So….what’s new with you?

I feel like it’s been a while since we talked.

Sure, I keep in touch.  There’s a new story every Friday, and a new picture every Wednesday, but that’s not what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about the nuts and bolts of blogging — the sharing, the laughs, and even (especially!) the rants.  I think it’s time for a cup of coffee and some catching up — don’t you?

Here are some high points from my life the last two months:

1  I went on the Erie CROP WALK.

This was my first year to participate in this amazing event, which raises money to feed people at both the local and global level.  I was awed by the number of participants.  It was a moving — and motivating — afternoon, and I plan to take part again next year.

2.  I sold my crafts in three different local craft shows.

Did I get rich?  No.  Did I have fun?  Absolutely!  🙂

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3)  I went on retreat with my daughter.

wildwomenretreat2014 012We spent a  weekend at Lutherlyn, an ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) camp in western Pennsylvania.  We made new friends, played games, took a beginning pottery lesson, sang at campfire, prayed together, participated in bible study, made crafts, toasted marshmallows, and, to quote my daughter, “had the best time ever!”

4) I helped organize a talent show at church.  And what a talented church body it is!

My husband (aka Pastor Brian) served as Master of Ceremonies.  He surprised everyone (including me!) when he kicked off the show by launching into a robust performance of "I Get A Kick Out of You!"
My husband (aka Pastor Brian) served as Master of Ceremonies. He surprised everyone (including me!) when he kicked off the show by launching into a robust performance of “I Get A Kick Out of You!”

The show featured piano music, choir selections, duets, story tellers, singers, guitar players, a flute solo, a rap song, jokes, and a buffet of home-baked desserts.  A free will offering raised money for Lutheran World Relief.  It was awesome!

 5)  My mom flew in from Arizona for a week long visit!  We had a great time.  Our week together raced by, and it was hard to say good-bye when it ended.

We enjoyed several drives around the area, taking in the changing colors of autumn.  This shot was taken one rainy morning when we drove a few miles out of town to buy doughnuts from a local Amish bakery.  The doughnuts were delicious, but it was the scenery that fed our souls.
Mom and I enjoyed several drives around the area, taking in the changing colors of autumn. This iPhone snapshot was captured one rainy morning when we drove a few miles out of town to buy doughnuts from a local Amish bakery. The delicious doughnuts filled our bellies, but the scenery fed our souls.

6)  Life, with all its ups and downs, keeps going.   Life continues to roll forward, and it’s easy for me to get caught up in the pitch and yaw of  activities and obligations. School started, and our family schedule is once again cluttered with an abundance of school and church events.  I’m fully invested in my writing group, and in making writing a bigger part of my day, everyday.  Through it all,  I’ve had to make a conscious effort to remind myself to slow down and enjoy the unfolding splendor of the season.  And I’m glad I did:

Gorgeous, huh?

Most of those vibrant colors are gone now.  The leaves have fallen, and the trees, with their bare branches silhouetted against today’s grey sky, now provide the perfect backdrop for a night of trick-or-treating.  The S word (snow!  say it ain’t so!) is being bandied about in local weather forecasts as a definite possibility for the weekend.  Change is in the air — again!

Whew!  I think you are up to speed — those are the highlights at least!

But enough about me!  What’s new with you?  🙂

 

 

 

 

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