For some reason, May has been a very long month. Steve and I often say that February seems to be the longest month. Will we ever get to the end of February? But this year, May has seemed long to me.
Perhaps because we packed so much in. It’s been kind of the opposite of what they say about children: the days are long but the years are short. I think the days were short but the weeks were long.
We started planning for a new website for Steve and all the work that goes with that. Talking to the new webmaster, planning photo shoots and new video, lining up a speaking situation that would allow the videographers.
We had our usual activities—meeting with our FriendSpeak readers, Sunday class and church, Life Group, Bread of Life Café, Bible studies, picnic honoring our graduates. But we added a trip to the Smokies and a weekend of celebration with family and extended family.
Preparing for our fifteen-year-old granddaughter’s birthday party was lots of fun. Since Kinley chose a theme of “Travel the World,” we had as many international foods as possible. She gave us a list of suggestions and Kelsey and I modified it. It was interesting to me that for “American food,” she chose barbecue. A lot of barbecue is around, but I think of that as more of a Southern food. Maybe hamburgers or steaks would have been more All-American. At any rate, this is what we ended up with:
Sticky Rice (Thailand)
Tropical Fruits (Fiji)
Green beans (Southern USA)
Coleslaw (Southern USA)
Grilled pineapple (Cayman Islands)
Sticky Toffee Pudding (Ireland)
Homemade Ice Cream (Southern USA)
Crunchie Cookies (England)
She also had favors for everyone—all 18 of us—from various countries. And she brought lots of supplies for us to make travel journals—lovely papers, stickers, markers, everything we needed to foster our creativity. We even got Steve into the act, and his crafting picture on Facebook was quite a hit—a shock, in fact—to all who know him.
We even managed to get in a Cincinnati Reds game while they were all here. This year, it’s all about the food and activities since the Reds lose so often.
Then we kept our 16-month-old granddaughter for three days while Kelsey and Finn finished their school year. We hosted our FriendSpeak workers for a dessert party so we could share about our readers and how things are going. We enjoyed dinner with old friends that we’d recently re-connected with.
And I haven’t even gone into Steve’s audition to be Happy Chandler for the Kentucky Humanities Council. That will have to wait for another day!
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters… Colossians 3:23