Saturday we took the kids to the Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Festival. It was cool and cloudy which was perfect weather for David.
There are lots of vendors set up selling cute stuff, there is also great music and yummy food. Here are my sweet three together.
I bought some Christmas gifts as well! We love the park year-round and we are so blessed to have this in our backyard.
Last night we cleaned up and headed over the mountain to Rich Valley for a party at the Buchanan's. Wow! It is so beautiful over there and the party was at the restored family home that dates back to 1905. It is gorgeous and we had a great time. David had so much energy and had a great time playing. Kyle and Spencer had a great time together.
If you look closely you can see that the scooper on the tractor (I am sure it has a more accurate name than scooper but I am not a farm girl) that was used as the cooler for the drinks. My kids had a ball playing in that big ice pit! Lights were strung across the yard and tiki torches were burning and it was a wonderful night. Sadly our kids were ready for bed before the band started playing, but it was a wonderful night. Thank you Buchanan family for your hospitality.
This morning was church as usual. I must apologize now for the people sitting around me in church. Today the praise band played David's top three songs ever and I got very emotional. They started with Our God and I could remember that little guy singing that right after his surgery. He still had hair then and we were in the big room beside Haley. That song brought back memories from early in our journey. Then they launched into Forever Reign and that is when the tears started really flowing. I love that line that sings my heart will sing no other name Jesus, Jesus and it gets me every time. After I got control of myself I whispered to Suzanne sitting beside me that if they launched into How He loves us I was going to croak and sure enough thirty seconds later that familiar opening chords started. It was the most intimate and emotional worship I have ever experienced. I just felt bad for the poeple around me.
I am not emotional because I am scared or nervous about the future. I am at peace despite what the future scans will say about his cancer. I am emotional because the nightmare has taken us into a more intimate relationship with the father and I am so in awe of how he has provided for us. We have been so scared and hopeless that Abba Father has been our only hope. He has provided such blessings to us during the journey and we will forever be changed. It was just so fitting that the Sunday before David's last treatment all his songs from his journey were played in church.
I believe that flyers were passed out today in all our local churches for the Ordinary Women's Conference coming up here in Marion on September 22nd from 9-4. I have been asked to be one of the speakers at this event and I am super nervous and excited. Admission is only $5 and the event will be held at Marion Baptist Church. The weekend will be based on Psalm 121:1-2 and I look forward to having a womens event here in our community. I just pray that I do not throw up or cry when I speak. Speaking is not my gift, but I must share how God has been so present and active in our lives throughout the nightmare.
It has been a wonderful weekend here in our community. From the festival at the beautiful park to the party last night on the Buchanan farm we have been blessed with time with friends and time together. We are truly blessed.