4.01.2009

A Full Weekend

This past weekend was full of excitement.

First of all, on Friday night, Mat and I rented "John Adams," an HBO mini-series about our second President. We watched the first disc that night, and it was absolutely amazing. The cinematography was phenomenal, and the accuracy was precise as well. The mini-series stars Paul Giamatti ("Cinderella Man") as Adams and Laura Linney ("The Mothman Prophecies," "The Truman Show") as Mrs. Abigail Adams. We aren't quite finished up with all three discs yet, but so far, we are avid fans. Go rent it.*

Also this weekend, it rained and stormed a lot. I apparently had a few scares during my sleep Friday night, Mat testified. On Saturday morning, I woke up and headed into the kitchen to feed Shamgar. As I waited to put down his Ocean Explosion, I heard a faint meow. I looked down and noticed Sham was not the owner of this meow. It was a foreign meow to my ears. I stepped outside, and I could still hear the meow. I went on our back porch, and I saw the most beautiful beige and grey kitten. The little furball came right up to me and nuzzled up against my face. I took it inside, and I said, "Mat, I think we may have a problem." Mat came from around the corner, and when he saw the little kitten in my arms, he jumped and said, "That's not Shamgar."

So, we kept the little fellow, but right now I am looking at a pile of white card stock fliers that say, "Cat found," along with Mat's cell phone number. We named him Admiral Semmes, after the Mobile admiral. Sham hated him at first, and he would only follow Semmes around to make sure he was tearing anything up, but eventually he would always hiss at him. Now, they have learned to live with each other. I'll keep you updated on the little one. He's a champ.

On Sunday came a huge day for us as a church at Dauphin Way and a huge day for Mat and I individually. Our pastor, Pastor Clint, was out of town running the Bataan Death March at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. (Yes, that's right, our pastor is a beast who runs marathons in the desert.) In his stead, Dr. Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, came to preach for us. Because Pastor Clint was out of town, Mat and I got to be the hosts for Dr. Mohler and his assistant, Justin Leighty (who was a very nice young man with a wonderful personality). It was a true blessing for our church to get to hear Dr. Mohler's sermon and have him answer college and young adults' questions in College Sunday School. It was also really great to spend some one-on-one time with Dr. Mohler and Justin at lunch. The highlight of the day was, however, for Mat and I to be able to, at Dr. Mohler's request, take him on a person tour of our beautiful city. Dr. Mohler was so interested in Mobile and its history. He even got out at various places along the route to make pictures. A once in a lifetime opportunity for us, no doubt. We were blessed and encouraged by Dr. Mohler, and it was amazing to have him to invest in our lives personally. Dr. Mohler is astounding. Check him out.

Overall, we had a great weekend. Sunday night concluded with our Children's Musical, which was, of course, hilarious. We praise God for sending us such a fun, blessed and encouraging weekend. We are so blessed by so many opportunities.

*Just a writer's note: Mat and I have found the kiosks that rent out DVDs at Wal-Mart and other grocery stores and pharmacies to be disappointing. We have gotten many DVDs that do not work, and we have not found a way to get our $1.08 back from the machine. As a standard now, we like to rent movies and TV shows from our local library. TV shows are free for a week at Mobile Libraries, and movies only cost $1.00 for a week. Forget Blockbuster. We use the Public Library.

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