Category: Mother’s Day

The beginning of a grand adventure

Well, I am leaving for Peru tomorrow.  While the past week since I graduated has been very busy, and I’m excitedly nervous for the start of my trip, I couldn’t have planned a better final weekend in Atlanta if I had tried.  I spent all day on Friday at an event called LeaderCast – basically a one day leadership conference that was much akin to drinking out of a fire hydrant for 6 hours straight.  Speakers along the lines of Andy Stanley, Laura Bush, and Malcolm Gladwell came and gave us their wisdom and insight into what it means to be an effective leader.  Then, in the evening, Michael and I made dinner for us and 2 other friends of his.  Although I didn’t really know them that well, it was still a very nice and relaxing evening chatting and getting to know each other better.

Saturday was spent at the Renaissance Festival, my annual tradition ever since I started college.  Although the forecast was threatening thunderstorms all day, hardly a drop actually fell.  It was simply nice and cool all day long, and the threat of rain had scared away much of the crowds, making it even better.  We watched incredible acrobats, and pottery and glass-blowing demonstrations, and meandered through the vendors’ booths, and of course took lots of pictures.  I just felt so blessed to be surrounded by so many people who love me so much.

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That evening, after we got back, Michael and I got all dressed up and headed over to Chris and Julia’s.  Julia was having an “Old Hollywood” themed birthday party that night.  So the guys were all decked out in their suits, and the ladies were well represented in sparkly, shiny, or old-style flapper dresses.  It was really a lovely night.  Julia outdid herself with all of the planning and little details, and I was super grateful for the opportunity to see her and get to meet and talk with some of her and Chris’ friends.

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The weekend was rounded out with a grand mother’s day celebration.  My whole family drove up from Albany early on Sunday morning, and got to my church just as the service was starting.  So I got to go to church with my family on Mother’s Day, something I haven’t been able to do in many years.  Afterwards, we all drove to a park in south Atlanta to meet the families of several degrees of in-laws.  We all brought some food to share, and had a grand picnic lunch.  Actually, grand is probably not the correct word.  It was really quite simple and unassuming; but the people that I got to share it with were what made it grand.

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Today (Monday) has been nuts, with me running around trying to get last-minute things for Peru.  Fortunately, though, because of wonderful friends who have pitched in and helped out with what they could, I was also able to go to Elizabeth’s graduation ceremony from Emory nursing school.  Graduating with honors, and already has the job of her dreams lined up – so proud of that girl!!

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And there it is.  I suppose that’s all for now, folks.  I leave tomorrow morning at 11:00 am.  I’ll do my best to give updates as regularly as I can, but as I don’t even know where I’ll be staying from night to night, I have no idea how regularly I’ll have access to internet.  As I’m reflecting over the last few years in Atlanta, I’m realizing more and more that life – all of it – is a grand adventure.  You don’t have to go to another country for weeks on end with no plan to have an adventure.  You can have one every day of your life, if you choose to find it.  But nevertheless, I’m excited to be going on my next big adventure!  Leaving in less than 24 hours!! 🙂

The daily grind

They say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.  If that’s the case, then I am becoming very dull, indeed.  Ever since I came to Albany, it seems that all I’ve been doing has been work.  I’ve been working for my dad’s medical transport business, and I often feel as if I’m trying to do the work of 2 or 3 people all by my lonesome.  I’m doing scheduling, and billing, and filing, and handling the phone, and administrative stuff, and yada yada yada….oh, and on top of that, I’m also driving an average of 3-4 hours every single day.  It’s been so unbelievably exhausting…but hey, at least I can’t complain about being bored!
I have been able to do a few things outside of work.  I went to Matt and Hope’s piano recital – they have really progressed by leaps and bounds!  I was super impressed.  Also, my first weekend back was Mother’s Day weekend, so the whole family (including my grandmother) went down to Pensacola for the weekend.  The kids and I had some little gifts and cards for mom and Grammie, and we had a nice dinner together, and basically just enjoyed each other’s company.  I went with Dad and the kids to the naval aviation museum, which was really fascinating.  Seeing all of the different planes was cool enough, but we also got to go on a hands-on science-y tour that was part of the museum which was super interesting.  I really enjoyed it. 


On Sunday, we went to church with the Chatraws, our old paster and his wife from when we went to Cornerstone Church in Americus, a loooong time ago.  That was wonderful seeing and catching up with them….strange how little they’ve changed!  Josh made a comment as we were driving down there, saying something to the effect of, “I can just feel the stress melting away the farther we get from Albany.”  I couldn’t agree more, and I think it was exactly what our family needed.  Because it was right back to the grind when we got back Sunday night!  It’s times like these when I’m so very grateful for my friends and family who keep me grounded, and remind me of God’s faithfulness when I’m apt to forget it.