I'm so glad October is almost over. Don't get me wrong, I love Halloween, Fall, Thanksgiving (Canadian remember), but this was the October from you-know-where.
September was AMAZING, which I promise to update you all on eventually. October was.. well... ridiculous. First of all I worked an average of 55 hours a week.... For 4 Weeks! I only had one weekend in town, the other three were held hostage at various other locations.
Week one was good, it was out youth leaders retreat. I had a great time, other than the fact that only 3 of the 10 leaders showed up. I wouldn't call it wasted time because I got to know those three quite a bit better, but it would have been nice to be home.
Week two I was back in California (yes back, I'll tell you all about it when we talk about September). This time it was for the National Youth Workers Convention. Amazing. I had a fantastic time. The only downside would by my 5 year old travel buddy. No, he isn't actually 5, but you could've fooled me. We get along just great at work, but NEVER again will I travel or spend any length of time trapped with this guy.
Conversation on the plan home:
Jon: We're sitting in the emergency exit seats
Jon: There are pictures that tell you how to open the emergency doors, but they are going to tell us anyways.
Me: That's their job
Jon: It says port
Jon: Sortie haha
Me: I know you can't tell, but my ears are closed now.
Jon: No they aren't
Me: Let's pretend. Even though you can't see it, my ears are closed. *starts reading book*
Jon: Bla Bla Bla - carries on for about 5 minutes or so
Me: You forgot my ears were closed didn't you?
Weekend #3 was great, I was able to attend the service at my old church to hear 2 friends of mine preach. The spoke on God as a father. That day was the one year anniversary of the day one of the girls' father was murdered. He was an amazing man, and an amazing father. Her goal was to challenge men to be like that. I was a total sobfest. So good.
Weekend #4 might have been okay had the circumstances come together a little better. Thursday night for youth we went to the corn maze. We has a good number of kids come out and it was fun. The next two days we had to be at a leadership conference 4 hours away. And we had to be there before the morning. Which means we were driving until 2am, and had to start again at 7am. What did I get out of the conference... not a whole lot. I was one of the 4 'young people' sleeping in the back. Ok, I only fell asleep once. And it wasn't even that day. I didn't hit me all that hard untill the second day when I actually did fall asleep in one of the workshops. Most of the content didn't really grab my attention except for one speaker. Donald Miller. If you ever get the chance to hear him speak, do it. That was the one redeaming thing about this weekend.
For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, tune in next time where I'll go back to writing like a sane person. This is what stress does to me. I revert to a review of my month. Sigh.