I am thankful for the ordinary days … and I try to be thankful for the tough days (because I know God is still in control!!) … but I am SUPER very thankful for GOOD DAYS like today! Days when things actually go smoothly and extra nice things happen along the way, unexpected joys and blessings abound. I know one can’t live on the mountaintop all the time – but I sure do appreciate it when I can be on up there for a little while!! 🙂
I had big plans for Annie Belle’s birthday/mystery dinner theater tonight. This involved me going home at lunch to do some prep work. HOWEVER, one of our pharmacists invited me to go to lunch with her and a few other co-workers. Logically, I felt I should say NO, but I also felt like I should take the opportunity to go out with my new co-workers as it was the first time they invited me. So, I went. And I’m really glad I did. We went to a small Mexican restaurant I’d never been to – and it was really good food. And when our food arrived, I paused because I usually pray before a meal … and one of the pharmacists asked our marketing director to pray over our food!!! And what a nice prayer he prayed – he even prayed about some issues that they are facing at work and blessings on our weekend. WOW!!!!
I told them how WONDERFUL it was to work somewhere where we can PRAY together!! Of course, we did that all the time at my previous ministry job – but this is a SECULAR job! And I’m surrounded by Christians!! I can’t even begin to tell you all how THANKFUL I am for my job!!! God put me EXACTLY where He knew I needed to be!! (Yes, Kim C, I know you saw that coming!!)
And besides all that, one of the pharmacists picked up the lunch tab! SO, who says there is not such thing as a free lunch?!?!! 🙂
When I got back to work, my babysitter texted me. She was at my house and had seen all the dinner theater prep work I’d already laid out – and she asked if there was anything she could do to help me!!! SO, I actually had her peel 10 potatoes for me! So, one of the things I was going to do during my lunch hour got taken care of as well.
Anyway … I did leave work a few minutes early, and everything worked out fine from there. Annie-Belle’s friends were AMAZING about participating in the mystery dinner theater … and Drew did his part to play the detective even though he was invited to go to a friend’s house. He did get to go to his friend’s later, but I think he enjoyed his part of the play as well.
Meet our cast:
Andy Dutch, detective. Annie Belle Dutch, actress. Sydney Smith, basketball star. Charlene Fitzgerald, scientist. Cara Jeffry, harried housewife. and Bailey Tramble, Texas country girl.
The “theater” was more of a progressive dinner and reader’s theater as everyone had a script … but they improvised wonderfully as well – and we laughed A LOT.
They even incorporated MiMi into the theater as Mimzy, Cara’s daughter.
And do you want to know WHO DUNNIT??
Well, it was Sydney, the disgruntled basketball star, who had to give up her professional career due to an injury … bitter, angry, and lonely … she plotted & executed the murder of the one person who thwarted her over and over for the last 10 years!
What a great group of kids!!! I had SO MUCH FUN doing this … but I’ll be honest with you. I know some people thrive on having people over and hosting get-togethers (CORIE, I’m talking to YOU!!!!), and I had fun doing it today. But I. am. EXHAUSTED. and won’t be doing this again for at least another year!!