It has truly been a whirlwind of events the past few months, and I can honestly say some of the busiest weeks I have experienced as a wife, mother and grown up. Teaching full time at home, going back to school, trips, running major events, and all the miscellany in between…I have seen that I can do it, but it does wear the body out.
This week is the first time in months that I have a “normal” week. I have missed blogging, I have missed my business and have realized that these spaces are part of who I am. With the events of the past week around the world, I have missed connecting with family far away and see blogging as a way to connect to family, friends, the world. How important it is to do this in love, unity and peace. I am so grateful for all of you and I look forward to connecting and seeing what is happening in your lives as well.
I could not figure out how to start this post, because there has been so many things happening, and last night, I sorted through about 300 photos from the past few months. Where do I even begin!
So I will lead in words my month of September through mid October, then show you some very cool pics of an impromptu trip to Fresno California. September began the craziness. I put together a women’s retreat for the northern region of our state. It was called, “That’s How the Light Gets In”, and approximately 30 women from 3 different congregations came together to learn about service and prayer. I heard it went really well! I say this because even though I organized the event, I was unable to make it. I had class all weekend long! Wonderful women banded together to help ensure all went well. This was my first lesson: how to learn to allow others to help. I have always had a difficult time with this control issue, but honestly, I cannot do it all. These wonderful women stepped up and did an amazing job, and I couldn’t be more grateful! Class went well, and I am drinking through a fire hose of information. Getting back into the school routine and writing papers on theology is mind boggling, but somehow, by grace, I am getting it done.
Another major thing I am working on with another woman is starting up a soup kitchen, opening in January. There will be more info to come. But in the midst of preparing for this, going to school and planning for our church bazaar, we have had co-op and home school! I have enjoyed school this year. The program for the kids is amazing, and this virtual school incredible. The kids attend class online, and meet with their fellow classmates. The curriculum is great, and I feel like I am running from kid to kid, but they are all having a great time. The co-op has been a lot of work, but so worth it, and I am grateful for the ladies I work with.
Now to the Fresno trip. This was an impromptu trip. My husbands aunt and uncle live in Fresno, and one week called us to invite us to the wests largest civil war re-enactment. Apparently, Fresno has the largest one in the west, who knew? They know that my son is a huge civil war buff, and did not want us to miss this opportunity. However, when they called, we only had a week! My husband was gone, so we had to work out how we would do it. So, on a Thursday, my husbands flight got in at 1pm. Since he was already packed, the kids and I picked him up from the airport and just kept driving. We spent the night in Vegas, which is a story all its own for tomorrow and got there Friday night. All day Saturday, we attended the event, and it was pretty cool. Here are the highlights.
The morning started with a battle, and which one, I cannot remember. I was not expecting it to be so cool. The horses were so well behaved with all the black powder noise, and the characters were amazing!
In between battles, we walked around the camps, both union and confederate.
The above horse was the most friendly horse I have ever met. I couldn’t stop petting her. Really, literally, she would not leave my daughter and I alone. Which was sad for my daughter, because she absolutely loves horses, but unfortunately this is what happens.
Yup, she is allergic. So Benadryl to the rescue and the rest of the day continued.
The men and women participating stayed in character at all times, and answered all questions. We all learned much about the history, and had fun learning some new crafts.
The doctor was by far the most informative. We are so lucky for the advances in medicine. I will spare you the details.
An old distillery, for medicinal and moonshine purposes! Of course it was just for show.
And then of course the day ended as it began, with a battle.
We truly had such an amazing time, and I am so happy we did not wimp out. It was great to see family, learn new things and watch the kids have a wonderful time.
Thanks Bruce and Cheryl! We had so much fun!