Hate to bore you to tears, but I need to tie up some loose ends today if at all possible. Super Duper Zoo Tour begins in just SIX DAYS!
–Bless you for praying for my speaking thing this morning. I had a blast with Nadia and the gals at Hope Reformed Christian Church’s (Oak Forest, IL) MOMs group. They were super! Girls, if any of you are on facebook, add me! Thanks for all the laughs and the great discussion! And they paid me more than we originally discussed, bless their hearts. Sold a few books. Praise the Lord for a get-away with Gabe complete with hotel, gas, BD’s, McD’s breakfast, pizza buffet, Chick-Fil-A, and snacks/drinks that ended up costing us nada. We came home with $8.48. I love it.
–Happy Birthday to my sweet friend, Kristen! Love you, girl!
–All eight zoos confirmed as of today. FREE TICKETS across the board. Praise you, LORD!
–Total God thing with Sea World. Long story short–after lots of e-mails, phone calls, faxes, I got tickets for all of us but Nina. That’s super, but kids’ tix are still $46.99 a pop. I’m considered “media” and company policy says media can have a maximum of 4 complimentary passes. Also, I’d have to provide media ID. (even though I kept saying, “I’m not a member of the media. I don’t even own one of those cool badges. I just write little ol’ books…) I sent one last e-mail (with a prayer) and copied my e-mails from Sea World Orlando and Busch Gardens showing that they each gave us FIVE tix. Got an e-mail today from the fine folks at Anheuser-Busch Corporate. Sea World San Antonio took it to the Big Dogs. Five tickets, no media pass required, thank you, drive thru. I got the e-mail in the car on Gabe’s iPhone and immediately started yelling praises. “Thank you, God, for BEER!” We don’t even drink (but we love you if you do), but thank you, Anheuser-Busch, for your kindness and generosity. We will eat our weight in popcorn (and Coke) at your theme park.
–If we’re staying with you in OK or TX, I’ll be e-mailing you today sometime. Just making sure we’re all on the same page, have each other’s cell phone #s, have our Trader Joe’s Wish Lists in order, that sort of thing. Let me clarify the Trader Joe’s thing. I have one super close to my house. They don’t have them in Oklahoma or Texas. I’ve never been. Didn’t know they were such a big deal. But if I’m staying with you on our Zoo Trip and you LOVE Trader Joe’s and want me to bring you something special, let me know.
–Would you say a prayer for Gabe today? He’s been traveling a lot–for me, for him–and he’s tired. Plus this is really putting a kink in his work schedule. He’s got a lot piled up and very, very little time to get it done. Pray that I can find a way to give him some space and quiet in the next six days. And pray that God will give him focus and clarity of mind and that He’ll multiply his efforts in these next few days. And that somehow, he’ll find little pockets of time on our Big Trip to get some work done. Whew. That’s a lot to pray, huh?
–Last thing–does anyone have any great ideas for keeping kids busy on a long trip? Our girls are amazingly good in the van, great at entertaining themselves. I bought some activity books at the Target Dollar Spot, 3 wipe-off boards, some stickers. I also have travel bingo and old yes-and-no books. I’m going to print out the license plate game, dot game, tic-tac-toe. We have a little DVD player for Nina. I just thought maybe some of you might have some brilliant, special things you do on car trips for/with your kiddos. If so, let me know.
Have a great Wednesday, amigas!