A dear friend of mine since 1971, Linda Goeppinger, emailed me some time ago and asked me why I had not blogged in awhile. So in my own feeble way, I’m going to attempt to justify what has been keeping me so busy all this time.
In the Fall when everything starts getting cranked up at church for the new year, we found ourselves not only singing in the traditional choir but also singing the the “Praise Ensemble”. Both of these groups practice every week so we found ourselves driving back to Holland on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. We both also play in our instrumental group, Bruce the coronet and me, the clarinet, which plays maybe every 4-6 weeks and practices on Saturdays a couple of times before we perform. Then I was approached about playing in the bell choir, as they had two new openings. Fortunately, bell choir practices on Wednesday before Choir so I was not adding another evening out. At times, all of this music participation can be overwhelming, but when it’s all done, I feel so full of the Holy Spirit that I have to remind myself that part of my worship is through music. So I will continue to make a joyful noise onto t he Lord. Bruce and I sang a duet today, “Draw Me Close to You” which was sort of sprung onto us Tuesday night. While practicing at home and my attempt to find the alto part for harmony, there were many times that the joyful noise sounded more like two cats in heat! We made it through the song but I vow not to have anymore songs sprung on me without ample practice. Bell choir also performed two songs today that were just awsome.
Off the music subject and now into even more current events and that is planning Bruce’s retirment party. My sister-in-law put together a really neat invitaiton that I’m having printed off at Office Max in post card size. My friend that I was hoping would cater is not available that weekend 4/25/09 so I am going to do it with help from 3 other friends. We will be serving just snacks, punch and cake as the party is more like an open house for dropping and wishing Bruce good luck. We are having it at our church, so I don’t even have to clean house.
Next main event, is our trip to Floriday 5/23-5/26/09 over the Memorial Day weekend. We are staying at our timeshare in Orlando and will do Disney one day, Blizzard Beach and try to squeeze in some grandson time.
Then on to the ultimate for this year. Our trip to Europe! I’ll blog more about that later but we plan to leave on Friday night 10/9 and stay until around the 22nd. London and Paris for sure and maybe Switzerland and/or Amsterdam. We will see how that unfolds.
I think that’s enough for now….or at least to let everyone who reads this, that I’m still alive.