weekend warriors

I had like 14 ideas for a blog post earlier today. And then I lost all my steam. So I’ll tell you what I might have written about if I had more energy.

Friday I got to spend some time with my sweet friends, Ali, Amy, and Morgan. We used to go to church together, and now we don’t. And we live on opposite sides of the city which is a bummer. But I’m thankful for the times I get to see them, because these girls are pretty special.

Friday night we went back to my parents’ house to hang out with them and Jen and Steph some more. Dad grilled us yummy chicken, and we had a nice chat about retirement and politics, two topics I won’t be revisiting for some time if I want to keep the family peace.

Saturday morning, I headed to an Asset-Based Community Development seminar at church. If it sounds boring, it totally wasn’t. It lasted from 9-3, but I could only stay until noon, and I was so bummed. It was so, so, so, so great, and I’ll be telling you more about it soon. It was one of those this-is-what-I-was-made-for moments for sure.

Gabe and the girls went to Nina’s soccer game while I was at the seminar, then we all headed to Livi and Ava’s tournament at 1:00. Gabe coached them to 10-0 in the regular season, then they tied all 3 mini-games of the tournament (which means nothing and is just for fun).

Then we piled in the van and drove to my parents’ house for the 3rd time in 3 days. Everybody in my family (siblings, nieces, nephews) was there except for Steph’s husband, Daniel. We got pizza and then tricked Jen into going outside to “help” us with a grandkid photo shoot, so that Beth and Steph could decorate for her surprise baby-baby shower. My Aunt Susie and cousin Camy (also expecting a baby) joined us for the festivities.

My favorite part was Bethany’s game where we each got a nametag and a clothespin and had to refer to the other people by their “new” name, not “Marla” or “Ava” or “Jen.” I was “burp cloth.” And we had diaper and wipe and onesie. My favorites, though, were Jess, a.k.a, “breast milk,” and Bethany, a.k.a., “nipple shield.”

I totally lost the game. But I had a lot of fun with Jess and Bethany.

Today after church we got the girls’ passport photos taken. Woohoo!! Next step: application process at the post office Saturday morning. I’m so excited about this little/big step toward our Cambodia trip.

Tonight, I did 3 more hours of training. And once again, be still my heart. This is why God made me. I have a really cool opportunity to help out with a VBS-like summer day camp in June for Somali Bantu kids (I’ll share the whole thing later–basically, these are a people who went from slavery in Somalia to refugee camps in Kenya to resettlement here in Columbus, Ohio).

I could physically feel my heart racing and swelling as I thought about kiddos and people from all over the world that God is letting me love and get to know.

And that about covers it.

What did you do this weekend??

10 thoughts on “weekend warriors

    1. Marla Taviano

      I forgot to mention that any time someone catches you calling someone by her real name, not her new name, you get to take their clothespin. The person with the most clothespins at the end of the shower wins. My mom had 5, but I think she cheated because she just didn’t talk the whole time.

  1. sarah montanye

    whew! what a weekend you had!! You’d be happy to know that we spent most of our weekend cleaning out our basement and we made an enormous “to sell” pile for our yardsale in a few weeks. I felt like I kept hearing you whisper “you don’t need that – sell it, sell it!” 🙂 Told you you were ridiculously inspiring 🙂

  2. Mandy

    I started a blog post yesterday about my weekend and your question inspired me to finish it. It’s too long for anyone to actually read, but it was fun thinking about my weekend and how much fun my family had keeping the Sabbath together.

  3. valerie (in TX)

    Haha – I ended my blog post yesterday with the exact same sentence as you did – “What did YOU do this weekend?” 🙂

    My weekend wasn’t nearly as fun as yours sounds – we trimmed trees all day Saturday and then spent Sunday recouperating! 🙂

  4. Keri

    We had a mission fair at church……there’s so much to do and so little time! I had to stop myself from running booth to booth to volunteer for everything. Then I saw two of the kiddos from the home in Indonesia who were there to represent what we do there and my heart just swelled. I think I’m already doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. Love your weekend!! Sounds fun and full and family happy!

    1. Marla Taviano

      We were talking about Cambodia on the way home from church, and Gabe said we need to start making some plans for what we’re doing when while we’re there. So, what days do you want to spend together? 😉

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