Monday, April 21, 2008

Train chugging down the tracks of life!

My wise mother always says, "When it rains, it pours!!" (a little different from the title of the book I am reading lately!!!) She´s right of course, as mothers tend to be; and I find myself running from one thing to the other, finding that everything tends to happen all at once! I am meeting all array of demands and delights that seem to be connected like the wagons of a train chugging down the tracks of life!

My dh and I have been involved once again, in a yearly retreat we help organize for missionaries & pastors. This requires all types of coordination and preparation with our main role centering on leading worship.

We updated our repetoir with several new songs, which required some designated time before hand to do that, but which is a occupation that I enjoy! I love this retreat, because I love being involved in blessing others.... It´s so amazing that God allows us the priviledge of being his hands and feet to those around us, even more so to those serving the Body of Christ.

All 3 kids were placed in 3 diffrent homes, with their 3 different suitcases and information as to our whereabouts and contact numbers in case of emergencies!!!! That required major organizational skills on the part of my brain, which often isn´t up to par! That aside, everything went well and without hiccups and we returned Sunday evening tired but fulfilled from our four days away.

Now I have two days to unpack, wash clothes (from all 5 of us!!!) , plus prepare some meals for when I am away and re pack to leave Wednesday for GUERNSEY with my sister to celebrate my brother´s 25th Wedding Anniversary!
I am soooooooooooooooo excited. It´s been a year since my last visit and even though we will only be there for 6 days I am going to soak up the local colour like it´s going out of style! I will also get to be with a bloggy friend that I haven´t seen for years as well as my pastor and his wife which is going to be so great!
Choosing clothes to take on any trip is always a challenge for me... the actual packing is the easy part. Feeling comfortable in my skin is one thing, feeling comfortable in my clothes is entirely another! So tomorrow I will face that mountain! I have some final errands to run and a horseriding class for No 3 so tomorrow should be a busy day!

Actually no3 stayed home today, because she had a tummy ache and her foot started hurting again. I do believe though that she was feeling anxious about me leaving again after just being away, and I figured that there was a little of "Mummitus" going about too. So we cuddled together to watch Ice Age on the sofa and play a good game of Monopoly to fill up our emotional tanks!

I find having many activites back to back somewhat disconcerting, espeically the days in between activities. It leaves me feeling a little lost and like a person in transit at the airport. Especially if the acitivities have a high level of emotional and spiritual content. I am trying to just walk through it with peace and consistency and keep focusing in on God, that He is the same, no matter which wagon I am jumping into next!

Looking forward to catch up with you all again soon!


Karen said...

Have a wonderful time in Guernsey - take gazillions of photos :-) I understand what you mean about heaps on and even when it's good stuff, needing time to process and slow and think and breathe. Much love cos.

Bonnie said...

I hope you have the BEST time in Guernsey !!

luvmy4sons said...

Have a great time. I SO understand the feeling you speak of when so much is going on. There are seasons in our life. You just have to go with it, and you seem to be doing that very well. That is so neat you knew to just cuddle with your kid and meet an emotional need!

BunnyGirl said...

You're already on your way, but I'm really looking forward to seeing you!

Knit-Wit said...

I am excited for you and your trip to Guernsey. May God bless your time there!

Sharon Brumfield said...

Julia gets a nervous stomach when we are out of town.
We are going to look for houses this weekend and I can tell it is staring already.
We are going to work on a project together so maybe that will help.

Have a great trip. I bet Karen wished she was going with you.

freetofly said...

Your obvious love for serving and encouraging others shows through! I know those people were so blessed by you and your husband! I am so happy and glad for you both to share this gift! Ministry needs this so much, there is so much spiritual warfare, so much bruising and wounding. This minsitry to stregthen and refresh our pastors and the like is critical.

I too am a processor, in that I need that still quiet time! Praying for you to have a wonderful travel and happy times!