This morning was the women’s brunch at church. It was, as usual, awesome. I always come away feeling so… so… oh, I don’t know. Pumped. Stoked. Charged. Psyched. Wanting more. (Beans – I’m so sad you weren’t there! I missed you!!) Thankfully, there is plenty more to come. And plenty more for me to share as we go. In fact, I will probably do a more thorough post on today’s brunch at a later date, but I’ve got other stuff to share today. Just know this morning’s event was The Good. Or maybe I should say The Really Good.
My sleep quality hasn’t been the greatest lately. It seems like the only time I get a good night’s sleep is when I take Advil PM. But then I have a hard time getting up in the morning so I have to make sure I have about nine hours before I have to be awake. Which means I very rarely take the medicine and last night was no exception.
The alarm was set for 6:10 (because 6:10 sounds so much better than 6:00 on a Saturday) and I went to bed a little after ten. I slept great! I vaguely remember lightly surfacing from a deep sleep and feeling overjoyed at the wonderful night of sleep I was having.
I slept so deeply that I never heard the back window of Todd’s truck break when the fist-sized rock was hurled through it. Nor did I hear the vandals nearly rip the dashboard off as they attempted to get to the stereo. I didn’t even hear the doorbell when the policeman rang it somewhere between 4:00 and 4:30 this morning and I didn’t notice that Todd had gotten up, mumbled something about the door and padded downstairs to see what was going on.
Very shortly after that, however, I did wake up and I watched the policeman and Todd look through his truck. I saw the policeman get in the squad car and drive off while Todd came up the walkway and into the house. Apparently some thugs came through our safe, quiet neighborhood, smashing car windows and performing mayhem upon vehicles parked on the street. As far as anyone could tell, however, nothing was taken.
We decided to stay here instead of going to New Jersey, hoping our insurance guy would get in touch with us today. Todd doubtfully called the concert venue to see if we could get a refund or a credit for our tickets and had to leave a message. Surprisingly, a woman from the box office called and while she wasn’t able to give us a refund, we will get to choose a future event so we weren’t out the money for the tickets.
I suppose I maybe got a little cocky in my last post, talking about how you shouldn’t be jealous of me and all that. I’ve learned my lesson.
One of Katie’s good friends from church lives next door to her grandparents. They also attend our church and are loved by everyone who knows them. Her grandfather is going through chemotherapy for brain cancer. As if that’s not enough stress, the township they live in is wanting their land for another park, even though there are parks aplenty already. And the township isn’t wanting to pay anywhere near fair market value. This is the first time I’ve ever known someone who may lose their home because of eminent domain.
I know most of you who read this blog don’t live near here, but this can happen anywhere. You can read more about the atrocious situation at this website which has been set up for the purpose of disseminating information. There is also an on-line petition you can sign if you’d like to. But even if you don’t want to read the website or sign the petition, please pray for these families.