I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Monday is my favorite day of the week! It comes right after Sunday, which is the day when I take a long, guilt-free nap in the afternoon, and then relax on Sunday evening after church. We're home by 7:00, which gives me a good three hours of chillin' out before time for bed. Last night I ended up with a stomach ache after we ate, so I took a warm bath before bed to try to ease it just a bit. I slept so good! I can't say that I woke up with a spring in my step, because I've never in my life gotten up with a spring in my step! LOL I don't like to get up. But once I got up and got my day started, I was feelin' good and I got a lot of things done, including a bit of extra laundry.
For dinner today I fixed one of my husband's favorites, Cheeseburger Buns. I don't fix this recipe very often, because it takes some planning to make the yeast rolls and roll them out and assemble them with the meat and cheese with just the right timing to have them done at just the right time. I even groaned when I looked at my menu plan for today and saw those buns on there! But I knew Wes would enjoy them, so I quickly figured out what time I'd need to start the dough in order for the buns to be done at our dinner time, which is 2:00. Wes took one bite and said, "Mmmm, these are so good! I don't know why you don't make them more often!" To which I saucily replied, "Because they take half the day to make them!" It really feels like they do, but when I thought back over the steps, the step that took the longest actually only took about 20 minutes. So I will try to make them more often and exercise my planning abilities. If you want to get better at something, you have to practice it, right?! ;)
There is a couples' retreat coming up in October, sponsored by one of our sister churches in the Vancouver area. They have been hosting this retreat for quite a few years, and it's something that Wes and I enjoy attending. For the past couple of years, we've been trying to get our church couples to go with us, but for one reason or another, they never could. This year, though, we have two couples going with us, and I'm so pleased! We are praying for a good time, which is very minor compared to the great blessing we believe this time can be for all of us - that's our major prayer for this retreat!
With fall coming around, my thoughts have begun turning to the fall and winter months at church. A couple of new things we're wanting to do are hosting a Family Gym Night in a neighborhood school once a month, with games and refreshments and a devotion, beginning a youth ensemble. We have exactly four teens, so that's how many will be in our ensemble! LOL I'd also like to have a special Christmas children's party as an outreach into the community, and last year we began what I hope will be an annual Ladies' Christmas Brunch around the first of December. Our church's third anniversary is coming up in February. I know that seems far away, but when you're planning a big celebration, it isn't long at all. Wes has already contacted a preacher to come in for our special day and reserved our rooms for extra time that day. We thought summer was busy, but then we started looking forward to winter and realized we'll be just as busy! I do get tired from time to time, but I love having so much to do. It keeps life exciting and keeps the purpose before our eyes of reaching out to those around us with the Gospel, as well as ministering to those we already have in our church.
It was a bit chilly in the house last night, so Wes ignited our gas fireplace for the first time. I have wanted a fireplace for years, and now I have one! I loved it! It knocks the chill off the room enough to keep from running the furnace, and it's beautiful. If you use your imagination, you can see the "flames" licking up the wood and hear it crackling away! ;) It's a small thing, but just another special thing the Lord has given me. I plan to enjoy it quite often this winter!