|the beautiful stone walls of Kentucky at Shakertown|
What a full and beautiful weekend this was!
Friday evening we celebrated the Word Made Flesh community with a potluck. I left work early (at 4 p.m.) to run errands with our nanny (and friend), G, and picked up food items and transitioned the children from the other nanny (A) to G. I set up the potluck at our church while G took care of our little kids (plus a couple of extra from the WMF community) at our house. The potluck warmed up my heart for sure hearing the connections between people as well as brief bits about what they are doing in the world to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I went to bed by 10:30 p.m., very, very tired, but full of thanksgiving.
Saturday Clint had board meetings and board hosting all day (from 8:00 a.m. until after midnight). I ended up doing a lot of back and forth. Saturday morning I took the little kids to get donuts for our oldest daughter's filming project and also picked up bottled water for the board. Then, we went back into Lexington for a birthday party of Kai's school friend at a trampoline place. I was so proud of us that we had bought the present LAST weekend and already had it wrapped. I am still celebrating that tiny win still. Almost every child at that party cried at some moment or another. Kai's fav was the dodge ball and I made a mental note to take him back for that. I managed Emily and chatted with the other parents. We drove back to Wilmore, picked up a board member to take to the airport and also Madi and headed back to Lexington. After dropping off the board member, the four of us went to a newish outdoor mall in Lex. We had popsicles, walked around some shops, went to the outdoor playplace. I also dealt with both kids having major poo incidents. Then we went to P.F. Changs and sat on the outdoor patio and had a great dinner. Madi and I decided that the best part was definitely the battered green beans in that spicy sauce. We came back home and watched UP which Kai had not seen and actually was not that excited about. Not enough excitement, I suppose. I fell asleep at the end, but it was all good. I went to bed shortly after the movie was done and Madi left. It was a great day full of kids, but really full of driving as well.
We had two house guests in our home as well for the weekend so on Sunday morning, I got up and took care of kids and made coffee for everyone. Clint went to an early service with of our guests, a musician, who was leading worship. I got the little kids ready for church and went to Sunday school (which was a great discussion on death, but seriously a good discussion). After Sunday school, I came home met back up with Clint and our friends. I put some leftovers together for lunch and the baby down for a nap. We all took rest times and then we went on a hike at Shakertown's beautiful wooded property. I can't believe that I have never done that. I took note of lots of places at Shakertown that I need to come back to and sit and read and write. We came home and I made a sausage, potato and kale soup. Hung out with kids and did the bedtime routine--a bath for Emily--Emily is loving bathtime now. All the splashing has started!
The weekend was abundant. The hike was on my bucket list to get us into the fall leaves. The soup was a perfect autumn soup. The time with the kids was awesome. And getting to be around WMF people was great. AND, I got enough sleep.