It's after dinner, and I'm just getting around to writing my Monday Memo blog post. It was a busy, busy weekend. We had the delightful job of babysitting for our three granddaughters on Friday night after a busy day entertaining a friend for lunch and volunteering in the afternoon.
Our Presbytery hosted its annual Church Leadership Development Day on Saturday. I was the official greeter prior to the worship service, and as soon as it ended I slipped out to go to the memorial service for a friend who lost her battle to ovarian cancer. It was a beautiful tribute to a very caring lady. Her three children spoke eloquently. I could have never spoken at my mother's funeral, so I am always impressed with the poise some people possess. I returned to attend an excellent workshop on exploring ways of companioning those facing loss or in crisis.
On Sunday, I introduced our speaker for Sunday Seminar---the wonderful professor whose Old Testament course I took last fall. As always, her presentation was both scholarly, stimulating, and entertaining. After church, Miss Skylar came to bake valentine cookies.
Skylar took some cookies home for her family, some for her cousin and aunt, and we saved some for dinner on Wednesday night when they'll be here to celebrate Valentine's Day a day late.
Between events, I was making dark chocolate almond clusters with sea salt (yum!), and packaging my valentines for friends and family.
One box of the chocolates went to a friend this afternoon, and the other is going to my hairdresser tomorrow when I get my hair cut. The cute container is from Reverse Confetti. I bought two packages of them when they were released, and love how easy it is to create a cute package with the accompanying die cuts. The XOXO die cut is from Simon Says, and the patterned paper is from a 6X6 paper pad by Echo Park.
I used the same containers for the Valentines for my older granddaughters. No worries that they'll see these on the blog before they get them on Wednesday.
Almost everything in the boxes came from Target and Michael's in Chicago when Sarah and I were shopping for the goodie bags for Caleb's birthday party. The crayon notebooks are little sketch books. Inside the box is a tube of colored pencils, some tiny highlighters, an eraser that looks like a cactus, a pack of sticky notes, and a couple of magnetic bookmarks.
Last, the goodies for the kids and co-workers at the after school program where I volunteer twice a week.
I bought the fry boxes last year at Michaels and tucked them away in my Valentine bin. They worked perfectly to hold some dark chocolates for the three folks I work with in the intermediate room. I tied a tiny valentine to some brightly colored pencils I found at Target for the kids. Pencils always seem to be at a premium.
All these valentine gifts are in remembrance of my father whose favorite holiday was Valentine's Day, and never failed to send me a package and/or flowers.
So, what about the mail?
Well, I got some great mail again this week. A darling "Save the Date" card from the daughter of a good friend. Check out Emily's great lettering on the envelope. I also got two books. I ordered the bottom one after checking it out of the library and realizing that I would want to underline and take notes. The top one was hand delivered by a friend. She read it on vacation and thought that both Sarah and I would enjoy it as well. Katherine Patterson was unknown to my friend, but she's a favorite author of mine. I think I've probably read Bridge to Terabithia at least fifteen times with fifth graders as well as several readings of The Great Gilly Hopkins and Lyddie. I've enjoyed her books of essays, The Spying Heart and Gates of Excellence, but I was unaware of her memoir, Stories of My Life. I'm really looking forward to reading it, and expect to put it in the tote bag for our March road trip. Then it will go to Sarah when we make our next trip to Chicago.
Waving to Sian at From High in the Sky, whose brilliant idea started this weekly meme, and all the rest of the Monday memo makers.