"Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind... We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith." -- Margaret D. Nadauld

Friday, July 30, 2010

Nothing Turned Into Everything... And It was Good

This week was supposed to be boring. This week was supposed to be my recovery week. Two weeks ago I was at girls camp; last week we were in Washington State; this week we are home and I wanted to catch up on laundry, yard and house work. Last Sunday morning I looked at this week's calendar and there was NOTHING on it except a couple of soccer games, a soccer practice, and the viewing of the girls camp slide show. Plenty of time to do the above chores.

Then 5 minutes before church on Sunday, the phone rang, "Valerie? This is Amazing Visiting Teaching Companion and I'd like to go visiting teaching this week."
"Okay. Surprisingly, my calendar is clear, so feel free to make the appointments any day. I'm good to go!"

Famous last words. As each minute of each day passed I became entrenched in more and more activities/chores/visits/gatherings.... you name it!

The thing is, it was an enjoyable week. I got to reconnect with a sweet friend who is visiting from New Zealand and I also got to meet her mum. I also had an old friend from our early days of marriage stop by and spend the night on his way through town. I got have lunch with the most wonderful group of ladies as we bid a tearful farewell to Thorkgal. I played in the rain with Inigo and then my family. I visit taught a sweet 100 year old lady as she got her hair done in the assisted living facility where she resides. I hung out at a soccer game and watched my boy kick a goal. I (happily) chauffeured my daughter to her "first" job that she (finally) landed this week. We went to the ice cream parlor as a family and each got a scoop of our favorite flavor.

I only got one load of laundry finished. But I did get the house dusted, vacuumed and dishes done! I did get the lawn mowed and watered (no auto sprinklers here! I haul hoses!). I even weeded a flower bed.

Not to mention I was able to finish two books: I've started the Ugly Series by Scott Westerfeld and I'm devouring them... It's nice to start a series of books and be able to read all of them at once instead of waiting one to two years between each installments.... ahem Hunger Games.... which reminds me that I need to pre-order Mockingjay!!!

So, you see, this boring week that I was supposed to have wasn't boring at all. But it was good!

Our family's self portrait after playing in the rain. What a blast we had!! We played tag on the hospital grounds across from our house and layed down on the hill and let rain drops fall in our mouth.

My S.O.S. crafting group. It was good to be together for our lunch date, but so sad to say goodbye to Thorkgal (second from right in yellow shirt).

Apparently while I was at camp, Max took Inigo to his soccer game. Max promised him that if he made a goal, he'd buy him a Michael Jackson movie. At last night's game, Inigo scored a goal. The minute the ball was in the net, Inigo came bounding across the field to Max and I and yelled (to the delight of EVERYONE sitting around us), "Dad! I made the goal. Now you have to buy me that Michael Jackson video!"

They stopped at K-Mart on the way home.

(And I was happy that Inigo will let me take a picture of him, so I let him give me a goofy pose.)

Wouldn't it be nice if every week I don't have anything to do could go as well as this week?


sarah joelle said...

are you liking the uglies series? i read the first one at the recommendation of a bunch of girls in my major and just didn't really even care for it all. they all thought i was crazy. hahaha.

Amber said...

Ha! Love the bargain Max made with Inigo and then Inigo's response!!!

Connie said...

It's amazing how quickly a week of nothing fills right up! Great that your daughter got her job! Super that Inigo made a goal! Good for you for getting your visiting teaching done!

thorkgal said...

I love nothing... because it always becomes something in the end. Ha ha.

Amber said...

Sheesh...I log in from Panama, and you STILL haven't provided me with new information since July 30th...

Yvonne said...

Weeks like that are WONDERFUL. Always wonderful to connect and reconnect with friends.

Congrats to Buttercup on the job and Indigo on the goal.