Yesterday, as I mentioned, Jasper was baptized. It was a spur-of-the moment plan in response to the fact that Mary was here and Lina also, and we liked the idea of having as many family members here as possible. So Jasper’s baptism, which was scheduled for next month, was moved up to accommodate our situation.
It ended up being a really weird time to do it. It wasn’t an integral part of the service. And the service was more of a church meeting. At the end, they had a service fair where people were signing up for various services and small groups, and they kept ringing bells and giving out prizes, and while this was going on, our family and a few others were huddled around the baptismal tank which had been set up off on the other side of the sanctuary.
Jasper was baptized by his youth leader, Jeremiah Williams. He (Jasper) hadn’t been briefed ahead of time so didn’t realize he’d be expected to share his testimony! Then, because he is a big guy, when Jeremiah put him under, water splashed out in every direction! Quite a few of us got our feet wet. But we were all so happy to see Jasper take this step in proclaiming his faith publicly.
Afterward, we all gathered at our house for a celebratory lunch. The rest of the day was quite busy as Lina was still packing and I had a big dinner to cook and guests to prepare for.
Our guests, Don and Gwen and their son James, arrived late in the afternoon. We had eleven people around the table for supper and could have had twelve if Janet had come. It was a late night as we stayed up visiting with Don and Gwen, and James went with Spencer to see his apartment.
Don and Gwen and James slept in the living room while Lina finished packing and the rest of us went to bed too. We were up at 6:00 this morning to get ready to leave for the airport. That is too early for me to even drink tea, so I made some in my travel mug and took it with me.
Meanwhile, Don got up early too because one of their vehicles was acting up and he wanted to make sure James had reliable transportation since he started classes today. He is learning diesel mechanics at our local community college.
Walter and Lina and I took off for the airport and arrived there without incident. It took a long time for Lina to check in, but going through security was relatively quick. We waited for the final wave before heading back to the car. This goodbye was perhaps a little easier since this time we know she’ll be back in December for good!
From the airport, we headed to the farrier supply place to get some more coal for Jasper. Gotta love a kid who spends his money on coal! He could only afford four bags again, but the last four bags lasted him a couple of months, so maybe this will tide him over for a while. Walter enjoyed looking around the shop and like me was rather gobsmacked by the sheer number and variety of horseshoes for sale.
We stopped for a quick lunch on the way home, and a trip to a kitchen supply store, since the one we had here in town has closed down. I picked up a few things but not the knife I had hoped to get. My “good” big kitchen knife never made it back to the house after Mercy’s wedding, and the cheap replacement I got is not even worth what I paid for it. I found a nice one in the store today, but at $85 it was definitely too pricy for me! So the search continues. A good knife is so important.
When we arrived back home late this afternoon, we found that Gwen was still here. Don had worked on the car all day and then taken James shopping to pick up a few things. So we visited a little more when Don and James got back, and I also finished getting the guest room cleared of Lina’s things so that James could move in. James will be living with us for this fall semester, which is one of the reasons we worked so hard to get the room ready, because he was arriving the very day that Lina left!
Since Don and Gwen had intended to leave in the morning, I had not given any thought to lunch, and had in fact forgotten that we were out of bread. But Jasper rose to the occasion and made quesadillas for everyone. So glad he could think of something to make! After my walk this evening I went to buy more bread—and also a big plastic trash can for Jasper to keep coal in. We’re hoping it will stay protected from the weather better that way.
Tomorrow, we finally get back to a more consistent school schedule.