Tuesday, February 23, 2010

On to the next thing

With Valentine's day behind us, now I can begin focusing on our next big occasions: Rob's and Caitlin's birthdays.  Well, really Caitlin's birthday.  (Rob's birthday is the day before Caitlin's, but he doesn't need to bring in treats to work or have goody bags.)  So I'm full steam ahead for her birthday.  Yesterday I booked her party at a local gymnastics place.  She has only ever had parties at home, so she is over the moon about this.  I can't believe she's going to be eight!

On Sunday, we were in BJ's (like Costco) and Rob bought Caitlin a pretty spring dress.  He called it an early birthday present.  Well, the dress came with a matching one to fit her American girl doll, so Caitlin and Kit pranced around the house all Sunday afternoon in these pretty, sleeveless spring dresses.  What's a mom to do?  Get on ravelry, of course, and find a sweater pattern so she'll have something to keep her arms warm.  I found a pattern and bought the yarn yesterday.

Now I've had to set aside my sweater in order to concentrate on getting Caitlin's sweater done in time.  All knitting, all the time.  I love it.

I know the time is going to fly until March 12 and even until Easter because of my latest non-crafty undertaking.  Back in October, we finally joined a church.  After four years of on-and-off (mostly off) looking around at churches, we found one that felt like home.  It's close, it's big, several friends from school attend this church.  So we joined.  And at the New Member Reception after the service, the chair of the Parish Life Committee bumped into Rob and started asking him questions about me (since my "blurb" on the new members' board said that I liked to cook).  Then she found me: would I be interested in joining the committee?  The committee that puts on the new member receptions and the Lenten soup suppers? 

How about serving as the chair of the committee?

A three year commitment?

And as chairman, you're also a member of the Church council?

Um, okay?

So on February 7, I was elected to the church council.  And our first of five soup suppers is this Wednesday.  I thought alot about whether to take this on.  Really--I'm totally new to the church; I know a handful of people there; my girls are in dance class on Wednesday afternoons; three years?

And then I remembered that I was trying to put down roots.  And the answer suddenly became crystal clear.  This was what I had been looking for.  And so many people have offered to help me out--people I wouldn't have otherwise met.  And even though I am nervous about how this is going to go, I think I am really going to have a good time with this. 

And I have no doubt that the next five weeks are going to feel like one Wednesday after another--but in a good way.  And Easter and (hopefully) spring weather will soon be here.  And if that weather is slow in coming, at least Caitlin will have a sweater to wear with her new dress.


Wylie said...

When my children were babies, someone advised me to volunteer at church and at school, to get involved, to meet people. I did, and it worked, and I have wonderful supportive friends in my church community and in the wider neighborhood. They do tend to overlap. I think you will be wonderful in this ministry!

Larissa said...

Meg, love the yarn and cardi pattern that you chose! (and I secretly love you for giving me a chance to catch up with our sweater but that's besides the point) Good for you for choosing to be active in your church - you'll meet lots of new people and what a wonderful example for your kiddos! i wish i was more active in our temple but it is an hour away - no jewish people in the country - and most times that i am there greg is working so i volunteer while keeping track of my three kiddos (not the best combination as abilgail and another 5 yr old were playing in the street last time i helped out). You'll have a fun with the suppers - just keep all the food simple and stick to recipes you know - but you already knew that. and thanks for reminding me it almost march - ezra will be 11 on the 20th and david will turn 9 in april - i better get making! Have a great day!

Crafty Maine Mom said...

Being busy is so much fun when surrounded by people you enjoy. It sounds like you have found a good place.

ab said...

I can think of no better hands for the soup suppers. Well done!

Kristyn Knits said...

I love how you related your service at church to putting down roots! good for you for stepping out and taking on this new challenge! do your best and let God take care of the rest!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I love the happy, Spring-like look of your yarns. It makes you long for nice weather. It's a great match to the dress.

stitching under oaks said...

girlie yarn colors and spring dresses! oh if ony the thaw would begin! So glad you're finding a place to serve in your church....I'm certain you're going to be a blessing.

Cindy at LottieBird said...

This will be time well spent. I am a big fan of having a church community. Something about being around others who are looking to grow is inspiring.

Kind of like reading good blogs. I commented on a comment you left on "A Common Place Life" and since I am not sure whether you will follow up on those comments (I rarely do), I will paste it here:

"This is a reply to Meg Evan's comment, who happened to be commenting on Marty's comment. We're just a big circle here, aren't we?

Anyway, in response to the name changing thing, a dear friend of mine had gotten tired of hearing the "mom" thing one day (why is it never said in a loving way?). She stated that she did not want to hear "mom" one more time, grabbed a magazine, turn on her heel, and while walking up the stairs said, "if you need me you can call me...Coco!"
We still sometimes call her Coco."

Hope you don't mind the oration in your comments! Hang in there--someday the bathroom will be totally quiet.