Life has been a little crazy around here. A very good, enjoyable crazy, but crazy none the less. ~It all started a little over two weeks ago with a visit from my oldest, dearest friend, Shannon and her family. They came on a Sunday afternoon and stayed until the following afternoon. We crammed as much fun as we could into our time. That included euchre--at which Greg and Pete thoroughly womped us--a trip to the pumpkin patch, and taking care of our combined four children. It was great spending time with them.
~The next day, Pete left for Toronto for a business trip. He returned on Friday afternoon.
~That evening his closest friend and roommate from college, Josh came with his family. I love getting to spend time with them as well. While they were here, the guys golfed, we took our kids to the park, Kim and I hit the outlet mall, and again a round of husbands beating wives at euchre. (I may be the weak link here...hmmm?) We had a wonderful time, as always, hanging out with the Browns and hope that we can do it more often. :)
~The next day, Pete's parents were in the area, so they came over for the afternoon and stayed for dinner. We love being near enough for them to drop by for a few hours every now and then. It was great to see them.
~Last Wednesday, Pete's aunt and uncle and their daughter came to stay overnight. They are just beginning to be involved in a really neat ministry at OSU called International Friendships. They came and had dinner and shared how God has led them to this ministry. It was such an encouragement to both Pete and I to hear how God is still working all things together for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose. It was also fun to see Jon playing with their daughter who is 4. They had a blast together.
~This past weekend our church had a Bible conference on the life of Christ. We didn't attend all the sessions, but really wished we had. The main speaker is a man named Dr. Doug Bookman. He has so much knowledge and wisdom about the Jewish culture, scripture and the life of Jesus. There were so many little insights that just helped me to cherish my Savior more. They haven't uploaded the sessions to the internet yet, but when they do, I will post a link--it will be worth your time to listen.
~Sunday, we had our pastor's family over for lunch. They have five children and it was so fun having them here. I had never cooked for that many teenage boys at once, and was afraid that my meal wouldn't quite cut it. However, Christa's Spanish Rice Bake came through and we actually had leftovers!! Amazing! :) And everyone loved it.
In the course of 15 days, we hosted three families overnight, had two other families over for meals, and Pete was gone for nearly 4 days. It only figures that I would get a cold now, doesn't it! :) I really enjoyed almost every minute of having people here--it's just the way I'm wired. However, I am thankful to have a week or so off. Tonight we're just having leftovers!!! :)