On October 17 we took a field trip to Boston. It may have been the largest group I've ever been on a field trip there with, but it also happened to be the group with the most cooperation and fun. Thanks CC friends!
On October 18 my friend Rachel and I took these ladies to a teen girls conference called Simply Beautiful. It was a wonderful day of worship, Bible study, hearing "stories" from lots of different young women, and even sessions on fashion/modesty and healthy, homespun skin and body care tips.
|Robert and the guys ~ every one of them is a husband and father now.|
|The girls and me ~ all amazing 30-somethings, 40-somethings now ~ and ALL of whom I knew as college students|
|Not really circa 1850. More like March of 2000. Kory was 5, Cooper was 3, and Kayla was 8 months old.|
We all went to visit Robert in the UMass Student Center where our church was doing a Spring Break send off for students.
|It was great to have Greg with us that week! He also led a directed prayer time in the service.|
|And these ladies used to BABYSIT Cooper ~ and the rest of my kids, too. So wonderful|
to have Rachel and Virginia back for a visit after their years at UMass!
|All staff and elders were thanked ~ and I got flowers!|
Then it was time for Free Rides ~ which is an outreach our church has now been doing for 16 years. It is always held on Halloween weekend, and provides a Free Ride to anyone who calls our number from 10pm to 2am. This is the weekend with the most "incidents" in our college town. I have NEVER helped with this outreach at all until this year. (Small children, early bedtime, escaping chaos, etc...) I am awful at coming up with costumes, and I don't really like Halloween at all, so no one in my family ever has a costume until about an hour before we need to ~ or not at all. This year was really no different except that in the hour or two before we had to be at a party and Free Rides, I got an idea, walked to Good Will (all vehicles were in use), and put this costume together. Really. A quick trip to Target for some electrical tape was the only other shopping required.
You have to be a Taylor Swift fan and be familiar with this video to truly appreciate this.
|"Rapper Taylor" ~ Shake it Off|
And can I just tell you that I thought my pastor was looking especially handsome that Sunday?
|A handsome man in a button down shirt and coat, preaching God's Word with power and humility.|
He gives me flowers and foot rubs, too. Wow.
Two days later had Robert and I back in Boston and me on a plane to Texas to celebrate my dad's retirement from Resistol-Stetson Hats, or HatCo as it is now called. On Wednesday night my sisters and I found ourselves in sea of cowboy hats as my dad was honored for his 43 years with the company. He was referred to as a "legend", a gentleman, and best all-around dancer. Talk about a costume change. I even wore boots. I've never really been brave enough to pull off a cowboy hat, though.
|Curtis inherited my dad's sales territory. He has been working alongside and serving my dad for over 20 years.|
|A silver engraved belt buckle and this signed photo collage were his gifts.|
|Super short stop out there!|
They played great and won the game 5-0. It was SO wonderful to see Kory play, and I especially loved hearing all of the joking and laughing between the guys on the team. Sophomore year has been stressful in more ways than one for this kid, and I pray that baseball continues to lift his spirits and relieve some of the stress.
I know many of you must feel the same way about the pace of life right now. I'm asking the Lord to help me (and you) to trust Him in the midst of the chaos and even trust Him to embrace it with a smile. My introverted self wants to frown, complain about, and hide away, avoiding all of this activity. Jesus in me sustains and empowers and gives joy.
Hope to see you soon and with more reflection and less focus on my crazy calendar, but the historian in me can't let so many family and church happenings go undocumented!