat this weekend. I don’t really have the words. God took over in a huge way, and I let Him (what a concept). Praise His Name!! I mean, wow. It was unreal. I feel like any words I think of are just going to be a sad understatement.
If anyone who was at the retreat is reading this, can I just say thank you and bless your little heart? I love you, and you were incredible! I was blown away by all the encouragement and love and–wow. It was such an honor to be with you and share God’s Word with you and pray for you and LAUGH with you. Man, you guys are cool. Trina and Dawn and Erika and Jenna and Rose and Anna Mary and Marla and Lynette and Arneta and Melody and Bailey and Emily and Paige and the other 100ish of you.
God just bowled me over, and I still haven’t recovered. Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him! Sigh.
I dropped Gabe and the girlies off at his mom’s Friday afternoon and headed to Ottawa (OH). We hadn’t seen Janelle in over a month (she’s been in Kenya). We missed her! She brought us giraffes!! Cool hand-carved ones. We each got one, and Gabe’s is a Daddy giraffe leaning down to love on his baby. So there are actually 6 giraffes total. A prophecy…?
They had a blast without me. I missed them, but staying in my first Bed & Breakfast ever was pretty cool. And I met a 77-year-old woman named Anna Mary who reminded me so much of Gabe’s Grandma Marilyn (who died in 2005) that I started to cry when she introduced herself to me and gave me a hug. Come to find out, her husband pastored a church for 6 months on the same country road where I lived for 3 years growing up.
I met another Marla. And a xanga friend! And ate some scrummy food. And sold a gabillion books.
When I got back to Rock and Janelle’s, the girls and I (and Skeet, the puppy) took a walk in the woods and played in the leaves. It was so beautiful. We ate Lima pizza. YUM. Then headed home. Today was church (such a great sermon), leftovers, thrift store and Target with Livi and Ava (and their saved-up $). They each got a book light so they can read in the car when it’s dark (and sometimes in bed). How fun! I want one!
Tomorrow I’m hooking up with the Bloggy Give-Aways people and giving away a copy of the DVD I watched tonight. Expelled. Gabe saw it in the theater, but this was my first time. Oh my word, girls. I beg you to watch it. You know I’m not a movie girl (and I know this is a documentary), but wow. One of the most powerful things I’ve ever seen.
I’m also going to be blogging some more about my thoughts on the election. I pretty much feel compelled to, popular or no.
Tomorrow is the Main Event at Ohio State! I know all the guys and gals involved would REALLY appreciate your prayers!
Have a great day! Love and a big ol’ squeeze hug!