Here's a little glimpse into our spring - things that have passed and things upcoming. Warning: this is a long post (again), but I just needed to get it all down.
Kayla did an excellent job in her smaller role, which she always has to balance with her track practices and meets. Lots of hurrying back and forth for both of us the last weeks of March.
|With Sarah hosting games, this is Elisabeth and me - about to compete at charades. |
Household chores the theme; "Dusting a lamp" was our acting assignment. 😩
Every Sunday after church we hosted a small group Bible study, except that it wasn't very small. Some of you know that one of my favorite things to do is have people over for lunch after church. Hosting a small group at that time is really just a sneaky way for me to get to do this regularly.
(We also did some informal scientific research during those weeks and came to the conclusion that more women than men enjoy hazelnut coffee, which led to changes in grocery purchases, and number of pots of regular vs. hazelnut since we had far more women in the group than men!)
I should have put these next photos right after the retreat photos, because less than 45 minutes after I arrived home from the women's retreat in New Hampshire, Robert and I left for Indianapolis for The Gospel Coalition Conference. Unlike the scheduling of the Shakespeare play which we had no idea would fall on the same weekend, we were well aware of the back-to-back nature of these events. But the conference was going to be in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and the list of speakers included all of our favorites and more. We couldn't resist, and we're so glad we made it happen.
|Josh Moody is one of Robert's good friends and a fellow pastor. He used to pastor in Connecticut, but is now at College|
Church in Wheaton, IL. We had fun catching up over dinner one evening. Josh has written several books lately -
you should look him up at God Centered Life!
It was so fun to have them with us, but I think they got much more time with us than they bargained for, as our flights home were canceled mid-trip, and we were forced to take hotel vouchers in Detroit. It was quite an adventure, and I think I have finally learned that is it wise to take some toiletries and a change of clothes with me in a carry-on bag. I bought a $6 t-shirt at the airport to sleep in and Katie was kind enough to let me borrow some mascara the next morning. Thanks to Katie and that fateful morning, I am now in love with this mascara. Grounding us in Detroit was clearly God's way of showing me His mascara will.
Then it was Holy Week and Easter. We had a wonderful Palm Sunday, 9pm worship services at Amherst College every night after that, a Passover Seder, a Crosswalk through town, a Good Friday service, and ended the week with an 82 degree Easter Sunday and fun lunch gathering at our house.
|Grant is a senior at Amherst College and preached at one of the evening services.|
(I've just turned off the "live" photo feature on my phone, since it gives me 2 second videos
rather than still photos.)
|Robert led the congregation in a song he wrote especially for Easter. Cindy accompanied on viola. So beautiful.|
|Coop was home for the long weekend.|
|More college kids home - friends old and new.|
|The warm weather meant we could be outside.|
|Texas, Iran, Massachusetts, Rwanda, Kenya, Mexico, and China - all represented around my table|
Such a beautiful sight, a true gift, and a glimpse of heaven.
Some of the frenzy is by my own choosing, but peer pressure plays a part. The following Saturday I ran my first half marathon trail race with Betsy and her friend, Liz. The race was Betsy's idea (definitely not mine!), and since she moved to Natick last year, I decided to join her as a way to spend some time catching up. This meant that during Holy Week and the week after Easter, I was having to up my running mileage quite a bit to prepare. You know...not much else going on those weeks, so why not? Sigh...
These things always sound like a great idea two months prior.
I'm pretty sure that running on an actual trail would have been highly recommended for training purposes, but the edge of the bike trail is the closest I got to the real thing. There were some rocks and roots, but no mud or hills. Oh well.
|A trip to the Boston Opera House with friends to see The King and I. So good!|
|Betsy's son (and Pete's!) Dustin was baptized last Sunday. He had to have a special, early|
baptism due to his UMass Ultimate Frisbee team schedule.
|Alena (and Lois) were over on Saturday night and Sunday helping prepare, host, and clean up.|
|Grant and Parker - we'll be back in Indianapolis next month for Grant's wedding!|
|Challenge I (Freshmen) and Challenge III (Juniors) classes together|
I took my final exam in Theology III on Wednesday...
|He was kind enough to take one last picture for me on his last day of class, and while I know he was|
celebrating this day, I was truly grieving!
So...Wednesday we'll move him out (and I will finally move IN to the Magnolia store and bakery for some shopping rather than stare at a hopelessly long line of Fixer Upper fans - hopefully!?), Thursday we'll have a party, Friday we'll head back to Waco, Saturday we'll graduate, Sunday we'll do church and lunch with him in Waco, and then say goodbye as he heads to Pine Cove Camp for the summer. He'll move to Austin in August for his first "real world" job at Oracle.
Cooper won't be able to join us in Texas for the graduation festivities due to his final exam schedule at Gordon, and this totally ruins my plan to have a family photo for the Christmas card this year. It also signals the end of a season - the full nest season - and it's affecting me more than I thought it would. I'm so happy that my kiddos are growing and thriving in their individual lives and paths, but so sad that there will be so much less family time.
So...yes - filled by the recent joys and fellowship and experiences and hopes for the future, and fried, too - by the pace and the effort and the emotion of it all. I suppose I wouldn't have it any other way, but am looking forward to some rest as well as some different adventures this summer. (It will be our 25th wedding anniversary in August!)
Back soon with graduation picks and maybe even some updates around this little space. June will mark 10 years of blogging (and nearly 800 posts) for me, and I'm looking forward to celebrating with a bit of a "fixer upper" of my own.