Several times in the past several weeks, I have thought "Ooo. I need to blog." But, as the archive files do tell, I have not done so. Maybe it's the change of seasons that has thrown me off my rhythm. Fall has officially arrived in the Yakima Valley with cloudy days that don't touch 60 degrees and beautiful trees lining the river. Not as beautiful as Indiana, but lovely for here.
The coming of fall is also marked by the Central Washington State Fair -- further proof that Yakima should count as "the sticks." I attended this grand event last Wednesday with Carrie and Jaelynn and had a most excellent time! We had to see all of the animals -- most of which Jae wanted to pet (which she did, as proven by the picture!) and thought most of them were cows. She is on the cusp of having full-on conversations, so there was lots of chatter with her... and lots of deep-fried deliciousness for Carrie and I. God bless the Pennsylvania Dutch for funnel cakes!
This excursion was just one of my many frolicking adventures in the last several weeks. At the end of September, Rachel Lynn and family came up for a 1.8 day visit. Wyatt had an interview with the Fred Meyer Pharmacy and, if all continues to go along its current trajectory, they'll move up here around the start of the new year. Then I spent a weekend in the Cascades with the ladies from my small group. How fabulous are they! I just love them. Plus we got to have our first taste of winter when we drove up to Mt. Rainier and couldn't see it because of the snow! I was singing "It's A Marshmallow World" in the car. Good times. Then I shared at Riverside Christian School Junior High Chapel, which is a post all on its own.
The frolicking continued this last weekend as I went to Spokane to help teaching a teambuilding class to a group of MBA and MACC students. Funny folks, those business people. And, as if that kind of professional development wasn't good enough, I got to see Angie and Sharla (from summer camp) and my dearest Jen Bell, who just happened to be visiting from Arizona this weekend. That was the best blessing of all!
And the promise of sweet fun doesn't end there. On Friday I leave for Women of Faith with Carrie Grace and Rachel Lynn. Sweet! And this week I'm prepping to give the sermon next Sunday. So if you think of me this week, please pray for me! God's words -- not mine.
And that is it from here.... for now anyway.