well, i have returned. we’ve actually been home since friday morning, but i’m back to blogging now. i just checked email, and visited a few reads. we’ve been staying away from the computer pretty well – i don’t want to get addicted again, now that i don’t feel i NEED it like before. 🙂
we met jen and her family!! it was fun, and they are soooooo great!!!!!!!!!! i love jen even more now! she’s awesome. jerry really enjoyed it too, and liked them very much. i commented that it was almost like meeting up with old friends that we have always known, and had no problem getting reacquainted; he agreed. i wish we could have spent more time together, but i’m thankful for the time we had. i know we’ll see each other again. they may even come to indy sometime! yay!
we saw jerry’s mom and sister’s family (the sister who lives in michigan – she’s married and has five kids. he has two other sisters, who both live in indiana. he has two brothers who live in michigan, but he’s not really close to either.). it was really great to see them, but it’s also a blessing that we were able to afford a hotel room for our stay. every other time we’ve visited michigan, we stayed with his mom, and i was not gonna do that this time! she lives in a tiny little apartment, and we would be in her bed while she was on the couch…and we were trying to make a baby…ahem…lol…so the hotel was nice.
i also was able to see my friend laurie from college. i hadn’t seen her in about 5 or 6 years!!!!!!! she has always been a wonderful friend and a kindred spirit, so meeting up with her again was awesome!!!! jerry never really got to know her before, so he had fun meeting her and chatting with her. he really loved her! 🙂
there is a sad note to this. i used only one roll of film, and when it was ready to be removed to use a new one, the film got exposed. it was a cheapo kind, and it must have gotten snagged or something. i took it to get developed yesterday, after forcing it in the canister in the dark bathroom. i don’t know if it will turn out, but i hope to at least save a few of the pictures. pray about this! i love pictures!!!!! there were some of the children’s museum, jen’s fam, and laurie. PULEEEZE turn out!
well, i’m going to check out tuesday this or that now…brb – you won’t miss me a bit!
hmmm it’s not new yet. i’ll check back later and post it if it’s up.
i got this neat inspirational story in my mailbox today. i have no idea who the author is – if you know tell me! 🙂 i thought i would share it with you; it touched me so.
Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband’s employer’s home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the water-way, and cars costing more than her house. The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live.
The husband’s employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely. As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment. Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him.
There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure.
How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?
Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She causally mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value. A smile crept across the man’s face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?
“Look at it.” He said. “Read what it says.”
She read the words “United States of America.”
“No, not that; read further.”
“No, keep reading.”
“In God we Trust?”
“And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God’s way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!”
When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I can not change. I read the words, “In God We Trust,” and had to laugh.
Yes, God, I get the message. It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And God is patient…
now i’ll go do my daily reads and visits, and tell everyone i’m back! 🙂