Saturday, April 11, 2009

Letting your neighbor love back

Well, today was one of those days. Fun start. Miriam, Sarah, and I went to an Easter egg hunt in the morning. Miriam being in the older end of her age bracket, finished up quite well after two minutes or so of gathering eggs and candy. This was a classy Easter egg hunt. CHOCOLATE candy in the eggs! Fruit gummies and big suckers were on the ground as well.

When we returned home, we noticed that the ground in the front yard felt a little squishy. There was a significant puddle of water that hugged the curb all in front of our lot. The squishy pathway seemed to lead to the water shut-off valve. There I found water up to the brim. My shut-off valve overfloweth. Then the choice: Do I get angry and upset, or do I see this as something that happens in life? By the grace of God, I chose plan B. We called the plumber and found out that a broken water main is expensive to fix. Then I discovered if I could dig the line myself, I could save a lot of money.

Next two guys on my street asked about the situation. I explained that I may be having a DIG party. One offered to help whenever that happens (I still need to get the utility companies to come mark the lines.) The other offered his truck if we needed to get a Ditch Witch.

Before the plumber got there, I was reading Jesus' response to the test of the most important commandments. As you know, Jesus passed! I am reminded today that loving our neighbor is the fabric that holds a disconnected world together. I believe ultimately spirituality is built and fulfilled in community (that is borrowed line from a book called The Spirituality of Imperfection). I am excited to get some help on digging and living in the Kingdom.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Spring Break sleepover

Spring break was about two weeks ago. We'd been talking about doing a sleepover for a while, so this seemed like a good week. We had some great volunteers (as always!) who helped out. The girls and guys ate pizza and saw a movie, then split up for a sleepover. The girls went to the home of one of our volunteers. They had a great time - as you can tell from the pictures. Bring back any memories?

I don't think they went to sleep until 6 or 7 a.m. - I'm pretty sure they slept all day!

One of our teens and Kaytie, a new staff member at Contact

Two of our beautiful girls

Choir update

A small group of our girls' choir had the opportunity a few weeks ago to sing at the new children's hospital at St. Francis. They visited three floors and sang in the "play rooms" on each floor. The girls really enjoyed being able to sing for the kids -some of whom are in long-term care. See pictures below.

One of our teens visiting with one of the tiny patients

The girls singing

Miriam and I and a few patients

Another one of the girls singing