I have a friend (who blogs here) but who also had an old blog on which she usually posted a "Manic Monday" post. This post always seemed so fitting because no matter what the state of one's weekend was, by Monday it all seems to have been a blur. This past weekend was no exception for me.
After working 6-4 Tuesday thru Friday last week to make up for Monday's sick day, I was totally pooped. But, Jason asked to take Emilia and I out on a little family date and even agreed to stop at a fabric store for a few supplies I needed (wow!). We went to the mall food court for dinner because we love Chick-fil-A. It was a wonderful evening spent together laughing at E's newest quirks and funny statements, holding hands, chicken and fabric.
I had high hopes of sleeping in LATE on Saturday, but Emilia had other plans for me. She was in our bed by 7...but after waking at 4a.m. each day last week, that was still technically sleeping in. ;-) We bounced downstairs, arms full of all the supplies we needed to start working on her "Rosetta dress"- which is actually a tutu style skirt. I really had no idea how I was going to put this thing together, but I knew I wanted it to look similar to the skirt Rosetta wears in the Tinkerbell movies. So far, I *love* how it is turning out! Unfortunately, my borrowed sewing maching started acting up with only 2 layers of petals remaining to sew...bummer. But, I at least had it somewhat constructed and one layer of petals attached so Emilia could test it out after naptime. Success- she loves it! She says it is a beautiful Rosetta dress, so I think that is a win. I want to wait until it is finished (as well as a coordinating shirt) before I post photos, but be excited. Her fairy party is going to be SO fun!! (O:
Saturday afternoon we headed for Cape Girardeau for two church visits on Sunday. We were very fortunate to have a Warren relative (don't ask my what relation..) open her home to us so we didn't have to pay for a stay in a hotel. She was actually out of town for the weekend, but still let us stay. It was weird but great. Weird to be in a home we had never been to and felt odd searching for the right rooms to sleep in as well as tracking down the linen closet (luckily, it was IN the bathroom). ;-) But nice to have a quiet place to ourselves for the night as well as an all-family naptime between the morning and evening services on Sunday. Not to mention the amazing Barbie dream house she had in the play area of her basement (for her grandkids). This wasn't a cheap-o plastic house, someone constructed it out of wood, complete with working Elevator! Emilia (and I) were in awe!
Sunday was a whirlwind of a day, but we definitely feel blessed to have had the opporunity for these visits. The morning church, Connection Point Church in Jackson, MO, was so welcoming and friendly. We added 17 new committed shares, 7 additional prayer partners, as well as a substantial amount in donations to the general fund (which covers our plane tickets, shipping, etc.) We were taken to lunch at a local BBQ place (yum!) and had just enough time for a quick nap before heading to the evening church in Scott City. 1st General Baptist Church was holding their Association's local meeting that night and had a youth-oriented service after dinner. It was so refreshing to see all the young people of these churches coming together and putting on skits and other dramas for God's glory. I love seeing passion in our youth! Jason was given 20 minutes to speak and he did a great job. We had a number of people come back and take Share Cards to look and pray over at home. We left Scott City around 8:20p.m. and after one dinner stop (me) and one potty stop (Emilia), we made it home close to 11.
I am dragging this morning, but feeling incredibly blessed. I am often asked if I am scared about moving so far away. But honestly, I just feel honored and very very blessed to have been called to Saipan. God is teaching me to trust His will and follow where He leads. I cannot imagine being scared of these wonderful things God has planned for us.