Monday the in-laws came for dinner, and we also had a couple over who met at our wedding as he was a groomsman and she was a bridesmaid.... and now they're talking marriage too! Dad-in-law had made a beautiful 1st Anniversary gift for us - one of the roses from our wedding ceremony centerpieces dried and arranged in some fabric I had used as decoration and all put tastefully in a shadow-box! And a signed copy of the picture of Kyle and I and Mr. President Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter with a personal message from the former president! So that was pretty cool.
Tuesday we babysat for the youth minister's wife. Youth Minister has been in Iowa for two weeks for military training, and the poor mama was going stir crazy in the house with a 4 year old and a 3 month old. So we entertained the kiddo's while she went and grocery shopped and enjoyed the peace and quiet. After that we came home and tried to get the house clean (home for 2 days and already the kitchen is trashed!) and put away stuff from our trip. We went to some neat spice stores and international grocery stores while we were in Florida, and I had a LOT to put away! The good news is that I have at least a year's supply of Cardamom, Sumac, Paprika, Basmati Rice, and hot sauce. And at least two weeks worth of Ahmad Cardamom tea!! (can ya tell I like Cardamom?
So there's the update. We also have had dinner at two other friend's houses in the meantime, have seen "Austenland" (which, for those of us who grew up on Jane Austen is H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S!!!! - if you don't mind a little crassness here and there; but it is a good satire commentary on our times vs. the Regency era and how they are similar/different) done some stuff around the church, and are getting ready for another quick trip up to Chicago to see my dear little Great-Grandma who is 98. Then Kyle starts his new job and we buckle down and start acting like boring responsible adults again with their nose to the grindstone. Ha yeah right. The thing I love about the life God's given me and the husband God has blessed me with and the calling He's put in front of us is that: Even in the mundane, life is an adventure! There is beauty in the ordinary and joy in the routine, and the adventures make us treasure the regular and visa verse!
A normal woman learning to serve an Extraordinary Lord in Ordinary ways, and watching Him turn it into Amazing Grace!
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