This weekend began with a busy day on Friday!
Friday was the inauguration of the new university president at my husband’s school. Mass was in the morning and beautiful! The Bishop of the Archdiocese celebrated and the choir sang. It was a wonderful way to begin the day. The actual ceremony was in the afternoon and really interesting to witness! It was long (so many speeches!), but the pomp and circumstance was cool. Growing up the way I did really makes you enjoy the formal pomp and cicumcstance of ceremonies.
Friday night, Laura and Dan arrived on their cross-state drive for the weekend. We gave them a quick house tour and then headed out to a great new (opened this summer!) bar & restaurant for dinner and drinks. It’s around a mile from the house, so we just walked so no one had to worry about being DD. The stretching our legs in the brisk fall air was really refreshing! I had a couple margaritas and their homemade loaded tots that are heavenly.
Saturday Laura and Dan went to explore Buffalo, Niagra and Hamilton after we all grabbed breakfast at a cute local tea shop. One of my husband’s students meet us there for breakfast since she is graduating in May and interested in Laura’s career field, we wanted to create and foster a relationship in the industry for her. After breakfast we went our separate ways, so William and I grabbed our groceries for the week and headed home. We did some weekly cleaning and enjoyed some fun football games. Best game of the weekend was Iowa-Ohio State. Games like that make the chaos of college football fun! After the Alabama-LSU game ended that night, we watched the Deontay Wilder fight, and it was intense. A knock out in round 1?! That’s a way to make a statement.
Sunday morning we all headed to the cute local maple and turkey farm for breakfast. Local maple syrup and the best pancakes! Hard to beat on a rainy Sunday. After breakfast we stopped by the house to grab Mavis for a walk around campus, and were able to get a short one in before the rain became too hard. We spent the afternoon watching NFL and playing cards against humanity. We enjoyed a tasty autumn dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, butternut and acorn squash, and a harvest salad. Comfort food while the rains fell. Once we got the kitchen cleaned, we headed to Mass with the college kids. Dan had never been to a Catholic mass before, and Laura grew up Methodist, so it was fun to have them there.
I feel like I tweet about it every week, but the mass readings and homily were on fire from the Holy Spirit again this week. I feel like I could write a whole blog post about it! Basically, the readings from Malachi, 1 Thessalonians and Matthew were about leadership and abuses of power, and your intentions in leading. Do your actions match your words, or are your words empty promises? Are you doing things because it is the right thing to do, or because you want the world to notice you and think you’re amazing? Are you acting from a place of love or selfishness? Father’s homily was convicting and inspiring, and great brain, heart and soul food for the week.
How was your weekend?