Yesterday was a true day of rest. Our pastor preached his last message at Community Alliance Church in New Haven, New York. He, and his family, depart to start pastoring their new church, the Amherst Alliance Church in Amherst, New York. It might only be a few hours away but in the grand scheme of busy and crazy schedules, it feels like further.
I'm excited for their new journey and ours, as the Community Alliance Church. Pastor didn't preach a depressing last message but instead encouraged us, the church, to pray for the journey before all of us. Two churches and many families starting new adventures this week, may God be glorified through it all.
Typically the last day of school is exciting and busy. Once I arrive home from school, I organize the ten-month tornado within our home, get ready for graduation, and then join the community for the graduation ceremony. Afterwards, I return to our humble abode to finish the organization and cleaning. I wake up on Saturday to a house ready for a few weeks of vacation, company, and writing.
This year was very different. Instead of cleaning, we enjoyed time visiting with my parents and then went to graduation. Saturday, for the most part, was spent taking Motrin for a really bad headache, and resting. Saturday evening we went to one of the four graduation parties we were invited too, visited with friends for a bit, and then returned home to a good night's sleep. Sunday was church, "Until we meet agains", and more graduation parties. This morning, mission organization went into full throttle.
Almost time for supper, a list for Lowes waiting to be purchased, flat rocks to be collected, and I'm contemplating "What is for dinner?". I love summer - today is officially the first day of summer vacation and I look forward to the days ahead. As soon as the house is finished tonight, this author and speaker is getting to work.
Well maybe after sitting on the deck for a couple hours of listening to the crickets and wind rustling leaves again, like we did last night. Happy summer everyone!
What rituals do you have before vacation kicks off?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323