OK…this has been one crazy week. Where to start?
After returning from Iowa and Illinois this past Monday, we arrived back at the home of Beth’s sister and brother-in-law in Chesterton, IN. My plan was to use our time there this week to prep for this Sunday’s first hour Sunday school and then message for the 2nd hour. However, the Lord had other plans.
A phone call to our good friend and my old college buddy, Tim, who lives near Dayton, OH resulted in an unexpected change of plans. On Tuesday morning I left Beth and the boys in Chesterton and I drove the 300 miles to visit Tim. His wife and kids were away for the week with her parents so we had a brief but very special time just to talk and laugh and catch up on life and ministry.
On Wednesday I spent the day with Tim in his 3rd grade public school classroom and gave a little presentation to each of his two team-taught classes.
That evening we drove over to visit Tim’s parents and Tim treated his dad and me to a nice dinner out in honor of our birthdays (mine was that day). Afterward I shared a ministry update at his parents’ home for a Wednesday night prayer group from their church which is one of our ministry partners. It was a very sweet time as we closed in a couple rounds of prayer.
Early Thursday morning I headed back to Chesterton and on Friday morning we loaded up again and headed to WV to stay overnight with some friends on our way to our ministry update tomorrow morning near Grafton, WV.
As a result of all the traveling this week, I started the week in Central Time Zone then spent a day and a half in Eastern Time Zone thus turning the clock forward an hour; then spent nearly a day in Central Time Zone turning the clock back an hour; before returning to Eastern Time Zone putting the clock forward an hour; and tonight ends Daylight Savings, so I will change the clock back one hour once again!
After lunch tomorrow we head to Lancaster, PA and we’ll be visiting with Beth’s sister and brother-in-law and their 9 kids from Monday through Thursday. We’ll be commuting the one hour to their home each day. They won’t have room for us this visit because Beth’s sister from Chesterton and her 4 kids and her mother are all staying there too! Our hosts in Lancaster, PA are dear friends and we’re looking forward to spending some time with them. It should be a fun week.
I do hope I get the time I need to prep for the following Sunday’s set of messages! Something tells me with 15 kids in the house, this might be a tricky endeavor!