I LOVE countdowns.  It makes things just a bit more exciting.  Right now I have a few countdowns, which means right now my life is very exciting.

Since I now have a child in school I can countdown to the last day of school  (258 days).

This year we're going out to Colorado for Christmas and I'm very excited for that (94 days).

Then we have one of the biggest events for the year.  Reese!  It's 28 days until her scheduled c-section but only 21 days until her due date.

And the closest item on my countdown list...6 days until the SonScape Banquet!

What are you counting down to?


2012 Minnesota SonScape Banquet

This was originally posted on 09/13/2012 and somehow vanished.  I am reposting now for your reading pleasure.

Just over 4 years ago my parents were swept from Minnesota to Colorado. It was a sad day for me since my family is very close, but when they leave to support such a fantastic ministry its hard to be sad for too long.

SonScape Retreats is an absolutely fantastic ministry and you aren't likely to find another organization out there like them. It's more than just a retreat for those in ministry (and their spouses). Only by attending one of SonScape's retreats can you fully appreciate what they have to offer and why its so different from anything else out there.

I'm pretty well acquainted with about 70% of their staff so I can honestly say they really do just want to serve and they serve those in ministry with an amazing spirit and heart. The retreat leaders speak from experience to those at retreats since they have 68 years of combined ministry experience between them. Their words are not hollow and lacking experience. In addition, I have seen the walk of faith they have endured and they truly do seek to do the will of God. As if that wasn't enough, their location is pretty darn near close to heaven on earth as you'll get. Just check out Where You'll Stay. Imagine you (if you're in ministry) or your pastor sitting in that setting, staring at the majesty of Pike's Peak!

All that to be said, they are a fantastic non-profit ministry and growing. On Thursday, September 27th, 2012 , from 6:30 - 9:00 PM they are hosting a banquet at International Market Square. Since they are a non-profit they need support but more than that its an opportunity for you to see who and what SonScape is. There will be a silent auction with some excellent items up for bid, dinner, and I've heard rumor of music. I know all Minnesota people are dying to tap their toes to some good music (don't worry you might be able to hide that tapping toe under a table. No one has to know you were grooving.).

If you're looking for a great way to show your pastor you appreciate them (do you remember that October is Pastor Appreciation Month??), this is a great way to learn what SonScape is all about, support their ministry and take care of Pastor Appreciation Month all in one shot. Instead of just coming by yourself, bring your pastor and their spouse so they can see how amazing SonScape Retreats is as well!

Tickets for the event are $50 per person (includes cost of dinner and a small donation to SonScape Retreats). Visit the Events page on SonScape's website to register for the evening (and register your friends as well). Then, visit the Facebook page for the event and pass it along to anyone you think may be interested.

It may have been a loss on my part for my parents to move out to Colorado, but the work they are doing is so much greater!

I hope to see you at the banquet! What kind of daughter would I be if I didn't support it. In fact, you may even catch a glimpse of a 8 1/2 month pregnant woman running around since I'll be helping work the event. You wouldn't want to miss THAT would you?!?!


Smarty Pants

Yesterday Elle was goofing around and said she didn't need to go to kindergarten anymore because she's already been and she knows everything now.  I went along with it and here's how it played out...

Me: Well if you know everything what is 2 X 2?

Elle: 4.

Me: Okay then.  What's 4 X 4?

Elle:....that's 4 and 4 and 4 and 4...16.

Well played Elle, but you still have to go to school.  I didn't dare go higher, I was scared of the response.