It has been a quite restful vacation in many ways. This year we didn’t have any adoptions about to happen. There were no on-going discussions about a possible church unification. While we are starting a church renovation and expansion, most of time I’ve been out of the loop. It is only in the last few days that I have been involved.
I’ve been trying to turn the “Fat Farm” into the “Fit Farm” by relying on my FitBit to help meet some goals. I’ve been walking almost every day and getting close to 10,000 steps. I’ve been listening to Sinclair Ferguson’s sermons on Romans during my walks around the property.
One of the events around here has been the moving of the goat pen. Thankfully I was not asked to help with it. After it was moved a new goat arrived. CavDaughter #1 loves animals and took an immediate liking to the new coat whom she’s called Coco (with marshmallows) because she is a dark brown with white tips of her ears. She has put a leash on this goat and walked her around the property. The goat sees this as a welcome relief from the other 3 goats who are determined to remind her she is at the bottom of the pecking order. She allows my daughter to lead her, even up on the pile of big rocks in the center of the property.
Good friends Mike and Amy drove up from FL with their 2 daughters for a week of vacation with us. They decided to rent a car this time, and ended up with 4 different rental cars on the trip up. The first got a flat. Its replacement got horrible gas mileage. The 3rd had bad tire sensors and the 4th was just right.
They had come up once before during VBS week. They purposely came up the same week this time. We were able to enjoy “VBS Date Night” with them during the week. During the day the kids would play out on the property. The first night we went to Stewart’s and enjoyed some ice cream with CavWife’s brother and wife joining the 4 of us. Tuesday night we ended up at Tanners’ pub since Bar Vino was quite busy. I got the Chocolate Mousse cake. Before we left to pick up the kids we got a weather alert. There were tornado warnings in our area but the big storms were farther west. When we arrived at the church they had everyone in the basement due to the warning. The kids were upset, particular CavGirl #1 who is quite sensitive. Shortly after we got home the skies opened up. No tornadoes, we thought.
The next morning we found out there was one in North Creek. Mike and I had to run into town for some food anyway so we stopped off to walk the site and take pictures. With all the trees that had been knocked down there seemed to be little damage to homes. Some sheds and barns got crushed but the damage to homes was minimal. Due to that extra walk I got over the 15,000 step plateau.
That night we ended up at BarVino. Amy and I enjoyed mussels. I love their mussels. My green curry mussels were hotter than I’m used to them being. Amy exclaimed “I’ve been waiting 3 years for these.” The down side was that they had a guitarist playing music. Our seats were right in front of him and it was loud. Too loud for CavWife and Mike who escaped as soon as they were done leaving Amy and I to our mussels. The guy was good, just too loud for that venue. It inhibited conversation.
The next night we ended up at Basil and Wick’s. They don’t have a great dessert menu so I ordered an appetizer which was not available and finally order Sweet Chili boneless wings. Once again we were joined by CavWife’s brother and his wife.
Friday morning Mike and Amy began the long ride back home after breakfast. It was a side goodbye for us and the kids. It was good seeing them again. It was good for the kids to play together again. That night it was just CavWife and myself for dessert. We went to Stewart’s to enjoy some ice cream. Really, how can you go wrong with ice cream?
On Saturday we went to the river with CavWife’s other brother and family. The water was not too deep, nor too cold. Some of the kids went swimming and others played with rocks and sticks while being careful to not go above their waists. We spent about 2 hours there enjoying a beautiful day and getting the kids very tired.
Sunday I agreed to preach at Hope PCA down in Ballston Spa. They have a hard time finding pulpit supply and 4 years ago I preached for them after their pastor was injured in a bike accident. They contacted me about my schedule this year and 2 weeks coincided. I decided to preach 2 of my sermons from Colossians 3 on sanctification. I woke up around 2 am with a sinus headache. I knew that ibuprofen would not touch it. It was a lousy night’s sleep as I tossed and turned. Each time I did my the pain in my head went up a few notches.
One of my brothers-in-law decided to come with me. We stopped at the store to buy medicine for sinus congestion and pain. It did its job and by the time we got there an hour later I felt good. I did not know if I was handling any of the liturgy. Unfortunately I was. I didn’t being my reading glasses and had a hard time reading the liturgy, and finding handouts. I’m used to having everything, in order, in my little liturgical binder. But the sermon went well although a few people left early. When I asked if I’d preached too long I learned their interim pastor usually preaches 15 minutes longer than I did.
My vacation is more than half over. But it has been a good one, and restful. I took a long nap on Sunday since I hadn’t slept well in 2 nights.