But let's think about happier things!
Last Thursday night was the Running Start graduation reception. I went into it with some trepidation, mainly because I had foolishly volunteered to play the piano. Also, Rachel and I decided to spend the afternoon at the park rather than studying like the mature girls we are, so I was feeling a little behind. My original plan had been to practice my sonata all afternoon so it would just flow from my fingers that night, but I went to Blodel Donovan and got sunburnt instead. But it was worth it!
There were so many people that I love at that reception. My aunts drove up from Concrete, a large portion of my dad's extended family came, many friends from church showed up, and I also had many friends from Whatcom there. As I sat on the stage, I almost cried as I thought of all these loved ones.
We had a great group of Running Start students graduating. There were many strong Christians who stood up and made bold witnesses of their faith during our open mic time. I almost went up and said something, but I felt like there was nothing I could say that hadn't been said better by someone else, so I just offered up a silent prayer of thanks to God. Caleb read something about it though, and he made me cry.
My piece went OK, but I was shaking dreadfully toward the end and missed some of the keys. But there were no major catastrophes, for which I was exceedingly grateful!
Afterward, my relatives took about three million pictures, and I was able to greet most of the people who came. It was such a blessing to me to get their hugs and hear their words of encouragement....by the end of the evening, Brittney said I walked like I was floating on air. I don't know about that, but I definitely was very high!
As the evening wound to a close, Brittney and I left. We got mocha shakes at Cruisen Coffee (as if we needed sugar and caffeine!) and then went down to Bellwether and talked until I had to have her back to Carol. We talked about everything, and went from hysterical craziness to serious dreaming and back again.
Then when I got home, my mom came down to my room and we talked. She couldn't sleep, and neither could I, so we had one of those heart to hearts that come all too rarely, but are so awesome when they do happen.
And that was only the beginning of my weekend!
- Girls Bible Study
- District track meet
- Babysitting and watching a chick flick with Rachel
- Serious conversation with Caleb
- More girl talk with Rachel
- Up early, another Starbucks trip
- Off to Seattle for Kimi's birthday
- Yummy lunch near Pike Place
- Rachel and I walking down to the pier when we ran out of money
- Gorgeous sunny weather
- Sleepy drive back home
- Lindsay's grad party
- Field trip, driving all around Whatcom County with Mom, Lyddy and Caleb B.
- IGA chicken on the bank of the Nooksack
- Visiting family
- Watching the end of The Two Towers with my family
- Sleeping in!
- Big, leisurely breakfast with the whole family around the table
- Making quesedillas for my siblings for lunch (after a long shower and cleaning my room)
- Trip to Family Christian Bookstores and the mall with Audrey and Marcie
- Off to the lake, Lyddy and Marcie being insane and SWIMMING!!
- Party at Eschbach's, doing homework, watching volleyball and visiting
- Back home, dancing in the car and Caleb dancing in the driveway
It was crazy good fun!