I have returned.
When I said I had a lot to do before Easter, I didn’t mention that those plans included a road trip to Tucson. Philip and I sponsored one more person in the Church at the Easter Vigil this year. We’re getting very good at this. We might have to start charging for our services.
I do enjoy the Easter Vigil. I don’t mind how long it is, I just wish it wasn’t so late at night. Though this year mass started at a very awkward time. We had to be there at 5 PM for the 3 hour mass that started at 6 PM. Hello? Just when were we supposed to eat dinner? We ended up having an early first lunch then a later second lunch and all was well.
OK, so other than food issues, the mass was beautiful. I love coming in to a dark church and sitting there, listening to the readings chronicling man’s history without salvation. In the dark. Like us, during Lent. Then we get to the Gloria, the lights come on and we’re all standing and singing “Glory to God in the Highest…” It’s an awesome moment. Boo glanced over to me and said, “We made it!” It’d been a long, dark Lent and we were glad it was over. Glad to be living in the light.
Then…the best Gospel of the year – earthquakes and angels and empty tombs. He has Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia.
And onward to the baptisms and confirmations. This church does full immersion baptisms, which just so totally rocks. A good time was had by all.
On Monday, we headed home. The drive out to Tucson was fun, as we all looked forward to seeing our cousins and there were lots of new sights to see along the way. The ride home was painful. The scenery was exactly the same as it was 2 days earlier, the kids were getting on each other’s nerves and John Denver’s lyrics “It’s a long way from this place to Denver” kept running through my head. The wind was absolutely wicked on the way home, and on the last day we saw 2 semis that had tipped over in the wind. We came up on the first one after the sheriff did, but before all the other first responders. The driver was walking away with the help of the sheriff, thank God. Made us very nervous about passing semis for the rest of the trip. But we made it home safely.
The next day it snowed. School closing and late openings, soccer practice cancelled. Good to be home.
And now, I have some work to do on my blog. I need to upload a newer version of my template, then change the code to be what I want. Bottom line – my blog will be sporting coffee theme for a little bit while I work behind the scenes. Then it’ll be back to its usual Easter theme.