We packed quite a bit into this weekend. It didn't all go perfectly, but life doesn't go perfectly, so this is simply the way of it. But there were some great moments!
Friday I left work early (at 3 p.m.! a mad dash to get as much done as possible before jetting out the door) with my lifelong friend Koby. We headed to Indianapolis to hear two quaker celebrities (that's an oxymoron) in concert: Parker Palmer (author & speaker) and Carrie Newcomer (singer songwriter). It was a beautiful evening. The two of them talked about hope and human possibility. The time with Koby in the car on the way there and back was worth the trip as well. We pulled in back home about 2:00 a.m., but it was worth it! I also felt proud that I made a plan in advance and then actually did it and it was worth it. I have read several of Parker Palmer's books and consider him a mentoring voice in my life--so what a gift to get to hear him at age 78 in person. I am a new Carrie Newcomer fan, but this song is what started my interest in her: "You can do this hard thing."
Saturday I woke up after about 4ish hours of sleep and got up with the baby and got the day moving. It was Family Weekend at the University and I had missed the Friday night events, but there was plenty for Saturday. All in all, we had a great day doing soccer (Kai's game and the University match) and seeing alums and students at a goat roast. I got to reconnect with friends I had graduated with that now have students here. Very full circle. There was also a box maze (pitch black crawling through narrow boxes) that is not my thing, but Clint and Kai did it for the second year in a row. Saturday evening was perfect for soccer at the University. And Kai made a goal at his game!
Sunday I took the little kids to Sunday School and went to my parents' class. Then picked up Clint and went to our family's church. Our church is a great community of college students and retired people and plenty in the middle. I am grateful for the friendly faces. We had lunch with my parents and aunt and uncle. Then, came home and Clint and I had a staff meeting (hah! truly, we have to have staff meetings and get our calendars together). We planned for the Word Made Flesh board meetings that are coming up. We managed children and put the house back together. Then last night, a friend of Clint's, John Pattison, came over (John spoke in chapel this morning) and it was great to see him again. More on John's talk and writing later.
In bed by 11:00 p.m. ish--with everything ready for the morning. Baby bag packed, lunch packed, breakfast set out.
I had some stressful moments this weekend. I was really tired on Saturday and slept for a bit in the afternoon, but not enough. I forgot the baby's bottle at Kai's soccer game and we went to lunch afterwards and she was hungry and upset. I ended up leaving the restaurant early, buying a new bottle and formula for her, feeding her and taking her with me to my hair appointment. Also, I had not got the snacks for Kai's team ahead of time so I had to speedily do that and missed half of his game.
BUT: the team got snacks, the hair appointment happened, I saw Kai's goal and the whole family did have lunch together (even with a fussy baby and Kai spilling a giant glass of ice water) even if I had to leave early and I had a great Friday night. Madi said that she forgot what it was like to go out to eat with us.
Life is not stress free. Life is full of inconveniences, bad planning, stress and grumpy family members. Life is beautiful and restorative as well. Gratitude coming away from a full and tiring weekend!