I will say that this past week’s time in Seattle was both refreshing and challenging. It was refreshing in many ways including getting out of the Chicago summer heat to spend some glorious days in crisp Seattle 60’s and 70’s. It was also refreshing to catch up with wonderful friends and be around people who know us and love us so well. And talk about refreshment – I shared a bottle of prosecco, a bottle of sparkling rose, and my favorite Trader Joe’s sparkling white with girlfriends – don’t you feel refreshed just imagining it?* Refreshment for the body and soul!
We were also challenged during our time in Seattle. I think being asked questions about life, even general ones, makes us want to be more intentional about our time, energy, and money. Our time at Bethany on Sunday challenged us to raise the bar in our individual lives as well as our marriage (Richard spoke on Anger, Lust, and Unfaithfulness – woahwee). As soon as I got on the plane to fly home, I started a list. I do love me some lists, but this one was practical ways I want my life to look different. Times in life come and go when I feel inspired and challenged and I welcome this one with open arms.
There are more highlights from our week than I know what to do with but I’ll throw some out there — dinner outside on the 4th of July, hot tub and wine with the girls, lunch at Palisade, Tim playing frisbee golf with the guys, Park Pub in all it’s glory, hiking at Mount Ranier with the VanOsses, double date to a new Tom Douglas restaurant – Cuoco, calzone dinner with friends, and just plain ole time with people we love.
So, SEATTLE and all of you there who make our lives so special – THANK YOU. Thank you for a wonderful, refreshing, challenging week! We’ll be back again.
* note: these were 3 separate occasions. No need to call AA.