Sunday, December 9, 2012

Not the Norm

Around here, we are know for being against the flow, not the norm. So naturally  our 15 year anniversary celebration was spent a tad differently.   I would not have had it any other way. Hang on, I just had a vision of being on the streets of Venice ordering a macchiato. However, I didn't have $6987659 at the moment and so we had to go with plan B. Take two nights in Seattle, go Christmas shopping, attend the company's Christmas Party and just have some time together. Sound's good.  Then we went to church one Sunday and after hearing the message about finances,goals, and preparation,  we both looked at each other and realized we needed some shift change in our lives.   That's when we created plan  C.   Scratch the hotel, scratch the shopping. Have a mini stay-cation at home and we went a little further and decided to make it a missional weekend. 
     On Friday afternoon the kids bags were packed and neighbors/friends/family took on the kids for the weekend. We went out to our favorite Mexican restaurant. La Tarasca.
      Took a stop at Chiefs cousins tattoo shop. (He will give you a deal if you mention on) He is truly gifted. Tell Josh we sent ya. 
This is where the "missional" part comes in. We turned in early at our home. Poured wine, got our bibles out, put some praise on and began to pray. Bible and wine does mix mkay...mkay. 
We prayed about a Mission statement for the coming year. Don't be impressed at all. We usually do our yearly resolutions  and do great till about February 8th or something like that. We have written goals down before. Last year we prayed for a word for this year.  This time we wanted to feel more specific, more purposeful.

     We prayed about goals we wanted to meet this coming year for our family, for our marriage,in our relationships, in our finances, in our community.  
    We came up with our verse of the year. My very favorite moment, okay... first do you know how much I love this man?  I do. 
 I digress. So favorite moment.  We prayed over each one of our kids, we prayed over the next year. That the Lord would allow us to see them as He does. That there would be an abundance of Grace and specially we prayed that we would get a word for each child. We listened and got some sweet scripture for them.  Thinking of printing these out and framing them and setting a time where we call them into a room one by one pray over them and give them there verse. Not sure. Truly this is the first time we are doing this. 

    Did some sight seeing in Tacoma, (had free passes to the glass museum.) Walked holding my husbands hands without the 1,2,3 wee swinging that the little's loved to do.  Laughed a ton. 

What does a mom of 5 do in the middle of the day with no kids. You better believe it sister, I slept a bit too.

                Went to company dinner party at EMP in Seattle. It was fancy fancy. 

  Meet Chiefs work wife (its a dude, but they are always on the phone or texting!) and his real in life wife. We both meet our spouses in YWAM,  both Love the Lord, had so much in common and could not stop stop talking. Followed them home where they feed us nachos and entertained us with more laughs. Naturally they are our new Best friends. 

                There you have it Folks, a very frugal (we didn't spend more than  $70) very missional and very refreshing weekend...oh and we found best friends. 

1 comment:

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Times a MILLION!!!!!

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