We arrived in Grand Rapids yesterday afternoon & checked into our hotel/apartment to find a nice cleaned floor. So freshly cleaned in fact that I was treated to soaking wet socks moments after removing my shoes. I believe the carpet must have been cleaned w/in an hour of our arrival. I called the office & they said the room was supposed to be ready at 3 (it was then 4pm) & it should only take a few hours to dry. So we went out for dinner w/ our friends Ben & Melody, & Jacob & Kami, & our 5 kids. We had a great time catching up w/ them all again. We haven't seen Jacob & Kami in a year since they were doing their internship out in California & we were in Ontario.
After dinner we all went to the mall so the kids could play on the "Breakfast Food" play area. They had a great time sliding down the bacon, climbing the banana & jumping on the eggs. Don't ask me why they chose that theme, but it seems to work for the kids! Chad & I did a little shopping as well since it doesn't happen too often that we get to the mall together.
We got back to the hotel about 8:30 & the carpets were still wet, so we opened the windows again in the hopes of drying it out a bit faster. By this morning things were pretty much dry again, there were a few wet spots, but the majority was dry. At least we can't complain that the apartment is dirty b/c it really is very clean.
We took it easy this morning since starting this afternoon we have meetings, graduation, parties, church & family busyness to deal with. The only thing on my agenda today was getting to Costco to buy more diapers for Asher since we were getting low just before we left Ontario.
My parents get in this afternoon & Asher is really looking forward to seeing them again. Chad's parents & their entourage come in tonight so we have to go down to the train to get them as well. I think we're going to have alot of fun all being together again.
Saturday Chad finally graduates from Seminary & this is the first time that he'll be graduating w/o immediate plans to go to school. He's actually going to get his first real job & we are all so proud of him! :) Hopefully in a few months we'll have a church lined up & we can move to a house & plan to live in it for more than a year or 2! I am really looking forward to being settled for awhile, although that means I'll have to change my household cleaning routine of only dusting when we move!
We are really looking forward to catching up w/ all the friends we haven't seen in the last year (or haven't seen often) but it's also going to be difficult to say goodbye to them again so soon since many of them we probably won't see for years. Hopefully we'll be able to stay in touch. It's difficult as a pastor to have friends that really understand what it's like, so I think it's very important to hang on to the ones we've made in the last 4 years since these are probably the ones who will understand the best.