Sunday PM: A Surprise

October 19, 2008 at 10:33 pm 3 comments

Surprise Gift: Tonight before I went to church, I went outside for a breath of fresh air and tripped over something on my doorstep.  It was a new Skype camera.  In the past, I had hacked a spare eye-toy cam, and  I didn’t realize the difference until we got the new cam up and running tonight.

Mom skyped me from Houston tonight from my cousin’s house…she recently moved to Houston! I wasn’t expecting to see her tonight! My aunt and uncle who were visiting a week or so ago flew there and were able to go get her and make her stay more comfortable.  Praise God.

Surprise Visit: I worried about her as much alone in Houston for an indeterminate time as I have the next leg of the trip…I had visions of her being abducted by some weird cabbie or something (nothing against cabbies, I’ve just met my share of weird ones (my last Dallas cab ride is one I won’t forget).

They got her for a while tonight and took her to their house.  It was awesome to see familiar faces waiting for her there, and to see them all together tonight, laughing.

All my kids were here acting silly on the camera, trying hog it, giving me rabbit ears, more or less screaming, –the new mic worked much better, so we could all stop screaming at the mic!  Thanks, Mom!

Mom’s report: Mom said that there are 800 people training to go to various places all over the world.  She’s been to the training center, and to the hotel already.

She said she didn’t feel she could identify with most of the women she saw so far.

She already had on her commando boots and very plain jewelry…just a single wedding band.   I’m not used to seeing her “unfeminine”.  She’s a hard worker, but always very in her female element.  She loves pretty things.  (They have to wear very, very “safe” clothing, even beginning now while on “the new turf”.  Plain pants, plain shirts with t-shirt height collars and such.)

She starts her training at 5:30AM tomorrow morning and 4:30AM Tuesday morning (with shots and physical and all that for overseas).

Me:  Today was a true day of rest.  I napped a whole lot and just gave myself a lot of grace…so did my husband.  I thought I’d wait until my eyes were not swollen so bad to go out…that seemed only fair. 🙂  The Hub has been such a doll.  The kids have been very cuddly.

I took the kids to McDonalds and we ate LJS for supper.  (UGH.)  I’m feeling much better tonight after seeing her.  She looked good…tired like she’d been in airports all day and had been exposed to a lot already, but good.

My energy feels a lot better.  I cried during one song tonight, “I must sing, sing sing…”  for some reason, that line got me.  I was fine the rest of the time, though touchy.  Everyone seemed to know how to give enough support to show love, but not enough where I’d melt–thanks!   (except Bro. R…as Goldilocks says, “When he hugs you at times like that, you just have to cry…you just can’t help it.  Just just start crying.”  I totally agree.

Afterward:  Not sure why I’m writing this down.  Perhaps one day the kids will look back on it and remember they’ve done hard things before…we all have, and God was there…in the moment, one step at a time.  Perhaps where you are, you will be encouraged to know he is there, one step at a time, though it hurts sometimes.  Maybe you will know that he sees your tears and knows your pain, and that he indeed has already felt it long before it ever hit you…he died for it, that you could walk in healing and freedom with him, trusting him.  Let’s strive foward together, you who are struggling in your own battles each day.

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  • 1. Pages tagged "grace"  |  October 19, 2008 at 10:45 pm

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  • 2. Dori  |  October 20, 2008 at 5:03 am

    Oh girl…I totally see some Skype Prayin’ going on between here and there! You in??? 🙂


  • 3. Misty  |  October 21, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Just checkin in to say hang in there! I know how hard this is for all of you. Call, drop in, hang out or anything any time you need. Love ya!


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