I was trying to wait to post about this weekend until I got my pictures up, but apparently Dustin and Kristi need a hit from the drug cabinet of Hale-Yeah! (Thanks for checking on me guys and giving me the push)
Friday night, Jacinda and I drove down to Riverside. It took us about 5 hours because of the feeding break with the new baby. We crashed at one of my best friend’s houses, Bogie, along with his wife Becca, Carlos, and Heather. 6 adults+4 kids=chaos. Little girls screaming, toys everywhere, pottie training, food, Little Mermaid, Mariachi Party across the street until 1am, 7-11, Beauty and the Beast, Black Widows, Miguels Jr., Cereal, and lots of fun.
Saturday night was all about raising money for Losiah as I have mentioned before. Well, Sandals definitely has the community thing going. Minus a couple of tables of family, there were over 170 people at this dinner to raise money for another family’s kid. Amazing. I told one guy that it was like having all the people we had ever been in our college group in the last 9 years all in one backyard. Everyone was right around our age, kids, and friendly. Sandals Church always inspires me to live better…truer…realer. I know the last two of those aren’t real words but normal words can’t explain Sandals. oh, by the way, they raised about $11,000!
I prayed about how much we should give them, afterall they are our best friends and Losiah will be my nephew! God put a number in my head, Jacinda was surprised by it, but we were faithful to give them that number. I had the check in my wallet to give to them, but when we got to the party, they had a live auction. They auctioned all kinds of items. 5 of Jacinda’s flower clips went for $150. There were 3 vacations that I thought would go for a lot, but what the heck, I’ll at least get to open up the bidding. The one I wanted came up, Newport Beach Marriott. 2 bed. 2 bath. ocean view from the balcony. 7 days in April. Perfect right. Yeah, I got it! I was the only one who bid! $700 for 7 nights in Newport. Are you kidding me?! It said that it was worth over $3000. I just feel so blessed by God that He surprises His children with gifts like that.
Went to church Sunday morning where Matt Brown spoke. Again…Amazing. The guy just has a gift. He always inspires a ton of questions for Jacinda and I to talk through all the way back to Fresno.