I know, I know - this is Oregon. We should expect it. But really? These days of deluges and downpours are making me downright discouraged!!!! I almost started crying when I saw the weather forecast for the week and saw a big 'ol sunshine on Friday with temps in the mid '60's - there's hope!!! (However, after reading Beverly's post, I'm feeling blessed that our weather isn't any worse!)
I hope everyone is doing well. Heather, not to single you out, but I miss you blogging, girl! Hope you are okay. I've been trying to bounce around to blogs, but admit I haven't been as good lately. Since the retreat, I've added a lot more college friends to Facebook and have been trying to extend the contacts we made there through chats and lots of comments. It's worked - last week, I nearly felt overwhelmed by it all.
Actually, my body did get overwhelmed..... On Wednesday night, I was asked to sit on a panel called "Bridge the Gap" at the Trinity House along with four other (very Godly) women (including our head pastor's wife). We'd been emailed questions the girls had put together ahead of time, and let me tell you, they were tough! (If anyone has a desire to see the questions, let me know, and I'll email them to you, I think they are a pretty good resource about what is on the hearts of college gals these days). Unfortunately, about 2 hours before the event, a major headache started coming on. I took some "major" medicine for it as I knew this was an evening I could not be sidelined. However, because of where the headache originated (at the top of my head and not in my usual neck location), when the chills/heat flashes/feelings of fever and disorientedness, and eventual nauseousness kicked in, I was really worried I was getting the flu! I ended up having to leave about 10 minutes early knowing I was declining fast. The drive home was a doozy, let's just say that (I deserved the rebuke I got from my former Bible Study leader who was in attendance for driving home by myself). But, it did turn out to be "just a migraine" and fortunately I woke up feeling about 95% again the next day. I rejoice that God got me there at all, and was able to share some stuff from my heart that hopefully made an impact.
So, yes, I think the big thing right now for the Riley fam is finding balance - particularly in this college ministry. These guys are SO FUN, they seem to like us so much, and we like them right back - that it's easy to get swept into and before you know it, you've lost a little bit of that downtime (that I for one, so desperately need). Fortunately, it just happened to work out that both my kids have "away" playdates afterschool until 5. So, I canceled my time in Brayden's classroom (I'd say "bad mom" but next Thursday is a 12 and a half hour field trip I'm participating in, so "whatever"!) - and the day (all day) is mine. I plan on CATCHING UP!
Thought I'd throw in a fun picture of Heather and Julie - this is how they greeted me at the door when they had me come over to fix breakfast for me last Wednesday.....talk about goof-balls.......