Day 238 – A Perfect Saturday to Breathe


Let’s just say that this week was a week for the books. From Friday afternoon of last week until last night, we were working hard, running fast and doing everything in our power to keep up.

A Quiet Sunday Walk in the Woods.
A Quiet Sunday Walk in the Woods.

It started this past weekend when we enjoyed the Columbus Day Holiday by going camping.  It was one of the most wonderful camping experiences of our married lives.  We hiked six miles each day, cooked out over an open fire, and slept snugly in our warm sleeping bags.  We enjoyed the autumn leaves falling like large snowflakes and celebrated fall with the smell of wood smoke, the crackle of dried leaves under our feet, and the knowledge that this was our last big fling until the wet winter weather is upon us.

Happy Birthday to my amazing daughter.
Happy Birthday to my amazing daughter.

Tuesday was my daughter’s 21st birthday.  In celebration, we shared a wonderful meal and fantastic fun playing the game “Fish Bowl”.  We laughed until there were tears in our eyes.  Emily and a few of her good friends came over and we were all sad knowing that hosting the entirety of her entourage would never be possible.  Someone as popular as Emily would require an auditorium to host a party in which everyone would come who knows and loves her.  It was a perfect evening.

Emily and a few of her friends celebrate the big day!
Emily and a few of her friends celebrate the big day!

Wednesday, the direction of the week shifted dramatically when I received a D on a paper for my class (not for a lack of effort but because of a lack of knowledge). This was the low point of my week and if it’s okay with you, I’d rather not talk about it any longer.  Please excuse me as I wipe a tear from my eye and blow my nose.

Friday Night Driving.
Friday Night Driving.

Thursday, was a normal day of work and family life.  I was in the office by 6:00 am and worked hard right up to the closing bell.

Friday, started off well until a bomb threat at work forced many of us to stand outside in the cold for a couple hours.  There’s nothing that breaks up your flow like passing a couple of hours standing around wondering if the building you work in will withstand the threat.

To top off the week, we had small group last night and it was one of our best gatherings in a long while.  I just love our friends and having the opportunity to live and love together is so special.

Today is a rainy, gray Saturday and I have big plans.  I’m going to go back and re-read the chapter that gave me the poor grade, write some responses to other posts of people who got it right the first time and work hard to stay ahead of my writing.

It isn’t fancy but it’s life on the Journey.