taking a moment to find joy in the little things
Overall, early November is easily the most colorful part of autumn in the Pacific Northwest. We do have some trees that begin to show off early - in September and October - but I've noticed over the past few years that early to mid November is our peak.
I might just be me, but I think this year is the prettiest I've ever seen here. I had another friend mention the same thing so maybe it is a bit more vibrant and colorful this year.
I've mentioned our new church building a few times on here, but our grand opening weekend has come and gone and it was a success! Not only did we manage to get everything picked up and put together, so many people from the community came to celebrate with us! We had no idea how many people to expect, but God knew just the right amount. It was exciting, but not overwhelming.
On Saturday I was able to get some pics of the building (other times I've tried it was just too messy and chaotic!)
this is the view when you walk in the front doors...
and this is the sactuary...
We have a full-sized gymnasium with a basketball court and track.
There is also a weight room down below, and locker rooms with showers.
This will be open a couple times a week for the community to use.
This is a photo of my girls' room...they have their own service up here during the first service of the day, and then my girls will attend the second service in the main sanctuary. (Recent studies show that the number one factor in kids keeping their faith is to participate in intergenerational worship, that's why we have them go to the main service after their kids service.)
And this is the entrance to our children's wing....It's hard to capture just how cool this hall is.
This is "my" room...the library / bookstore. I am heading this up and have spent many hours getting it ready in the past couple weeks.
These really aren't that funny, but I did want to show off the costumes my girls made this year. My youngest was a hawk and my oldest was a dragon. Sadly, it rained the whole time we were out trick or treating.
November is another full month for us. We have four "gigs" this month, so I need to make time to practice every day. I'm also playing violin at church on Sunday (I'm a little nervous about that). As far as exercising, I need to get creative because running is just too painful for my hip. I find it really hard to make time to exercise at home - I always find something else to do. Also, I've got a whole pile of books I'd like to read, and a dvd workshop on writing I'd like to get through. So those are a few of my goals this month...