Family Weekend Success
Oct. 18, 2011 7:05 pm
Updated: Oct. 20, 2011 5:14 pm
(I'm really just getting this started, since I can't write too much right now. Family Weekend #2, for our second daughter, was wonderful.)
OK, I'm back. It's two days later. :) I really want to record some wonderful memories from the Family Weekend at my younger daughter's college. Five of us went down in our minivan. Thank God for minivans!! My mother, my stepfather, our older daughter,
hubby, and I made the trip. We drove down in the rain and got there in time for the reception, where the hors d'oeuvres (I had to look up the spelling of that!) were sufficient for a meal. Even though we had just spent 3+ hours on our tushies, we had sore
legs and needed to ask for a golf cart to drive three of us to the student center. (I was one of them. I have pretty flat, pain-prone feet.) I wish I could remember the name of the young lady who helped us out there. I may still have her business card
somewhere. I would like to send her a quick thank-you e-mail.
We saw a hypnotist who, for me, was not very convincing. It was entertainment, though. My older daughter was uncomfortable with the concept of hypnotism because of the New Age overtones. I don't blame her. However, I thought the performance was just that--a
(My "beloved" cat is being quite annoying right now!! If he was not ill with chronic kidney disease, I might be more annoyed, but I know my time with him is limited.)
We got to sleep in a little that night into Saturday morning. Older daughter, who is hoping to get into college residential life as a profession, got to stay in younger daughter's dorm room both night. Events did not get going until 10:30 a.m. Saturday when
we heard a short talk from the college president, a priest. It is a Jesuit university, after all. :) "I'm not wearing black because of my profession; I'm wearing black because I'm grieving that the Yankees are not in the World Series!" Then lunch, where
we met up with the girls and talked at length with the mother of a young lady who will probably become our younger daughter's best friend at college. We approve.
We were shocked at how many greetings our younger daughter, supposedly our shy, introverted child, received all over the campus from both young men and young women. It is confirmation that she is in the right place!
Funny memory: Husband recognized a young man who had helped daughter out when her phone went on the fritz. Facebook can be a wonderful thing. (Except now the girls don't post as much as they used to. Haha!) So, of course, he doesn't wait for an introduction
by daughter, who is still back in her dorm. "Mark! I'm [daughter's] dad!" Poor young man. How strange was that? :)
Football team is pretty bad. Church for mother and stepfather while hubby and I hunted down a restaurant for supper for six. Girls went back to the dorm for a much-needed nap. They had stayed up until 4:30 a.m. that morning!! Dinner was really pretty good.
I can't wait to get back there and visit some of the other excellent restaurants in that area!
Play called "The Drowsy Chaperone." Very nearly professional quality! A (male) friend of daughter's bought our tickets for us, though I scrounged up the cash to give him ahead of time, since we were going to have a hard time getting back in time to get them.
Church Sunday morning, and even though mother and stepfather had already gone the evening before, they still came with us. That was more impressive than it seems on the surface. When elderly people who are quite devout in their own faith step out of their
comfort zone to explore another denomination, it is significant, and for us, wonderfully reassuring that they get the real message of the Gospel. It's not about denominations! It's about Jesus and what He has already done for us--and for them. Wonderful
sermon, and they were not uncomfortable at all (at least that they told us or that we sensed). "Marked as Possession" from Ephesians 1:11-16. A little break from serving at our home church, although husband did nudge me when the children were dismissed to
Chiildren's Church and told me it was time for me to go. :)
I miss my daughters, but I am totally convinced that they are both at the colleges that God has chosen for them.
Thank You, God! He cares about them even more than I do, which is way beyond my abilty to comprehend!!