So I'm sitting here on Sunday evening wondering what to write about. Well, you're going to get a hodge-podge. Seems the blog about my purse yesterday hit a chord with a lot of people. I'll start by saying I'm glad you don't think I'm nuts for carrying Chris' small urn with me. I haven't encountered anyone who does; nobody that shared that information with me anyway. I'm sure I'm not the first but I'm the first I know of so thanks for embracing me, I was sort of nervous to share that.
This weekend was very nice. Zumba on Saturday evening was a lot of fun but wayyyyy too energetic for me. I'm inspired by the enthusiasm but I couldn't keep up with the pace, I sat out a lot. I can see why it's a great workout! :-). Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and effort to putting the night together, teaching the class and making us all feel welcome.
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The slideshow was really moving. I'm dumbfounded by the generosity of the Capital Region. What wonderful people! A ton came out to dance and participate which made for a packed gym.
On another note;
I went back to the Northway Church Sunday morning for another fabulous service. It was nice to be in a room full of people who were all there for the same purpose; to praise God. It's interesting to be in such a place after wandering away from it for a while. It felt good knowing everybody's attention was focused in the same direction. No one was looking at the next person because each was busy dialing into the sermon. I had the pleasure of meeting Pastor Troy Gramling who was visiting while Pastor Buddy is out of town. He spoke about not throwing in the towel, among a multitude of other things, and I found myself sitting in my seat wanting to raise my hand or jump up and interject with some of my own experiences as he helped the congregation reason their way thru the trials and tribulations of life.
I met my friend Melissa there and she brought her son Alan who happens to be one of Christopher's pals. They played football together and became good friends. I wanted to get Al's opinion of this church because I vividly recalled when I went there a couple of weeks ago this deep tug in my heart telling me Chris was with me and he was enjoying the service. I was really curious to get Al's spin on it.
The football team has been suffering terribly since Chris passed. They are full of questions, they don't understand and they are also angry. I worry about them because they're so young and at such a vulnerable age. As they apply to colleges and prepare for graduation it hurts to see them confused and suffering. I was hoping Al might find some relief and maybe enlightenment from the upbeat service. I was happily relieved when he told me he liked it a lot. "I've never been to a church like that!" He said. It made me smile all the more because it validated my instinct that Chris definitely would have like going there.
I'm making progress on the Chris Stewart Memorial Scholarship. If I'm able to share the details about it once completed, I will. It may need to wait until May though, as that's when the awards ceremony is for the seniors. Please know that all of you made it possible through your donations upon Chris' passing and my gratitude runs deep. I'm really glad to have this scholarship to work on right now. It keeps Chris' spirit alive.
I was running some errands today when I had a yearning for, soup. I stopped at the Halfmoon Sandwich Shop (yum!) and lo and behold the family in front of me paid my bill! Wow, now that was really nice. Of course being that my brain is mush some of the time, I can't recall their names! I do know their young son plays SHEN basketball and the wife reads my blog. Well, thank you for picking up my tab, it was very generous of you! I'll pay it forward, I promise.
Seems you got menagerie of thoughts from me today. Have a great Monday, make it count!