It seems that Autumn has FALLen. See what I did there?
It came from nowhere. I left this house this morning and the air was stiff and frigid. The Southeast Texas humidity was still there, but somehow welcoming and awakening rather than impeding. It felt like… like mountain air, clean with a hint of fresh laundry smell or Febreze. Uniquely invigorating. I enjoyed the slight chill with the windows down on the drive to work and daydreamed about being outside all week. That will unfortunately stay a dream, but it looks like I will have plenty of time run as much as I need to stay on track for the first half marathon of the season in just a couple weeks. This is the perfect weather for running, I think. And the perfect weather for climbing. And for watching college football games. The only question is how to fit it all in and not feel like I missed out on something else. If anyone has knows the secret, please share! OK, before I move on from talking about the beautiful weather, you have to see this forecast; you can't tell me its not ideal…
Yeah. See what I mean? This is what I'll be missing out on while I sit in my office without a window. Yeah.
Anyway, Friday I drove up to Lufkin where Grandad lives and stayed the weekend with him. I hadn't seen him since the last family get together early in the summer. Grandad was diagnosed with bladder cancer back in December, and with aunts and uncles helping him around the hospitals in Houston we'd skipped over a big family Christmas. He was treated with that crazy sounding bacteria treatment and is pretty much all good now, but I haven't been as faithful visiting him this year as last, so it was great to see him in good health.
I'd been meaning to get up there for months, but it was no coincidence that I ended up in Lufkin the weekend that Lamar played SFA at Nacogdoches. SFA is ranked first in the conference and way up there in the division, so it goes without saying that we were crushed. The Lumberjacks were gracious enough to stop running up the score after the third quarter, though. Final score? I can't bring myself to say it. Click Here. After halftime a nice breeze blew from the North as the cool front first started to push in and if you could bring yourself to ignore the game the evening was pretty pleasant.
I drove back to Bmt Sunday afternoon after lunch with Grandad at Clear Springs Cafe, one of my absolute favorite seafood joints, and got back just in time to rehearse the middle school choir at Westgate before they sang in the evening service. Mad props to all of them! MS Choir sounded really great! And now that we've got that under our belts, we can relax a bit. It was the first time that group has sung in front of the church and I'm uber proud!
I think that's about all for now. I'm looking forward to seeing all my friends at the Lamar game Saturday at home against Sam Houston State this week. Pray for me as I prepare to teach Sunday school this week and I hope that you get to enjoy the beautiful week ahead!