what a day! whew. work was tough and will be until a presentation i give on friday... as i mentioned earlier, i decided to have a pancake dinner to commemorate shrove tuesday this evening, and it turned into a great get-together.
down at trinity house we took over the kitchen at alazan tonight. it was the first time i had ever really celebrated mardi gras in the context of the christian calendar before. it was a lot of fun; as andrew jones' family has showed us soupisets, some of the best community happens over the preparation of meals — a simple concept to be sure — but one that sinks in slow for fragmented people in this present age.
thanks to all the friends who helped out: mike's amazing cleanup work, rachel's batter-making expertise (measure twice), abigail's flipping assistance, pamela's servant heart (diaper duty, table-setting), mark's continued shepherding of all the niños (gonna be a great dad one of these days), jeremy's irenic conversation and his rough-housing with the older kids, ginger and amy's all-around kitchen help and helping get the kids settled down (ginger and rachel also were very... creative around the stove), esteban's great anecdotes, and even jesse and her friend showed up at the end, as did amy soup. i'm sure i'm leaving out someone, just because i'm tired... whew. to everyone who couldn't or didn't show: no sweat, you were missed, but i think we decided to make this annual.
homer simpson voice: "mmmmm pancakes... mmmm Lil Smokies®"
the word shrove or shrive always reminds me of Godric. — שמע וידוי ומחל
what else: ah yes, pam is still raising support for nicaragua. if you are able, please donate out of a sacrificial posture.
i am so blessed to be part of trinity house. iron is sharpening iron. the hard conversations are being had. restoration takes place. the regulars are amazing, the visitors are great. what a creative community.
i'm dog-tired. amy tells me i smell like a dog tonight too. arf. <3
Lent begins in an hour and a half. We'll see how irritable I get :)
here's that emerging guy link that john put up on his blog and in my comments section. a good read, a good caveat, and a good ending, though i think its sloppy portrayal of integration is a little impoverished and his caracature of 'emerging people' is a little broad-brushed, both are certainly helpful in a 'mirror' sort of way.duane, you still owe me camera-phone pictures :)