It was also great to have enough free time (since I had so much help!) to make my brother a graduation cake! It turned out very yummy-- but it was DEFINITELY a commitment! Highly recommended if you have the time!!
While in Knoxville, my sweet college roommates were able to pull off an annual roommate reunion-- kids and all! It was great to see how everyone was, and how new relationships were blooming as our children grow older and, for our unmarried lady, with a significant other ;) I love all these gals so much and thank God for the continuing impact they still make on my life, even beyond our college years!
I'm not going to lie: I fought the issue of joining Andrew for this training at first.. And had a really bad attitude about making the effort at all to go. After all, we had just landed, i made big plans to run two 5ks I signed Andrew and I up for, i had many project lists I wanted to complete before guests came to visit and baby Jackson arrived, squadron and Alaskan fun to attend, friendships to enjoy, etc etc etc. I I I .... It was all about me. My fun was being ruined, my plans were being crushed, my desires were being trampled.
It was a lot of selfishness that I wasn't willing to confess and repent from... Until I met with my Christian warrior friends as we dished out the heart of the issues in our lives, and found ways to fight them. It was a definite praise to a pleading prayer. God used these gals to encourage my heart to stop being so selfish, look beyond your mud puddles to the riches God is trying to lead you to, and turn to His word for the weapons I need to fight my bitterness and selfishness while sacrificing more than I ever thought was humanly possible for me... But that's why I'm not warring this lifestyle alone. Thankful for the Lord's providence with these Christian ladies and His word to fight for a better life, which usually involves dying to our own plans ;)
Yes, it seemed to my longing heart our 11 days were equivalent to a whirlwind. Yet in that time was time well spent: we were able to say goodbye to some friends relocating to a different state, finish some house projects, clean up the yard from the long endured winter damage, watch my very committed friends successfully finish a triathlon in ease, wrap up the last squadron bible study for the summer, hang out with some dearly missed friends, babysit, spend time as a family, enjoy running in Alaska weather again (and praise the Lord, the weather was FANTASTIC that last week of us being there!), attend my baby shower my sweet friends threw for me (I feel so incredibly blessed!!), have some memorial day fun by joining some friends at their camp... All before catching a 6:30am C-17 aircraft to Memphis TN.