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??