Has it SERIOUSLY been over a year since I’ve written? Hard to believe. So much has happened in that year. Way too much to go into detail here. So very much.
Here are some highlights….
- October-our son turned 27. Have I ever told you that 27 is one of my favorite numbers?
- November-Thanksgiving. What’s not to love about eating turkey, with family, and giving thanks? Not much better than that.
- December-my work (church) ended the year $14,000 to the good. (I can never remember if it’s red or black.) I was hoping we’d break even. But hey, I can’t complain.
- January-new year. My husband Russ and I took a road trip not knowing where we would end up. The furthest we ventured was Santa Fe, New Mexico, via cotton fields of West Texas, Carlsbad Caverns, Roswell, Ruidoso, etc. It was fun, but I’m not in any hurry to go back to New Mexico. We didn’t see one alien and it really hasn’t changed since we went through there in the late 90’s (or the 70’s when I journeyed through with my parents).
- February-what’s not to love about Valentine’s Day? Oh, yeah, my dad died on that day 27 years ago (there’s that 27 again), but since he was my first love, Valentine’s Day is a great day for us…. now.
- March-Spring Break. A group stayed at our church for a week. They were in town doing Mission work with Mission Arlington. Some of the bigger churches turned them down. Can you imagine? Like a small church can better afford electricity expenses for a week? It’s all good. They stayed for free and it didn’t hurt us one bit. In fact, they did a lot of good in the community that week.
- April-Our daughter turned 24. Is it possible that my “baby” could already be 24? It is. I saw her ID when I carded her.
- May-sucked big time. I did get to go to San Antonio and hear great preaching at the Festival of Homiletics. It was a fun road trip with my Presbyterian pastor friend Kate (yes, the one who was a student when I was a teacher at Boles Jr. High) and my United Methodist pastor friend Alfie (isn’t that a beautiful name?). Lots of folks from Central Texas Conference there along with Rob Bell (see Kate’s melting video), Walter Brueggeman, Nadia Bolz Weber, Adam Hamilton, and a host of others who were awesome.
- June-considered quitting the professional ministry and going back to teaching math again. Who am I kidding? We used overheads when I left in 2000. Technology has left me behind. Of course, I’m sure the 7th graders could have taught me. Decided not to apply at Arlington Classics Academy. Grass isn’t always greener, ya know? Plus, I AM called by a gracious God who thinks I’m worthy of this calling. He calls me by name which means God actually KNOWS my name. It’s written on the palm of the Almighty’s hand. One day I hope to sit at his right or left hand, or maybe at God’s feet, or heck, I’m just happy to have a place at God’s table, ANYWHERE. Can I get an Amen?
- July-I turned 53 and Russ turned 54. We just get better lookin with age as my daddy used to jokingly say as he looked in the mirror. Yes, we are finally middle age, right?
- August-whirlwind, tornado, hard to fully describe. I felt like the Spirit had led me to the wilderness and I was finally coming out stronger and prepared for what He was about to bring on. Little did I know what God was going to allow as part of some plan.
- September-ended up in the ER of Arlington Memorial Hospital. Splitting headache. Thought it would explode. Lights hurt. Sounds were magnified. It was a little scary. I had only personally been in a hospital when I gave birth to our two children or when I visited folks. It’s been a roller coaster since that day. My head hurts now just thinking of it (or is that because I only got 45 minutes of sleep last night?)
- (Lucky 13) This is all for now. Love you all. Keep the Faith. God is Good. He loves you and I do too. ❤