I can’t believe that in just a couple days, Alan will be flying away to Virginia. Sigh. I want to go, too. Truth be told, I’m excited about the move – things to see, things to do, places to go!! Sure, that feeling may go away after being there awhile, and be replaced with missing my (extended) family, but so far, it’s good. The biggest issue is just the getting there…if only I could blink three times, then find myself living in a home in Virginia. That’d work for me. To think I’ll be doing all the work myself!! I have no one to blame – I”ve been an Egyptian – living on the River DeNile – so I could have had Alan help me. I was sure it wouldn’t really come down to us going! God never shows me His schedule sheet – what’s up with that??!
We had a ‘going away’ dinner last night at church, with the coffeebar people. They all love Alan, and are so bummed he’s going. (Well, they’ll miss me too, but mostly him, lol! Because he’s done the Sunday deal for years, and I work mostly alone there on weekdays) It was so nice, but so sad. These people are family in the truest sense, and to be surrounded by that kind of love is awesome. They came around us and prayed for us, and I was not the only one crying! I have to tell you something – it is very weird yet very cool to hear other people share about how they feel about your spouse. I mean, I know him better than anyone, so I know all his faults – and I can be pretty judgemental, ’cause hey, he’s hurt me so I tend to be critical of him. Even now when he’s been such an awesome guy, it’s like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, you know? Now, Alan is truly himself in that coffeebar – he doesn’t put on a ‘church face’ or anything – in fact, we’ve all thought at one point or another to get him a t-shirt with a phrase on it like "Sarcasm – just another service we offer" or something!! He is who he is, I’ll give you that. So, last night, more than one person came up to him and said something to the effect of how he’s been their ‘mentor’ ( a couple younger guys) or a couple gals (from not real pleasant backgrounds) who said he was their example of how a Christian man should act. Wow. Just because he’s a big pain-in-the-butt kind of guy! Who knew?! It was eye-opening to me, really – to see how others see him, who are just taking him for who he is, and not putting all these expectations on him, or judging his current actions through a lense of past mistakes. Awesome, really. Already, God’s Big Plan is working in our lives.
Well, I better go get dressed (yeah, it’s one in the afternoon and I’m still in my nightgown) because we are going to my parent’s for early dinner – the whole gang, sort of a goodbye for Alan…. I think we should have already been there to put the ham in – the ham we still have to go to the store to buy – hmmm. Alan is out having coffee with a buddy, hope he gets home soon!
Prayers for me will be appreciated – right now I am in acute gut pain, not sure if it’s my Diverticulitis acting up, or if I’m getting a bladder infection, or…. but it’s not nice at all.
Bye for now!