This is the entry I wrote on Monday but was unable to post due to lack of wi-fi.
Yesterday was very different from our normal Sunday routine. We had promised Spencer we’d visit his church so we could see and hear him play in the worship band. He has been begging us to visit for months, but that would have meant our church wouldn’t have had an accompanist, so yesterday was our first chance.
Spencer’s church is aimed at young people, and is very “hip,” but there were a surprising number of middle-aged folks there also. I knew that I would not know any of the songs, so I pre-emptively played and sang several hymns at home to fortify myself before we left.
It was very, very different from the church we’ve been attending, but the enthusiasm was endearing. The church is passionate about investing in and helping the community around them, and I love that. Spencer did a great job playing the guitar. The sermon was delivered in up-to-the-minute lingo, but that didn’t tarnish its relevance in any way.
After the service, the pastor’s wife made a point of coming to meet us and raved about what a great guy Spencer is. She couldn’t get over how tall we all are (a common reaction). I’m so glad we were able to go.
Mercy and Daniel were very busy with various social activities during the afternoon, but they returned in time to have supper with us.
Today is Mercy’s last day here, as she flies back to Russia tomorrow. I called first thing this morning to get her a doctor’s appointment. She has been sick with a sinus infection since Thanksgiving, and it hasn’t gotten better during her stay in the USA. I was so relieved that I was able to get her an appointment before lunch. She ended up getting two injections. I assume they are faster-acting than pills and time is important since she’ll be on a plane tomorrow. I really hope she starts to experience some relief.
She had a very busy afternoon, but eventually she had a free time slot to spend with her mother. We went out for coffee (for her), only to find that the place we had chosen is closed on Mondays. Fortunately there was another coffee shop nearby, so we went there instead.
Then we went to the craft store to look at possible wedding ideas. We found the exact kind of flowers she wanted, so I can start getting them little by little when I have coupons or they are on sale. We also found a lantern she wanted for half price and used a coupon to buy some lights. So we have a little start on the wedding decorations!
Back at home I made hamburgers for supper—something Mercy doesn’t get in Russia—and Daniel joined us. Our internet was out all evening so I started restringing the bead garlands for the Christmas tree. Over 20 years ago, I strung them on fishing line, and it has held up very well, but recently I had the bright idea of stringing them on 15-foot lengths of 19-strand beading wire, and putting a lobster claw clasp at both ends. That will make it much more manageable to put up one strand at a time and then just clip the next one onto the end and keep going. In theory.