I spent 11 hours holed up at a dear friends home. She and her family are in the states to see hubby off on a deployment. Jared is taking care of their lawn. She offered their home as a "crash pad" on Mondays (my busy night on base) and such. I didn't plan on using it other than Mondays...but then I really felt like a good "study retreat" would help me have concentrated time to focus on retreat messages. It was refreshing. I had time to pray, worship and corral all my notes and thoughts from journals, napkins, scraps of paper and margins of my Bible (I do word studies there as I have quiet time). I had no CLUE I'd be gone that long....Four sessions are polished. I need to go over them several times before now and 21 May....make sure I can fit in the time slots and such....but four of five are "done". The other ones is in my heart, head, spirit, scraps of paper, journal, you know..... ::snort::
Jared spent hours at the paintball court with the C family. Thanks, Jim and Jesse. He then came and mowed the lawn, tried to work on slides for tomorrow's worship service...reminded me I hadn't eaten, went out to eat with me and then shopping....to the post office....
Arielle and Nolan were CHAMPS. They watched the youngers and I came home to a SPOTLESSLY clean home, brownies, lots of loads washed, hung, folded and put away and spring bouquets. Ch. S and Annette, WOW....carnations....I love carnations. You bless me in so many ways. The more earthy bouquets are, of course, from Zander and Stacia.
We received seven packages today....mostly school books....and these.....I finally bought the whole set and figure I can find someone who lives a happy, long life in the set. ::snort:: The kids seem most interested in "Before I Kill and Eat You" about missionaries in Liberia, also published by YWAM - or at least sold by them. I'm not sure I'm ready for that quite yet.
I'm exhausted, yet exhilerated...who would have guessed preparing "messages" was such hard work? ::snort:: I plan to take a hot shower and go to bed...or maybe just go to bed. I'm meeting a new friend to drive out to Towada early, early in the morning......visiting a used Kimono and Obi shop...plan to be home by 8 a.m. I'm excited.
Yeah, ok. I'm emotional as Mother's Day approaches....but that's what Mom's are supposed to be like. Right?
Living all of life before the face of God...