A Weekend of “Lasts”
As I sit down to reflect on my weekend, I still cannot believe that it went by so fast. So many thoughts, feelings, and “lasts” were had that I am emotionally spent. But, I wanted to blog about my amazing weekend because it’s just so worth telling the world about- and if I don’t do it now, the feeling I have may just escape over night- so let’s begin.
Saturday morning began bright and early at 6:30. I woke up with a horrible headache, and needed to take some Excederin to get rid of it. Well, since it contains major caffeine, there was no point in going back to bed. So I talked hubby’s ear off before getting ready for a breakfast with a special lady. Emily had gotten to know a Special Needs teacher at her school very well, even though she never had her in class. We would see her off and on during the school year, and would stop for a hug and a smile. Later I would find out that Barb and her hubby, John, attend the same Renaissance Faire in Bristol, WI, that I do. It became tradition to find her on opening and closing weekend of Faire, and have a good talk amongst our favorite Faire places. Not only is Barb and John Faire and School friends, but also Disney friends. They go to WDW every other year, so they have brought small trinkets back for Emily from their WDW trips. Upon hearing we were moving to FL, she asked us out for breakfast which we gladly accepted. So yesterday morning we enjoyed fluffy pancakes and great conversation with a wonderful woman who we will miss dearly.
After breakfast, Emily and I headed to a furniture store to check out beds, then headed home to take apart her room. Since the garage sale was supposed to be this coming weekend, we needed to take apart the beds, starting with Emily’s. She was thrilled to have her mattress on the floor now, and it’s funny to see her on the floor like that. Kyra’s will be next this week, then ours last. We continued the neverending garage sale by organizing the clothes. I had them in random boxes all over the garage under all of the full tables of items. Since we had a beautiful day, I pulled them all out, and got all the sizes in the right boxes, marked them, and then put them back. This way, the morning of the sale, we can pull them out, fold em, and throw them on the tables. I was so exhausted that I went to bed at 9:30 p.m. so that I would be awake enough for church the next day.
This morning I woke up at 6 a.m. and was pretty excited for church. I knew it would be the last time I would get up that early for Choir, so I enjoyed the silence of the moment and just had a moment to myself with God. I eagerly walked out the front door to a glorious sunny morning- the kind that you breathe in and you are happy to be alive for that moment. I got to Church and took pics of the Church itself, and walked in for the last time.
First Service I did well with, a couple tickles in the throat of emotion, but I was so happy to see my family looking back up at me from the Sanctuary that all I could do was smile and enjoy that it was also Mothers Day as well. After I walked off the stage the first time, I thought “I have 2 more times to enjoy” and quietly went to sit with my family for the sermon.
Second Service went well, and I enjoyed singing my favorite worship song “Revelation Song” with the Choir and the Congregation. Everything went well, and we had a great time in the “Boiling Point” hanging out after and connecting with each other.
Then Third Service came… and the flood gates opened. Before we went out, Phillip, our incredible director, asked myself, Naomi, and the Thornes to come forward and laid hands on us and prayed. It was inspiring, emotional, and incredible. But, it didn’t end there. I walked up the ramp for the last time, I walked on the stage for the last time, and I stood next to my very good pals, Mary and Sarah for the last time. I made it through the choir song “Awakening” but then came my favorite worship song, one more time, and the very last song I would sing with my awesome Appleton Alliance Choir. The tears started, and I didn’t even bother using a Kleenex at one point, they just fell down my cheeks. Mary squeezed my hand, Sarah squeezed my hand, and I kissed my hand to the railing right before I left the stage. Hugs abound when I got into the Choir room, and all I could think was “Thank you.”
I got home with open arms from my awesome family at the front door, and was escorted into the kitchen where a beautiful hanging flower basket sat, with a card and a Godiva bag. I opened the bag to 6 Raspberry Chocolate cups which are MY FAVORITE, and read a beautiful card my hubby gave me. The kids then had me sit in the living room where a video was ready to play- my awesome kids made a film montage for me of our favorite family Disney shared songs and family pictures. I had full composure until “I See the Light” began to play while family pictures were shown, and I was a GONER!! How incredible is my family? I know! Please take a moment to see the hard work my kids put into the you tube video, which is on my facebook page- if you aren’t a friend of mine, friend “Amy Falk Petermann” to see it.
The rest of the day I was treated to the first cookout of the year, which I am in absolute love with my hubby’s grilled taters and onions in the foil. My brat was delicious and I ate in a daze from how good it was. I headed into the garage for more sale stuff when I was done, and got a lot more organized and cleaned up. I ended the day with a walk with my hubby, and am now watching “The Amazing Race” finale while eating my chocolate covered raspberries and Apple Cola that Kyra’s boyfriend so kindly bought me for Momma’s day.
I want to take this moment to wish my own mom a Happy Mothers Day, as this is the last one for while we got to celebrate together. Thankfully we got to spend time together this past week, and it was great to get that time with her. Also a Happy Mom’s Day to all of my friends and family, all of you are role models and always inspire me to be the best Mom I can be. Love to you all, and I hope you had a great day!