Monday, March 12, 2007

The Long and Winding Road...

Thanks be to God, we are back safely, well at least Bob and the kids are home. I am back at Camp Sumatanga for the Board of Ordained Ministry Interview Retreat. Not sure why they call it a retreat when we work all day, and late in the night. But we are interviewing the candidates for the probationary and full connection in the United Methodist Church. We got this new rating system we are doing, not sure how this will work.

I want to thank you all for your prayers and thoughts for my family as we go through our grief over our Pop. It was a great time with the family. It was interesting explaining to Kara and Zachary about Pop's body, the casket, and all. Kara almost pulled the casket down, trying to touch his body. She also almost fell into the hole, trying to look in. Now Kara and Katy have been to many a funeral, but this was the first of a family member. So I am sure they just couldn't get it. I had left my notes up in Alabama but was able to do the funeral, maybe it was good I left them. My cousin Larry got up and told some funnies about Pop, which is part of who he is. My neice had written a really sweet note that was read at the funeral. We had balloons for the kids to release at the end of the funeral so they could have a part in it too. And in honor of my Grand dad, we ate at his favorite resturaunt, Homer's buffett, he loved to eat.

Thank you again for your prayers. Would you believe it that a couple of places I did not have internet service, and I just didn't have time to post if I did. I hope to get back to reading and commenting on all my friend's blogs. It is so wonderful to be lifted up and surrounded by prayer and the arms of a loving community.

6 comments:

mompriest said...

Sounds like you are walking on sacred ground...in all of your travels and work this past week. I hope you have found some time for rest - or will at least get some rest once home again...

Sally said...

Hope all goes well and that the "retreat" won't be too exhausting.
prayers still with you

jledmiston said...

Bless you Abi. Thinking of you and hope you can just sit and rest and take in all that's happened. A Lenten journey indeed.

St. Casserole said...

Glad you are home!
Enjoyed reading about you at revgals, too.

hope you can get some rest

Free Flying Spirit said...

Blessing you, Abi, in all the happenings in your life right now. You're hopefulness shines long through the clouds.

Hope you can rest in spirit, in mind and body.

the reverend mommy said...

I've been thinking about you and holding you in prayer. It sounds you were in a blessed spot.