Friday, June 09, 2006

Retreat, Refresh, Reunion

Steve had to go to Louisville on business this week, and since I don't work outside the home, I had the blessing of being able to accompany him on the four-night/four-day trip. And what a blessing it was! Though when we planned the trip, Steve intentionally selected a hotel with free internet access for me, I eventually came to the conclusion that this trip would be a perfect opportunity for me to "unplug." I spend far too much time on the computer and was sure it would do me some good to take a little mini-fast. Four days isn't much, but it was refreshing for sure--being away from y'all's blogs and therefore "out of the loop" gave me some needed perspective.

One of the blessings of the week was having extended time alone with God in an unfamiliar setting, free of all the patterns and distractions at home. I stumbled upon this beautiful location in Cherokee Park (after a lot of driving in circles--it was totally a gift from God, as I was growing impatient and slightly lost) and spent two different afternoons there, enjoying the sunshine and learning some valuable lessons. Much of my time was spent reading this fantastic book, which opened my eyes to just how far I've fallen short in my quest to be a godly wife. I may blog more on it soon, but for now, suffice to say that God taught me a lot about my own weaknesses and appreciating Steve's strengths.

The trip included some nice relaxing time with my husband, of course. God smiled on us by sending Steve to a city that has both Qdoba AND Bravo. Seriously, what more could I ask for?? We enjoyed eating out (since his employer picked up the tab for all his meals!), taking walks, shopping, watching a movie, etc.

It also included a fun reunion: On Wednesday I had lunch with Michelle McCallum and Lindsey Gray! Both were a year ahead of me at IWU, and we sang in the chorale together. I hadn't seen either one in years--but Michelle lives near Lexington now, and Lindsey happened to be visiting her for the week--so the two of them drove over to Louisville and we got to catch up. I also got to meet Michelle's adorable son, David, who has the coolest hair of any baby I've seen. It stands straight up. Click on the picture to make it bigger and see what I mean :)

All in all it was a wonderfully refreshing time away. It's also good to be back home.


Anonymous said...

It was great to see you, Amy!
I love the picture that you posted. Mine didn't come out as well, but I will be posting the picture of you and David in the coming days. I finally have a computer, so it will take a little bit to post all the pictures that I have from the last two weeks :)

Jules said...

You're can never get away with saying "y'all" without it sounding funny. It literally made me laugh out loud. :-)

Natalie said...

Amy! I can't believe you know Lindsey Grey! I went to Africa with her through Teen Missions TEN years ago! And, I was just thinking about her the other day - wondering how she was.
You don't happen to have any contact info for her, do you? more thing: where did you find the code for the archive drop down menu that you have. My archives are getting to be too long to have them all listed out. I'd love to have the drop down menu too!

I love your posts! Sorry I'm not better at keeping in touch personally!


Anonymous said...

Amy, sounds like it was a great week! I am so glad you had that opportunity! I am sure Steve was happy to have you with him too. I found Michelle's blog through her commenting on yours. Wow, I'm so happy for her and Nathaniel. I can't believe they have a son already! He's cute. You should add her to your list (just a suggestion). I am getting hooked on reading everyone's blogs. It is a really fun way to see what's up with IWU grads now that we are all scattered 'bout the country. One of these days, I'm going to have to figure out how to do this blog thing. :)
Love ya, girl. Wish we could get together more often. Let me know the next time you're in the Indy area!
Love, Sandra

Amy said...


thanks for commenting :) my blogroll is LONG overdue for an update...I have so many links to add that I've just been procrastinating. one of these days I'll get around to it...and yes, you should start a blog :)