Thanks so much for praying! My attitude improved soon after I blogged. I read some Psalms, did some praying, apologized to someone (someone who lives with me and didn’t come from my womb), and things began to look up.
The girls and I got to Beki’s church on time–a few minutes early. We met the pastor, and everyone made us feel welcome. Lily and Jason were sitting right behind us, so I said hi to Lily and introduced myself to Jason.
Beki was the star of the choir. She had a solo part in Shine, Jesus, Shine. (and her mama did a fine job as stand-in choir director) The church reminded me of my grandma’s church I visited growing up. I miss using a hymnbook, so that was cool. The girls opted out of children’s church and were mostly good and quiet.
At the banquet, we sat at a table with Beki, her mom, and Lily. I got to meet her dad too. Her parents are soooo cute! And look so much like Gail. (Beki, too, but really Gail) Beki says she (Beki) acts like her dad and Gail acts like her mom. I agree. It took me about three seconds to see it. What a darling family.
Gail, your dad and I had a little chat afterwards. He thinks you’re an amazingly talented writer, and if you were a twinge braver, you could just go crazy with your talents. (my paraphrase) I told him he’s right and that I’m here in your corner cheering you on. He’s very proud of you.
The food was so, so delicious. Grilled chicken (Gail and Beki’s dad!), scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls, applesauce, orange jello carrot salad, angel food cake w/strawberries, and lemonade. Wow.
The ladies were so wonderful and cooperative. I did “Seize This Day” again. Livi asked me why I keep talking about the same things everywhere I speak. I explained that these were all different people (Michigan, Bluffton, Cedarville), so they don’t really notice, just us.
Livi said I did a MUCH better job of letting them help. Ava wasn’t quite ready to concede that. There were a couple parts I could have improved. Hmm.
Yesterday we took the girls to see Prince Caspian. We loved it. Didn’t know there was a Race for the Cure (breast cancer) going on at the same time we’d want to park downtown by the Arena Grand Theatre. Ha! We walked a far piece. But, wow, the goosebumps I got seeing thousands and thousands of people walking/running in honor of friends/families who are fighting/have fought breast cancer. Wow. It was incredible.
I got home just in time this afternoon for Gabe to go to Lima for a big event Tug is hosting tonight. Some OSU football players/a wrestler sharing testimonies. He picked up the husband of one of my friends on his way. They’ve never met, but Jason is starting his own wrestling school here in C-bus, so Gabe invited him. I’m praying for a fun, refreshing time for my hubby.
He took Nina on a date to the zoo while we were in Cedarville. She told us all about it as soon as we walked in the door. What a great daddy.
I like to collapse for a few hours after I drive/speak/drive, but Livi and Ava are itching to “do something fun” while Daddy’s gone. Naps are fun, right? Hmm…any ideas?
Thanks for praying, friends. You’re the best, best, best! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!