Those of you regular readers know that I have been in a funk the past few days, so I’ve been off the grid. Good news! I’m feeling great, was busy yesterday, crazy busy today and a new small group started at church tonight that I already love.
Yesterday was my Daddy’s 75th birthday. Doesn’t he look amazing? This photo is actually from three years ago when I got married. Although the marriage didn’t work out, it is still by far the best photo I have of the two of us. He looks just the same, and I’m 50 pounds lighter, so time has been good for us these past few years. I haven’t seen him yet for our regular birthday lunch, but I did call and sing Happy Birthday to him.
I also had lunch with Rugrat. The usual crew joined us, and as always, he avoided the camera as best he could, but I did manage to get one decent shot. He thought he ducked behind mine, but thankfully his timing was off.
This morning I hit the ground running. I went to Kohl’s to pick up some school clothes. I only spent $25. I got 33 pieces of clothing for Rugrat and didn’t even have a coupon. OK, OK, they weren’t all Kohl’s clothes; I’m not sure any of them were. I just met a lady there who had posted them on a yard sale group on Facebook, but WOW! What a deal! If you don’t use these groups on Facebook to look for bargains, you are missing out!
I also learned that you never know where you might meet a potential client. Well, I already knew that, but actually experienced it today. I sent a message to the woman I bought the clothes from today because I looked back at the post to see how many items were in that bag. After rereading the original post I thought I had underpaid her so I messaged her, but she said we were good because she had reduced the price in the comments. She continued to tell me she’d been trying to sell them for a few weeks and just reduced the price because she and her husband want to buy a house and are trying to purge. We now have an ongoing conversation about what they are looking for. So, this gal is a happy camper.
I left Kohl’s to have lunch with a Realtor friend of mine who also has a catering/food truck business and serves AMAZING BBQ plate lunches in the area. He’s going through a divorce after 25 years of marriage, so since I’ve done it twice already, I’ve been trying to raise his spirits and share some things to expect. Dating today is much different than dating 25 years ago, what with social media, online dating and such.
Although I had an all-around fabulous day, the best part was tonight when the prodigal daughter returned home to her church family. I have been a member of my church for nearly 10 years. I’ve developed a lot of relationships over that time and truly felt like I’d come home tonight. We have Wednesday night dinner and various classes and Bible studies to choose from every session. Two good friends of mine are leading a study about raising kids as Christians. With only one of six sessions attended, I can already tell I’m going to absolutely love this class and learn a lot to help with helping Rugrat’s faith and growth. I hope that his father will reinforce that at his house as well, and I intend to purchase the book that the study was based on and share it with him after I finish it. He’s not a reader, so I will highlight some important points and hope he reads at least those.
We joined this church as a family shortly after Rugrat was born because we both agreed that we wanted him to learn about God and hear stories about Jesus and hopefully develop a personal relationship himself. After the divorce, I “kept” the church because one of the main reasons we started attending is that all of my local family attends as well. I haven’t been consistent in attendance. I probably haven’t been to a Sunday service in two-three months, but I miss it. We have plans to be out of town this weekend, but you can bet that the following Sunday, I will be there.
Well, Rugrat called and said goodnight before he went to bed, and I haven’t seen any sign of the Sleep Police, so I guess he had no issues at bedtime. I’m beat and need to put myself to sleep!