Sorry I've been missing in action the past few weeks! Life here, as I'm sure where you are too, has been so busy that sometimes I feel like I'm barely keeping up with the basics, let alone the fun extra things like blogging.
I had my craft table at Curves last Monday, and it turned out fair. I didn't sell as much as I'd hoped, but I did have enough sales to say it was worth my time to be there all day. I really enjoyed interacting with the ladies who stopped to chat for a minute, and quite a few ladies took my business card. Hopefully they'll visit my online shop to see everything I have to offer.
Wedding plans are moving along quite well. We've made arrangements with the pastor of my brother-in-law's church to stay in the church's 3-bedroom mission house the week of the wedding. The size of the house will enable us to have all 3 children with us that last week, which is something that is important to me. We'll also get to visit my relatives in SC and my husband's relatives in NC during the trip. It will be a fast one - two weeks total - but it will be so good to see extended family I haven't seen in probably five years or so.
None of our children will be home for Christmas this year, since we're all saving our pennies for the wedding trip. Beth will come home on New Year's Eve and spend that week with us, then travel to the wedding with us. Andrew will meet us in GA; in fact, his plane from Los Angeles arrives 20 minutes after ours does from Spokane. Andrew and Beth will travel back to CA the day after the wedding. So our holiday visits will be short this year, but I'm still thankful we'll at least get to be with them for that short time.
I was blessed to attend a ladies' retreat - yes, another one! - the first weekend of November, sponsored by Faith Baptist Church in Spokane, WA. I think this was one of the best retreats I've been to. The teaching was so very practical, not so pie-in-the-sky that we couldn't go home and implement it. You know what I mean? The speaker was Mrs. Ginny Chrichton, whose husband is the founding pastor of Greater Rhode Island Baptist Temple. I had never met her or heard of her, but I was so blessed by her down-to-earth teaching! We stayed in the historic Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane. I have been told many times that a hotel is fabulous, but never has one lived up to that term like The Davenport did! I had two ladies and their teen daughters from our church with me, which I loved. We did some shopping and some eating out, so it was a nice little trip for all of us. I plan to take a larger group next year, Lord willing.
Although Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in early October, we still enjoy celebrating the traditional American Thanksgiving too. We have some fellow transplanted Americans a few hours away who have invited us to their home the past two years. We've enjoyed going down to visit with them, and it's becoming a new tradition. We had a beautiful trip down to their place on Thursday morning, but Friday morning was snowy and just a bit treacherous as we came back over the mountain passes. The Lord kept us safe, though, and we made it home in good time to enjoy a Kelowna Rockets hockey game on Friday night with some of our church members. The NHL is on strike this year, but the local hockey teams still play, so our die-hard hockey fans got their fix Friday night!
Now we're on to the Christmas season and all the activity that involves! I love Christmas and its beauty. I will tell you that it's a little hard not having our children coming home at all, though. I just can't pretend that's easy!
As I close, I will ask you to pray for me. One reason I haven't written much lately is that I am dealing with some changes that come with the mid-life season, and I'm experiencing some pretty intense emotional difficulties right now. I finally gave in and made an appointment with my doctor to see if I can get some help with that and the physical side of this time of life. I won't hide the fact that it's proving to be a difficult time for me. I'd appreciate your prayers, and also any advice you might have. We have so many books by Christian authors dealing with teen years, early marriage, child-rearing, but not so much dealing with middle and later life issues women face. We need them! I'm not asking for your sympathy, but I am letting you know that this is a very real part of my life right now.
Thanks for sticking around! I appreciate all of you and your kind comments when I post!