here's a fast recap: spiritual gifts series (in sermon and in adult ed) was good--learned some interesting things with some interesting people! pentecost was totally awesome with a children's time that featured helium balloons tied to wrists as a reminder that we can fly hi when filled with the breath of God, and also of what dancing tongues of fire must have looked like. The balloons danced all through the service and made me so happy. then work work work work work trying to get ready to leave for three weeks. I'm headed to a preaching conference, then the Alt7 (for PCUSA clergy under 40)--both at Montreat--and then my youth (led/driven by four fabulous adults) will come down for the youth conference (also at Montreat) and then we'll all drive back together! I've been trying to get everything ready so those fabulous adults have everything prepared for them, but that's harder than you might think. I've also been trying to get everything ready just to be gone for so long--at my house, the office, etc. And, of course, there's tons going on at church between the Covenant Network explorations, the end of the year, the Bible Bowl (which was today and was SUPER FUN), the PNC getting ready to finish the CIF (which means they can start looking for a new pastor soon!), and other fun. Good times. My kitties are going to be mad, but they'll (hopefully) get over it as usual about 10 minutes after I get home. :-)
I should in be in bed, as I have to leave in a little over 8 hours. But instead I'm still cleaning up the kitchen, wishing I'd vacuumed, and packing. I did all the laundry, I even bought new clothes (or new-t0-me clothes, some of them, from my fave consignment shop!)...but everything is sitting in neat piles next to the suitcase. Perhaps I should get on with that.
Do you think I can justify 6 pairs of shoes for 3 weeks? ;-)
In theory I can blog while I'm gone. Maybe I'll try extra hard, complete with pictures from the mountains...