Adrenalin withdrawal

Posted: September 30, 2007 in Church, Happenings

It’s been such an eventful week, I don’t even know where to begin:

TUESDAY:  Spent the day working on music for this coming Sunday; packing/prepping  for Granger trip.

WEDNESDAY:  After a hectic morning of just getting our kids (and ourselves) out of the house, we hit the road for Indiana about 9:45.  Drove pretty much all day (10 hours).  Only hiccup we had on the way up there was a major traffic jam in Kentucky due to a tanker wreck on the interstate.  Fortunately, we bypassed it using U.S. 31 before we really got stuck in the jam.  On our detour through Cave City we saw some interesting locales:  The “Sleep in a Wigman” hotel…er…campground?  (Okay, you slept in a concrete wigwam), the “Our Lady of the Cave” Catholic Church, and a sign for a place selling “Used Cows.”  Just what is a “used” cow?  After adding a couple stops for lunch and dinner, we arrived in Granger about 9:00 (earliest ever for us), made a run to Michigan (just down the road) to grab some things at Wal-mart, then went to bed for a short 6 hour night’s sleep.

THURSDAY:  Hit the Innovate conference a bit melancholy, knowing that Dave/Dana couldn’t make it, plus we were missing the usual additions of Pam A. and Kenny L.  Still, the conference took off with a bang and was awesome all day (I’ll have to reflect more on the whole conference in a separate blog post).  Had our lunch break at Famous Dave’s BBQ (mmm…flatbread with smoked salmon spread…mmm).  Had dinner at Olive Garden for FREE (only because they knew we were in a hurry and they’d had a snafu getting one of our orders out)…but we did leave the waitress a ridiculously high tip for excellent service on her part.   After dinner, we went to Granger’s New Community Worship service, followed by the Granger film festival (movies submitted by churches) – unfortunately, none of Crosspoint’s made the cut.  We’ll get ’em next time.

Highlight of the day (for me) was hearing their Dr. Bob Laurents (“Dr. Bob” or “DB) talking about the role of the church to reach out to people in love.  Very powerful message that I’ve got to get a copy of.

FRIDAY:  Attended the conference all day again (after another on and off night of 6 hours sleep).  Lunch at Appleee’s.  More conference, which ended at 4:00.  We hit the road for Decatur at 4:30.  Stopped at a nasty smellin gas station for gas, ate supper (Dale’s request) at “The Waffle House Famly Restaurant” (not the one of yellow sign and short-order cook fame).  We were there for 2 hours.  Anne tried “fried mush.”  Back on the road…4.5 hours have gone by…we haven’t even gone 100 miles yet.  Arriving at Indianaopolis, Jack/Dale decided to take the NORTHERN route on the bypass to get to I-65…I’d like to think of it as a 20-minutes “scenic tour” of Indy added to our trip.  Still, traffic was good…weather was good (unlike the rain and FLOODING from last year…wow.   Spent some of the trip working on my message for Sunday in the car.  Stacey got too sleep to drive at one point, so I took over.  Arrived back home at 3:00 a.m., maybe made it to sleep at 3:30 a.m. Sat. am.

SATURDAY:  Started with a phone call from Jason that he was bringing our kids home.  Another night of less than 6 hours sleep.  11:30 band practice with the band, followed by the day long task of finalizing the message, putting together the videos; easyworship songs; powerpoint notes.  Went to bed about 11:30.

SUNDAY:  Alarm goes off at 6:00…no prob since I’d been awake since 5:30.  Another 6 hour night….SHEESH!  Setup, warmup, prayer, play, sing songs, preach (not normally something I do), sing some more, break-down, load trailer, go home.  Such a good day, I won’t talk about it buried in this blog post….more to come.

Now, my body is crashing hard.  It’s crying out for sleep, so I’m not going to protest.  Peace out.


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