Five on Friday

1.  I quit my job this morning.

Actually, I gave thirty days notice but that doesn’t sound as dramatic as “I quit” and I’m technically still going to be on contract through the end of the year but someone else will take over the day-to-day operations at the end of July and I’ll be more of an advisor/consultant/phone-a-friend and I couldn’t be happier.

2.  I almost upset the order of the universe this week by downloading all T’s pictures off his phone.  I didn’t realize that they were that special to him and I was just making room for more (he had over 3,000 – took up a full gigabyte of storage) but when he got home and discovered what I’d done, he let me know in no uncertain terms how unhappy he was with me.

Apparently he was using them to make a movie about going to the hospital (I’ve seen previews – it’s hilarious) and my actions put a crimp in his plans to become the next Steven Spielberg.  I tried to reassure him by showing him that I’d saved them in a folder but because of the way Craig partitioned the computer, I couldn’t transfer the file to a place where T could access it and so it was a tense few days while we waited for Dad to come home from California and undo what I had done.

It’s all fixed now,  and Travis and I are on speaking terms again.

On the way to school this morning he told me the movie’s almost done and asked if he could put it on the blog.  Yes, he’s discovered it (I left the browser open one day and he saw pictures of himself and that’s all it took to get him  excited about reading about his adventures) and I’m not too sure how that impacts what I write about but so far he thinks it’s pretty cool to occasionally see his name in print and so. for now, we’re just going to keep rocking and rolling.

And an editorial note to Tommy and JJ:  One day you’re going to read all of these posts and wonder why I talked about Travis more than the two of you.  It’s because you are both mortified right now that some of your friends come up to you at school and church and catch you unaware by asking you about our family experiences that they read on the Internet.  I  am trying to respect your feelings on the matter and I’ve dialed back on a few things I talk about but am hoping that soon you’ll be okay with it again so when I’m old and have lost my marbles, I can come back to this place that chronicles our lives and remember our beautiful time together.

Your mama loves you so very much.

3. I’m spending the weekend planning and celebrating the boys’ birthday.  I’m having a mini-celebration this afternoon with their closest friend and then we’re having our family party on Sunday since Tommy and JJ are headed to church camp on Monday which is the actual birthday.

We’re in that awkward stage of moving out of themed parties where you invite all the friends from school and have Elmo cupcakes but I’m not sure I know what/how/where to go from here.  We’re taking them to the movies and letting them pick the place for dinner (hello, McDonalds) and then will have cake and ice cream and presents when we get home.

I hope they feel honored and celebrated as we spend time together.  Sometimes it’s easy get to get caught up in agonizing over making everything perfect and I have to stop and remember that simple can be meaningful.

4.  Speaking of meaningful, I am currently tasked with selecting a worship leader for an upcoming women’s conference.

I must admit to listening to more Metallica than Michael W. Smith, so this ought to be interesting.

5.  Have a nice day.

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7 responses to “Five on Friday

  1. How big is the conference? One of best worship leaders I ever experienced was Babbie Mason. But that was for the huge children’s pastors conference. There was also a young black man a different year who was wonderful, but Jeanne Koch would have to remember his name for you.
    Speaking of Jeanne = The Kids are Graduates!!! Went their party and it was wonderful.

  2. Oh yes, and we all want to see the movie! and Congratulations!!!

  3. Wow, on quitting the job. Wow. Good for you, Mama.

    Wow, on impending triple teenage hood. Since the sum of their ages = 39, maybe you’ll miss out on some of the hormonal challenges. Here’s hoping.

    Metallica, eh? My son would love to be adopted by you. Though, when I tell him you have hygienic standards similar to mine, he may just balk. A little.

  4. I know, it’s hard for me to know what to do for birthdays as my girls get older! Majoring in early childhood didn’t prepare me for teenagehood. But we’re figuring it out!

  5. Shelly Moore is a great worship leader, and is local, so if you’re still searching, you might look her up. (In the interest of full disclosure, she was my college roommate – but she really is great.)

    If you aren’t looking specifically for a girl, Jacob Taylor is good, as is Patrick Downing (our worship director at Visio), and Jason Gore. I can give you contact info if you want it.

  6. My 15 year old who loves Star Wars just asked for a Jedi outfit for her birthday….. not even kidding. Her birthday is in October…. I think she wants to use it for Halloween. Oh Dear.

  7. It takes a lot of guts to leave a job. I don’t care whether it is a crappy job or not. I worked for 23 years at a job and it took 6 months for me to actually decide to leave. But it was the best decision of my life. I finally started actually living life and having some much needed fun. Life is what we make of it. Sometimes you have to say to yourself that it is just something that has to be done. I am proud of you..

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