Sunday, June 03, 2007

What a Day

This post is a continuation of sorts of my last one. My day started early – around 7:00 am. I cleaned my house. I showered and got dressed for the memorial service that started at 11:00 am. It was a lovely service filled with fond memories of a life well lived. The family celebrated his life and shared stories of a man that was greatly loved. A dear friend, DC did the eulogy. She spoke about how eternity gets closer at times like these. She encouraged all to live life fully from this point on until we get to the point we reach eternity. I’m probably not doing her justice but it was really well said.

I left around 1:00 pm and headed for graduation service No. 1. I had the pleasure of watching one of the young ladies in our church graduate high school. Would you believe that they ran out of diplomas to give the kids and had to gather up diplomas they already gave out to some the children. This way no parent would miss the shot of their kid receiving a diploma. Tell me this – how do you run out? I mean didn’t they know the amount of children graduating? Apparently the person who placed the order was not a math major.

I got out of there by 2:30 and headed home. I called to find out the situation with the young woman in our church that was about to give birth. I had to make a couple of phone calls about that to others. I got home and an hour later I was headed to graduation No. 2. Two more young ladies from our church was graduating. I’m happy to report they had enough diplomas at this graduation. These ladies made me laugh walking in doing a little dance. They were so happy and their faces expressed their joy.

While graduation No. 2 was taking place the young woman from church was headed to the hospital. It’s now about 6:30 pm. I’m starting to get a little tired. I wonder why? I made several phone calls and head for the hospital. When I got there I was happy to see how well she was doing. She had an epidural and was feeling no pain. Her parents and some other friends arrived and we laughed with her and her husband while we waited. At 9:50 pm she gave birth to an adorable little baby. I got to see the baby and take pictures. Mom and child are doing well.

I headed home around 10:30 pm. I got to talk to my wonderful husband who by the way has been out of town since Wednesday. He checked with me a couple of times throughout the day for updates on all the happenings. He felt terrible he had to be away during this time.

I wanted to make potato salad for a special dinner tomorrow. So at 11:30 pm I was peeling potatoes. At this point I remembered one of my many phones calls with JG. She taught she was funny when she said, “Don’t forget you promised to make two cheesecakes for tomorrow.” Ha ha. Thanks for the laugh.


Today was a good day. It was a celebration of life in so many forms. All that was missing was a wedding. Life should be lived every day to the fullest. Even though it was a busy day as the pastor wife/friend, I would not have wanted to miss a moment of it. I love these people and was able to express my love to many of them. I thank You Lord for the opportunity to experience so many different rhythms of life in a day.

© Nadine Z. 2007

22 comments:

Penless Thoughts said...

"Would you believe that they ran out of diplomas to give the kids and had to gather up diplomas they already gave out to some the children."

I would think this incident would put into question the quality of "education" the kids in that high school were getting!! :o)
Susan

chelle said...

It is so nice to read that you wanted to truly be there, it was not merely an obligation ... You are a sweet woman! Potato salad at 11pm!

Erin said...

What a day! Sounds full and wonderful. Love the picture at the top of the post. So beautiful.

Louise said...

That is TOO funny about the diplomas....what were they thinking??
Sounds like an amazing day!!
Have a great week!!!

Elle*Bee said...

Oh my gosh! How *does* one underestimate the number of graduates? It seems rather simple to me: Take the number of seniors enrolled, order that number plus some extra for kids who enroll during the school year. Re-assess in Spring to see if you're still on track. I hope the families were able to get a chuckle out of it, and that it didn't mar anyone's day.

It sounds like you had a busy, wonderful day.

Demara said...

WOW what a day you had Nadine!!! I have the wedding you can attend...well it won't be on until next Saturday though so you'll have to wait a bit! *smile*

yerdoingitwrong said...

That does sound like a very rich day! You're sweet to attend all of those special events!!

I cannot believe that they ran out of diplomas. Hello???!

Art said...

"Life should be lived every day to the fullest" ... Amen! Let us never forget your wise words!

palmtreefanatic said...

I would say quite a day indeed!Very interesting to miscalcutae the diplomas...hmmmm
I really liked the photo...Very nice post.

Dedee said...

I've loved reading these last two posts. There is something about being reminded about how life is cyclical that renews my faith and makes me try a little harder to be better!

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

What a wonderful life-filled day! I'll bet everyone was very touched that you were there with them, in sorrow and in celebration. Blessings to you, dear one.

Karolee said...

Wow! You are better than me - I would have stopped at Wal-Mart to buy potato salad by that point -Who am I kidding? I would have bought it if I didn't have anything going on all day.

yours truly B said...

did you get the cheesecakes made? I have a yummy recipe but I can't share it, it is a secret maybe if I get to your neck of the woods I can bring you one. I am glad you had a good day
Billie

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

SOOOO? Where did ya buy the cheesecakes! LOL
Congrats to the new Mommy and Daddy. Did they pick out a name? I love hearing baby names.
Hope you found some rest after the last few eventful days.

Joy said...

Thanks for coming, you made me smile inside :)

Sandy said...

What a day, is right!
Thanks for sharing!
Sandy
For Reluctant Entertainers

Yellow Mama said...

Whew! I just love people...don't you?

Amydeanne said...

sounds like quite the time!

eph2810 said...

Sounds like you had a really, really busy Friday last week.
How awesome that you were able to be all these events.
Running out of diplomas - oh my. I have never heard that before. So I guess the kids have a wait a little longer to get their real diplomas?
Thank you for sharing your day with us, Nadine.
Blessings to you and yours.

Cheri said...

Wow...what a busy day.

Dayngr said...

That was a wonderful post and so true. We should live life everday to the fullest for this is the day the Lord has made.

Chappyswife said...

What an emotional day this must have been for you, but how special to share in these times with so many of your friends. I am sure they all appreciated your support.