I looked in the thesaurus for a synonym for “full” but none of them sounded right. So full it is. I just feel full. Full in my heart, full in my soul, even full in my stomach. It has been one of those days where at the end of it you feel like you’ve been hit by a semi, but it actually feels good.
Went to bed well after midnight. Up with Nina at 3am. She doesn’t do that much anymore. She must have known my alarm was set for 6:00. Up at 6, cappuccino, devos, shower, dressed. The girls are usually up between 6:30-7:00 but were all still in bed at 7:15, and I wanted to leave by 7:40. Out the door, in the van, on the road by 7:55. I hardly ever listen to the radio–not sure why–but I’ve started to listen in the van lately. I know it’s the most normal thing ever, but I’m not used to listening to traffic and accident reports that are happening right where I’m driving. It was a bit unnerving hearing about wrecks I missed by mere minutes. Thanks, God!
I had a marvelous time with the women at Bethany’s church. I love that church. I grew up there until we moved away when I was 12. Bethany and Stewart were in the nursery together, cruelly separated as little preschoolers and, as fate would have it, reunited at Grace College many years later. Sigh. The gals were so warm and welcoming and just fabulous really. They were attentive and affirming and laughed in all the right places.
I sold some books, and they gave me a yummy hazelnut creme candle and a generous love offering. I don’t feel right charging for speaking engagements–at least not at this point in time–but things like this do take a lot of preparation. And driving 188 miles isn’t cheap these days. But you know what? God provides. The love offering more than paid for my gas. I can buy a few more books, some groceries, and something cute to wear when I speak at Tonia’s chocolate luncheon.
And besides, I got to spend some quality time with one of my two favorite sisters. Thank you, Bethany, for the yummy Thai chicken stir fry and chocolate chip cookies. Ava sobbed on the way home because she didn’t want to leave her Aunt Bethany. And just wait until she’s done with the quilts she’s making for the girls out of their old clothes, and I post pics. They are to die for! I am so, so, so thankful for my sisters. They are two of my very best friends. (Bethany posted some pics on her blog.)
And she gave me her one and only Cadbury egg! I went to Target yesterday to get some half-off Easter candy since I couldn’t eat it before, and they were sold out of Cadbury eggs. I thought this would be my first Easter ever without one. Boo hoo. Thank you, Bethy!
After supper, Gabe suggested we go on a walk through the woods and to the park. It was so much fun but started to get cold. And I think we forget that when we take big long walks, we need to turn around before everyone starts to get tired. But I just had the warm fuzzies the entire time. I love my little family, and I love spending time outside with them. That’s when I feel the most content. Out in God’s creation, away from noise and materialism, without a need or care in the world.
Like I said, I just feel full.
Oh, the craft today (I’m not a huge craft person) was Exfoliating Brown Sugar Body Scrub. Now, that’s a craft I can get behind! Mix some kosher salt, brown sugar, sunflower oil, and honey in a bowl, scoop it into a bag and tie. Easy, perfect, practical, something I will absolutely use and love.
What a great, great day! I just might go to bed four hours earlier than usual.
p.s. So what happened on 24 that was so great?