I've got no clever title just a whole bunch of week wrapped up into one very long blog post...
Monday was fall break day for WCS & Tennessee Tech. We had a low key day at home. I finally decided that showering was going to be a necessity when I got the call that Checkers was delivering. No Nashville hospital visit would be complete without a stop for dinner at a local dive called Rotiers. I wish I had pictures. It's one of the only places left that has an old school cigerette machine...and we all know that adds a special touch of class to any restaurant. I believe that we now have laws in place about smoking in restaurants but my nose told me that someone was sneaking a smoke in that restaurant. It's one of Sumer's favorite Nashville eateries and she ordered us up some hot fingers, a burger, fries and hash brown casserole. Alicia Jordan did not eat...that's. all. I'm. sayin' :) Also, nothing says, "Let me hold your newborn baby" like three southern baptist women that smell like smoke.
Tuesday was our second day of fall break. It was also mine and Lawnmower Man's 20th anniversary. Lawnmower Man was a little under the weather over the weekend and still was not feeling well so we spent the day at home and ordered up some Applebee's carside to go for our anniversary dinner. And someone may have spent the entire day in a pink terry cloth bathrobe. But that's okay because it matched my awesome anniversary gift...
I've kind of had my eye on this for a while and the traditional 20th anniversary gift is china. Seriously, who really needs china on their 20th anniversary? He specifically picked this one out because it didn't have any complicated gears. Apparently, I'm getting too old and a little gear switch on the handle bars would prove to be too much. We'll be going out for our anniversary at a later date. If there are any new Nashville eateries that you think we should consider, please leave me a comment. (Please note: LM prefers restaurants that don't have cigerette machines.)
Wednesday-I went to work. Let me rephrase that...I went to work and didn't get anything done because I spent most of the day running out of my office or sitting on my desk...
Nothing says professional like sitting on top of your desk at the church office.
(Please note: I was talking to the one and only Tracey Jones.)
You might wonder why I'm sitting on my desk...
Apparently, my office is now the hangout for all the local church mice. Yes, that's mice. As in PLURAL. I got a heads up about the situation when Awesome Amber sent me a little email with this picture and it was titled: the scene in your office. There are two church maintenance men & an education pastor that think they have a gift for trapping, but I don't fool around with these silly little 99 cent rat traps. I made a stop to the Tractor Supply Company on my way to work and picked up four sticky traps because nothing brings me greater joy then to see the mouse that defecated on my desk suffer a slow and painful death on a good ol'sticky trap. I have what I like to call a zero tolerance policy for those that break that rule. You also haven't seen anything until you've seen the local student pastor run and scream like a girl because he saw the mouse run down Cindy's arm when she was trying to get it out of my blinds. Cindy is one of our ministry assistants and lives life in the country. Need I say more? I had a squealing mouse stuck on a sticky trap by 11:59 a.m. (Please note: The local senior pastor has stated his concern for the joy I find in killing God's creatures and is probably meeting with the personnel team right now.)
Thursday-I went to work and I wasn't there long before I headed to the Grace Pregnancy Resource Center with some of my office peeps.
Robin, Angela, Brian Best, Alicia, Cindy (the mouse whisperer)
Calm down. No one in the picture is pregnant...that I know of.
We went there for the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigel that is happening right now across our nation. Brian Best attends our church and has worked for the Tennessee Right to Life Organization for many years. He gave us a tour of the facility and told us the amazing story of how this pregnancy center was recently relocated practically next door to the abortion clinic. Sometimes pregnant women are on their way to the abortion clinic and end up at this place accidently because it says pregnancy resource center on the sign and it's the first place they see. They are given wise counsel and babies are saved. We spent an hour praying across the street from the abortion clinic. Please know that this is not a protest but an honest to goodness peaceful prayer vigel to pray for innocent lives. I was amazed by Brian's commitment to this organization and how God is blessing his obedience to work hard and protect LIFE! Sign-up to pray, you'll be blessed.
Friday-for just a brief moment I could not remember what I did on Friday but then I reviewed the pictures and it all clicked...
I hung out with like 50 + preschoolers and their moms for preschool Friday fun day at Let it Shine Gymnastics. It was Friday and it was fun. Friday is my day off...or not;) but if you have to work you might as well jump into that spongy pit thingy and almost lose your socks. Well, hold onto your socks because after that I went to a real live grocery store, bought real food, and actually did some chopping and such to make homemade soup for my family for dinner. And they liked it. Shocking, I know.
Saturday-we had our mission fundraiser yard sale and it was the coldest day ever.
I didn't take any pictures of the sale because you would be so jealous of all the cool stuff you missed out on buying. As always, the first things to go are always the things that I laughed at and thought no one would buy. Had I known there was a big market for a 1970's duck lamp and ceramic statues from Mexico...I would have priced them much higher than a quarter! I did however get a picture of me trying to ride the green machine and Sumer riding my new bike. After you spend the day out in the freezing cold, you just get silly.
Alicia was probably sitting around a heater somewhere counting quarters;) If we didn't have her, we'd never make it to Africa on our own.
And today was Sunday. Some people call it their day of rest...I, however, call it my busiest day of the week. We had our baby dedication and prayed a special verse over each of the 31 babies. Obviously, I'm trying to make it into the Guinness books for the world's largest baby dedication. Have I told you people how much I love sweet babies in pink, blue and white outfits? Here is a picture...
This is sweet baby Ava.
You can tell by the look on her chubby little cheeks that she knows she's getting a Word from the Lord.
The end. I'm so glad tomorrow is Monday!