I cannot believe it’s been a month since my last post. I mean, I’ve felt the telltale signs of it…the words and ideas rolling around in my head, the fear of losing them if I don’t quickly get them out, the random notes of ideas in my phone, the over-processing with my husband (just ask him-I’m very verbal. SURPRISE!)… I have lots of stuff to get out but I thought I’d start with just what exactly the last month has been like and why I haven’t been writing as much.
For two weeks, I had the pleasure of subbing in our littlest’s K4 room while the regular aide was on a well-deserved vacation. I loved it. I really loved getting to know the kiddos in the class, and I loved watching the teacher at work (I’ve dubbed her Mrs. Rogers-she’s so great). I feel pretty strongly that every parent should at some point, spend some time in their child’s classroom. It’s really good to see what the dynamics are and all that the teacher has to deal with in a day. I was only in for the mornings but it was exhausting! The afternoons and evenings were spent running for sports stuff and homework and laundry and just collapsing.
At the beginning of those two weeks, Grandpa was admitted to the hospital. It was tough, but I’m glad that he’s getting the care he needs. He’s in a rehab facility for physical therapy right now and is getting stronger, will hopefully be home within a week or so. My husband’s sister and her husband are also in the middle of some tough days, as they had a little guy come a few months early and he’s been in the NICU and now the PICU-two heart procedures, difficulty with his breathing…he’s a champion who has been through so much. Lots of waiting and praying.
During all of this it was our oldest daughter’s birthday, so we celebrated that like crazy. Family dinner, extended family party, a special shopping trip. It was a good time. We had a new coffee shop open in town which thrills me to absolutely no end. It’s so fun to have a positive atmosphere and great coffee just 5 minutes from home. I love that the owners are always super encouraging as they’re training new employees and are excited to bring something special to this community. If you’re local, check out Swatara Coffee Company-you won’t be sorry!
My guy and I were able to get away to Florida for a long weekend. Our church group has a retreat every year geared towards youth pastors and their spouses. We went 5 years ago and loved it, and were so grateful to go again. We ate great food ( Backwater, Fiesta Jalisco, Hemingway’s Tavern)… we saw two movies (Thor: Ragnarok and Murder on the Orient Express)… we rested, we spent time with some ministry friends, and were blown by a powerful time of prayer. We heard God speak some really beautiful things during this weekend and cannot wait to see His hand of provision as we walk forward.
When I reflect on the last month, I really feel so much gratitude. We are surrounded by some lovely, supportive people. We serve the Living God, who speaks and provides and sees. I mentioned to my husband that since God gave us a time of rest, it makes me wonder what He’s going to ask of us next. He thought for a moment and said, “Laura, I think He knows we need some rest and He’s giving it to us. That’s it. Don’t think much beyond that.” This trip, and the words of life spoken over me during it, has given me some fresh wind in these sails. I sorely needed it.
Coming up is Thanksgiving and my birthday and Christmas, and then in January I’ll be leading a class at church every Sunday morning. Who knows what else God has in store? I am buckling in, because I really have a sense it’s going to be quite a ride.
(Also, if you’ve read this whole thing, good for you. Thanks for listening/reading. It feels good to be together again!)