Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Retreat

{The wonderful thing about storms?  In passing, they tend to give way to some of the most beautiful things imaginable.}
Hi!  It's that time again!  Time to hang out and catch up.  I hope this finds you well, and I'm thankful that you'd take time out of your busy life to join me here for a little rest and rejuvenation.  Is it really this late in July already?  My gosh. 

So, how was your week?  Mine was pretty good, all in all.  The much-anticipated bridal shower for Michelle was last Saturday, and it ended up being a blast!  It was a small group of us, which I think made it more special.  Even Scott enjoyed himself.  No, he wasn't there...he escaped just in the nick of time about five minutes before the party started.  He took the day to do all the "guy stuff" he's been wanting to do.  He went to his favorite bait and tackle shop, stopped for a burger and a shake, went fishing and, of course, put air in the tires and checked fluids in our car.  He even found the time to visit my father's grave and have a little visit.  He sneaked back in while the festivities were still going strong, but headed straight to the attic to watch some TV.  (He's no dummy.)

Meanwhile, we ladies played "The Purse Game", ate chicken salad, drank wine, and chatted about all things wedding.  We even took a walk over to Michelle's house so she could show us all the things she made for the wedding so far.  She takes DIY to the next level...who knew artificial flowers from the dollar store could look so good?!  And why can't I do the same things with my hot glue gun?! 

Anyway, while we were still over there oohing and aahing over all her creations, the beautiful sunny sky suddenly turned black and the rain came down in buckets.  It would've made sense to just wait it out over there.  The problem with that was that everyone had left their car windows down (which were parked at my house).  So...picture four women and two little girls in pretty dresses and heels running down the street in the pouring rain trying desperately not to fall on our faces and also to not allow the wind to blow our dresses around in such an immodest way.  It had to be hilarious to watch.  By the time we reached my front porch, breathless and giggling, we all looked like a bunch of drowned rats--albeit very well-dressed, sophisticated rats, of course.  And when we remember that day in the years to come?  We'll always remember how Michelle's bridal shower was just that...a SHOWER!

The rest of our week was a low-key--stormy--get ready for our camping trip--doctor appointments--school supply lists start coming in--oh my gosh is my baby really starting kindergarten in a month? kinda week.                                         

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And, if you're serious about escaping with me today, check out this video.  I love love love it!  Author/speaker/teacher Priscilla Shirer inspires us to give it all up to follow Jesus and what that looks like in our daily lives.  This video really resonated with me, and I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that it would you, too.  Enjoy!