This weekend was just about perfect. I spent the entire day on Saturday at a jewelry class, made all the better because my best friend was able to join me at the last minute. We haven’t had an entire day together in a very long time (too long) and this was an unexpected and really wonderful treat.
Four years ago, she and I took a beginning metalsmithing class that really wasn’t very good. It taught us enough to intrigue and frustrate us, and although we both love metal, we wound up sticking with wire work because the metal work just seemed so intimidating. I’ve dabbled in metal clay – even flew to Atlanta for a three-day private workshop with the wonderful Lisa Barth – but the idea of hammering and forming and forging metal always lingered. Saturday’s class was supposed to be a beginning soldering class, but because it was taught by the wonderful Gail Stouffer at Wired Designs, it wound up being about a lot more – design and process and troubleshooting and more. I made a pair of earrings and a pendant in mixed metals (something else I’ve been dying to do more of), and although they all need some final polishing and touching up, I am extremely pleased with how they turned out.
Church on Sunday was very significant for me, because the sermon was given by a friend of mine, Darna McGinnis, on a topic that has personal meaning for our family. Two weeks ago, River City started a series called “Surviving the Church” – because, let’s face it, the church sometimes does a really lousy job of being the church. Yesterday’s sermon was Darna’s testimony about her experience in a truly abusive church situation and how God walked her through a process of healing and restoration. She was so brave to open her life up like that, and so intent on using her experiences to point people to the Christ who loved her through it – my family and I experienced something similar a number of years ago, and I was so proud of Darna for the calm and thoughtful way she discussed a very difficult and painful subject.
Then, we spent a few hours preparing to spoil two dear friends of ours – they’re both in full-time ministry and don’t get a lot of down time without the kids. They arranged for a sitter, and we arranged for them to spend time in our pool while we plied them with good food. We ate too much and talked until well after dark, and they left rested, full, and loved-on.
Have a great Monday!