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Catching Up

Oh my goodness, it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve written.  I know there must be everyday-life kind of stuff to catch up on, but I can’t think of anything other than the craziness of what last week was like.

First, a visual aid.

We make some kind of thankful tree each year and the idea is, each one of us writes something we’re thankful for every day.  It doesn’t ever happen that often, though (even when it’s RIGHT IN FRONT OF US on the pantry door) but the project seems to help us keep the value of thankfulness on our minds.

I should’ve seen this coming, but it seems that the word thankful is key, no matter what kind of day – or week – we are handed.  (get it? handed. ha!)  It’s hard to feel that way at first, however.

Last week was a hard one for Mike, for several reasons.  We were just glad to see it come to an end and yes, we were most definitely thankful everything turned out okay.

Some of the dramatic events of his week included running out of gas, a near miss at an intersection, new warning lights appearing on the dashboard (please not another car repair for Christmas!), and getting rear ended.

It was quite a week for Mike and his old truck.  We’re thankful everyone was fine (except for the old BMW that hit him) but looking back, it was an unusually rough time on the home front and in ministry as well.  There’s no question that spiritual warfare was going on and that things were going on in places we can’t see but we know God was protecting us.

And perhaps it’s not over (big things are coming up in our student ministries), but this weekend we had a respite.  Mike’s parents unknowingly came to our rescue and called earlier in the week to see if M & M could spend the weekend with them.  At that point we had no idea that we’d need a weekend to ourselves so badly.  But God did.

We enjoyed every minute of our time together.  The house was quiet, we slept in, went out to eat and just talked and talked.  Plus, the timing was perfect for more serious conversations about our kids, our future, and the plans we know God wants us to make yet be willing to give up, too.  His ways are higher than our ways.  We spent an unforgettable evening with friends at Care Group, as well.  Then last night we went to The Melting Pot and celebrated our 15th Anniversary.

I was so excited to go back to this restaurant since it’s where we celebrated our 1st Anniversary.  But this will probably be the last time for a romantic occasion.  The place was louder than we expected and this corner booth was very small, which seems like a win for romance, but HA!  I couldn’t stop laughing because I didn’t know where to sit at first.  We are not very romantic even when we try!

Call me crazy, but elbow room is essential when it comes to cheese and chocolate.  Romance can wait 😉

Seriously, Mike and I had a wonderful weekend to ourselves and it came at the perfect time.

Something else to be thankful for this week.


5 thoughts on “Catching Up

  1. Happy Anniversary! I’m with you on the elbow room. 🙂 Love the pic of Mike on the couch and Mini’s leg on his head.

    I love your thankful tree. We made one a couple of years ago, and haven’t done another one since because…..the old one is STILL up! haha – We need to take it down and start a new one. 🙂 So thankful for God’s protection and provision. So thankful.

  2. It’s amazing how God orders our life even by having grandparents call and say you get the weekend to yourself! So glad you got to enjoy it after a stressful week! Praying you get the answers you are looking for!

  3. You know, I think the last time I saw you in person was on your wedding day! Congratulations for being there for one another for 15 years. And praise God for providing you the time together you both needed.

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